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Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 3:58 pm 
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You know how sometimes you just feel that there must be something there..?

A few years ago me and a friend were visiting the KNP. We were on the Salitjie road and it was already a bit late in the afternoon. We saw some impala ahead of us, in the road and around, so we waited for them to cross the road. I didn't really pay much notice as I was a bit anxious to get to camp before the gates closes. My friend noticed that the impala was crossing the road with a mission, but they weren't running, so I didn't think they were disturbed by something. After they crossed and disappeared into the bush I started to drive off, but my friend asked if we could stay just af few minutes longer because she had this feeling..... :wall: I reversed a bit :? while calculating how much the fine would be and stopped where the impala crossed. 5 minutes went by, 10 minutes went by and just as I wanted to start the car I just heard "There she is". :big_eyes: I couldn't believe it, a beautiful young leopard came out and stared at us, exactly where the impala was 20 minutes ago. It was amazing... We stayed there for as long as we could and lucklily made it back to camp in time.

That just proves once again that being patient is very important in the park. I'm sure there must be some similar stories out there........


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Lulu, what a lovely story.

The intuitive sixth sense is not a myth, it exists. I hear it time and time again in my work. It often saves lives. I think that it is a composite of "messages" that we pick up from your enviroment. Somehow, at a subliminal level, you and your friend sensed something that your could not quite comprehend in the impies behaviour.

If I think about my own experiences in the Park.. I was once traveling with my daughter down Voortrekker road. I needed to get back to camp as we needed to leave later that morning. Something "told me" to go over just one more rise..... then there it was..

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a pride of 10 Lion.

If I think carefully, I must have picked up something from the "silence". I had just been thinking how quiet everything was, even the birds seemed to have stopped singing. There was such a feeling of anxious anticipation. At the time, I thought it was related to having to return to G'teng, but who knows?

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 Post subject: Re: Sixth Sense
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I was in Satara last year and as usual my tent was pitched by the fence.Every morning at 5 we heard the lions roar.As the gates opened we were out of the camp,turned right,around the first corner,over the river and sat and wait.All the other cars flew by as fast as they could.Everyone wants to be first(dont know why)where ever they went.We sat 10 minutes and watched the lions cross the street in front of us.It happened about 3 mornings in a row.
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Rooikat, I couldn't agree more.

I often have a quick cup of coffee at the camp. I will then take my fask and have my next couple of cups at waterholes.

Once, I was having my coffee at a dead waterhole on the S140, I was about to drive away and decided to just wait a couple of minutes. Then....

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Again, I think that the uncanny silence of the "dead" waterhole spoke to me.

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The sixth sense thing is so true. We were driving on the road parrallel to Sabie river from Lower Sabi. I wanted to turn back as the road was too quiet for my liking and i wanted action that morning. Something stirred me on to carry on just up one more hill and just as we went into a dip and came out of it in the road were 3 cheetah. They were very thin and obviously hungry and on the lookout. It was almost lunch time so very hot. We were the only car following them. We followed them for at least half an hour whereafter they veered off into the bushes. Once again on the road as you cross over the bridge near Lower Sabi, instead of going left on the dirt road we drove straight. After 10 min I wanted to turn back but my sister said we should carry on. Just then a caracal crossed the road. What a sighting and she said she had a feeling we were going to see something unusual.

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:hmz: wonder if we can owe this to the fact that we're predators that sometimes become prey..? (This is a retorical question)

The sixth sense has delivered some good results; although it hasn't always guaranteed a predator sighting - sometimes there's just an elephant up the road :wink:

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Intuition, sixth sense, what ever you call it is probably a sum of lots of little indications that we pick up from the surroundings, not realising that we have noticed anything. If we sit down and analyse what is happening all around us ( and with a little help from MM) we might be able to explain it rationally, but the mistery and unknow forces are much more thrilling :wink:

Do we say before something happens: My sixth sense tells me to turn left and oops a leopard or is it afterwards that we say: I knew it, I had a certain feeling.... :hmz:


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:lol: Micetta; I have taken the Mahonieloop clockwise - to get halfway and be told by tourists that the lions were lying in the road if you had gone anti-clock wise! Oops! :lol:

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I believe in the 6th sense...sometimes something inside of you just tells you to do something and amazingly it's right!

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Micetta has a very pertinent point in saying that we often interpret sixth sense "after the fact". We are always seeking to understand our world.

My understanding of intuition is a "knowing" before the fact. Thinking something is about to happen, then it happens.. it might be a phone call from someone we have been thinking of, someone we have not heard from for years, for instance.

Gavin de Becker, in his book, "The Gift of Fear", gives a very good explanation of sixth sense. He sees it as an ability we all have in integrating sumliminal messages from our enviroment. He analyses some of the most serious crimes and demonstrates how it happened because people did not respond to their "intuition".

I often find this in certain situations. I hear people say time and time again, after abusive relationships, "something told me not to go into it, but I refused to listen".

I had a little experience of "sixth sense" on my way to Walter Sisulu. I suddenly started wondering if I was going to be stuck in a police road block. I then wondered if I had any outstanding traffic fines. It triggered a feeling of anxiety... sure enough, as I rounded the bend, I was confronted by a police vehicle stopping a very nervous looking driver.

If one had to look at that, I could attribute it to "being able to see into the future". (I wish, I would have won the Lotto, long ago) However, if one looks at a more scientific explanation of "intuition", or sixth sense, if anyone could really see into my brain and play back events frame by frame... something possibly triggered off an awareness of danger. It was possibly a look of nervousness picked up on a face of a driver travelling in the opposite direction. Our brain is interpreting so much at any given moment and very little passes over into consciousness.

Our dreams are the real repository of our intuition. We might dream of a death and a week later that person dies, filling us with unease and anxiety. What we do not realise is that we possible picked up a certain "lack of energy", or death composite, that we could not interpret at a conscious level.

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wow, very interesting stuff :thumbs_up:

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I think there are many, many more than six senses... :wink:

The Seventh Sense
Written by Zack Jordan on 16 September 2006

From childhood, we are taught that the human body has five senses. I’m sure we can all recite them: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. This list has remained unchanged since the time of Aristotle. To most people, a “sixth sense” refers either to one outside the realm of the scientific, or one that simply does not exist in most humans.

However, ask a neurologist how many senses the human body has, and you might get a surprising answer. Many identify nine or more senses- some listing as many as twenty-one. The first category of senses is the “special” senses, including the familiar sight, hearing, taste, and smell. The second category is made up of the somatic senses, which we usually lump under “touch”- including our perception of pressure, heat, and pain. The third category, however, is not nearly as well-known. These are the interoceptive senses- those that deal with data originating in the body itself.

It is fairly obvious what happens to a person when a sense fails. Many members of society are missing one or more senses. It is common knowledge that blindness is the absence of sight. Deafness, of hearing. Everyone knows what it’s like to lose taste and smell as well; this loss accompanies every head cold. But what happens when the body loses knowledge of itself is a far stranger occurrence.

The interoceptive senses are lumped together in various configurations, but there are basically three. The first– balance– is the sense of the body’s alignment. This is the sense that keeps an animal upright; the famous ability of cats to always land on its feet, for example, is due to this sense. The organic sense is what alerts the body to its internal condition; this is how you know that you are hungry or thirsty. The third sense is known as proprioception. This, put simply, is the brain’s knowledge of the relative positions of the body’s parts.

To visualize this sense, close your eyes and extend your hand in a random direction. Now identify in your mind its exact position and open your eyes. Note that your brain was well aware of your hand’s position, even though none of the “classic” five senses were currently detecting it. This is proprioception. If you want another example of this sense, try driving erratically enough to attract official attention. The familiar walk-the-line and finger-to-nose sobriety tests that you will be subjected to are yet more examples of what your body can do- or at least should be able to do- thanks to proprioception.

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And then of course there are

Clairvoyance...
Remote Viewing
Visualization
Telepathy
Clairaudience
Clairsentience, Clairalience, Clairambience
Empaths, Empathic

:lol: :wink: I have fully developed all these senses! :lol: :wink: Seriously.

Further reading:
Wikipedia article on proprioception
Buy The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat on Amazon

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Indeed our understanding is so limited.. even humour defies our limited structure.

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Nice stories in here. I also believe in the sixth sense, unfortunately mine doesn't seem to work :?
I often had the feeling that something would turn up the next minutes and thern there was.......nothing :slap: :slap:

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Not Your Grandfather's Five Senses

Your 21 (or more) Senses, From The New Scientist.

While schools still teach us that there are five senses - an idea that came courtesy of Aristotle and permeates popular culture - the count is at odds with science. Try grabbing an ice cube with one hand and a red-hot poker with the other, and tell me that what you feel can be encompassed by the favourite five. Go on a white-knuckle ride at any theme park and convince me that everything you experienced was down to sight, sound and touch. You probably had your eyes closed anyway. There is clearly more to sensation than these five categories. So how many senses do we have?

In some ways the answer depends on how we divide our sensory systems up. For example, we could classify senses by the nature of the stimulus. In this sense (as it were) there are just three types, not five - chemical (sensed as tastes, smells or “internally”, as with blood glucose), mechanical (touch and hearing) and light (vision). Some animals also have electroreception or a magnetic sense. All these groups of sensation require quite different sensory systems. Something dissolving on the tongue and producing an odour which permeates up into the nose and fits into a receptor is quite different from the mechanical movement of a hair cell in the inner ear, or a photon hitting the retina.

But we could as easily subdivide these further, and define a “sense” as a system consisting of a specialised cell type responding to a specific signal and reporting to a particular part of the brain. For instance, taste could be seen not as one sense but five - sweet, salt, sour, bitter and “umami”, a Japanese word for the taste of glutamate, which gives us our sense of meaty flavours. Vision could be viewed as one sense (light), two (light and colour) or four (light, red, green and blue). In some animals there are retinal cells which respond only to movement. Some people might consider that to be yet another sense. Neurologists classify pain as cutaneous, somatic or visceral depending on where it is felt - but does this mean they are different sensory systems or are they simply a matter of geography on and in the body?

Many people would agree that they can sense temperature, pressure, touch, joint position (proprioception), body movement (kinaesthesis), balance and feelings associated with a full bladder, an empty stomach or thirst. But there are other monitoring systems in the body that we can never be even dimly “aware of” - sensing the pH of the cerebrospinal fluid would be an example.

And take hearing. Is this one sense, or many hundreds, one per cochlear hair cell? That is probably taking things a bit too far, but it is interesting to note that we can lose high-frequency hearing without losing low-frequency acuity, and vice versa. So maybe they should be thought of separately. The more we study the structure of our sense organs, the more senses we appear to have.

But, intriguing as all this is, sensation alone isn’t really all that important. When we talk of senses, what we really mean are feelings or perceptions. Otherwise we’d be operating not much above the level of an amoeba or a plant. The majority of the natural world gets by with just one or two senses - typically light and touch. A plant that grows to follow the apparent motion of the sun or the Venus fly-trap closing over an insect is merely reacting mechanically to a stimulus.

We, on the other hand, see light and shade but perceive objects, spaces and people, and their positions. We hear sounds, but we perceive voices or music or approaching traffic. We taste and smell a complex mixture of chemical signals, but we perceive the mix as ice cream or an orange or a steak. Perception is the “added value” that the organised brain gives to raw sensory data. Perception goes way beyond the palette of sensations and involves memory, early experiences and higher-level processing.

What you hear, for example, is not just a simple sum of the sounds collected by each ear, but a bigger picture. Various processes come into play, some of which allow the brain to tell the direction of the noise. Even more complex processes enable us to screen out one sound when attending to another. In the well-known “cocktail party phenomenon”, for example, we ignore all extraneous sounds while taking part in a conversation, but can quickly switch focus if someone else mentions our name. The implication is that we were always “listening” to ambient sound but not always “hearing” it, except when it suddenly becomes meaningful. Our perception goes far beyond the bare sensation.


Now, having said all this, I must admit that hubby is the one that often uses an additional sense to find that special sighting! :thumbs_up:

FC, just saw your post. Seems we share common ground. :lol: :wink:

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