I always knew there was something to that! How many of us have said, “This guy gave me bad vibes.” Or, “My spirit doesn’t take that person.” When we say things like that, the person may not have even said or done anything evil to us – yet. However, our feelings screamed that something about that person was just not right. Creepy eh? This is what we call the sixth sense.
The sixth sense is just that, an extrasensory perception (or ESP) beyond our five medically recognized senses — hearing, taste, sight, smell and touch. The colloquial use of the term “sixth sense” refers to our ability to perceive something that isn’t apparently there, such as when you get a sense that the person you’re sitting next to on the train may criminal. Or that someone you meet just isn’t right.
The most fascinating discussion on the issue of Extra Sensory Perception, a variant of the sixth sense, was with distinguished Dominica–born mathematician and physicist, Dr. Sherman Severin. Dr. Severin was notable for being the only person of African descent among the team that developed the materials that led to the Intel chip. He stressed to me that humans communicate without speaking and asked me this question: “Gabe, how many times have you been in a meeting and you are about to say something and someone in the meeting says exactly what you were about to say?” I replied to him that it had happened many times. He also said, “I am sure you have instances when you think of someone, and the next moment they call you on you’re the phone.” I responded that such had also happened to me many of times.
Dr. Severin’s view was that our thought patterns operate on an electronic wavelength, which can be intercepted by others. Interestingly, towards the end of his life, Dr. Severin was consulting on a brain wave intercept technology for a Department of Defense client. In a recent development, scientists at University of California Berkley may have cracked the code for brain wave interpretation – see here www.zmescience.com.
Dr. Carl Jung, one of the fathers of modern psychoanalysis, described intuition as the ability to anticipate change and to see possibilities inherent in a situation. It is also the magic ingredient in new ideas and inventions.
Intuition and creativity are part of our biological make-up going back thousands of years. Archaeologists have uncovered findings that prove our caveman ancestors possessed these abilities to “know something spontaneously, without the conscious use of reasoning”. The evidence shows that although they did not possess language skills and were primarily concerned with survival, primitive humans intuitively used ritual to connect with the mysterious realm of spirit.
There are several recent instances sixth sense saving lives. Self-improvement guru Barrie Davenport refers to the native tribes of Sri Lanka who fled to higher ground before the tsunami in that area in 2004. Hundreds of thousands of others perished. Having had nearly 60,000 years of contact with the natural environment, these indigenous people emulated the animals, and they nearly all survived. These are people who do not depend on technology and must rely on their sixth sense for their very survival. The record is replete with evidence that animals are also known to exhibit certain conduct before the happening of earthquakes and other natural disasters.
Even some non-indigenous folk like you and me have an uncanny ability to be aware of and respond to sixth sense abilities. We’ve heard stories about psychic phenomenon, precognitive dreams, or simply serendipitous events like knowing someone is about to call before the phone rings.
Davenport has made note of some things one can do to heighten their Sixth sense: · Take the time to pay attention. If you don’t slow down, you won’t be able to focus on your intuition and the subtle messages sent to you by others. Don’t cram your life with so much input that you are too busy to stop and acknowledge what your intuition is telling you. Don’t let this psychic gift remain unopened.
· Don’t ignore the vibes you are receiving. Have you ever met someone and felt immediately uncomfortable? Have you sensed that someone was staring at you? Have you had a sense of danger before anything bad has happened? Even if you feel foolish or gullible, don’t ignore these signals. Take appropriate action, especially if you sense danger. You are receiving messages from your subconscious or being alerted by some very subtle physical changes or sensations.
· Go within and ask a question. If you are seeking a solution to a problem, trying to make a decision, or if you need a creative idea, go to a quiet place where you cannot be interrupted. Breathe deeply for several minutes and calm your thoughts. Then ask a question of your subconscious mind. Sit quietly and wait for 10 or 15 minutes. If you don’t get an answer immediately, keep asking the question — before you go to bed, when you wake up, while you are in the car. The power and patterns of all of your senses, insights and memories will converge to provide guidance for you.
· Write down your dreams and learn to interpret them. Your dreams are powerful subconscious dramas playing out while you sleep. They offer insight into your daily problems and life events through common imagery and symbols. Do some research and reading on dream interpretation. In that you can reap the full benefit of all of the messages and psychic support your dreams provide. Keep a dream journal and write down your dreams as soon as you remember them.
· Keep a journal for stream of consciousness ideas. Writing is a very powerful way to tap into your subconscious and to strengthen your intuition. Keep a journal in which you write down thoughts that come to you without your specific focus or intention. I often start writing by first asking, “What do I need to know today?” You’d be amazed at what comes out on your paper! Don’t analyze it while you are writing. Just write even if it seems non-nonsensical. Close the journal and then wait a day before you read it. Like a dream, this information might make more sense to you if you sit on it a while.
· Visualize and speak your intentions. Your subconscious mind, intuition and dreams regularly send messages to you. Try sending messages right back! Visualize what you want to accomplish or your end goal. Speak your intentions out loud as though they are already real. Reinforce your desires with your subconscious mind so that it can work for you to actualize what you want. I’m not suggesting some magical attraction. If you plant a subconscious seed, your mind and senses are going to help the seed germinate and bloom.
· Listen to others with all of your senses, not just your hearing. Be fully engaged when you are listening to someone. Pay attention not only to the words, but also to expressions, smells, gestures and moods. Read the full person, not just the content of the language. In interpersonal relationships and business interactions, this is a dynamic and useful ability. Some of these non-verbal cues are easy to pick up, but others are subtle and require “sensing” a person’s real message. Pay full attention.
· Spend time in nature regularly. When you spend time in nature, you are stimulating and rekindling some of the ancient parts of your brain that were necessary for survival. You are tuning back in to the natural order and creating a heightened sensitivity to the interrelatedness of all living things. You are refilling your “sixth sense tank” so that you have a surplus when you reenter the modern world.
There you have it folks! In life we are sure to encounter battles and dangers, chances and opportunities – we need all the help we can get. Be sure to listen to your sixth sense or inner sense of extra-sensory perception. It is not overly dramatic to say that this could save your life, save your country or those around you!
Remembering Dr. Sherman Severin – A Great Mind!
Dr. Sherman Severin (1949-2013) Physicist*Innovator* Teacher
Sherman Severin was born on Dominica where he graduated from the St. Mary’s Academy. He was a co-founder of Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Seattle, Washington, and the former chairman of Marylhurst University’s Graduate Department of Management. Sherman wrote In the Twinkle of an Eye – Corporate Extinction & Rebirth, a book about personal and corporate rebirth during downsizing. Sherman was a national keynote speaker on corporate change, management, generational work issues, and sustaining innovation in large corporations. As a principal management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, he specialized in creating alternative scenarios for business strategies and implementation. Sherman worked on energy deregulation and new environmental technologies. His business and entrepreneurial history includes co-founder and former acting VP of business development, CTO at a national retail energy transaction exchange information clearinghouse, and president and CEO of United Epitaxial Technologies, an engineered materials company. He earned an MBA in Management Science from Iona College in New York, and received his doctorate in Material Science & Solid State Physics from the University of Iowa. Sherman passed away in November 2013.