Oh no, don’t even start it! 6 senses? We all know that there are just 5! Or are there just 5? Maybe there are 6! Or maybe there are even more than 6 but just as anything that wasn’t acknowledged into existence before extensive ‘scientific’ research, other kind of research may still need to happen.
The other day I was teaching a classroom of 4 and 5 year old children on the senses. I brought with me a flap book that my daughter loves so much and I showed them all the ‘senses’ that were described in the book. At the end of the teaching session they could all proudly point to their eyes, ears, nose, mouth and show me their finger tips correctly naming the senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. All true and documented extensively for anyone to learn about and reference solidly.
A 6th sense, you might get where I am going, is at this point in time, perhaps not so much ‘scientifically’ acknowledged with the certainty that quantitative research provides to us logical and rational beings. However, the knowledge is here, the resources and facilitators are here, and at least in the private and personal space we dare discuss such topics regardless what science says. There is an undeniable belief in something that we can not see, hear, smell, taste and touch in the basic definition of the senses as we know them today. There are countless stories of miracles, deja-vu’s, telepathic experiences, out of body experiences, near death experiences, a deep feeling of knowing, messages out of this world being channeled and the list goes on to a remarkable amount of things that all have one thing in common: we don’t really know how to quantify all of that and prove it that it is ‘true’ in the way that it is acceptable for academia.
Although it may seem as it is difficult to prove, there is a side of academia that accepts qualitative research more and more. There are rules to abide by for a study that is qualitative in nature to be accepted as a true study, just as there are rules for quantitative research. And here is the surprise that I recently came to realize: there are tons of texts, experiments, and studies that have done exactly that, namely, they have searched for proof that something is true or untrue, which is basically proving or disproving a hypothesis, and have thus drawn conclusions on which you can make your own informed decisions. Just as quantitative research does. The missing link in here is that all these studies, texts, experiments, and so on, have not been collected on the basis of growing a library body of evidence. They are random. Perhaps it is time to gather all these rich bounties and give them the labels that academia does so that they can be recognized as truths in circles that are wider than our private and personal lives.
The 6th sense needs a name perhaps. I don’t have one. But I know it has to do with something that can not be defined by sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. It is something else, something of it’s own. I know that you know what I am talking about!
If it were to have a name, what would you name it?
With Love, In Light, For Peace,