HOW TO NEUTRALISE THE SELF-PERPETUATING WHEELS OF THOUGHTPlease first read the summary in
The Value of Panoramic Sensing
The first most noticeable effect of panoraming is not being able to think at the same time.
With focused sensing we can focus, think, and do, all at the same time in a coordinated manner, it's built and trained this way, it's very clever.
But we can't think or want when we're fully alert and panoramically on the lookout. Even trying to go panoramic has the effect of temporarily slowing down the self-perpetuating abstract memory systems.
Listening is especially effective. This is because it has an immediacy which the other senses don't have, and this is because sounds are sometimes very sudden and over in a split second. Smells and sights usually last at least a few seconds.
Non-Judgemental But Not IndifferentPanoramic sensing is non-judgemental. The blackbird doesn't have time to form an opinion or understand when she sees danger, she responds instantly. (And in that moment she starts focusing because she wants something – to escape.) It is non-judgemental, but it is not impartial or indifferent.
Without trying it out, you might feel as though there is so much happening, that it would make you crazy to be aware of it all. And it would make us crazy if we had to focus and then think about it all; but to be aware of it all in the panoramic way, we can't think at the same time.
The Continuous Absent-Minded ChatterFocusing was built to do things, it's primary function is to do or get what we need or want. And to think and plan how to get something, we must actively focus. Active focusing stimulates the association of memories. If we have success with the plan, it confirms the process as useful.
And then we repeat it. It continues under its own momentum as we absent-mindedly focus on a narrow winding path through the endless jungle of our memories. Both absent-minded and active focusing, ultimately confirm the self generating mechanics of thinking.
With focusing we can take a thought and even hold onto it and compare and combine it with various others. It's this sort of wandering thought association which makes meditation so difficult.
It's very difficult to just stop thinking by focusing. Whenever we focus we automatically stimulate the process of thought association. That's what focusing is good at.
Active PanoramingThe natural way to stop thinking is by actively panoraming.
With panoramic sensing, we recognise first thoughts arising, we notice sparrows, trees swaying, car doors slamming, church bells ringing, but we are unable to develop the thought. As soon as we start to associate ideas, we lose our panoramic awareness.
It's impossible to construct abstract thoughts when you are panoraming. It lacks critical intelligence, it's built to recognise and respond to things spontaneously.
Panoraming automatically neutralises abstract thinking. It disconnects the regenerating basis for thinking. It devolves the system. The more we do it, the more the endless wheels of turning and returning thoughts lose their re-confirmation, and with that they lose their momentum.
When panoraming, we lose the clearly defined subject-object feeling, and that way of relating to, and thinking about the world in terms of a giving or taking relationship. It is without cause and effect, we only recognise the actual surface effect here and now.
This is not anything mystical or paradoxical ... It's not even a theory, it's practical and it's natural. Once you can do it, it's common sense.
Sensing in the panoramic way doesn't lead anywhere else. It doesn't lead anywhere because you need to focus to want, or to do anything. The only thing panoramic sensing leads to, if it is pleasurable, is more panoramic sensing.
This is relevant for human life, today more than ever. We need to be able to stop the continual repetitive chatter in our minds.
We need to get a bit of simple and direct peace of mind, without having to spend years learning and practicing meditation techniques, without needing faith or beliefs.
Don't listen to me! Animals are the experts, they've been doing it for millennia and they make the best gurus.
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