THE VALUE and THE EFFECTS OF PANORAMIC SENSING
In many ways i am a beginner, i am only able to discuss some of the beginning effects.
I look at boring walls, and watch everything else happening. I listen for sudden noises, and if there's dog barking a mile away. I smell and take the flavour of the world inside me. I taste the warmth of my own out breath. This is a moment's full awareness, but WITHOUT ANY ABSTRACT THOUGHTS.
This is something every other living being does, and previous humans did, but with our modern abstract approach to learning, we have forgotten what it is and how to do it.
From something so fundamental there are sure`to be many applications. But the value and urgency is to find a few moments peace of mind in our everyday lives - for anyone and everyone, no matter which culture or special beliefs. And, though it might not be the answer to an eternal state of peace of mind, it is the most natural and easy way to stop thinking for a second.
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I'm not suggesting panoramic sensing is heaven or anything awesome, it's a gentle underlying influence which interrupts our normal, habitual attitude to life.
The following sections list out the general benefits, advantages and other good things about panoramic sensing.
It's a moment's simple and direct peace of mind, a moment of being now and feeling still inside. In "The Simple Sense of Now", i explained how sensing the movements and changes happening now, neutralises thinking and wanting.
This way of sensing is inherently non-judgemental. The blackbird doesn't have time to form an opinion when she sees danger, she responds without thinking. It is non-judgemental but not impartial or indifferent, it is acutely aware.
It's a moment's being, and feeling, and stillness.
Being Here and Now
To be in the present moment, it's not focusing or what we focus on which is important, it's how we use the senses. Being in the present moment is natural and easy with the panoramic senses.
Focusing on the present moment is very hard to do.
Concentrated focusing is wonderful, and here and now when part of a creative process, (art, music, architecture etc.) coordinating touch, mind, and external senses. And with these thngs humans are often at their best.
So focusing can be here and now, but focusing is always selective, it automatically excludes a panoramic awareness, it is always only a specific part of the here and now, it is never receptive to everything in the here and now. And focusing on anything beautiful or pleasurable, inevitably supports the focusing systems, involving the possibility of wanting something from it.
Sensing panoramically is the easiest way to be here and now, and maintaining that state.
A Fundamental Unifying Experience
It's a feeling of integration with the world around us. Focused thinking evolved to understand the distinction and relationship between objects. Focused sensing evolved to do things, and thus always involves two focal points: a doer and a done to, a subject and an object.
With the panoramic way of sensing, animals feel more involved and connected with everything they sense. The senses are usually seen as the door between us and the world outside us. In the panoramic reality, our senses connect us with the world. The feeling is : we are the door. Panoramic sensing is a direct connection with everything happening in the immediate environment.
Focusing Separates, Panoraming Integrates. Panoraming belongs with that collection of rare words like love, and empathy, as a state of being where the subject is intimately involved with the object.
The Effects on Understanding LifePanoramic sensing has had side effects on my understanding of life.
The first obvious and deepest idea, comes from the experience that panoramic sensing is impractical for thinking or wanting. Wanting and thinking are dependent on focusing. Desire is Dependent on Focusing.
Grounded in our spiritual traditions, our culture understands that sensuality is dependent on the senses, and previously i would have agreed with this, but it isn't true. Sensuality is dependent on focusing. Using the senses in a panoramic way precludes wanting and sensuality. There is far more likelihood of sensual desire if you close the eyes and ears, and are left at the mercy of abstract thoughts.
Parasympathetic Nervous System
There are several YouTube videos on 'peripheral vision' which suggest that panoramic seeing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and even prevents Alzheimer's disease. It seems even intellectual, and egoistical aims in life can be empowered and supported with 'peripheral seeing'. These are areas i am not competent to discuss.
James Conlon "Simply switching from foveal to peripheral vision when we feel anxious or stressed, activates the parasympathetic nervous system. As the two nervous systems can’t be active at the same time the body will naturally calm. This is incredibly simple to do.
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