THE BENEFITS OF PANORAMIC SENSING
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I am only able to describe some of the beginning benefits, advantages and other good things of panoramic sensing. Even these are probably dependent on the background focus points of our lives, whether devotional, financial, or intellectual, etc.
It's a moments 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.
Clarity of Thought
In the short term, it stops the continuous chatter in our minds, it's a moments being and feeling, a moment of direct peace of mind, a moment of feeling still inside. It allows the intuition to take over ... to get ideas from outside the box.
In the long term, individually and culturally it's the optimal cure for, and safeguard against, closed mindedness. Self-righteous opinions lose their generating energy, because they lose their automatic re-confirmation. The panorama mode interrupts the automatic repetition and re-confirmation of all abstract thoughts.
The Effects on Understanding 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.
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. There is far more likelihood of sensual desire if you close the eyes and ears, and are left at the mercy of abstract thoughts.
Focused sensing evolved to do things and always involves at least two focal points, a subject and an object. In a panoramic reality the feeling is: our senses are the door. This is another way of experiencing life.
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 love, or want to develop empathy, or if you believe in God or a great creative spirit, then it is a baseline experience.
If God or oneness are not enough, or 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.
Focusing on The Present Moment
Internet and modern psychology emphasise the idea of focusing on the present moment. Focusing is always selective, it automatically excludes a panoramic awarenness. Focusing on the present moment is very hard to do. 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.
Panoramic sensing is nothing but here and now.
Parasympathetic Nervous System
There are several You Tube videos on 'perpiheral vision' which suggest that panoramic seeing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and prevents alzheimer's disease. These are areas i am not competent to discuss.
There are other smaller effects this had on my understanding of life.
Changes are often Random
Things repeat, but not in circles or regular patterns. 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.
Making Life Safe
Similar to many meditations, but remarkable in it's effectiveness when done for short periods of time, it gives me a sense of safety.
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.
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. In rooms, we don't need to use our panorama sense to feel safe.
Other animals make their life safe by panoraming.
I repeatedly have the effect of it stimulating happiness. This is especially noticeable with seeing, when being aware around the peripheries. 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, unexplicable.
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 Seeing.
Focusing gets things done.
Panoramic sensing makes things fun.
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.
I don't understand it fully, i just know i enjoy it, it's a stillness and peace inside. It feels natural, and with familiarity, it's become vital to my life. It makes me feel whole and gives me ‛a sense of it all’.
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. It's reliable, you don't even have to believe in it for it to work, you can trust it. (But it's not as powerful as a new love, or belief can be.)
To sense in this way animals have to forget all their wants and any other preoccupation, be still and concentrate on just sensing. Modern humans could start enjoying all the side effects without the motivating fear. 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.
Please continue with Chapter Two