We live in the age of anxiety and our challenge is the transformation of personal anxiety into personal confidence.
Anxiety arises out of a feeling of a gap. A gap is a break in continuity that asks for restoration. It is a hole or interval between you and what you desire that must be bridged. It is a lack of harmony or fit that requires alteration and adjustment.
Gaps occur in our relationship to our bodies, in our relationship to the world, and in our relationship to others. All these relationships are known through our perceptions. If our perceptions are distorted or our organs of perceptions are damaged restoration, bridging, alteration and adjustment appear difficult or impossible. Life becomes threatening. Anxiety increases.
Even confidence in our relationship to God or Spirit asks us to be “grounded” in our earthly perceptions first. Without this healthy and essential earthly life, our spiritual lives live over a gap in human experience.
Consequenttly, a very important way of managing, resolving or eliminating all forms of anxiety is to attend to our perceptions and our organs of perception.
From the perspective of inner development, we can look at twelve senses, twelve organs of perception:
4 senses give us our perception of our embodied self, the world within our skin:
the sense of touch or boundary,
the sense of well-being including our sense of hunger, thirst, exhaustion and pain,
the sense of self-movement and contraction and expansion, and
the sense of balance and uprightness.
4 senses give us our perception of the world beyond our skin:
4 senses give us our perception of what lives within the souls of others:
the sense of word and gesture,
the sense of thought, idea and ideal, and
the sense of divine individuality in the other.
All twelve senses weave together to shape our soul and the sense of “I am.” Each one is a treasure of experience and information. But each sense is also fragile.
If any of these twelve senses is skewed with too much sensitivity or to little sensitivity, if any as been traumatized, if any has been inflated, depleted, overwhelmed or ignored, we experience distorted and unsafe perceptions of our meaning, our purpose and our significance. We do not find our perceptions harmonious. We become anxious.
an Inner Year program
Over four 60-minute teleseminars, I will offer a creative understanding of the twelve senses. This is not a boring course. It is filled with liberating “aha’s” and healing insights.
I love the senses – they make sense of every thing. When we have a conscious relationship – a real sense of our senses, we can gracefully master life. Anxiety becomes a “wake-up” feeling, instead of a threat. We do not get stuck in anxious feelings but find ourselves moving through a more dynamic process of growing confidence in all our relationships.
Through the Twelve Senses, we learn how to sustain and deepen the feelings:
I am calmly contained within myself.
I meet my needs for nourishment and restoration.
I move gracefully and purposefully in the right direction.
I am elegantly balanced in all matters.
I breathe in life.
I taste the richness of life.
I see life with clarity and focus
I feel the warmth of life
I hear the voices of other souls.
I recognize the words and gestures of other souls.
I discern the thoughts of other souls.
I love the divine essence within other souls.
These are statements free of anxiety. They are declarations of growing confidence. Knowledge of the twelve senses and understanding of the challenges living in our twelve senses give us ways to move from anxiety to confidence.
The Twelve Senses teleseminar will introduce you to each of the twelve senses and help you grasp the myriad ways the senses interact with each other.
In the fullness of summer, we will experience the fullness of our senses.
Join me for this sensuous and sensible study.
an Inner Year program
*four 60 minute sessions
*sessions will be recorded and available to download for 30 days
*emailed handouts and notes
Sundays at 7:30PM Eastern, 4:30PM Pacific –
July 12,19,26, August 2
If you have any questions, email or call me.