ANCIENT CULTURES and PANORAMIC SENSING
DadirriAmong the Australian aborigines it is called Dadirri : "Simply sit and look at and listen to the earth and environment that surrounds you."
However in the explanations i have read, there is always an emphasis on focusing. "Focus on something specific, such as a bird, a blade of grass, a clump of soil, cracked earth, a flower, bush or leaf, a cloud in the sky or a body of water, whatever you can see."
I believe this 'focusing on specific things' is a modern development.
Buddha's Middle WayBuddha's Middle Way is a way between the two extremes of sensual indulgence and sensory withdrawal. Panoramic sensing is a way of using the senses which fulfils these requirements perfectly.
Tao and ZenThe martial arts combine focusing and panoramic perception – I don't know how they cultivate their panoramic perception. Please contact me if you know about this.
It must be the original idea behind the Taoist and Zen practice of "Staring at Walls". A blank wall is ideal to focus on, as a bridge to panoramic seeing.
The Chinese and Zen idea of "seeing without looking – hearing without listening" expresses it wonderfully. (I think it's a quote from Bodhidharma but from where?).
In Taoist and Zen literature, i believe it is meant by the term 'just sensing', ... but just sensing could also mean focusing with the senses.