Plants have 'chemoreceptors', for smelling and tasting the air. Every amoeba has chemoreceptors and a generalised sensitivity to light and vibration. The panoramic mode must have developed previous to focusing. It evolved because it is the most direct and effective way of sensing the actual tactile 'big picture' in our local environment. All other creatures (and possibly all other life forms) have it, but we've lost it.

Anyone of any culture could do it, whatever their focused beliefs. It's not a new religion, it's a vital part of the original ancient way of being. It's part of the human make up, a common denominator among all creatures and people of all cultures.

The panoramic mode is similar to mindfulness, but mindfulness is usually applied to a selective focusing on breathing or inner body awareness. Animals apply it to a panoramic awareness with their three external senses. It is similar to a number of meditation techniques, but only few are so fundamental, natural, and easy.

Panoramic sensing is related to religious ideas. But this is not something we have to believe in for it to work. This is something we were all born with – not a spirit body or anything deep or philosophical – it's a practical physiological ability which we have inadvertently suppressed.

It's reliable, easy and natural. And i suggest it needs only seven minutes of actual practice, without reading, thinking, wanting, and getting, till you start enjoying it enough to want to do it more.

As individuals we can't expect to develop any realistic and reliable relationship with life, without combining the panoramic mode into our daily lives ... And no modern culture can expect to survive without it.

You may well ask: Why hasn't some loony come up with this idea already? And i don't know why. It is a result of focusing and a blind spot due to tunnel vision, but someone else could have come up with this idea centuries ago. And some ancient cultures did know about it, they surely must have. In modern times there a few You Tube videos on 'perpiheral vision' which imply the effects i'm suggesting. But our culture doesn't even have a generic name for this way of sensing. We haven't yet recognised it.

The panoramic senses are another way of experiencing life, and even when used secondarily to focusing, they add another dimension, a depth perspective, and a new way of understanding life.

The first practical effect this perspective had with me, is to realise and wonder why and how neglected it is, and then i understood vividly in a concrete manner how human development has so far relied purely on focusing. And with that, i get a vision for our culture and future life on our planet.

Children are born with this way of being in touch with and sensing the world. We must balance our increasingly early education in focused reading, writing, and thinking with an early education and encouragement of the panoramic mode. This is a human birthright.

Feeling our actual immediate life as a whole, and thus feeling wholesome, is our birthright.

The games we can play with children, to help them mantain contact with this birthright at the same time as all the learning and preparation for the modern world, are speculative and not of immediate importance. First try it yourself. The speculative parts of this site will be linked later.

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