Wednesday, June 24, 2015

100 Human Ways of Experiencing the Universe

 by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen

Here is the second in my lists of 100. This list is based on the list of senses found in The Seven Mysteries of Life by Guy Murchie as well as on Michael Cohen's writings about our senses, based on Murchie's lists, which can be found at Project NatureConnect. However, I have veered from the idea of "senses," which feels limiting and subject to scientific argument about what a sense is, and instead have listed 100 ways that we humans can experience the universe in which we live. We are more aware of some of these than of others. I invite you to see what jumps out at you, and to take time focusing on ones of interest to you.

        1.          Sense of light and sight, including polarized light
2.          Sense of color
3.          Sense of moods and identities attached to colors
4.          Sense of awareness of one's own visibility or invisibility
5.          Sensitivity to radiation other than visible light: ultraviolet light, x-rays; night vision
6.          Ability to experience phosphenes (seeing light without light actually entering the  eye)
7.          Sense of heat
8.          Sense of cold
9.          Sense of temperature change
10.        Sense of seasons including ability to insulate
11.        Electromagnetic sense and polarity, including the ability to generate current in the  nervous system
12.        Hearing, frequency or pitch
13.        Hearing, amplitude or loudness
14.        Hearing, timbre, distinguishing one voice or instrument from another
15.        Hearing, direction of sound
16.        Hearing, resonance, vibrations, sonar frequencies
17.        Awareness of pressure, particularly underground, underwater, and to wind and air
18.        Sense of excretion for waste elimination
19.        Feeling touch on the skin
20.        Sense of sustained touch or pressure
21.        Awareness of dull ache
22.        Awareness of texture
23.        Distinguishing hardness and softness
24.        Distinguishing roughness and smoothness
25.        Sense of weight of external objects
26.        Kinesthesia - awareness of body movement
27.        Proprioception – awareness of relative position of body parts
28.        Sense of external motions
29.        Sense of gravity
30.        Cognition of heartbeat, breathing, blood circulation
31.        Sense of balance
32.        Space or proximity sense
33.        Smell with nose – camphoric (moth balls)
34.        Smell with nose – musky (perfume, after shave)
35.        Smell with nose – floral (roses)
36.        Smell with nose – minty (peppermint)
37.        Smell with nose – ethereal (dry cleaning fluid)
38.        smell with nose – pungent (vinegar, blue cheese)
39.        Smell with nose – putrid (rotten eggs)
40.        Hormonal responses, as to pheromones and other chemical stimuli
41.        Sensing chemical imbalance
42.        Taste – salt
43.        Taste – sweet
44.        Taste – bitter
45.        Taste – sour
46.        Appetite or hunger for food
47.        Thirst
48.        Sense of need for air, suffocation
49.        Urge to hunt or otherwise obtain food
50.        Sense of air humidity; water control, evaporation
51.        Response to pathogens
52.        External pain
53.        Internal pain
54.        Mental or spiritual distress
55.        Sense of fear, dread of injury, death or attack
56.        Sense of falling or potential of falling
57.        Procreative urges including sex awareness, courting, love, mating,
58.        Paternal and maternal instincts
59.        Sense of play, sport
60.        Sense of humor and laughter
61.        Sense of pleasure
62.        Sense of physical place
63.        Navigation senses including awareness of land and seascapes
64.        Sense of rhythm
65.        Awareness of weather changes
66.        Sense of emotional place, of community
67.        Sense of belonging, support, trust
68.        Sense of gratitude, thankfulness and appreciation
69.        Sense of power
70.        Domineering and territorial sense
71.        Compassion and receptive awareness of one's fellow creatures
72.        Sense of personal identity, including friendship and companionship
73.        Awareness of birth and death
74.        Horticultural sense and the ability to cultivate crops
75.        Language and articulation sense, used to express feelings and convey information
76.        Sense of humility
77.        Sense of ethics
78.        Sense of form and shape
79.        Sense of design
80.        Sense of reason, including capacity for logic and science
81.        Sense of mind and consciousness
82.        Intuition or subconscious deduction
83.        Aesthetic sense, including creativity and appreciation of beauty, music, literature,  and drama
84.        Circadian, or daily, rhythm
85.        Sense of time duration
86.        Awareness of past, present and future events
87.        The capacity to hypnotize and be hypnotized
88.        Relaxation and sleep including dreaming, meditation, brain wave awareness
89.        Sense of excessive stress and capitulation
90.        Sense of survival by joining a more established organism
91.        Spiritual sense, including capacity for sublime love, ecstasy,
92.        Conscience, including a sense of wrong and feelings of regret
93.        Experience of grief, profound sorrow and sacrifice
94.        Sensory memory
95.        Long-term memory
96.        Short-term memory
97.        Cosmic consciousness
98.        Muscle-motor memory
99.        Immune memory
100.      Sense of homeostatic unity, of natural attraction, aliveness as the singular essence

Rabbi Katy Allen is a board certified chaplain and serves as a Nature Chaplain and the Facilitator of One Earth Collaborative, a program of Open Spirit. She is the founder and rabbi of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, which holds services outdoors all year long. She is the President of the Boston-based Jewish Climate Action Network

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