THE VALUE and THE EFFECTS OF PANORAMIC SENSING
Continued from The Value and The Benefits
From here on is very messy and repeats previous stuff and needs rewriting.
Clarity of Thought
In the short term, it stops the continuous chatter in our minds, so it allows the intuition to take over ... to get ideas from outside the box. It stimulates creative intelligence.
Maybe i'm being too theoretical, but it seems the optimal cure for, and safeguard against, closed mindedness. The panorama mode interrupts the automatic repetition and re-confirmation of all abstract thoughts. Self-righteous opinions lose their generating energy, because they lose their automatic re-confirmation.
Using the senses in a panoramic way precludes judgemental thinking. The blackbird doesn't have time to form an opinion when she sees danger, she responds without thinking.
I repeatedly have the effect of it stimulating happiness. This is especially noticeable with seeing, when being aware around the periphery. I have no good rational explanation for this. I could explain how it's enjoyable, relaxing and pleasurable, these are almost logical results of not thinking. But the specific effect of happiness is, for me, at present, inexplicable. (Maybe acupuncture meridians offer one explanation).
I find every 15° or so round the perimeter of both eyes, is an area which is sensitive to, responds to and stimulates different moods. This was my first exercise and is described at the beginning of Going on the Lookout.
Smelling and Smiling
Smelling and tasting exercises stimulate the entire 'smiling area' of the face. Smelling directly activates the cheek bones. When an area of my mouth is tense, i have less sense of taste there. So, actively tasting it, relaxes it. Smelling and tasting stimulate smiling.
Smelling stimulates relaxation, integration and feelings of absorption. Primarily with smelling i notice effects on inner body awareness, this is covered later on the site.
(I notice no connection between listening and happiness or smiling.)
Changes are often Random
From this perspective, everything is not either choice or consequence, or predictable in any way. Even if it can be explained by the beautiful thought of butterflies flapping their wings in Brazil synchronically with everything else; there is a another dimension of reality where unexplainable things happen randomly.
Things repeat, but not in circles or regular patterns. These regular patterns are the product of our abstract thought.
One day i hear a dog barking three times, then two days nothing, then another bark. A small fly does a wiggling dance, probably unique, a one-off. Life is full of surprises. Things often repeat, but they repeat randomly.
So, previously i would have tacitly agreed that things went in circles, life was a circle, and things were either choices or consequences. But they aren't. Things aren't only choices or consequences, they are also random. And only few natural things are circles, they repeat, but irregularly with no pattern.
It is another perpsective on life - a balance - which is the more realisitic view is maybe irrelevant ...
Making Life Safe
Similar to many meditations, but remarkable in its effectiveness when done for short periods of time, it gives me a sense of safety.
This is an habitual process by which all other animals continually reassure themselves that they are safe. It surely must be directly connected with all our subconscious feelings of security.
Humans have houses of stone, and have eliminated anything which could eat us alive. Humans live in rooms, where smells don't change, and most things don't move or make noises (except on that curious invention the TV screen). Rooms are safe.
Humans need their focused senses to build houses and fill in insurance forms to feel safe in the modern material world. we don't need to use our panoramic senses
Panoramic sensing is evolutions' safeguard against danger. Animals know that both their dozing and focused modes are not really safe, unless they are combined with panoramic activity. It's nature's way of staying safe, and, ... i think its an automatic way of generating a feeling of being safe - maybe scientifically explained, it is by activating the parasympathetic nervous system
Comparison with other forms of Meditation
The immediate advantage is it needs no preparation, and is effective even when done for very short periods of time.
Also, it can be combined with any other form of worship, meditation or therapy, etc. It's a basic form of yoga.
It's a way of finding a degree of pleasure and peace of mind which is free and always available. And it's easier than opening a can. You can do it without any preparation. You just have to stop whatever you're doing and open your three external senses.
Eyes on something boring; listening for quick sounds, smelling the wind, and tasting ... it feels like the sensation of combustion ... the flavour of warmth from the belly ..
I don't understand it fully, i just know i enjoy it, it's a stillness and peace inside. It feels natural, and it's become vital to my life. It makes me feel whole and gives me ‛a sense of it all’.
It's not as powerful as a new love, or devotional belief can be. But it's direct, simple, and based on the entire process of evolution. Panoraming is the tried and tested way, it's the simplest and most natural way to feel at peace and wholesome. It's reliable. You don't even have to believe in it for it to work, you can trust it.
It belongs with love and empathy as a state of being where the subject is intimately involved with the object. And for this reason, if you want to develop love and empathy, or if you believe in God or a great creative spirit, then it is a baseline experience.
If God or oneness are too much, then panoraming is a baseline experience for any philosophy or psychology of man. Then without it, we are only experiencing a limited version of what human beings can do and be - and consequently only understanding humans in the context of a relationship between focal points: 'I' and 'God'; or self and the world – without the panoramic feeling of integration.
The entire 'blinkered' way we see the world is based in focusing. We're not considering the whole picture because we're only using part of our sensory abilities to feel it with.
To sense in this way, animals have to forget all their wants and any other preoccupation, be still and concentrate on just sensing.
Panoraming directly stimulates peace of mind, and eliminates worry. Humans are missing out on an easily available, non-mystical, practical way of stilling the mind and being awake and aware, finding a form of balance, and i suggest also, to feel safe and stop worrying. And consequently, human culture is missing out on it as well.