The Most Intimate of the Physical Senses
Touch is, in a sense, the most intimate of the physical senses. The skin must be directly against an object to touch it. There is no intermediary medium, like sound for hearing or light
. So this subtle capacity is a very intimate one. Accurately speaking, it is sensing Essence
Essence. It is the most direct way of perception
. This capacity of touch, connected with the belly center, is very intimately connected with the embodiment
of Essence. It is the body center; its mode of perception is embodiment. Here, perception as touch, and being, are the same act. So this capacity is the most important one.