Main Page: The Benefits of Panoramic Sensing
These are equally important benefits, but they're not so easy to rationalise.

Clarity of Thought

In the short term, it stops the continuous chatter in our minds, so it allows the intuition to take over ... to get ideas from outside the box. This stimulates creative intelligence.

When it's done regularly this is the optimal cure for, and safeguard against, closed-mindedness.

The never ending abstract chatter in our heads, is always reconfirming our pre-existing opinions, attitudes to life, regrets, hopes, and beliefs. The panorama mode interrupts the automatic repetition of all abstract thoughts. Self-righteous opinions lose their generating energy, because they lose their automatic re-confirmation.

This idea is developed in How to Neutralise the self-perpetuating Thoughts.

Making Life Safe

Similar to many meditations, it gives a sense of safety.

In its purist form as vulnerable animals use it, panoramic awareness is evolutions' safeguard against danger. Animals know that both their dozing and focusing modes are not really safe, unless they are combined with panoramic activity.

The constant reassurance they feel by panoraming, must be connected with subconscious and even instinctive feelings of safety and security; it must generate an emotional and psychological feeling of being safe.

Maybe the sensation of safety has a scientific explanation in the stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system.

Making Life Safe develops these ideas.

There is a deep feeling of satisfaction, which i also can't rationalise.

It Stimulates Happiness

I repeatedly have the experience that panoramic seeing stimulates happiness. This is especially noticeable when looking around the peripheries.

I find every 15° or so round the perimeter of both eyes, is an area which is sensitive to, responds to and stimulates different moods. This was my first seeing exercise and it was a lucky break, because i found it stimulated happiness or processed grief.

At first i couldn't work out if it was something to do with the different angles around the periphery which was making me happy, or if it was just because i was experimenting with something which i actually thought was a bit crazy... whichever it was, it was making me feel happy, so i was curious about it, and so carried on doing it.

cat and dog focusing fixed on tvI have no good rational explanation for this feeling. I could explain how it's enjoyable, relaxing and pleasurable, these are almost logical results of not thinking. But the specific effect of happiness is, for me, at present, inexplicable. Maybe again it's something which can be explained by the parasympathetic nervous system.

So, there's a way to experience this without using full panoramic vision.

Either use the first exercise, or maybe if you sit so you can see something specific at your four diagonal (30°-45°) extreme peripheral points (with a boring wall in front), and then simultaneously focus on all of them. I am not sure that i like this use of a technique, but if it helps people to be happy then it might be a good thing.

It can also be done with the eyes closed looking towards the sideward peripheries.

I feel it should be done as part of the entire panoramic experience.

One reason i know this happiness is really happening, and possibly the only sort of "proof" i can offer at this point, is that i notice no connection between listening and happiness.

Smelling, Tasting and Smiling
Smelling and tasting exercises stimulate the entire 'smiling area' of the face. Smelling directly activates the cheek bones. Whereas when an area of my mouth is tense, i have less or no sense of taste there, and actively tasting it, makes it sensitive, relaxes it. Smelling and tasting stimulate smiling.

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