Have there been times in your life when you:
- Suddenly thought about someone you hadn’t heard from or seen in ages only to see them on the street, or have them call you soon after? Did you think that this was simply a coincidence, a chance event, and then gave it no further thought?
- Walked into a house and instantly felt uncomfortable as if something felt ‘off’ – you could feel it but couldn’t see or explain it as you were not too sure what it was? Did you simply think that you were imagining what you were feeling and put it aside?
- Asked someone how they were and when they replied, “Fine” or “Good” – you felt that they were not telling you the truth but you held back from saying so just in case you had got it wrong?
If you were to stop now for a moment and allow yourself to feel into these experiences again, and any other similar ones you have had, is it possible that these moments were not a coincidence, not by chance or your imagination playing tricks on you, but that there was something else at work: something that somewhere deep inside you seemed vaguely familiar?
I have come to understand that this something is our sixth sense, otherwise known as our clairsentience, an inner and all-knowing feeling that you feel with every particle of your body, leaving you with no doubt as to the truth of any situation. You don’t feel it just in your gut, as people often describe, and not in your head, but you feel it with all of your body. Whether you realise it or not, it’s a feeling that you have had a multitude of times in your life but have probably put aside as you just didn’t understand it, and perhaps it may have even scared you a little.
In the world we live in we are raised, in the main, to focus on our five senses – taste, touch, smell, hearing and sight, but rather curiously we are not taught about our sixth sense and the fact that this sense is actually a part of us from the day we are born. This sixth sense is not about seeing dead bodies, as in the movie of the same name, but knowing that you are connected to everything around you, all of the time. This becomes even clearer when you come to know the fact that “everything is energy.” Yes, we are energy and everything around us is energy, so it therefore follows that we live in a great big pool of energy. This energy is passing through us in every second of our lives; it never stops, so we can choose to feel it, or not. It’s like being in a swimming pool and whatever the person in the deep end does, you can feel the consequences in the shallow end, in fact anywhere in the pool. This is our sixth sense or clairsentience.
It is that sense that when you were little, supported you to know:
- That a particular adult wasn’t nice to be around and that there was no way you wanted to hug or kiss them, especially when you were told to do so.
- When your mother and father were not happy even though they were pretending that they were, which ended up really confusing you, as you wondered why they were lying.
- That the ’monsters’ in your room at night were definitely not a figment of your imagination, even though your parents tried hard to convince you otherwise.
It is the sense that, when you shared it with adults, often made them feel very uncomfortable as they simply did not know how to respond to the truth that they were being presented with. Could this have been because their clairsentience was so shut down, a thing of the past? But it is important to remember that these adults were also children once and also lived, as we all did during that stage of our lives, in a totally natural relationship with this sense, our clairsentience: we knew it wasn’t something to be called special, it was simply a part of who we were, just like our other five senses.
So what happened for us to lose this natural ability to feel and connect to everyone and everything around us? Sadly, it doesn’t take much, simply the planting of a seed of doubt into what we innately know, causing us to feel that it may not actually be true after all, and with the planting of another seed and another, any natural sense of the knowing of the truth begins to be slowly buried.
For example: a four year old girl gets a sense that her father’s new girlfriend is angry with her but she doesn’t know why. She doesn’t know that this young woman is actually jealous of the close relationship her father has with his daughter, but she can feel that something is not right. As far as the little girl is concerned, she has done nothing wrong but the doubt starts to niggle away at her inner-knowing and the feeling won’t go away.
She follows this woman when she goes into another room and asks the question: “Why are you angry?” to which the reply comes back very tersely, “I’m not angry!” So what happens in that pivotal moment? Firstly, the child’s knowing begins to be shaken, the feeling that she has had clearly within her is being challenged by the words she is hearing, words from an adult who she feels probably knows more than she does. So the first seed of doubt is sown and if this little girl does not receive the confirmation that what she felt was true, this seed will begin to sprout and the doubt will continue to grow so the next time she feels something to be true, she will probably hold back from saying what she feels just in case she is shut down once more.
Yes, it is that simple, the inner-knowing of the truth can be shattered in one moment and in a child’s life there are sure to be many more moments like this one, especially when they start school where thinking is championed and feeling is nowhere to be found in the school curriculum.
But our sixth sense doesn’t go away, even though at times it is buried under endless layers of life experiences. Through illness, disease or injury we can lose our other five senses; our hearing, our taste, our sight, our smell, even our sense of touch, but we can never lose our sixth sense. It can be buried by our childhood and life experiences, we can choose to ignore it, but it never goes away. It patiently waits for us to realise that it is there, that it is a natural part of us and when re-connected to, it can make sense of a world that often doesn’t make sense. It can bring simplicity to a way of living that we have often made complicated and it can bring a depth of relationship to those around us that we never felt was possible. And it can bring the joy and the deep connection to the world we lived in so naturally as children back into our lives again.
By Ingrid Ward, West Auckland, New Zealand