The Role of the Senses in Polarity

eye.jpgHaving the huge array of treatment possibilities that Polarity offers available to us is one thing, but deciding on how to work with an individual requires an ability to diagnose what is going with them on at an energetic level. Polarity has a whole range of diagnostic tools, the skill and art lies in which tool is the best for a specific outcome


The diagnostic procedure is something that starts with the first contact that you have with a client and for the purpose of this post we will focus on the ability of our five senses to relay information about what is going on and provide clues to energetic imbalances. As each sense is related to a particular element then the gestalt of each energy can be assessed.

 Hearing - The Ether Element.

With this element in mind we can create and hold space for our client. We need to establish a ready connection quickly through mirroring and voice tonality to establish and maintain rapport, an energetic connection if you will, that will aid the therapeutic process.

 We need to be open and receptive and really able to listen to them whilst remaining neutral and non judgemental. It is at this first stage that we need to establish clear communication. Don’t get caught up in their story. Content is not as important as the energetic process. Clarify where necessary by asking appropriate questions in response to what they are saying, illuminate incongruities and don’t be afraid to allow the silences to unfold rather than jumping in with questions. Remain open to where the charge is.  That is, make particular note of what topics have emotion associated with them which can reflect unresolved issues.

Listen to the voice tonality and use of specific words. This can often help us to identify which element is in excess or depletion. Excess fire often comes out as harsh, staccato, angry sounding responses, whereas weak fire almost silences the voice, making it weak and soft and often hard to hear.

Listen to the words they use also. Statements like, “ I am stuck in this situation” or “I feel bogged down with all this,” or side stepping the answer to a question all tell us a lot about which element is involved in their problem.

Listen carefully to descriptions of symptoms which can also give away elemental imbalances.  Medical diagnosis is of interest but in the end is just a label. What we need to know is how that particular illness or problem affects that person specifically

Sight - The Fire Element.

Watch the body language. The body is more of a reflection of what is going on below the surface content of their story. Hands spontaneously move to protect certain areas or touch areas that seem unrelated to the presenting problem, or legs twitch with the desire to run or avoid ‘charged’ subjects. The body has a range of communication through movement that we can see if we are vigilant.

We can notice differences in the way a person stands and the way they sit. As they walk into the room their posture may give a message of upright confidence and ease that disappears as the body seems to collapse in the seated posture giving a message of inner insecurity or mistrust. We can also see structural mis-alignments such as a dropped shoulder, a tilted head or rotated pelvis that can give us clues about that person’s emotionality and even overall energy levels.

Touch - The Air Element. 

It is through this sense that we, as Polarity therapists, can diagnose energy imbalances the easiest. It could even be argued that through our hands we not only have the ability to touch, but also to listen and to see. This synaesthesia is something that develops naturally in many of us over time, so much so that we are often unconscious of it.

Through touch we can palpate the physical body ascertaining tension, restriction and holding. We can feel temperature differences which might lead us to conclude where the energy is in excess or depletion.  This energy polarity can also be

accessed through energetic perception. Each of us has a calibration system for concluding if there is too much or too little energy in an area. More importantly we need to be able to feel not only the  energy beneath our hands but also know if it is moving and flowing. We need to be open to unusual sensations, the meaning of which we may have no idea, but

that alert us to areas of significance worthy of extra attention and work. Once again, we need to be open to the feedback from body. When we place our hands on another we are in communication with that person even if we don’t say a word. What is the body saying? Is the energy responsive or not? If not we need to feel where the energy is being held in that person’s system and work to free it.

Taste - The Water Element.

I am not suggesting that go around licking and tasting our clients, that would lead to a whole heap of trouble, but rather here is where intuition, that so called “6th sense” comes into play. By entering a place of empathy we gain the ability to feel what is going on in other person. Getting a ‘taste’ for what their world is like. Sometimes we may get a strange taste in the mouth whilst working or the client may suddenly experience a strange taste. Whilst this is interesting it is not always easy to diagnose what that might mean other than a process of elimination may be occuring.

Smell - The Earth Element. 

Often when working on a client, they will give off certain odours as the body eliminates and seeks balance. This is one of the reasons why it is beneficial to the therapeutic outcome to ask that clients do not wear perfumes or use strong smelling cosmetics and soaps before a session.

That way we can become more aware of such body odours and gain clues to such imbalances in their system.

A fire imbalance has a sulphurous quality to it whereas an air imbalance often presents as a sour smell not unlike the smell of stale garlic. An earth imbalance presents as a sickly sweet, rather unpleasant musty smell.  On rare occasions we may be privy to the so called “odour of sanctity” associated with spirituality where the room is suddenly filled with a sweet, floral fragrance.

By utilising and expanding our senses beyond the normal range that we operate at,  we can cultivate an awareness beyond our everyday usage and we become capable of consciously picking up large amounts of information  that is normally only noticed at an unconscious level.

It stands to reason that the more real information that we can elicit with less dependency on just the spoken word means that we have more skills at our disposable that will lead us to a satisfactory outcome.

 Blake said that the body was the soul's prison unless the five senses are fully developed and open. He considered the senses the 'windows of the soul.' 

Jim Morrison




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