The ability to sense the heart is not just about hearing, seeing and listening; it goes much further. It is knowing, instinct, the ability to listen without judging. It is open-mindedness, enjoying all the flavors of life and touching reality with all its feelings. This sense, as strange as it may seem, is not something that everyone can take advantage of, let alone enjoy it.
Only a few aspects of psychology are as important as the study of observation. How we perceive things around us and organize and interpret them is part of us and how we interact with other people.
In the 19th century, well-known psychologists and physiologists such as Johannes Peter Müller and Gustav Theodor Fechner began to study the interaction between stimuli and perception. It was sometimes thought that perceptual ability was purely natural, that is, that stimuli alone determine what our experience is like, not factors such as memory, learning, or past experiences.
Today, this approach has changed. It is now known that perception depends on many different factors: motivation, emotions, culture, instinct, past experiences and expectations. So if something is known, it is that everyone perceives the world differently. Some see a certain color as navy blue and others see that same color as purple. One person sees anger in the child, the other in fear.
All this leads to the following conclusion: there are those who look but do not see, and those who hear but do not listen. There are also those who are unable to look beyond what the naked eye sees. But they thus deprive themselves of the world with all its wonderful colors which they would be able to see if they sensed with the heart.
Senses, brain and perception
If we were to ask a random group of people how many senses a person has, probably 90% of them would answer “5”. Since we were young, we have been taught what Aristotle said in his book “On the Soul”. In it, he explained that people receive information about the world through hearing, taste, smell, sight and touch.
However, it is fascinating that in reality we have more than 20 senses, all of which are matched by more “aliasists” (e.g., tasting sour, sweet, etc.). Thus, for example, senses such as motion, posture, temperature, pain, sonar and even alertness could be added. All of these open up tremendous opportunities for us and help us adapt much better to our environment.
It should be noted, however, that not all senses develop in the same way or to the same extent for all people. According to researchers at the University of Washington, the “sense of vigilance” varies a lot between people. Some people experience only a slight sense of danger and are overconfident, which means they are less likely to anticipate potentially dangerous situations. Some, in turn, have an “internal radar,” a sixth sense that warns them of the dangers of certain people or situations. This sense is actually located in the posterior clamp of the brain , which is the area responsible for keeping us alert in previously unknown or strange situations so that we can make decisions as quickly as possible.
Sensing with the heart, real art
Sensation in the heart is associated with sensitivity and openness. It is not only the ability to accept what our senses convey to us, but also the ability to apply solutions, emotions, empathy, and intuition to make deeper interpretations. We call this higher ability to perceive “art” for one particular reason: it allows us to be more aware of things, nature, people, and the world.
It must be said that it is not easy to put such a capacity for observation into practice, as it requires several processes: inner peace, the ability not to draw hasty conclusions, good self-knowledge and, above all, acceptance. For perception sometimes means having to realize that you are incapable of changing many of the things you see. For example, we need to accept people as they are and react accordingly.
Sensing by heart is also one of the highest abilities a person can develop. Why? It allows us to synchronize our senses and emotions by leveraging our experiences. We do it objectively and with the kind of love that makes us look at the world through the lens of respect and thoughtfulness.
So let’s start implementing this kind of openness of the senses and emotions. We learn to perceive the environment more alertly, more openly and, above all, with the heart.