The sense of self – by Andreas N. Bjørndal

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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

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This article was written by Andreas Bjørndal

There is a common theme in much that I do: • I love to be an active part of growing awareness, insight, inspiration and spreading a unifying knowledge. • I care for promoting health and development, creating improved harmony and unity within the individual as in their relation with their group. • I search for a unified understanding across seemingly unconnected areas of knowledge including perennial as well as scientific. • I have coined the term "holonistic knowledge" which I share in my blog: • I write, blog, debate and teach around the world • I practice complementary therapies as homeopathy and acupuncture as well as counsel and supervise individuals, partners, couples and families to find the core theme in their lives and how they can resolve and master that. Feel free to contact me for questions or a consultation at my mail: Blog: Facebook:


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