When Jocelyn was not working at the university, she liked to stay home with her cats and do crafts. She reported occasionally, when she was not thinking about anything in particular, she would smell her grandfather’s pipe tobacco. This was a comforting smell to her because they had a good relationship. The pipe tobacco smell drifted through her awareness and just as gracefully disappeared.
Rachel is a medical doctor and does not have many places she can feel safe about sharing her intuitive awareness. After discussing different ways people experience someone who has passed over, she reported this had happened to her a number of times. Rachel related, especially when she was feeling disconnected, she would smell violets, which was the smell of her grandmother’s perfume. Like Jocelyn, this was very comforting to her.
The fast paced world and stresses that many people live in does not leave room for the subtle awareness where these experiences beyond the five senses take place. Western culture is also less comfortable with these intuitions and does not like to give space for them either. This does not mean they are not as significant. It means when people get too busy or disconnected they can be shut off from this innate part of our awareness. Take time to notice, listen, smell, feel, sense, and see all that is present.