I was on my way to the office a few months back when I wondered about the meaning of getting shivers. Maybe the term ‘goose bumps’ will sound more familiar which is also directly translated into German: Gänsehaut. Does this stem from the visual aspect of a goose whose skin was taken away and then holds a surface of small little bumps? Why goose bumps?
When I look into the definitions of the terms ‘shivers’ and ‘goose bumps’, I get the identical keywords in return: According to the dictionary the words are used to describe when small areas of the skin shows little pimples in situations of coldness, fear or excitement.
My mind comes to a halt, wait a second, is this how I experience shivers as well? Or what is the theme further underlying my own physical experience? These questions stuck with me for a couple of weeks and even now they have not quite waved their way good-bye.
So every time I got the shivers, I tried to become so aware that I could maybe point my finger towards the cause, I wanted to encode the message my body was sending me.
What I found was that there was no real circumstance of coldness, but that may as well be because I was wearing the right cloths. I grew up in the countryside and seemed to have developed some sort of shell towards the obvious fear. The sort of fear, I thought I would be aware of didn’t cause me any shivers neither.
So when would I get the shivers? They would come to me in strange situations. I was just walking around the corner but somehow a rush of blissful emotions would overcome me. I was never able to point my finger but every time I felt extremely ecstatic. I am convinced that the occurrence of getting shivers has something to do with the emotional sphere of my being, it seems that every time I would be seeing those weird pimples on my skin I got totally electrified.
That must be THE moment when looking bliss into its eyes. It seems that getting shivers is the Universe telling me that whatever I was doing was the right thing, that I’m on the right track. It seems that the Universe is putting some sort of diamond like sparkle onto my senses so I would experience the treasure called life.
It doesn’t happen everyday of course, I guess my human nature would then soon loose the value of it. Yet whenever the shivers appear, I just know there is more to life than the obvious.