My heart has five other senses of its own.
Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi
You have five outer senses with which you navigate the physical world — sight, sound, smell, taste and touch — and you have inner senses that correlate to the outer.
The pleasures of the outer world are limited, because all things physical, mental and emotional have limits. You can only eat so much ice cream and cake or pretzels and beer before you get sick. No matter how hard you try to squeeze happiness out of this world, it’s temporary. People, places and things come and go in time. Our tenuous hold on physical goodness results in fear, insecurity, stress, tension and dis-ease.
The pleasures of the inner realm, on the other hand, have no limits and no adverse side effects. When you turn your awareness inward, you find the love, joy, fulfillment and security you have always longed for. You may enjoy these non-physical pleasures to your heart’s content whenever you wish. The inner realm is always there. It never goes away. It honors your autonomy. You can choose it in this moment, or not. It will never punish you nor will it leave you. You can ignore it but you cannot lose it. Knowing this level of safety and security, you can relax deeply and breathe fully and freely. Health automatically returns.
In you is the purest and most dependable pleasure possible. When you enjoy your inner senses, you become content and peaceful.
Those who see themselves as whole make no demands.
ACIM Workbook Lesson 37