See, hear, touch, smell, taste...
Do we take these abilities for granted? I often do.
I have to remember to be thankful for these senses
which give me pleasure, pain, warn me of danger or
illness, let me know when the dinner is done (or
more often in my case, OVERdone), and pretty much
enable me to function in and interact with my
Imagine being born without one or more of the
five basic senses.
Perhaps this is the case for you. It seems to me
that it would be difficult to even know what that
missing sense would have been like if we had never
experienced it in the first place. How would you
explain what the color royal blue is to someone who
had never experienced vision? Or describe the
warble of a songbird to someone who is not familiar
with the concept of sound, much less the difference
between a birds' song and a ringing telephone? How
about describing the aroma or flavor of a
fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie to someone who
has never experienced the delight of "sweet" or
"chocolaty" or "buttery"? (now I'm hungry)
I often ponder the possibility that there are
more senses beyond the standard five. I believe
that all of us have additional senses, but few of
us are willing to use and trust them. Intuitive
abilities are used by animals all the time. Their
survival depends on them. They often seem to "just
know" things. They don't question how they know, or
doubt it or think, "oh my goodness, I must be
evil!" They simply use the abilities given to
I think that little baby people are also born
with these intuitive abilities, but they learn to
suppress them when they find no need to use them.
Maybe parents and teachers even discourage it.
Little Jimmy couldn't have seen a ghost, there's no
such thing as ghosts...or is there? Eventually,
these abilities go the way of the appendix or
tonsil and just kinda hang around and make a
nuisance of themselves once in awhile. Until, like
the tonsils, it's discovered that just because we
didn't understand it's purpose doesn't mean it was
Some of us still have use of intuitions that
we've managed not to suppress. We may feel ashamed,
set aside or weird. Knowing negative future events
before they happen can bring on a feeling of guilt
for not having acted upon the knowledge or hunch...
yet who would listen? Maybe there weren't enough
details available about the event to affect it -
like knowing a plane will crash but having no idea
where. All aviation can't be grounded because some
crazy lady had a vision! Or maybe in attempting to
change it, the "future" would no longer be the
"future"... and we're not supposed to mess with the
future (are we?). It makes my brain tired to think
like that. Stop it!
A difficult thing is describing what it is like
to "sense" with an ability beyond the usual five
senses. Sort of like explaining color to someone
who has never seen or the bird's song to someone
who has never heard, it's nearly impossible to
explain the experience. It's really cool to meet
another person with similar experiences.
Sometimes knowledge comes to me as a voice that
blurts out of my mouth before I think about it (my
husband might say I do that all the time, but I
don't mean like that) and says something like
"we're gonna have an earthquake". Or it may appear
in my mind as a little floating thing like inside
those "magic eight ball" toys. Once I "read" a
future event, in my mind, as text printed in a
newspaper headline. It might appear as a dream
that's more vivid than usual. More often,
information appears to me as mental images. Not
recognizable images (trains, dogs, trees, etc.) but
more like strange and unfamiliar pictures that
aren't really pictures (again, hard to explain).
It's like seeing, only without looking through the
eyes. Sometimes it's a way of "reading" people, or
sharing thoughts and knowing what they are going to
say a few seconds before they say it. Actually
hearing, only not with the ears.. or speaking
without really speaking. Or just picking up on
"vibes", like feelings... Sort of..
Dogs "sense" good people and bad people (unless
they're fooled with a juicy steak). Mountain lions
can "smell" fear. Wild birds know which berries are
edible and which are poison. Ants seem psychically
connected with one another. A flock of birds or
school of fish are able to all turn at the exact
same moment, without texting one another with "left
turn in 20 seconds". I've discovered old dogs tend
to be "talking dogs". They're just full of messages
for us if we listen to them. I love old dogs...
It could be that having a usable sixth sense is
genetic. My mom had it and one of my sons does as
well. I think we could all tap into some of our
unused senses once we turn off our logical,
skeptical, and thinking minds (for a little while)
and pay closer attention to how it could have been
that we knew who was on the phone before we
answered it. It's gotta be more than coincidence
when we start singing a song and then turn on the
radio and hear it playing... often. Or when we are
sending an email to an old friend we haven't spoken
with in a long time, and click "send" just to find
an incoming email... from that old friend.
Coincidences are probably very rare.
©2012, Mary Lou
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Mary Lou St.
Lucas is a former stay-at-home mom who has
participated in custody and divorce-related support
groups. She often speaks out through impassioned
letters to local newspapers regarding issues
affecting quality of life for children and
families. She has experienced divorce, including
the heartbreaking decision to give up daily contact
with her two sons for what she believed was their
best interest at that time, as well as the societal
stigma attached to being a non-custodial mother.
She emphasizes the importance of kids having BOTH
parents in their lives on a regular basis, even if
the parents cannot or will not be married anymore.
She hopes other parents will see that there may be
alternatives to the standard custody arrangements,
depending on the individual situation. She writes
from her perspective of today instead of revisiting
and dwelling on the painful emotions of her past.
She strives to live a full life in spite of a
recent diagnosis of fibromyalgia, and believes a
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