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Feeling To Know
We do not think about feelings to know. Generally we just feel and move on to the next feeling and move on. It is sort of like walking through the garden
and, except for having to breath, never smelling the flowers.
It seems that we are so busy trying to get to where we are going, or think we want to go, that we just do not have time. It is not time; it is now. It is not just the odiferous enjoyment of the smells. We miss out on knowing.
I was watching a show about a lady who was a smeller at a perfume factory. Yes, they pay people to do that. She had supposedly the best nose around the business.
They ask her why her olfactory senses were so good. She replied that it was because she smelled. When she took her morning walks with, her dog, she would stop everywhere and just smell. What does this flower smell like? What about the leafs on this tree? Does the bark of this tree smell different than that other tree? If they walked past a garbage can, she would stop and smell.
Always smelling, she had developed her keen sense of smell. It is not that we can not smell as good as she. We just are not attentive to smelling.
I used to like to cook. Being very involved in the way things taste, I was always tasting this and that. Oh what would this taste like if I added some of this spice or some combination of herbs.
It got to where at that time I could go to a restaurant and taste the food and go home and make it or something very close because I was really tasting what I ate. I was savoring it. I was tasting it. I was thinking about it. I should have been a taste tester.
One time I went into a Greek cafe and ordered Greek spaghetti.
When I asked the owner what makes his sauce different than that of Italian spaghetti, he politely informed me that it was a secret. They brought me the meal. When I checked out, I informed him that it was a pretty much standard spaghetti sauce with a subtle almost unnoticed hint of cinnamon.
He sheepishly grinned and nodded. How did I know? I through practice had developed my tasting sense.
The same thing is true with feeling. Generally we feel just enough to get what we need, and we move on. We really do not have our feelers out. And we move on.
I noticed this in the alternative healing arts. Most people have a set methodology that they are following. They think they need to do this and then that and then something else. Along the way they may feel a little bit, but that is just because they are moving through the protocols, and they happen to pass the feeling.
I was introduced to a form of qigong diagnosis. You in the air move your hand over places on the body and feel concerning how the areas feel, cold, hot, smooth, blocked, etc. [I am being overly simplistic.] As I began doing this, I did not feel very much. But as time went on, I became very sensitive to it. I began to notice the subtleties of the different sensation that are in the aura around the body.
When a friend would come to me with a problem, I would first feel all over the body. The body is all interconnected. I would start where the problem area was and feel the aura there. Then as I moved around the body feeling the different aura feelings I would find other places that had that same subtle feeling.
I had a lady with indigestion who was visiting, and I felt the area in the upper stomach and then searched for other areas. She helped by telling me other areas of discomfort. I found some of them to have the same feeling.
I found that if I worked those other areas first that by the time I got to the apparent problem area the issue was either gone or had subsided radically.
How did I know where to do the reflexology work? I felt and listened.
I was talking with a Chinese healer once and showed him a pocket chart I had gotten for the feet and hands. He looked at it and said, “It is wrong.” He explained to me that charts are made by using models for the reflex points. That is where the points are on them. But everyone is an individual, and their points are in different places.
How did he know where to find the point to apply the needle, strike, pressure, or massage? He found it by feeling.
I had a friend who had a sore muscle. It was well knotted up. I was trying to find the trigger point on the muscle to release it. But I could not find the trigger point in any of the places that by the book I would have expected it to be.
So I said forget the book and where it is supposed to be. I thought the trigger point knows where it is supposed to be. All I have to do is feel it. [I was remembering some teaching that I had received from Chunyi Lin.] “Throw away the methodology and just feel,” I thought. “Do not worry about getting done or what you need to get done. Just feel.”
I reverted to a primal feeler. [That sounds perverted, but you know what I mean.] I gently felt my way up the muscle until I felt a knot. Without words I began to feel what it felt like and waited for the knowing of the feeling.
I was feeling like it was the first time that I had ever felt anything like this. I was experiencing it in its purity how it as an individual knot felt. There is no other knot like it in the world.
When I got fully into the feeling experience, the knot just melted like butter under the gentle pressure of my feeling. How did I know; I felt. I moved to the next muscle and did the same. Each muscle melted instantly like a miracle, as I got into feeling, just feeling. Thereby I was just knowing.
I was at the gentle felt trigger point for each muscle. I was knowing by feeling; I was doing by feeling. More specifically I was not doing; I was feeling.
These principles can work with many areas of life.