I read something today on a neurodivergent blog I follow/write for. It said that people with autism, particularly women, have spiritual experiences and intuitive abilities. I’ve always sort of felt this way, though I’m not sure if the autism label fits for me. I don’t feel like labels matter… but experiences do.
If you’ve been following this blog for a bit, you know that I have an intense connection with the ocean/sea… and that being there can be a spiritual/connecting/grounding experience for me. It’s difficult to explain. Sometimes I can almost hear music. Most of the time I just feel more present than I usually do in “regular” life. Sometimes I get moments of this while swimming laps or swimming in lakes… but there’s something about the sensory experience of being in a huge body of water that’s moving… with you in it. You can’t control how the waves are moving. You can use your energy to swim with it or against it, and sometimes you can’t do anything about where you’re headed… I’ve had a few of those experiences too. There are so so many parallels between the sea’s moods/cycles and life. And it feels more real to me than most of the things I experience with people and on land. Maybe that’s the best way to describe it.
I was trying to explain why I like the sea so much instead of hiking, for example. Don’t get me wrong, I love hiking too, but it’s not so much an all encompassing sensory experience for me. I’m not literally held by a different form of matter and swayed around. Plus, I compared it to reading a Harry Potter book. Go with me for a minute, when I read Harry Potter books, everything is so exciting (especially in the first one). There are so many new things, moving things, exciting actions, interesting characters, and different ways to move and interact with the world. The sea is like that, and IT’S ACTUALLY REAL. You can see so many different types of beings going about their business and just living life. You can see different formations underwater. It’s always different. It’s always new. It’s always something interesting to look at– all the while being enveloped in it and part of it yourself! I don’t know why I don’t typically get that same sensation in air… lol… admittedly, I have. On very rare instances in summer, outside, in nature.
And there you have it. If you’ve ever had one of these intense connections in life, I’d love to hear about it.
~*~ Natalie ~*~
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