The Spell of the Sensuous

David Abrams writes in his book “The Spell of the Sensuous.” “Caught up in a mass of abstractions, our attention hypnotized by a host of human made techniqueologies that only reflect us back to ourselves. It is all too easy for us to forget our carnal inheritance in a more than human matrix of sensations and sensebilities.”
Our world has become so focused on fixed imaging, perceptions and sensibilities, which is all contrary to a deeper reality that all is ongoing and  changing. Investigating in a deeper in a more direct way my experience has come to be, as Abrams reflects, that the  act of perception is more open ended and unfinished. Abram writes “we are never wholly locked into any particular instance of participation”

Our human tendency to want to understand and perceive  through fixed concepts and ideologies without investigation of what can be realized through a more direct experience contributes to us being stuck and not open to what is unfolding. There is something about  being human that finds security in the familiar and the comfortable regardless of wether it reflects a deeper truth and awareness. Contrary to that there is a very creative, authentic, dynamic and adventurous energy that we are inseparable from that lay beneath our acquired habit of ignoring it.

I am not referring to some kind of prescription for a  way of behaving but more about  how we might relate to ourselves, other beings and  existence.

Author: Gord Clements

I find some satisfaction in the act of attempting to express my experience of life through painting, writing, language and other art forms. I have been painting for over thirty five years and combine my love of art with a meditative and contemplative way of life. I have an intuitive sense that true creativity is something that arises from beyond and through Qthe self that can be explored and shared through some form of expression although I always hope to open to the influence of that which is beyond my limited sense of self.

2 thoughts on “The Spell of the Sensuous”

  1. I think those abstractions often act as a halter on feelings we are afraid to let flow freely. Sensual experience is very much about openness and the free flowing of sensations.


    1. Yes I like the notion direct experience absent of all the layers of abstraction and so called objectivity. It is more of a subjective experience it seems.


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