Plants have a sensitivity to light, and 'chemoreceptors', for smelling and tasting the air. Every amoeba has chemoreceptors and a generalised sensitivity to light and vibration. All other animals (and possibly all other life forms) have this generalised sensitivity, the panorama mode, and use it to survive.

Panoramic sensing is not a new thing, it's been around since life began. We were all born with it.

The panoramic mode must have evolved previous to focusing. This is evident in plant consiousness, with mosses and grasses evolving before curling creepers and flowers which focus on and follow the sun around. Perhaps a clearer example would be human babies who take around 12 weeks before they can focus.

Some ancient cultures did know about it. But our culture doesn't even have a generic name for this way of sensing. The English language doesn't even have an accurate name : peripheral.

Our culture doesn't acknowledge its significance. I believe this is inherent in our 'blinkered' focused way of understanding life. We are so busy focusing we just don't see it, we are overfocusing. It's a form of tunnel vision: the idea of using our panoramic awareness has become a blind spot. We have simply forgotten there is this way of using our physiological senses.

It's not a new religion, anyone can use it whatever their focused beliefs, and it can be combined with any focused belief. It's a common denominator among all creatures and people of all cultures.

It 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.

The panorama mode is similar to mindfulness, but mindfulness is usually applied to a selective focusing on breathing or inner body awareness. Animals practice mindfulness with their panoramic awareness of what's happening here and now in their immediate environment.

It is similar to a number of meditation techniques, but only few are so fundamental, reliable, natural, and easy. It's our human birthright. "It's there inside us all the time", and it needs only a few minutes of actual practice, without reading, or wanting to learn anything more intellectually about it, without focusing on anything, ... till you start enjoying it enough to want to do it more.

Back to Chapter One : Welcome to the Panorama