In the Living Inquiries, they often talk about sensations, words, and images. I understand why since these are the main component of most inquiry sessions.
Still, something else is more precise and makes more sense to me.
I tend to think about it as sensory input and imagination.
Our experience consists of sensory input and imagination. Sensory input is sight, sound, smell, taste, sensations, movement and a few other things. Imagination is basically imagined sensory input. Imagined sight, sound, smell, taste, movement etc. Even words are imagined sound and/or images (of letters, words). Imagination can also be called thought in this context.
In the Living Inquiries, we tend to focus on sensations, images, and words, although the rest comes in now and then. Sometimes, we explore actual or imagined sound, smell, taste, movement, or something else.
It’s a slight difference but it’s an important one for me because it seems a bit more accurate. And since it’s more accurate, it feels more simple.
In previous posts, most from several years ago, I wrote about this as sense field explorations. We have the sense fields which includes sight, sound, smell, taste, sensations, movement, and also the mental field (imagination).
- sensory input + imagination
- examine how combine to create our experience
- specifically, sensations + imagination (imagined sight, sound, taste, smell, sensations + words – made up of sound / sight)
- in LI talk about sensations + w/i but I like to be more precise when talk about it…. makes more sense to me + less confusion