In the innerdance process, the senses are affected in two ways: 1.) Sensitivity to energies are heightened. Sound, vibrations, touch, colors become extremely vibrant. 2.) Sensory registers become discretely separate. The sense of smell, sight, sound are simultaneously felt, not just as one hodgepodge. To a great degree, we begin to sense aspects of the world in sophisticated particularities.
The sensory inputs are intact as they are, yet they are felt because of their interrelationships. The more we see, the more we feel, hear, etc. As we are touched in one way, so are we affected in every other unimaginable and unexpected way.
A facilitator from Germany named Joerdis shares:"I had visions of words all spun in one single thread, a white one that was infinite and formed new words all the time and then turned itself again into a flat thread… this went on and on but I can’t remember any word. It seemed more like unknown language and actually I realized that the words and letters are not important … it is the base material, whatever that is. Whatever this white line/chord represented, it is writing of the story of our lives, of my life.
I am simply a million particles held together by some omni-present mystical energy. I watched as my hands weaved in geometrical shapes, circling back and forth. In this innerdance session, my hands felt trapped in the middle of energy flows that came from all different directions and seemed to collide in my body.”
Synaesthesia is a recent science that devotes serious interest to the intersections that take place between the senses.
On these notions, innerdance facilitators eventually develop an interest in developmental psychology, basic education and early parenting. The minds of fetuses, infants and toddlers conduct synaesthesias prior to their arrival in language-in-words.
How Many Senses? When Aristotle first demarcated the senses, he said there were only five, and that they are so defined as senses because they have particular sensible properties not shared by others.
In the science of Synaesthesia, not only do we realize we have many more senses than just hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling and touch, Aristotle is secondly debunked by the fact that senses share properties through convergence. Senses are connected and in some sense, aspects of each other. In Synaesthesia, senses co-exist, creating conditions of possibility that allow realities their "realness."