Come to your Senses

Our language gives us a lot of clues about our needs. We have gut feelings, look as if the weight of the world is on our shoulders, have to put our back into physical work (even though nine times out of ten it is the legs we should really be using!) Things feel right or wrong, a situation smells iffy or wrong. All these metaphors (if I remember my English lessons correctly) exist because the senses they depend on are important. We feel danger rather than think it.

In today’s world in many ways sight and sound are at the top of the hierarchy of senses. Information and logic are more important than intuition. Science is more important than art or so subjects chosen at A level would imply. Jonathan HInde wrote about this on Aromachat recently and pointed out that we are overwhelmed with audio-visual information whereas touch, taste and smell have been relegated to a lesser status. Indeed, the senses of taste and smell are largely important to many only in the context of cooking and eating. Yet, at one time our sense of smell would have been vital to our safety.

Another measure of the relative importance of the senses is the number of people who will pay to go to a music concert compared to those who will have a massage. Aromatherapy can combine the senses of touch and smell to not only bring pleasure but also to help us return to a balance in our lives and bodies. It can stimulate the body’s and the mind’s abilities to heal and nurture themselves in a way that is all too often missing in modern life.