Originally Posted by seeker5
Really? What can you learn from them? What different things have you learned?
Hmmm.... I can tell how "connected" someone is, if they're present or not. I can feel how strong they are - inside, I mean. I can tell if they're alive inside or not. I can sense if they're happy. I can sense if they have their guard up, and if they do, sometimes I can tell what's underlying that.
I never thought of this 'til you asked, but I picture their... aliveness, or life energy as being at different levels. Some people inhabit their whole body, and they feel alive and vital. Another's light is small and deep inside. Another's might be small but burning very, very brightly. I almost always immediately get this image upon hugging someone, and it tells me a bit about how they live their lives.
Also just general stuff - do they tense up, or open up? Do they barely make contact, or hug you in close? Do they do that lean in, pat the shoulder thing, or do they turn toward you? That's less specific than the intuitive stuff I pick up on, but I think those choices can say a lot, too.