Sensory thinking is what we are discussing in this episode of the “Think Zing!” series.
“Man has no Body distinct from his Soul; for that called Body is a portion of Soul discerned by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age.”
– William Blake
I’m sure you know what your sensory senses are and what these systems do for us. Also, I’m sure that you don’t know what we do inside our physical mind, our perceiver, our cells, while our brain, our receiver, is receiving all the information, the stimuli, picked up by our sensory senses.
We use all of our senses to gather the information that is coming at us. Then, as it reaches our brain, we interpret, and literally, filter it, with our physical mind, our perceiver. The cells, again. As you have learned from the previous episode the reality is infinite. We must filter it with our physical mind after the brain receives it through our sensory senses. This is how we have an actual experience of it.
Also, this is sensory thinking.
We are using the sensations, the stimuli, which the sense organs collect from the environment:
- and hearing.
After the reception, filtering reality means that we are deleting, distorting and generalizing everything that is coming at us – which is infinite – in our daily life.
Therefore, with what is left, we make internal representations, which mean:
Or, just thinking. Then, with our thoughts (our internal representations) we create our own reality. It is more like a personal map of it rather than the reality itself.
It is an internal process that occurs so fast we don’t even notice it. We are covering filtering and the way we make internal representations – which is how we are thinking – in the following chapter.
You will learn that you can really choose what kind of internal representations you make. To put it in a simple language, you will see that you can choose how you think. It is a very precise process that once you become aware of, the quality of your life improves tremendously and permanently.
No matter what you do for a living…
… sort of speaking.
Coming back to the sensory thinking, we know that each of our five sensory senses is made of body parts. Organs that have receptors for specific stimuli. They are linked to our receiver; the brain. This is how our brain is using all the impressions, that our senses, sensory systems, are picking up.
We see with our eyes. That’s visual. We hear with our ears. That’s auditory. We smell with our nose. That’s olfactory. We taste stuff in our mouth. That’s gustatory. We touch stuff in all kinds of ways. That is the tactile-kinaesthetic sensory system, which, simply put, is the sense, literally, distributed throughout our entire body.
The nerve endings in the skin and other parts of the body transmit sensations to the brain.
Information – what it is – comes in through our senses.
We receive it. Then we are filtering it; deleting, distorting, and generalizing it. With what’s left, after the filtering process is done, we make what is called internal representations. Again, this is how we are literally thinking! Or, sensory thinking.
I know I said it before, but, practice makes permanent. Repetition is why you are where you are in your life right now. That is why you get what you get in life.
There are several kinds of internal representations:
- internal pictures,
- hearing internal sounds,
- feeling internal sensations,
- smelling internal smells,
- tasting internal tastes,
- and having internal dialogue, which means talking to yourself, which is what I do all the time!
Thank God, I have you, now!
Once again, internal representations mean sensory thinking. Or simply put, thinking.
As you can see, there are six ways through which we think. Six ways through which we can represent things to ourselves internally. These six ways are called thinking modalities. They are
- kinaesthetic, which means feelings and touch,
- olfactory, which means smell,
- gustatory, which means taste,
- and auditory digital, which is internal dialogue.
Most people use the word thinking to mean internal dialogue.
However, we are literally thinking in any of these six modalities.
Each kind of internal representation can be remembered or constructed. In other words, we can remember thoughts or create them. If you think about this morning’s breakfast you’ll create remembered pictures of the food you ate.
If you think about the dinner you will have later this evening you will create internal representations, meaning internal pictures of it, in your physical mind.
Them cells again.
These internal pictures, sounds, internal dialogue, and so on, are representations of reality.
That is why we call them internal representations.
So, as you can see, the internal representations you make, your sensory thinking, resourceful or not, is not the information that was originally picked by your senses. That information has been well modified by you, after the filtering process.
This is literally the mechanics of how we perceive reality. All our internal representations, our sensory thinking, go very fast, and usually without our conscious awareness of it. However, we can become aware of how we do it, and learn to do it consciously and intentionally.
This is what you are learning with this book.
You are thinking thoughts, one after another, all day long. Mostly, you are unaware of them. As you know by now, these can be remembered or constructed, by using the six thinking modalities which we have covered in earlier pages. I will not enumerate them again; you already know what they are. These thinking modalities, also have a number of variables, which are called: thinking submodalities.
We are using them to make distinctions between things!
The thinking submodalities are the smaller elements within your six thinking modalities. They act like a filing system. The sub-modalities are the mental equivalent of putting different types of data in separate folders of various colors, sizes, or types. Thus, you can easily find them, tell them apart, and keep track of them.
Through these submodalities, you are able to make millions of distinctions, every second.
Millions per second!
You are recognizing faces and voices. Keeping track of beliefs and values, which we will cover in the next chapter. Likes and dislikes, and all the other distinctions you make in every moment. This is how you make distinctions between things.
You do it using the submodalities.
Mechanically speaking, discovering your own sub-modalities, which means the distinctions you are using between thoughts while you are thinking, and playing with them is crucial in changing:
- how you feel,
- what you believe,
- what you value,
- how you behave
- and how you act.
You can understand easier and see the importance of submodalities, as I will give you some examples.
When you see an image, a picture of anything in your mind, you might see:
- a movie or a still shot,
- panoramic or a framed picture,
- color or black and white,
- bright or dimmed.
Also, you see the size of the picture, and, you see where the picture is: up or down, left or right.
- the distance of the picture from yourself,
- the angle or the direction of the picture,
- if it is clear or fuzzy,
- three dimensional or flat.
You can see the picture as if you are in it as if it were happening to you. Or as if you are outside of it as if it were happening to someone else. Here is a hinting question: Are you getting the picture?
When you hear a sound in your mind it may be:
- loud or quiet,
- soft or harsh,
- of a high or low pitch.
You can hear inside your own head various timbres, various characteristic sounds such as the voices of people you know. You can hear the movement of the sound, the duration, or the tempo. Hint: How does this sound to you?
Often you get a sensation or an emotion. At times, you might feel a vibration inside you. Often times, I feel tingling sensations. Hot or cold. Other times it has texture or lightness, or it feels heavy. You can feel a location of a feeling and its rhythm, too.
Do you feel what I say?
Wait! There’s more!
There are also the internal tastes or the internal smells but I’m not going to insist on them. These are also very important thinking modalities. People who are working in the perfume business, or chefs, or people in the food industry are using these submodalities a lot.
There is also an internal dialogue.
You can easily understand which are its submodalities just by looking above at internal sounds.
As you make internal representations, as you think your thoughts, you tie them together in certain sequences called thinking strategies. Everything you do and everything you feel is the result of a thinking strategy. A strategy, in this case, is a series of internal representations, of thoughts, arranged in a certain order, almost instantaneously.
This order, the specific sequences of internal representations, or thoughts, always leads you to certain results such as:
Feelings and behaviors.
That is why, thinking strategies, since they end in feelings and behaviors, are essential in determining the results you get. Let’s see procrastination and motivation, for example. The first is a behavior and the second is an emotion and both of them are the end result of a strategy. A thinking strategy. We will cover motivation and its mechanism in the next chapter.
Happiness, sadness, anxiety, depression, the decision to pick up the phone or ignore it, is the culmination of a thinking strategy. Any decision you take is preceded by an internal thought process, (sensory thinking) which ends up in a thinking strategy. Oh, and, yes, by changing a thinking strategy, you will change a finite result.
What is a thinking strategy again?
A thinking strategy is a series of internal representations, a series of thoughts, arranged in a certain order, leading to a certain result. Strategies, as you can see, end in an emotion that triggers a behavior, or a state of mind.
So, you make internal representations. Those are thoughts. You arrange them by categories according to how you make your own distinctions, your thinking submodalities. Then, you tie them together in thinking strategies.
This process makes you behave, act, in a certain way, which is creating your experiences of life, both internally and externally. It is an interconnected processing system. Sensory thinking resulting in a strategy to define perception.
Now, let me show you how you can change perception, intentionally, in 3 steps:
When you change your internal representations, meaning your thoughts, you change your behavior, which is how you act, and your state of being, meaning how you feel.
When you change your state of being, which is how you feel, it changes your behavior, meaning how you act, which is changing your internal representations. Therefore how you think.
When, you change your behavior, which is how you act, it changes your state of being. That is how you feel, which in turns changes your internal representations, meaning how you think.
As you see, in each step of the process there are places where you can make changes. That is why I insist with the mechanics of it. Master the form and you will reshape it as you wish, afterward. The changes you make with the process I have described will expand your perception. Which means you will open up and be ready for more.
When you make changes using this process, you can change the results and everything you experience as physical reality. In the coming episode, we’ll cover even more sensory thinking, which forms an Internal Map Of Reality, which we experience as daily life.
Until then, be well.
You can find all the episodes of the “Think Zing!” series hosted at The Zingnificent Show.