Many people think they have to fit their reality into some belief system or another, whether it be religion, atheism, paganism, science, communism, “the bottom line” or what have you, as if there were just one system that held the ultimate truth.
On the other hand, many people sense the miraculous mystery of life and have no need to believe or prove themselves right or argue about it.
The bodily felt sense is an excellent indicator of personal truth. When truth is there, the body feels full of life and meaning. It feels open, and new possibilities arise.
The bodily felt sense of situations is part of the process of life and what moves life forward. It is not about belief systems or conceptual frameworks. Familiarity with felt sensing can help people get perspective on the polarization that is happening in America that prevents us from living the values upon which our country was founded.
When we know how to Focus and how to Listen, we can listen for the reasons that each person feels as he or she does.
A body sense of wanting to convince, or of fear that if one is not an exemplary representative of ones belief system, one will “go to hell” or “be exposed as a hypocrite”—this body sense might feel tight, troubled, pressured, uncomfortable, limited and limiting.
Gendlin’s Philosophy of the Implicit has a practice: the practice of Focusing.
Children are not encouraged to pay attention to something inside that feels and knows.
And I am sharing my thoughts with you, dear reader. Let me know what you think!