Observable, capable of being detected by one of the five senses or surrogate instrumentation (meters, gauges, accelerometers, microphones, detectors, etc.).

Lower Senses (observable)
Hearing Sound
Seeing Light
Smelling Odor

Higher Senses (non-observable)
Sixth Sense

"We do not have five senses. Seeing is a sensation of feeling light waves through our eyes. Hearing is a sensation of feeling light waves through our ears. Tasting and smelling are sensations of feeling light waves reacting upon mouth and nostrils." [Walter Russell, The Secret of Light, page 43-44]

"We may know the vibratory and oscillatory composition of the universe by its numbers or rates of vibration acting upon and through our physical senses or instruments. Our five senses function like narrow band-pass filters allowing narrow ranges of vibration to be perceived. Therefore our sensorial awareness of our surroundings is a mosaic-like construct of the five narrow ranges of vibratory phenomena perceived through these five senses then interpreted in the mind or consciousness. It is a given we are NOT aware of the vast ranges of vibratory phenomena OUTSIDE of those five narrow bands unless through instrumentation of diverse kinds. Figure 1.8 lists some of the frequencies and their modes we interpret as sensual manifestations. We can however know the sense-unknowable through our mind, awareness, consciousness and intellect.

Electromagnetic Scale in Octaves

(numbers and placement of octaves is general)

See Also

Chart of Locked Potentials
Etheric Elements
Etheric Vibratory Scale
Figure 7B.10 - Russells Periodic Chart of the first four octaves of proto-matter
Figure 9.16 - Russells 1-4 Octaves of Matter as Integrated Light - The Universal Constant
Figure 9.17 - Russells Ten Octaves of Matter as Integrated Light - The Universal Constant
Part 12 - Russells Locked Potentials
Scale of the Forces in Octaves
Scale of Locked Potentials

"Man perceives vibrations and oscillations through his senses. These senses act like narrow band-pass filters. Each filter is sensitive to a narrow range of frequencies. Touch is the lowest from 1-32 vibrations per second while hearing is from the 5th through the 13th octave, generally speaking. Visible light occupies only a single octave of vibration from the many octaves. Seeing can not encompass all there is. Hearing on the other hand encompasses a much wider range of vibration and their attendent phenomena or manifestations. The unseen, non-observable, unperceived or occulted universe is a far greater place than simple human senses can be aware. Some are inordinately sensitive to a broader range of frequencies and we call this ability the "sixth sense" or psychic ability in its varied forms. Psychic perception, in general, then is little more than a wider band-pass filter. There is another form of psychic perception or intuition which we will cover in Part 18 - Mind as an Engineerable Force." Dale Pond

"Hence we find, as the churches are named, they are as the forces that are known as the senses, that must be spiritualized by the will of the individual made one in the very activities in a material world." Cayce (281-16) [See Endocrine System]


Quimby The Complete Writings, volume I

"I have spoken of the senses as something that can exist independent of our natural body. This is new to the world or it has never been admitted, for all the senses are attached to and a part of the body, and the idea of their being separated is something which has not dawned upon the intelligence of the world. It may be a belief among some persons but it is not admitted among the scientific. To have a knowledge of this science is to know when an impression is produced on the senses. The senses contain no knowledge of themselves. When a sensation is produced on them, if the soul or identity is aware of it and knows its true meaning, it does not produce the same sensation as though the soul was ignorant of the true meaning. It is very hard for me to define what I want to communicate to you, for there are so many meanings to the same words and they all mean the same thing and contradict each other, that I do not know how to explain what I mean by the senses. I will try to classify them.

"In the first place, I believe matter to be nothing but an idea belonging to the senses, but the natural man does not recognize this idea. I believe mind is matter used by that power that controls the senses for a medium, and used to form any idea that is desired to bring about a truth or specific fact. The senses do not embrace of themselves any idea of good or bad, but are simply the act of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and feeling. All these are independent of knowledge, for the beast and child contain them. Mesmerism proves the life of all of them independent of the body, so I set them down as senses, not matter, or mind, but life or the medium of the soul. The soul or wisdom of the senses is what has never been acknowledged to have an identity but is embraced in the word senses. Here you see I have identified two powers or something independent of matter and independent of each other.

"Now the senses are life and are sensitive to impressions, not through flesh and blood but through the medium called senses. This fills all space and contains all sight, smell, etc., all these are light and light contains all the elements of the senses. The senses may be compared to particles of light. Now suppose God to be the fountain of senses or light; this light contains particles and each particle contains an identity, and the particles are made up of these senses governed by a higher power. Now the strength of the light or senses is the expansion of its light or senses and the diminishing of its senses is the contracting of its light till it can be embraced in a bushel. [See Celestial Radiation]

"Jesus says a wise man will put his light on a bushel instead of under it. Now as each person is a particle of this great light or senses, and the knowledge of it the soul, it knows that its life is not in the contracting of its senses but in the expansion of its life or senses. Therefore the life of the body or ideas is the knowledge of its senses, and the senses are called the eye of truth. So if the eye or truth be single, the whole body is full of light or truth, but if the senses are darkened or contracted or evil, the whole body is full of darkness. Now as the senses like light expand, the error or darkness is annihilated. And the knowledge of the senses is not confined to the idea of matter, like itself in the bushel, but sees itself outside of the idea or bushel and sees into this darkness or world of superstition. So that life or light is in darkness but the darkness comprehendeth it not, and as man is evil or ignorant, he chooses darkness rather than light. For the light would condemn him and destroy his life or ignorance. This truth composes all the life that will exist as a science but the wisdom of darkness reasons in its own element. Its light is its ignorance; its knowledge is matter; its soul is its knowledge and its knowledge is its life and its life is in itself and itself is matter and matter or life is like water so condensed to take the form of solid or ice.

"Science dissolves the solid or ice and decomposes it. Each globule takes its own identity and looks at the solid, as the senses look at the body as an idea of mind so that there is no science or truth or soul; then the whole body or identity is full of darkness. Now take the natural body and compare it to ice and its warmth or cold, its knowledge. You see just how far its eyes or senses can go. It sees its body but it is not acquainted with its destroyer, the sun or science. But as the sun throws its rays on its cold, icy form, a chemical change takes place and decomposition commences. The particles or identity of which it was bound by error is dissolved. It rises and each globule assumes an identity, not that it is ice but that it has broken away from the prison and is now free to assume any form it pleases. This is an illustration of the science man?. Man is made up of ideas like globules of water, the cold or ignorant state of the world like north winds has condensed his ideas into a form or body containing all the ideas of disease and all other bad effects.

"In this state, like the ice, he sees no light of the science and like the particles of water, reasons as though he was the very identity and wisdom of the world and when this body shall be dissolved, it ends its identity. The ice reasons just so, if it reasons at all, but science reasons in this way. Although you dissolve this ice or body you only set the particles free from the error that binds them together and they have a house or identity, not made by the hand of error but eternal, in the science. [Quimby, May 1860]

to be acted upon

Senses, An Explanation

from The Explanation - Questions in Healing

"There is a mistaken notion about the senses. The senses are just what a person knows and the difference between man and beast is in their senses, for man's senses is his wisdom.

"The beast has five senses and a great many human beings have not half so many. Because a human being is deprived of sight, hearing, taste, smelling, does that make him of less value than the brute, who has all the above? The truth is, what a man knows is his senses, not what he smells; his senses are in everything that contains his wisdom. Show an orange to a child; the child's wisdom embraces sight, not smell nor taste nor anything else. Give the child wisdom of what the orange is and put him in full possession of all the knowledge. Then the child is wiser than he was before. So his senses grow with his wisdom and this makes man different from the brute, and the difference is in his senses or wisdom. If a man is as ignorant as the brute, he is worse than one, for he has neglected to fulfill his obligations to himself and God." [Quimby, The Complete Writings, Volume I]

See Also

Etheric Elements
Jnanandriyas organs of sense
Sixth Sense
super sensible
Tanmatras objects of sense
Urim and Thummin

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