The sense of self – by An­dreas N. Bjørn­dal

In this se­ries about the senses we have reached the 12th sense; “the sense of self” or “sense of ego” or “sense of I”. This is your abil­ity to per­ceive the in­di­vid­u­al­ity of an­other.

The last two ar­ti­cles in this se­ries can be seen as a pro­gres­sion. In the first ar­ti­cles, we cov­ered the five tra­di­tional senses and now we have reached one of the most sub­tle senses. A sense that is still in its de­vel­op­ment and that par­tic­u­larly peo­ple that work with peo­ple as teach­ers, heal­ers, coaches etc. have more pos­si­bil­i­ties to de­velop.

All the last senses have bridged us to the other per­son. The sense of hear­ing lets us hear the voice of the other.  Then we added to that the sense of word or speech which let us per­ceive the words, the lan­guage so we rec­og­nize them even deeper. With the sense of thought or con­cept be­hind the words we get the mean­ing they try to ex­press. When we sense the last we might even con­sider other bet­ter words to cover what the other wants to ex­plain or ex­press.
This sense of mean­ing opens the door to the in­di­vid­ual be­hind the mean­ing; the ego that is in­side mean­ing some­thing, hav­ing the con­cepts.

It is a skill that is dis­cern­ing the good psy­chol­o­gist, the good cog­ni­tive ther­a­pist and the good home­opath, or just the good per­son to talk to. When you can per­ceive this sub­tle level you are close to the core of the other per­son.

If you want to de­velop this skill, make it an ex­er­cise to lis­ten to the words peo­ple choose. Lis­ten to the mean­ing be­hind, try to per­ceive the think­ing and then the thinker be­hind, that I in­side that ex­presses its in­di­vid­ual per­cep­tion and mean­ing.

When we per­ceive that, we start to per­ceive the other per­son’s in­di­vid­u­al­ity, both their whole­ness, or holon as well as their core. This is see­ing the other with the sense of I or In­di­vid­u­al­ity.

In the next ar­ti­cle we will look into how these senses re­late.

Here you can read about the other senses
The eye a ques­tion of per­spec­tive
Wis­dom is hid­den in the ears
Jus­tice a mat­ter of nose
Love comes out of the mouth
The sense of touch is the foun­da­tion of kind­ness
Do we have a sixth sense (pro­pri­o­cep­tion)
When all is well the sense of life gives you com­fort
The sense of bal­ance
The sense of warmth
The sense of speech/ word / lan­guage or mean­ing
The sense of thought

Holon, unity and wholeness, holonistic knowledge, self-development, spirituality, nature and mysticism as the way to truth

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