EXTRA BENEFITS OF PANORAMIC SENSING

Main Page: The Panoramic Perspective
This page is not fully developed and organised – equally important benefits, but not so easy to proove.

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. It stimulates creative intelligence.

Maybe i appear too theoretical, but this is the optimal cure for, and safeguard against, closed mindedness. Humans are always repeating their ideas, the never ending abstract chatter in our heads, always reconfirming our 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 The Simple Sense of Now, The Panoramic Perspective and How to Neutralise the self-perpetuating Thoughts.

Happiness

I repeatedly notice the effect of it stimulating happiness. This is especially noticeable with seeing when being aware around the periphery. I have no good rational explanation for this. 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.

A simple method for others to start experiencing it is by sitting so you can see something specific at the four diagonal (45°) extreme peripheral points (with a boring wall in front) and then simultaneously focusing on all of them. I am not sure that i like this idea, but if it helps people to be happy then it might be a good thing.

A more wholistic way of doing it is with the eyes closed looking at the light in an area of the sideward peripheries. I feel the effect is only really wholesome as part of the entire panoramic experience.

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 exercise and is described at the beginning of Going on the Lookout.

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

Smelling and tasting stimulate relaxation, integration and feelings of absorption.

(Possibly the main personal "proof" i can offer for this experience of happiness with seeing and smelling, is that i notice no connection between listening and happiness or smiling.)

Extra Notes on Happiness and mood change

(not yet integrated)
My first seeing exercise was a lucky break, because i found it stimulated happiness. 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 happy, so i was curious about it.

Concentrate with your eyes simultaneously on opposite peripheral focal points as described in Going on the Lookout. You can do this by picking out two opposite objects on the periphery of your panoramic field of vision, – or while focusing on a boring focal point in front – both work. If you can sit so you have two lights, at e.g. 15° up on both sides, it will help.

This is remarkably effective and needs to be mentioned. I don't know how it fits in the 'big picture'. I will write more about this in time, but leave it as a side note at the moment.

In this context Paul McCartney's Yoga Exercises for Your Eyes (2.36 mins) are also interesting.

Making Life Safe

Similar to many meditations, but remarkable in its effectiveness when done for short periods of time, it gives me a sense of safety.

It makes the things animals do safe. This is an habitual activity by which all other animals continually reassure themselves that they are safe. In some way it must be connected with all subconscious and even instinctive feelings of security.

Panoramic sensing is evolutions' safeguard against danger. Animals know that both their dozing and focused modes are not really safe, unless they are combined with panoramic activity. We can't expect to find any realistic sense of safety and balance, without periodically sensing in the panoramic way.

This is nature's way of staying safe, and, ... i think it must be a way of generating an emotional and psychological feeling of being safe. Maybe this sensation already has a scientific explanation in the stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system, (see main page Benefits and Values).

Among vulnerable animals it's motivated by fear. The advantage we have over animals is that we are safe, we don't need to respond in fear every time we see a cat or dog, we can just carry on panoraming.

Obviously this is not a hard rule. If a car horn sounds then get out of the way. If a flock of geese come over at night chattering to each other, then focus on it, it's lovely. If you see a sparrow, be friendly.

I'm still questioning the reasons for this 'safe' feeling panoraming gives me. To some extent it must be because we have our abstract reasoning, we can identify the sudden sounds we hear and flashes of lightning. So i'm wondering to what extent it is because i do it at the same time as knowing things are safe.

Human Safety
Modern humans have houses of stone, and live in rooms with double glazing, where smells don't change, and most things don't move or make noises (except warning signals when the fridge is open or when the cooking is done). Rooms are safe.

Even out in the world there is a long list of things like maps, signs, traffic lights and road markings, laws and policeman, all of which humans have invented to make life even more safe – long after we eliminated anything which could eat us alive.

Rather than be vulnerable, or paralysed by panic, fear, and worry – every other second the blackbird will interrupt her delicious worm. We have overcome the necessity for this interruption to life's pleasures – but with that, we have also lost part of our awareness, and our ability to temporarily neutralise our panic, fear, and worry.

Most of the time we don't even notice such stimuli anymore, and that's the point. It used to be scary, so with our brilliant abstract focusing abilities we identified and understood the causes, and then we knew we could disregard such stimuli. We eliminated the problems – and with that we eliminated the need for our panoramic awareness.

Modern humans ignore the privilege and luck we have of actually being safe. Now that we have no need to be scared by all the small sudden movements and changes in our immediate environment, we could just carry on sensing the real world. We could just carry on feeling our actual immediate life as a whole, and thus feeling wholesome.

Most humans have never even thought of using their senses like this. If we did think about it we would consider it useless. We have no need for it in our daily lives. Our ancestors fears and daily insecurity have been overcome. There is no need to be on the watch, or ready to be watchful all the time, as animals need to be, to survive. The original practical use of panoramic sensing is obsolete and redundant.

Really? Have we no use for being part of everything, happy, safe, at peace, and wide awake?
These effects are promised by many therapies and meditations. By 'panoraming', they can be easily experienced.

We don't experience life as an integrated whole anymore, and we're not feeling wholesome or living in a wolesome way.

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