EXTRA SEEING EXERCISES

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Seeing everything is best to develop with a number of different methods, in lots of different situations.

Extra Seeing Exercises

A. Stretch out your arms to the sides, turn your hands inwards, and wiggle your fingers (like leaves) then slowly move them upward, then down – trace out and recognise the shape of your field of vision, the whole oval shape.

B. A good idea is, sitting in a train, facing in the direction of travel, focus on something in front, and then watch the world going by on both sides.

C. It's the opposite of screwing up the eyes and staring. Maybe it's good to just physically open your eyes as wide as they will go. But then start noticing all the new objects you now see round the periphery in order to keep your eyes wide open.

D. If you've never done it, then put both your hands up infront of your eyes, you will get a feeling of how it is to see without any central focus point.

E. A practical idea, is while you're waiting for a computer screen to load, or traffic lights to change – instead of focusing directly on them and daydreaming, focus to the side and watch for the change at the side of your eye.

'Gong like' Exercises
There are a number of 'Gong like' exercises which i find stimulate panoramic seeing. The main inconsistancy is that most teachers do these exercises with their eyes shut.

Chi Gong – 8 Brocades

The 5th exercise of the 8 Brocades is remarkable, it is called "The Wise Owl Gazes Backwards". It is equally remarkable that most people do it with the eyes closed.

To look as far as you can see, you must look, and as the name of the exercise implies, like an owl does – with the eyes wide open! – the only YouTube videos which i can find showing this even vaguely are
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUQqCAPOJZ8 0.50 to 2.00 and
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e-r_7H_Cao.
And i would like to add that i find, by looking as far as i can with the eyes wide open, gives the best neck and shoulder exercise.

Falun Dafa

Falun Dafa exercise nos. 2 and 3 are very good, but even Master Li does them with his eyes closed. I obviously learnt wrong, because i do it with my eyes open – and i'm rather happy that throughout my life, i have so consistantly learnt things wrong.

exercise 1 falun dafa


These pictures are from exercise number 2. Similar to exercise A. above.

In exercise 2 in the starting position, it is good if you look at the hands directly, this positions the head so that you can see the movement of the hands through positions 2, 3, 4, and 2 again.

exercise 2 falun dafaexercise 3 falun dafaexercise 4 falun dafa

In positions 2, 3, 4, one moves the hands slowly up and then around the entire periphery of one's panoramic field of vision, as though holding a cartwheel.

 

Exercise 3 is demonstrated well here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PztOlHxdimc, (please turn off the sound, the commentary is 'crazy-mystical''. The good videos, which i learnt with, are no longer online).

When Walking or Cycling
We all use our panoramic awareness in a secondary way when walking, cycling, or driving. When cycling most people are vaguely aware of about 90° of the panoramic horizontal centre field. Doing this consciously is a good experiment, but it's not ideal because i have to keep focusing on passing people and cars. I wouldn't advise it when driving.

While walking, look a little above the horizon, this almost forces the downward panoramic vision into active awareness. This is an idea i picked up 40 years ago from Carlos Castenada's books on Don Juan, before i learnt anything about panoramic sensing. The reason i used it at that time is because on grass for example, to adapt to the uneven ground, i immediately started bending the knees and walking with a 'bounce'.

An Experiment for someone
If you want to do a meditation with candles – instead of staring at one candle, experiment with two on both sides, or four on the diagonals. A therapeutic idea for hard case overfocusing, would be to have a machine with laser beams to blink irregularly on the walls, ceiling and floor.

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