Naturalistic Paganism

2012 Thing on Thursday #11

A key concept introduced in the original “What is Humanistic Paganism?” post was the Five +1.  It refers to the five empirical senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch), plus the additional “sense” of introspection.  It’s a way of conceptualizing looking within, which can be a strange proposition to some.  By analogy to the traditional sense organs, introspection becomes a sixth sense.  To avoid paranormal connotations, the term Five +1 was introduced.

The problem is, the “Five +1” has garnered almost no response at all, despite discussion and a meditation designed around it.  I wonder if the term just doesn’t resonate with people.  Some other term might be better.

That’s why I need your help.

Please rate the appeal of the term from 1-5, with 1 being least and 5 most.

Then please share your suggestions for alternative terms in the comments.


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