Our five senses each have their own purpose, uniqueness, and value to our overall awareness/being. It is difficult to identify which sense is most valuable to us, and that is not what we will be looking to do in this article. What I do want to examine closer, however, is (as you may have guessed from the title of the article) the incredible power of touch. Let’s now look at several examples of touch.
A mother’s embrace:
The purest, most natural, phenomenon of touch is that of a mother holding her baby. That loving connection, that motherly glow, it is a special bond, and we see it on display in those precious moments shared between a mother and her child. Those first touches are so crucial to our development, and to our comfort level in feeling touch as a nurturing/loving embrace.
A couple holding hands on a walk:
Isn't it such a powerful look when you see a couple holding hands as they walk side-by-side? It happens often enough, but is still also rare enough that it catches our attention. That physical and visible connection demonstrates to onlookers that those two people are in unison with one another. Their bond is strong. Together they walk through life, hand-in-hand.
Basketball players embracing between free throws:
Let’s look now at the example of basketball teammates. Have you ever noticed how the teammates of the player shooting free-throws will converge upon him/her to slap hands, give a pat on the back, and just overall reinforce their support in-between the shots? Those continual touches remind the isolated player (if only in isolation for a moment or two while at the foul line) that there are people in their corner.
How important is touch? It can heal you (along with faith, or course).
When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If i just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?
“You see the people crowded against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ “
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering. (Mark 5:27-34)
Obviously it was the woman’s faith that healed her, but the healing was transferred to her through the power of touch. Not by hearing or seeing Jesus, but by touching him (his cloak). Of course this is just one example of healing, but it still reiterates the importance, and overall power, of touch.
Time and time again, we feel the power of touch in our lives. Much of what we do each day, both consciously an subconsciously, involves touch. For example, in a new romantic relationship that first kiss is one potential embrace that comes with high anticipation. We likely don’t spend as much time in our anticipation of hearing the person’s voice over the phone, or in smelling what perfume/cologne they are wearing. Those sensations are surely part of the excitement, and we know that sounds and smells do provide instant feelings/connections when we encounter them often enough to be able to associate them with a specific person, memory, or feeling, but the physical sensation of touch (the kiss) is the one that we particularly long for.
Music reflects our excitement with the physical touch/embrace. There probably are love songs about seeing or smelling a loved one, but that unique energy associated with touch -- that is where our artistic/linguistic focus most powerfully resonates.
“Oh, my love, my darling
I hunger for your touch”
Lyrics from the song, “Unchained Melody”, made famous by the Righteous Brothers.
“But when you touch me like this
And you hold me like that
I just have to admit
That it's all coming back to me
When I touch you like this
And I hold you like that
It's so hard to believe but it's all coming back to me”
Lyrics from the song, “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now”, made famous by Celine Dion.
Appreciate and embrace in your life the people, and the opportunities, that you are blessed with to share the powerful sensation of touch.
Coach Shane is a disciple of Jesus Christ, a husband, a father, and an entrepreneur. He is an International Coach Federation (ICF) trained life coach and graduate of the Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC) program from the Christian Coach Institute. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) and Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA).
Coach Shane has a heart for helping men, families, and young adults in their earthly walks as they continue to grow and develop into the family, church, business, and community leaders that God is calling them to become. He does not teach about the Bible or religion as a trained Pastor or theologian would, but rather relates Christian principles to the everyday walk of earthly life, doing so from a layman’s perspective. Applying a Christian perspective to real life. For more information visit Coach Shane's website: ShaneHansenCLC.com
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