ANCIENT CULTURES and PANORAMIC SENSING
I believe some ancient cultures recognised the possibility of using the senses in their panoramic capacity. (Please contact me if you know more on this subject).
Among the Australian aborigines it seems to be Dadirri : "Simply sit and look at and listen to the earth and environment that surrounds you."
But in the explanations i have read, it is always associated with some sort of focusing on specific things. "Focus on something specific, such as a bird, a blade of grass, a clump of soil, cracked earth, a flower, bush or leaf, a cloud in the sky or a body of water, whatever you can see."
I believe this 'focusing on specific things' is a modern development, a new 'whitefella' influence.
Tao and Zen
In Taoist and Zen literature, i believe it is meant by the term 'just sensing', ... but this could also mean focusing with the senses.
I feel certain it is the original idea behind the Taoist and Zen practice of "Staring at Walls". Then a blank wall is ideal to focus on, as a bridge to panoramic seeing.
And the Zen idea "seeing without looking – hearing without listening" expresses it very well. (I think it's a quote from Bodhidharma but from where?) - I can only find one reference on a facebook page (!?) where it is interpreted as : "without using the sensing systems of the physical body" - as a mental state of being, ... which i obviously disagree with.
Buddha's Middle Way
It is probably connected with Buddha's Middle Way.
Buddha's Middle Way is a way between the two extremes of sensual indulgence and sensory withdrawal. Panoramic sensing is a way of using the senses which fulfills these requirements perfectly.
I discuss this in detail in Chapter Five.