LISTENING INSIDE and SEEING WITH THE EYES CLOSED
I found the panoramic use of seeing and listening so interesting, that i started experimenting with how animals scent smells. Almost as soon as i started doing the smelling exercises, i realised i had found something which after 40 years of general awareness of different breathing exercises, i had never heard of, ... and i believe it is only hinted at in elementary Buddhism and Taoism ...
I started thinking that if an animals sense of reality is so much more to do with seeing, listening, and smelling, rather than thinking, - then they understand their own bodies by what they can hear, smell, and 'see', and obviously taste, inside their bodies.
Each of our physical senses has it's own sphere of sensitivity, and it's own internal healing powers. Each of our hearing, smelling, seeing, and tasting senses add a different dimension to our sense of reality. AND to our inner reality and wholeness, with all the consequent healing properties which wholesome awareness generates.
Though it's a curious title, listening-out internally is easy. There's a background beating, but then listen-out to your stomach. Listen out into your hands and arms, listen to your legs, though you might not hear anything from your arms and legs, your stomach may start rumbling.
Then realise you can listen to bones and joints. In the same way you can 'listen out' in a specific direction outside your body, you can listen to your body internally, to specific muscles and joints. You won't often hear anything, but exactly like with listening-out externally, that's not the point, it's the openness and readiness to hear which is the vital part.
And notice how just listening, relaxes the area. Listen out inside your whole body. I find it's especially good to listen to the spine, or any stiffness. ... occasionally bones pop into place.
Normally, with closed eyes, we see little stars or vague shapes and lines or sometimes a kaleidoscope image. This is a result of our normal habitual focused vision. When looking in a broadband way with the eyes closed, we can see light all around, as though it shines out and in through the forehead, temples, and cheeks.
To some extent this must be an optical illusion ... but animals who have their eyes on both sides of their heads, would have had this optical illusion through millions of years of dozing. And so now, stretch your empathy and imagination to feel how it might be for a duck or a horse to see light in and through their entire heads.
Doing the seeing exercise with closed eyes may be a similar sensation to the one babies have in the womb. Babies can distinguish light and shade (and sound) through the mother's body and they turn in the direction of the light. It is also similar to animals who often have a second eye-lid which when dozing, still allows them to detect changes in light and shade.
The smelling exercises open up the door to a new dimension. They take inner body sensory awareness to a whole new depth. Please continue with Chapter 4: Mindfulness of Breathing and Smelling