Stage one: Experiencing

 thank you to  Alexander Baxevanis  for sharing this  photo

thank you to Alexander Baxevanis for sharing this photo

In this post, we will look at the three questions that help us explore our sensual experience. Our sensual experience does not have to be a pure experience, but maybe a piece of art or a powerful music was the source of inspiration. Sensual experience is a catalyst for our beliefs.  The mental models we create helps us to focus the large amount of information into manageable pieces that we need to make decisions and take actions. Often when we encounter a strong emotion when engaging our core belief, we encounter a feeling that we cannot control.  If we sort through the messy feelings we have, we can move beyond the loss of control and move toward a healthier relationship with them.

First question: 

What were your sensual experiences?

What information did the surrounding world communicate to you? What did you see, taste, touch, smell, and hear?  Sensual experience is a catalyst for our beliefs. Sensual experience may be from our personal history. It does not have to be a pure experience, but maybe a piece of art or a powerful music that inspired your sensual experience.


Second question:

What did you think? 

What’s going on in your head? What are your thoughts during this experience? We know from neurological research that our brain takes in a lot more information than we actually use. Often, we create mental models to process overwhelming information and to break into manageable pieces that we need to make decisions and take actions.  The mental models then become a core component of what we believe.

Third question:

What did you feel?

Often when we engage our core belief, we experience a strong emotion. That usually means encountering a feeling that we cannot control. That may be perceived as opposite of what God would command. It is very easy in these moments to repress and deny these feelings. But if we do not work through them, they will come back later to do more harm. It is best to acknowledge them and see the relationship these feelings have with both the sensual experiences and the thoughts we have. If we sort through the messy feelings we have, we can move beyond the loss of control and move toward a healthier relationship with them.


This post looked at the three questions that help us explore our experience: What were your sensual experiences? What did you think? What did you feel? The sensual experience stimulate our beliefs, which may be from our personal history but it does not have to be a pure experience.  The mental models we create help to focus the large amount of information into manageable pieces so that we can decide and take actions. Often when we encounter a strong emotion when engaging our core belief, we encounter a feeling that we cannot control.  If we sort through the messy feelings we have, we can move beyond the loss of control and move toward a healthier relationship with those feelings. In the next post, we will explore how to use this description of this experience to understand the beliefs that are in play here.