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Flehmen & Your Possible 6th Sense by Mark Hatmaker

[The below is a brief sample from the The Warrior Awareness Program Ekasahpan’a Tebunit’u Nahep’u—Comanche, for roughly “Awake Warrior Tradition.”

It will begin rolling out in 2019 as an adjunct curriculum for RAW Members if they choose and made available for purchase to fellow travelers who are intrigued by auxiliary skills in the various warrior traditions. The Program will provide dozens of exercises, drills, solo and partner practices, and personal experiments to allow Awake Warriors to explore adjunct skills, full-sensory awareness, stalking, skulking and other allied arts culled from Indigenous Warrior practices and traditions world-wide.

The Program will provide in-depth description of the practice, its use in cultural context, and how it was originally trained.

We will follow each practice/exercise with detailed personal experiments with a series of step-by-step drills/tests/templates that allow you to bring a bit of this lost wisdom into your own lives. The templates allow you to chart progress and determine which practice is providing you with the most bang for the buck in regard to training/re-awakening.

Some practices border on the edges of “just beyond.” That is, when originally encountered or confronted with little information the skills have been chalked up to something supernatural.

Some things are not so much supernatural as outside current context or simply misunderstood. To de-bunk the “supernatural” factor each practice will also provide the current state of research regarding how such “beyond” practices may in fact be not so much supernatural as highly trainable.

The below offering is a highly condensed version of the approach.

Where the “Training Hack” at the end of the offering is a mere two-sentences in the program itself it runs to 3-pages of meticulous training steps to “Awaken, Drill, and then Test” the method.

Take nothing on hearsay.

I have been endlessly fascinated with this aspect of the Warrior tradition, there is something viscerally satisfying about working with some bit of old tradition and then one day realize that you can effortlessly determine direction by a simple glance at a rain puddle.

I look forward to sharing the material with other like-minded Warrior-Explorers.]

·        Flehmen-The word is the specific name for the odd sneer or grimace we sometimes see cats make when they stop, open their mouths, sniff the air and the eyes seem to go vacant or even close. What is occurring is they have been caught by a scent that they find particularly succulent—usually the urine marker of a cat of interest. Flehmen does not occur with unpleasant scents [in cat tastes, that is] despite to our human reference the facial expression reading as a “sneer.”

·        While in flehmen mode the cat’s tongue often arches to the roof of its mouth and may be even seen to lick the roof of the mouth to better “take in” what they are experiencing. The reason for the lick is the vomero-nasal or Jacobsen’s organ. It is about an inch-long tubal opening in the roof of the mouth just behind the front teeth—it allows for a more intense combination of taste-smell.

·        It is so significantly different in use it is called a 6th sensory organ in the species that possess it. Humans have trace Jacobsen’s organs but as we moved more heavily into visual mode in our evolutionary history its activation atrophied. It is surmised some of the tracking/identification ability of some indigenous peoples are uses of the remnant Jacobsen’s organ that have not been ignored or stultified by disuse, ignorance of presence, or indifference.

·        Jacobsen’s Organ Hack-One can attempt to “awaken” their own Jacobsen’s Organ by sniffing the air, then tasting the air but in the tasting take an inhalation that uses the tongue to direct the air flow slowly over the roof of the mouth just behind the front teeth. Use of strong-tasting foods or beverages [garlic, coffee, minted chewing gums, for example] and smoking will mask the efficacy of these re-awakening attempts.


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