by Teresa L. DeCicco, PhD
The five senses provide information in a way that allows the majority of people to understand the world around them. Some people, however, are certain they’re able to receive information beyond what they see, taste, smell, hear, and touch. If information is actually received beyond what the everyday physical world reveals, how can we be sure we’re able to recognize, receive, and understand that information?
One of the first signs is that a major life-changing event normally precipitates the ability to know something that cannot be explained with the five senses alone. These life changing events can be in the form of Near-Death-Experiences (NDE), Out-of-Body Experiences (OBE), trauma, catastrophic illness, or any other life event that causes one’s world view to change dramatically. Near-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences often leave people in complete awe of what they’ve experienced. The merging with light, the ability to see one’s own body from a vantage point, communicating telepathically with other beings, and so much more, brings shock and often confusion about what the physical world is really about.
Debilitating illness and pain often result in a similar awareness. Separating from the body in some way while experiencing one’s consciousness, clearly and purely, brings astounding awareness. Many people report a similar revelation while being intoxicated or while having drug-induced experiences. Deep meditation and Shamanic journeys can have similar effects. The consciousness of the experiencer is separated from the body in such a way that there is awareness of this phenomena; the body is but one reality while other realities also exist.
The World Is Not What It Seems
The next phase of knowing comes when the experiencer realizes and accepts the world is not what it seems. The physical world experienced through the senses is not the only world in existence. The world of commerce, fashion, relationships, customs, and culture are but one layer in the fabric of consciousness. There is in fact a world within the world and when one knows and accepts this, living beyond the five senses occurs.
The world within the world is felt and understood in ways where the senses enmesh together to bring perception and understanding in a new way. This new way is often difficult to articulate and may even be a mystery to the experiencer. The phrase, “I just know,” might be one way of expressing the information. “It came to me from nowhere” is another. The reason for this is that information perceived beyond the five senses is subtle and mysterious.
One way to know if you’re indeed living beyond what you see, smell, feel, taste, or hear is the awareness of a new sense called “See-Know-Feel.” Information comes into conscious knowing from an enmeshment of senses, simultaneously. If you look at a person you may see something about them, know something about their life, and feel it to be true, all at the same time; often this occurs with a very strong sensation.
For example, a man hears his boss tell him he’s going to get promoted but he “see-know-feels” that this is not the truth. The information exudes from the boss in a wave of knowing that hits like a flash. If one is not both open and attentive, the information is easily missed. In another situation a young woman extols the virtues of her husband while in a flash the “see-know-feel” wave of information very subtly reveals a secret extramarital affair. The knowing of the information is strong, and perhaps most importantly, can be put to the test in the physical world.
When information is perceived such as a sick family member or a dishonest friend, the knower of the information can sit with it and watch what unfolds. Decisions are made carefully as more and more information is revealed at the physical level. A story unfolds in the physical realm that either matches the “see-know-feel” information or contradicts it. By working with the information beyond the five senses, one can hone the skill and become more adept at using it.
So only the experiencer can know for sure if he or she is living in the world within the world. A trauma or catastrophic experience is followed by the understanding that the physical world is but one reality. The ability to accept and perceive information in the form of “See-Know-Feel” is then confirmed by what occurs in the physical world. By being open to receiving the subtle information and beginning to work with it, one can be sure that life is truly being lived beyond what the five senses alone reveal.