Looking back through my blogs I notice the emphasis I have put on our human vulnerability to each other; how we are all affected by the people around us, near and far, especially where there is an emotional connection. Unfortunately, very few people understand or even accept such influences because those sensory perceptions were discouraged, mainly by the early church. The Roman Catholic Church recognised that mind-senses gave individuals direct access to the world beyond this physical one; often interpreted as direct access to God. The church considered this individual freedom to be unwise and not in the interest of the church.
Opening out our sensory perceptions, seeking other worlds without first understanding how to protect ourselves, can be dangerous. This is as true today as it was in the early church, especially with so much violence and discord across the planet. Unfortunately, people tend to react badly when under pressure and because we attract to us what we are, we may unknowingly, give outlet to unseen, undesirable personalities.
It is not enough to say a prayer for protection. We have to be much more pro-active. Seeking to know and understand our own temperament; how we react in everyday situations, is the first step towards reversing a negative attitude towards other people and life in general. Slowly we begin to look at life in a different way, expecting the best, instead of dreading the worst. We attract to us what we are, so the kinder, more tolerant, more truthful and less interfering we are, the more we will attract beneficial influences to ourselves. Ultimately, we have to take responsibility for our own thoughts, words and actions.
Sensitivity, one of our greatest assets, can be our worst enemy when it causes us to over-react. The way to gradually overcome this is through knowledge and understanding of human nature, not least our own; by developing greater insight, we also gradually gain far-sight which is invaluable to making the wisest decisions. Sensitivity is an essential part of human nature, our survival and even our evolution because it gives us access to information that our physical senses cannot reach. The universal field of consciousness contains the history of the universe, just as every cell in our body contains the history of life and we are linked to this field of accumulated information; our past, our present and our future, by our mind-senses. Both past and future can resonate with the present.
I am sure that many thousands of years ago early humans used the full range of their senses not only to survive but also enhance their sense of community and connections with their ancestors. I imagine there are still some peoples in remote parts of the world who still use these skills in their natural way of life. Their understanding of living with nature is well suited to small communities but much more difficult to apply in urban living, where the pressures are different. The violence across the whole world shows an urgent need for us to re-connect with our natural sensory skills in ways that will be beneficial not only to us, but all life on the planet. The change we need will only come about when we as individuals, reconnect with our inner selves.