EMPATHY WITH ANIMALS

With our early education in focused sensing and abstract thought, we have neglected at least two aspects of our basic animal abilities. An awareness of how our body feels from the inside, and our panoramic sense of the world.

These are both essential to every animals survival, and both belong to our basic human birthrights. Both are natural and neglected parts of being a complete human being and discovering our full human potential, without needing to think any more, or develop and understand any ideas or philosophies.

My primary aim has been to describe what i know about panoramic sensing. The effects of panoramic seeing and listening are obvious, they are manifest, and it is relatively easy to rationalise some of these.

Since these modern times of x-rays and biology books, we could probably find a consensus of opinion about our experience of inner touch, even the visualisation of touch.

But it is not easy or maybe it's impossible to rationalise how it feels to hear, smell, and taste the body from the inside. I believe it can only be understood by experience.

Our New Gurus : Animals and Children

Our sub-cultures are already rich in basic body awareness exercises. These mostly involve feeling inside the body with the sense of touch, and breathing meditations. But in addition to touch, an animals sense of their world is experienced and understood by smelling, tasting, listening, and seeing.

Animals feel the outside world far more with all their five basic physiological senses, than with any abstract thoughts or so-called facts. It seems obvious that they also experience and understand their own bodies in terms of these senses.

I have tried to describe my inner body experience of smelling, tasting, and listening in Chapter 7 : Inner Body Awareness.

But any individual or group of adults could easily start deluding themselves about how this feels. And i don't want to get involved in theories or anything unnatural, anything an innocent animal wouldn't feel.

So, there are a number of questions i would love to ask animals about how it really feels. The next best source of first hand information is: We need a consensus of opinion from small children : where does the breath go in your body? Where do smells go in your body? What can you taste in your body? ... etc. ...

Please continue with Questions and Games for Children