“How to Expand More Awareness on a Sensory Level.”
Do you often question, observe, and describe what you see, hear, smell, touch and feel? There is an extraordinary world out there. How do we fine-tune our sensory awareness to expand upon our experiences? It all begins with understanding that life is played on a physical game board. An artist’s vocabulary easily can apply to the external physical world. Do you recall the elements of art? The elements are: line, shape, form, space, texture, value and color. In the physical world we also will apply the principles of three dimensional design in relationship to the elements of art. The principles of three-dimensional deal directly with shape, form, space, weight, balance, volume, mass, and time. Our physical body represents a positive form, our cars are positive forms, our house is a positive form, a city represents a large complex composition of positive forms. Notice that positive forms exist in physical space and thus must have an opposite to understand the whole. Negative space is everything around and outside of the positive space that we and our tangible objects take up. Negative space in its most infinite example is the sky above us. The vastness of the sky represents negative physical space. I view this idea as a metaphor for just what we “could” create with in that space. The possibilities are so vast. Everything and everyone is a physical tangible form. Whether you are aware of this or not, we as forms arrange ourselves onto the large ongoing canvas that we call our reality. Conscious observation of how and what we experience heightens our sense of awareness, while also enriching our consciousness. The everyday seemingly mundane experience of “walking to your mailbox“ can easily be used as a daily example setting for the practice of becoming more aware, as well as living in the now moment. From the moment that you walk out of your living space and into the natural elements of nature you can begin to observe and monitor your experience. Well developed observation and description skills are great activators of the imagination. This in and of itself with help you become more creative in your thought process. Simply by verbally speaking to yourself (either out loud or to yourself inside) you can create a script of your multi-sensory adventures.
Here is a basic example of how you can perform an exercise:
I open the door with my right hand. I am taking notice to the coolness of the door knob. The knob itself is a gold color that resembles brass. The texture of the knob is smooth and cold. My hand fits comfortably over the knob. With my keys already in my left hand I insert it into the lock, I notice how the teeth of the key falls effortlessly into the slot. The key has a distinct sound as it enters the lock. I slowly turn the key to feel the contractions of the locks internal mechanism, it makes a series of clicking sounds that are vaguely different, yet complimentary. I turn around and begin to walk towards the staircase. I feel each step and the different surfaces of the stairs. The staircase is made of cement, it feels differently than the hard wood flooring that leads to my doorway. The air temperature is different now, it was much warmer in my apartment, I now feel a change in physical temperature. My arms react first as the sensation spreads over my chest and down my back. I reach the bottom step and proceed to my mailbox, it is two steps away from the bottom of the stairs. The surface of the floor is also cement, it feels similar to the stairs. I reach my key up to the lock and proceed to place it into the slot, it is a smaller key and a smaller key slot, the lock opens with little sound, I can feel that the interior mechanism is not as sophisticated as the lock on my door, etc. ect…
This is just one simple potential example of how you can observe, feel, and describe what is occurring at any given moment. You may also notice that your ego is no longer in charge rambling on about things in the past or in the future that does not yet exist. You are yourself in the moment and fully aware of it. This repeated process and practice puts you directly in control of your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings. A daily practice of this will help. It could simply be for five minutes each day. Repetition creates order, and conscious repetition creates a habit on purpose. The habitual practice of this simple exercise on a regular basis will strengthen the relationship between your conscious and subconscious mind. These descriptions will also develop your imagination. As you begin to think about these exercises after the actions have taken place, they will help form mental pictures. Your descriptive thoughts and feelings are causes, the result will be access to the desired effect. The effect can be a series of mental pictures that begin to repeat themselves while strengthening each time the exercises is performed. Seriously, have fun, and only fun with this.
illustrations by Ryan Seslow©2012
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