Category: interoception

What Do Your Feelings Look Like?

What feelings does this picture speak to you about?

Have you ever felt like you had to insulate yourself from difficult situations? Were you trying to create positive change in your life but still had to deal with difficult situations in your family or old home? How would YOU express those feelings in pictures?

This picture is how I did that about 18 years ago. It’s taken from the visual journal I kept at the time. The astronaut suit describes the situation well, but notice the bright green colours behind me. I was feeling positive about the changes in my life but long time relationships and memories were still very challenging for me. Taking time to think of images that honoured my feelings and pouring my energy into using colour and form to express my non verbal feelings was a powerful way for me to become more conscious of my processes, to work out my emotional connections – to harmonize my consciousness.

How does the word ‘insulated’ describe my actual experience? How do I know I feel I have to protect myself? How does my stomach feel, my throat, my heart, my eyeballs? Thinking, rationalizing and explaining using words, keep us at a distance from our emotions. Non verbal forms of communication ride on the senses, are are direct and transformative experiences.

A visual journal stimulates cellular transformation of our inner structures by introducing NOVEL experience to our senses. We get stuck in using the same words and phrases. They trigger the same responses in us and we run on with that. Creating images bypasses our language processing centres. A visual journal provides a means to track and reflect on experience over time in a more responsive, wordless way. It increases and harmonizes our consciousness.

Healing is a biological process which involves our cells, tissues, blood, mucous, muscles, bones and so on. Our very biology lives and breathes imagery for our brain mapping processes, so when we contact inner imagery directly, we are on our same page.

A portion of the above is an excerpt from my book “Harmonizing Consciousness.”

If Inner Sensations Are Calm, Meditation Is Easy… But …

Who knows this meditation experience? This image is my subjective experience that I painted into my visual journal 15 years ago. I was on a three month meditation retreat alone in the wilderness. I was trying to be peaceful and silent and a whole bunch of birds decided to squawk and make a ruckus all around me. The nerve.

If my inner sensations are calm, my meditation is calm. How to get there…

A first for the world!!! Introducting the Interoception Classification Project

I am super excited to announce that a project called “Interoception Classification Project” was launched at the University of Luxembourg last year. There is a lot of confusion about how to classify our inner sensations (aka subjective experience) so this is very good news!  Here is a link to their blog: http://blog.associatie.kuleuven.be/icp/ 

I will be following their insights with great interest. The first course to be launched in GorillaFriend’s “Subjective Experience University” will be a mini course on how to know our organic intelligence – also know as our inner sensations, perceptions of the body within, or interoception.

This is a picture from my visual journal, which is a great place to record our experience of inner sensations. This picture is called “Agitation.” Keep watch for the online course about how to keep and interpret a visual journal.