EXTRA SEEING EXERCISES

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

We all use our broadband awareness in a subliminal way, usually when daydreaming, walking, cycling, or driving. When i'm cycling i am often vaguely aware of about 60° of the broadband horizontal centre field. To do this consciously is a good first step.

Extra Seeing Exercises
A. 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.

B. 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.

C. 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.

D. Its quite easy to select areas of around 30-40° on both sides, and to be aware of both simultaneously. Then try to expand the areas.

'Gong like' Exercises
There are a number of 'Gong like' exercises which i find stimulate broadband 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

Collections of all 5 exercises are available. But the good videos, which i learnt with, are no longer online.

These pictures are examples from exercise number 2.

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, (but please turn off the sound, the commentary is 'crazy-mystical-irrelevant').

Looking with two eyes
A letter from Michael Heinbockel :
I found a way to fall asleep very quick. I don‘t know why but it almost always works.

I close my eyes and focus on the back of my lids. That totally stops me from thinking and having pictures in front of my inner eye.

It reminds me of your idea to look at a wall without focusing.

My Answers:
First i noticed my eyes felt warm, then a far stronger sensation, i noticed how i'd got two eyes – rather than one vision point or field which i was looking at.

>Two eyes, yeah, same experience here.

... and then the abstract thoughts started and i thought ... if it works, it's something to do with the two brain halves not being connected and coordinated by the one field or object of vision.

i did a google search for
"birds eye open controls brain awake"
Obviously it's common knowledge: birds can sleep with one eye open and half of their brain awake, and they control how awake they are, by how open their eye is.

I dont use this personally. I have done it a couple of times and it quickly blanks out the thinking, like a vacuum. Maybe this "looking with two eyes" is associated with trance states.

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 TV. addicts, would be to have their TV. screens set up with laser beams to blink irregularly on the walls, ceiling and floor.

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