Shaking up the senses

by Winter on October 4, 2016

Much of my professional career has been spent teaching, writing and reminding others about the need to be aware, in essence, to “wake up!” There is no doubt that I teach what I need to learn. I constantly remind myself to pay attention, to be aware.

Recently, I took a spill while walking our dogs with Michael and friends. Because I was paying attention to Sneakers, who was very active on the end of the leash I was holding, I didn’t notice that the side walk was uneven. My toe ran directly into a mass of concrete and I went down. (For those of you who would ask, I did not hit my head. I did skin my knees and elbow.) It was truly unexpected and a sudden shock. My friend kept suggesting I lie down and, like a dachshund, I was resistant.

During my ” spill recovery” I looked down at my hands. It wasn’t that I could see through them, or observe the lay lines of energy, but something different. It seemed that I was seeing a biofield. I was seeing layers of energy I had never seen before. It radiated from my hands, legs, feet and the faces and hands of anyone I looked at. My initial feelings of shock turned into fascination and amazement.

As I questioned what was happening, I remembered another time in my life when I felt my senses were not only heightened, but new abilities opened up. In the mid-90’s the front door of our home was kicked in and we were robbed. From the moment we discovered the robbery, my entire body went on high alert and I experienced synesthesia (“joining of the senses”). Synesthesia is a vivid, involuntary experiencing of one sensory mode through another (“tasting” a color, “seeing” a sound, or “smelling” a shape).

It appears that sudden shocks to my system can, and does, heighten my senses. Does consciousness (Spirit) have to be so dramatic to get my attention? Spirit was communicating all along but I was so distracted and caught up with walking the dogs I missed the signs signaling “slow down and pay attention.” (My intuition whispered to let Michael walk the Aussie, but I ignored it.)

Judging by the number of people I see taking “selfies” I think that most of us are so busy, distracted, and caught up with ourselves we miss the signs showing us how to have life go a little more smoothly, how to be in the flow. Spirit is always communicating with us if we just pay attention.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Bill October 4, 2016 at 10:48 pm

I am glad your feeling good, it is a very interesting what your talking about, I feel that I get so distracted on a daily basis from work, emas, websites, invites etc. I have started to disengage from alot of distractions and feel myself slowly becoming centered again. I find there is just too much distraction everywhere you turn if one Allows it we have to be aware of this and slow down a bit. Thank you Winter for writing about this and I’m glad you feeling fine


Winter November 30, 2016 at 3:54 pm

Thank you for your thoughts. As I wrote to Elaine, I think we need to pay attention these days on many levels!


Peter Borkoski October 5, 2016 at 1:29 pm

Thanks for the reminder and wake up call. Time to pay attention to big and little, today, tomorrow and yesterday.

Be well


Winter November 30, 2016 at 3:53 pm

Judging from other posts here, we are all “trying to wake up” and “be aware.” It is certainly needed in this day and time!!


Elaine G McGillicuddy October 6, 2016 at 3:06 am

Dear Winter,
First of all, I really appreciate what you’ve shared here! And it was doubly meaningful because, on August 22 I myself fell. My teva simply caught on the asphalt as I was setting out for a walk. I totally lost my footing and landed on my right wrist, left jaw and temple, and (as I realized later) my upper left arm hit the curb when I fell on our Avalon Road (without sidewalks). The buldge that appeared on my inner arms above the right wrist disappeared soon after doing the RICE thing (rest/ice/compression/elevation). But what awes me to the point that I’m glad it happened is this: I HAVE osteoporosis – not osteopaenia, but the real thing, and yet, I did not break my right wrist. I was almost glad it happened because it proved that what I do daily to keep my wrist bones strong – a doorway handstand – is actually working! Blessings on you and Michael! Elaine


Winter November 30, 2016 at 3:52 pm

I was thinking about you this morning, Elaine and how you so faithfully practice yoga…which I have, once again, taken up. It is so valuable!!!


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