IGNORE THE MONKEY – TAME THE HEDGEHOG

'Training' or 'Taming the monkey mind', is an expression often used in meditation circles. Let's ignore the monkey mind for a while, and try taming the hedgehog.

This is such a vast subject, and an exceptional one. I need ideas and discussion with other people. The following are a few starting notes.

Panoramic sensing is another way of sensing, experiencing, and understanding everything. It's another way of being able to sense God, and we should take the opportunity to appreciate God in any way we can.

Religion, Godheads and beliefs are such strong focus points, and worship is such an intense form of focusing. Disciples of truth and peace, usually focus on something pure and holy – with our senses opened or closed, we focus on images, mantras, or prayers.

But throughout evolution every animal must combine and balance any focused activity by periods of panoramic awareness, this is fundamental to survival. I'm suggesting we have lost this balance in life, in all that we do, including the search for Oneness or God.

Focusing is necessary especially with any higher aims and purposes, but then it seems especially important to remain balanced and open minded. Higher aims and beliefs can so easily become closed minded, and even if they are right and good – if they are closed minded they are defeating what they hope to achieve.

There are so many ways of worshipping God, almost anything can be used as a form of worship. Some people look for God in nature, focusing on trees, flowers, bird song, etc. But why limit our sensory appreciation of God? Sensing in a panoramic way is another dimension, another way of sensing life around us and another way of sensing God.

The Unifying Experience with panoramic seeing was described in Going on the Lookout. And in The Simple Sense of Now i explained how sensing the movements and changes happening now, neutralises thinking and wanting. Panoramic sensing is a practical, and natural way of starting the 'oneness-process'.

This is not a new form of meditation or yoga. Panoramic sensing is the oldest, original, most natural, tried and tested form of being awake and staying alive. This subject deserves a place in our culture's psychological literature on therapeutic possibilities and the full human potential.

For those people who have no spiritual belief, this is a first step to feeling in touch with life, balanced, and even contented. And for those who believe in a God, we can make the first step by being now, silencing our thoughts, and feeling intimately connected with our immediate environment. It's not eternity, but maybe it's a door.

Many disciples of truth and the spirit, experience mental effects which i would call panoramic thinking

But most religions teach that the senses lead to worldly desires, and consequently dukkha (suffering), or the devil. And so almost all of these inhibit the panoramic development of the physical senses; we are taught discipline and years of practice. We are taught to close the senses and focus the mind in order to find a panoramic state of mind.

The Present Bottom Line

I can't imagine that panoraming could ever replace forgiveness, and by itself it is not strong enough in selflessness to counteract the routine mechanics of the ego. But panoraming is another way of sensing life, and another way of appreciating the great spirit or God.

The present bottom line for me seems to be: Lots can only be done by "the grace of God". And if we want help or forgiveness, then we need that from something greater than us. But to be still inside and now, and stop all the pointless abstract thinking, that's up to us to do. And the easiest, most direct way to do this, is by panoramic sensing.

Back to Chapter Five : Panoramic Sensing and The Great Spirit