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.

This is especially true with listening. Listening 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.

First Thoughts
When listening in the panoramic way, we can often notice first thoughts arising.

Panoramic 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.

The difference and advantage humans have over animals is that we don't need to react and run away everytime we see a squirrel or hear a dog. We can just carry on panoraming.

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 Chatter
Focusing 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 it continues under its own momentum as we absent-mindedly focus on a narrow winding path through the endless jungle of our memories.

Active Panoraming
It's very difficult to just stop focusing and thinking; absent-minded and active focusing ultimately confirm the self generating process. The natural way and the easiest way to stop thinking is by actively panoraming.

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 endless wheels of turning and returning thoughts lose their re-confirmation, and with that they lose their momentum.

The more we do it, the more it has this effect.

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.

No Cause and Effect, Just Here and Now
With panoramic sensing, you recognise sparrows, trees swaying, car doors slamming, church bells ringing, but to some extent they are without cause and effect, you recognise the actual surface effect here and now.

You 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.

Here is a dividing line.

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 learn and practice meditation techniques, without needing faith or beliefs.

Sensing in the panoramic way is a moment of being fully awake and aware, while feeling still and safe inside.

Don't listen to me! Animals are the experts, they've been doing it for millenia and they make the best gurus.

Animals coordinate or alternate all their focused activities with periods of panoramic awareness. This is of immense value in these modern times – for people of all cultures, no matter what their special focused beliefs. It's something we all have in common.

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