The Sixth Sense

The “sixth sense” is our neglected capability to embrace the complex – if not paradoxical – experience of being reflexively present to our living body, i.e., of bringing attention and noticing what happens to it while simultaneously letting go of the will to control in advance what is about to happen, and accepting there are so many things we don’t know and we cannot know about the body and its environment—in order to let our ‘absence’ from the body guide us through an unselfconscious moment-by-moment exploratory process.

Our body is alive without us having to consciously think about it all the times. This unself-conscious, automatic function is its extraordinary power. This power works through a pre-reflective sensory process of movement awareness, also known as kinesthesia, which is both what allows us to perceive our bodies in a qualitative process of becoming and that process of becoming itself.

Most of the times, we tend to take kinesthetic actualities and possibilities for granted – or to even repress them. However, the more we take for granted, the less we live in the moment and the less we can tap into our sensory movement potential. We tend to be more attuned to the five traditional ways of sensing the outer world - and especially to seeing - rather than with the more intimate sense which makes it possible to be aware of outer sensing in terms of our internal bodily experience. How can we question our natural attitude to make our body more available to perceive and engage with some of the gaps irregularly scattered throughout the apparently unified perceptual fabrics of our lived experience?

There is no simple, direct path from the apparent unity of perception (a reductionist sense of continuity across inner and outer worlds) to the unsettling of habitual perceptual modes (the disruption of such continuous appearances) and the emerging possibilities of dwelling creatively in uncharted territories. The practice of somatic movement arts - including in particular various improvisational and relational forms of dance and performance - is proposed here as a way to open gaps in your presumptive concepts and images (of self, world and body) and use these gaps as portals to a deeper and thicker understanding of bodily life - and, in turn, of the complementary mechanisms of creation and thought.

TO LEARN MORE ON HOW YOU CAN DISCOVER AND DEVELOP YOUR "SIXTH SENSE" TO AFFECT YOUR PERSONAL EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS AND EVERYDAY LIFE AND TRANSFORM YOUR CONNECTION WITH OTHERS AND THE ENVIRONMENT, YOU CAN START BY WATCHING RAFFAELE RUFO'S INSPIRATIONAL VIDEOS BELOW.

 
 

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