The Sense of Temperature

The eighth sense: TEMPERATURE August 30, 2021 by Amy Huntereece The sense of Temperature is the eighth sense and the fourth of the middle senses, classified as outward and senses of feeling.  These senses are helpful with interpreting the external world. Temperature is different from touch because, as Van Gelder says, “The sense of temperature is observed in relation to your own temperature and to the body surface area being exposed to coldness or heat…The larger the surface area perceiving the change in temperature, the more accurately you estimate the difference.”  A 60… Read More

The Sense of Taste

The sixth sense: TASTE August 30, 2021 by Amy Huntereece The sense of taste is the second of the middle senses, classified as the threshold between the inward and the outward senses of feeling.  Taste is another sense that is usually and widely accepted as a normal sense.  The middle senses are all related to feeling.  This does not mean specifically, the act of feeling something with your skin. That is the sense of touch which is the very first sense and is categorized as a lower sense.  This is because touching is an… Read More

The Sense of Sight

June 17, 2021 by Amy Huntereece The sense of sight is the third of the middle senses, classified as outward and senses of feeling.  These senses are helpful with interpreting the external world. Van Gelder says, “Your eyes are your most important sensory organ. They are the only organs located visibly on your body’s surface. ‘Seeing’ is often used synonymously for ‘observing’ or ‘understanding’. Yet in actual fact, your eyes only see colours and light and dark. You can see shapes, motion and proportions because your eyes move and work together with the senses… Read More

The Sense of Smell

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So far we have looked at the first four senses, the lower senses that are related to the will.  They all pertain specifically to one’s own body. This month we move outward and begin to explore senses that relate to the outside world.  These are the middle senses and are all related to feeling.  This does not mean specifically, the act of feeling something with your skin, that is the sense of touch which is the very first sense and is categorized as a lower sense.  This is because touching is an… Read More

The Sense of Touch

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Touch is the fourth sense among the twelve that Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf Education, developed and introduced about 100 years ago. The sense of touch is a lower sense, classified as physical, inner, or a sense of the will.  We are affected inwardly by touching outwardly.  This begins with birth and continues through our whole lives. We can help our children develop this sense with awareness of what they touch.  Providing a variety of experiences including temperature, texture, and location will strengthen this sense.  A strong sense of touch as a child will give way to… Read More

The Sense of Balance

Balance is the third sense among the twelve that Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf Education, developed and introduced about 100 years ago. On his website, van Gelder indicated Balance was the fourth sense, but Steiner identified it as the third sense in his book, Spiritual Science as a Foundation for Social Forms. The sense of balance is the third of the lower senses, classified as physical, inner, or a sense of the will.  These senses are helpful with perception of one’s own body. This is your proprioceptive system at work! The sense of balance begins… Read More

The Sense of Movement

sense of movement

Movement is the second sense among the twelve that Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf Education, developed and introduced about 100 years ago. The sense of movement is a lower sense, classified as physical, inner, or a sense of the will.  These inward senses make the effects of the external world upon us evident and are helpful with perception of one’s own body. This is your proprioceptive system at work! The sense of movement allows you to know where parts of your body are and what position they are in space.  This may be extremely subtle… Read More

The Sense of Life

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Amy Huntereece, PhD candidate, M.Ed. January 2021 Life is the first sense among the 12 that Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf Education, developed and introduced about 100 years ago. The sense of life is a lower sense, classified as physical, inner, or a sense of the will.  These inward senses make the effects of the external world upon us evident. They are helpful with perception of one’s own body. The sense of life informs you of being full, indigestion, needing to use the toilet, an injury, or a body ache.  Usually this… Read More

Rudolf Steiner’s Theory of the Twelve Senses

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by Amy Huntereece, PhD candidate, M.Ed., January 2021 Note: Steiner’s schema is an ancient wisdom that models a spirit imbued view of science. Though other cultures exemplified a similar, common philosophy of thinking, Steiner was inspired by Goethian thinking. His 12 senses theory offered an educational perspective that provided a way to nourish developing human beings with a more nuanced experience in the world. If the human being proceeded through the development and any senses went underdeveloped, they could be noticed as missing even if people could not explain it. Their absence… Read More