Please read Savouring Scents first.

I repeat: Tastes and smells involve inner body awareness. This is so subjective that it would be easy for any individual to start deluding themselves about how it feels, and i don't want to get involved in anything an innocent animal wouldn't feel.

So on the subject of inner body awareness, there is are subsidiary pages discussing the need to ask young children how it really feels. I need them to teach me. What is a healthy and natural approach to taste, smell, and inner body awareness?

Normal Smelling - With The Lips Closed

The first smelling exercise was vital. I find it essential to have gone through this process of separating the in and out-smell. But now, after several years of practicing that, i am starting to explore it all again with the normal way humans have of smelling.

This could be a very complex subject, if you have any experience which is not mentioned please contact me.

When humans consciously smell-in, they can sense the smell in their foreheads, cheeks, and probably anywhere in the upper head area. However the main everyday felt-reality for humans is that the breath and smell seem to curl round into the back of mouth, and it is sensed, in fact tasted, with the upper surface of the tongue and the roof of the mouth.

This sensation of the mouth tasting the breath is reinforced because on the out-breath, the air and smell clearly curls around in the mouth, and then (if you forget everything you know) it seems to come directly through the mouth and out of the nostrils, so that the way it feels internally (and quite irrationally), is that the roof of the mouth is directly connected with the nostrils.

With our 'normal' way of smelling with the mouth closed, the in and out-smells become merged in the mouth, neck, and head area. There are areas where in-smell or out-smell seem to predominate, but they are not as clear as in the separating exercise. The body sensation of the in-smell going to the sides, legs and arms, with the out-smell coming from the stomach are still clear, but the head and neck sensations are totally different.

I obviously can't prove this, but i think if you forget all you know and just smell, it's easy to experience it yourself.

It feels as though the in and out-smells fills up this larger mouth area. It feels as though the roof of the mouth is much higher than it actually is. By concentrating on the sensation, the oral cavity can become so large that it can sometimes feel as though it fills the entire brain area, leaving about an inch of skull around it.

Even a rudimentary self examination shows that all this cannot be true. But i doubt if young children or animals would ever think about examining themselves in this way. This sensation of the mouth being very big, almost as big as the head, needs to be confirmed by questioning young children.

I suggest that this is the felt-reality for humans, and if so, then it is necessary to experience it fully. It is vital to recognise the felt-reality. In the same way that emotionally and psychologically we need to be in touch with our feelings and recognise them, even if they are irrational, in order to be whole. To heal ourselves physically and make us whole, we must acknowledge these irrational inner body sensations and work with them.

Smelling in the normal way stimulates the soft palate and the back of the throat near the lower brain. I suspect this has far greater significance than i can explain.

There are sure to be other methods of smelling which i haven't yet discovered. I welcome your feedback.

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