Plato, c429-347AD, is considered one of the most eminent philosophers in recorded history. He too was fascinated by sensory experiences and was the first to consider non physical realities. Our work with adults at Nature Therapy CIC is about helping people reconnect with their inner selves through connecting with nature. We promote enhancing our sensory experiences as part of this. Be that through mindfully walking and smelling the aromas that drift to us, or through creating such masterpieces as soundscapes.
However, I am also aware of the realities that exist outside of bodily experience. By confining our existence on this ball hurtling through space to just five physical senses, we are really doing ourselves an injustice.
It is a little known fact that our senses are actually socially constructed. Don't be silly I am hearing you shout how do you socially construct smell? Just think for a minute about how one smell is appealing to one culture whilst to another it is nauseating. The Chinese delight for one hundred years old eggs springs to mind or incredibly stinky rotten cheeses and fish for others.
In fact how we even define our senses is socially constructed. In western culture we generally accept we have five senses whereas science currently confirms we actually have thirty two. In other cultures they may only define two senses as in past and present, or seven senses, or even fifteen senses. All according to how they have constructed their unique social and cultural realities and language.
As science is evolving and beginning to confirm a lot of what the ancients knew to be truths, it is becoming more and more apparent that we have a sense, or even senses, that exist outside of time and space. Indeed this sense system is so well known - even if it is not recognised in all fields of science yet - that it has been affectionately termed our Sixth Sense.
Our work in Nature Therapy CIC, although focused on the five physical senses, fully acknowledges we have a higher self or a sixth sense that helps us in times of need. We call this our Spiritual Sense as it connects to a bigger picture. Our Spiritual Sense is fed by our physical senses and in turn our Spiritual Sense nourishes our bodies - but if we start to deep listen to the process - then we can begin to trust our instincts more.
We do not advocate any specific religion as we believe each and every person has to find their own pathway on that journey. But, we do advocate people finding their Spiritual Sense, however they may express it, as a way of connecting wholly with themselves and others.