REVERSING THE NORMAL RULESPlease first read the summary in
The Value of Panoramic Sensing
Panoramic sensing reverses some of the normal rules governing wanting, trying, and even having expectations about finding inner peace and being here and now.
Our normal understanding of meditation practice needs revision.
People who meditate often say that 'it comes by itself' so 'don't try so hard'. And where it concerns focusing, i'd agree.
But panoraming actually stimulates inner peace by trying to do it.
Being attached to the idea of panoramic sensing, wanting it to work, trying to achieve it, and having expectations that it will bring peace, doesn't prevent it happening. It actually encourages it, it stimulates it happening.
The challenge with focusing is to coordinate our senses, minds, and bodies and to concentrate. With panoramic sensing concentration is not a separate element to be coordinated, it is part of the act of sensing.
Why? Because it was built to work this way. It was built to stop thinking and doing and be still inside for a moment – and at the same time to be aware, open, and here and now.
In order to be receptive to any sudden change in the world outside, animals have to be still and peaceful inside, actively receptive, and here and now – it's automatic.
It's all been evolving for millions of years. It's reliable. Animals have practiced mindfulness like this for millennia, they are the experts and they make the best gurus.
Among vulnerable animals it's motivated by fear. We have overcome the daily fears and insecurities which other animals have. We don't need to escape from material danger, we need to understand the psychological dangers we're in; and to understand that many of our psychological problems could be resolved by panoraming.
There are other perameters to this way of sensing. The ideas we take for granted with our focused appreciation of meditation and mindfulness, don't apply here. Anyone with an interest in peace of mind is missing something big if they miss this.
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