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I decided to start writing this series mostly as a way to approach human design with a bit more fun. I find we can get wrapped up in the wealth of information and all the technicalities of it, that it starts to feel draining (said the projector with open head and ajna centres).

The first super sense (cognition in human design) I tackled was smell, and when deciding on what to approach next, I just opted to go in order. Next up: Taste.

For a quick recap of what cognition is in human design and how to figure out what yours is, check out the smell post.

If you’re already pretty familiar, continue reading.

Taste Cognition

Taste cognition is the second of six cognition tones.

  1. Smell
  2. Taste
  3. Inner vision
  4. Outer vision
  5. Feeling
  6. Touch

Similar to smell cognition, you can pick things up in the air around you. With smell, the information comes in through your nose. With taste, it comes in through your mouth. 

If you have taste cognition, you might have a refined, or very particular, palate. Or, you might hunger for as many tastes and flavours as you can possibly fit into this lifetime. Either way, you literally have “good taste” and it’s important for you to enjoy the flavours of your food and of life.

When this super sense is supported, you can easily get a “taste” for the energy of a room or place. You might like to sample actual flavours or the flavour of a space before deciding to have more or stay longer.

I like to think of our cognition as a channel for intuitive information (not the only channel, of course). Engaging your super sense and doing what you can to support and strengthen it means you are literally strengthening your intuitive abilities).

When you receive intuitive hits or psychic information, are you receiving tastes that you instantly know the meaning of? This could be fun to play with! 

(Psst – we all have psychic abilities! I share about my own journey with developing my psychic abilities here.)

Other factors influencing how you inspire your super sense

The way in which you go about inspiring your super sense will have a lot to do with how you best take in information. This will come back to your digestion (AKA determination in human design). Mine is high sound, so I like things that give me lots of information (books, documentaries, etc.). This could be with or without sound. High sound, to me, doesn’t mean I need a lot of sound all the time. I’ve found it’s more like a high sensitivity to the sound around me – and yes, sometimes that means I need quiet.

Your environment can also play a role. If you are never in your “correct” environment, this may limit the “strength” of your super sense. You can also look at how your environment interacts with your determination.

As an example of how these impact the way I take in information or inspire my super sense, maybe I want to listen to a podcast over reading a book (or vice versa), or maybe I want even more information to take in by adding a visual element with a documentary or show. 

I could also practice identifying smells when I’m in my human design environment – external markets. These are places where I can observe the bustling activity around me. I can look at how what I’m observing in my environment interacts with what the smells I’m picking up on and how I’m feeling (this might be why I LOVE cafes – they’re bustling environments with lots to observe and filled with delicious smells 🤯).

Our super sense delivers intuitive information to us, and then we can tune into our strategy and authority for what to do with that information.

Inspire Your Taste Super Sense

These are some ideas for how you could excite and inspire your super sense / human design cognition. Take what works for you, leave what doesn’t. If you do try any of these out, I’d love to hear what you liked, as well as any other things you tried that I didn’t mention. Feel free to comment below!

I think taste is such a fun one to explore and there are so many different directions you could take this in. Rather than linking to specific books or shows like I did in the smell article, I’m listing general categories here, because there are soooo many resources available related to taste.

  • Food tourism reality shows / documentaries / YouTube series
  • Cookbooks! Food magazines! 
  • Foodie blogs
  • Learn about famous and/or your favorite chefs and what inspired them
  • Books or shows on the history and culture surrounding particular ingredients (like saffron!) or cuisines
  • Okay, a couple links – Uncorked on Netflix (link to YouTube trailer) about a man pursuing his dream to become a sommelier, or Somm (YouTube trailer), a documentary series about sommeliers.
  • Books about taste itself and how it works (Amazon affiliate link to search results)

PRACTICE USING YOUR SUPER SENSE + QUESTIONS FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION

Practicing and strengthening your super sense is as simple as using it. Here are some ideas and questions for reflection:

  • Pick one ingredient to use in every meal, or in one main meal/day, and see if you can taste it in each dish. How is the flavour changed, enhanced, complemented, or overpowered by the other ingredients you cooked with? What do you like or dislike about how this particular ingredient comes out in each dish?
  • What memories do you associate with certain flavours? Which flavours do you associate with feelings of happiness, excitement, longing, etc.?
  • Can you describe what it tastes like when you don’t like a flavour? Where does it hit your tongue? Where do you feel the dislike for this flavour in your body? What does it make you think of?
  • What flavours do you long for but rarely get to taste?
  • Using one ingredient or one flavour, experiment with how it tastes on different parts of your tongue.
  • Do a blind taste test of different foods or drinks. Optionally, record yourself to watch your uncensored reactions after!
  • Try out new restaurants or cuisines!
  • Can you taste the air when you breathe in through your mouth?
  • Can you identify (edible) plants by their flavour?
  • If someone else cooks for you, can you identify the individual components that went into the dish?
  • When eating or drinking anything, try focusing only on that one activity and describe or journal about the gustatory experience. Contrast that with the experience you have when you’re multitasking.
  • Design your own food tour or tasting experience where you live or as a day trip (or a whole vacation! You do you.)
  • Take a moment to pause, breathe in through your mouth, and reflect on what feelings, thoughts, or emotions come up. Do this in a variety of different spaces to gauge how each one impacts you.
  • Have you ever done breathwork? Breath-centric practices could be a great way to utilize and build your taste super sense muscles.