HOW TO NEUTRALISE THE SELF-PERPETUATING WHEELS OF THOUGHTThese are the original notes on the theme. I've today (Feb 19th) started reworking it – adding bits to make a detailed version.
Being now, is much more than just not thinking. But not being able to think at the same time, is the first, most noticeable and practical effect of broadbanding. This is relevant for human life, today more than ever. We need to be able to stop the continual repetitive chatter in our minds, and get a bit of simple and direct peace of mind. Broadband sensing has the effect of temporarily slowing down and even stopping the self-perpetuating abstract memory systems.
Throughout evolution, broadbanding has been the unquestionble and natural trigger to stop thinking. Animals know they must turn off, stop doing everything and be still for a moment, because it's vital, periodically, to check the surroundings, and be fully aware and receptive. Animals can't be fully aware if they are thinking at the same time, they know they have to be fully broadband if they want to secure their survival.
For animals, this is a recurrent experience of how it feels to be now and still, eliminate all specific distractions, all focused activity; and be actively receptive to everything and anything happening around them. It's a habit, an habitual rut which animals have.
Humans hardly ever use this way of sensing directly or intentionally. The original practical use of broadband sensing is obsolete and redundant. Our ancestors fears and daily insecurity have been overcome. We live in houses of brick and rooms and there is no need to be on the watch in the present moment, as animals need to be, to survive.
Without trying it out, you might feel as though there is so much happening, that it would make you crazy to be aware of it all. And it would make us crazy if we had to focus and then think about it all; but to be aware of it all, you can't think at the same time.
If you go broadband, ready and watchful for any change or movement in the immediate environment, you can't think at the same time, because if you think you stop being able to actually percieive everything.
Without focusing on anything you can't start thinking about it, and consequently you can't want it or want to repeat it. Broadbanding disconnects the regenerating basis for thinking. It devolves the system.
It's nothing mystical or paradoxical ... It's not even a theory, it's simple and straightforward common sense. Animals do it naturally and often, ... and for them it's a constant reminder of how it feels to be now and still. It's a habit.
In order to be now with a feeling of integration with my environment, to feel the connection between me and my world – sense in the broadband way. ACTIVELY give the continuous abstract mental repetitions, the stimulus they have used throughout evolution for survival, to turn off.
In order to be now, aware and awake, and feel a sense of connection with what is actually happening, nothing surpasses broadband sensing.
Broadbanding disconnects the regenerating basis for thinking. It devolves the system. It temporarily slowing down the thinking. There are many different degrees and qualities of slowing down the thinking, so the effects depend on how intensely you do it. .
In the short term, it only need be for a few seconds. We're not meditating as such. In their active use of broadband sensing, many animals only use it for a second, in between their focused activities. I would suggest to start with, for us humans, who are so out of practice, just thirty seconds, and to do that 3 times a day; maybe even five seconds 10 times a day is more effective. I feel the vital first part is to be able to turn it on – at an instant –, like animals can.
In the long term, the thoughts lose their habitual impetus and their momentum by sensing in the broadband way. Without focusing, there is no stimulus for any associations, nothing to cause or generate the continual memories. The repeating wheels of thought become slower and smoother, they lose their reassertion and thus their self confirmation. There is no momentum or energy causing the endless repetitions of 'things we know or want'.
Broadband sensing stills the mind, and neutralises – supersedes, actually it usurps, it overpowers and undermines – the self-perpetuating abstract thoughts. The thoughts lose their self-confirming repetitious-regenerating power.
It's not really so important to understand how focusing and thinking work, what's essential first is to realise broadband sensing is a very direct connection (it's more than a relationship) with the immediate environment, now, without any abstract thought, because as soon as you start thinking, you stop being able to sense. In order to be now, aware and awake, and feel a sense of connection with what is happening now, nothing surpasses broadband sensing.
The senses are seen as the door between us and the world outside us. In a broadband reality our senses connect us with the world. The irrational feeling is : we are the door.
Trying to do things which are in keeping with nature.
This comes in the same category of trying to get water to flow downwards
Broadbanding actually stimulates inner peace by trying to do it. This is important to understand. People who meditate often say that 'it comes by itself' so 'don't try so hard'. But broadbanding is something which wanting to do it, and trying to do it, and being attached to it, doesn't prevent it happening. It encourages it. It's reliable because it's the normal and natural way. It only seems strange because by the time anyone is old enough to read and understand this they've forgotten how to do it.
If we want eternity, we probably have to focus on eternal things. But if want to be now, still our thoughts, with a basic feeling of connection with our world, we need to learn from animals, and how they use their broadband sensing.