This is a state of being on the lookout – to reassure themselves that it's safe. It is purposefully and actively receptive.

Switching It On

The ability to switch it on is the first step.

As a balance for focused activity, animals often use it for only a few seconds. Look at any pigeon or blackbird while eating. This form of sensing is so vital for survival that they interrupt any delicious meal to do it.

Especially to start with, humans should do each exercise for ten seconds to a minute, at a time. There are lots of reasons for starting with short periods. Partly to create a feeling of urgency – it's got to be done now, and in a minutes time it'll be too late. And partly, to realise that you can turn it on any time, without doing anything to prepare for it.

Short regular periods of stimulation are a catalyst: A minute a day which is interesting or enjoyable is the best way to tell your subconscious "it's time to remember". Short periods reduce the concentrated work-load, make it easy, make it fun.

Humans have no natural predators. Humans lack the motivation to go panoramic. To generate motivation we need to enjoy something, and if doing this – or even trying to do this – is enjoyable, then we will want to repeat it.

If you want to make it a priority, then instead of long meditation sessions, do it several times a day for half a minute.

Once you can do it, then you're welcome to do it – and you might want to do it – hours long, but the ability to switch it on is the first important step.

Different Degrees

There are many different degrees and qualities of panoramic seeing and listening, just as there are with focused seeing and listening.

Animals seem to have two distinct extremes. While dozing they have half an eye and ear open. When it's alternated with focused activity it is a state of intensive alertness. It is this intensive alertness we want to empathise with.

Start with Listening

I recommend starting with listening, it is far easier, and essentially practices the same thing. The first aim is to combine seeing and listening together.

Group Panoraming
Just a nice extra idea: "group panoraming". Panoraming is being on the lookout. Any sensible two animals would sit back to back. Any group would sit in a circle back to back.

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