GOING ON THE LOOKOUT
At first, i couldn't understand how animals used their panoramic vision, because as soon as i tried to be aware of something at the side, my focus always went automatically to that point.
So i fixed my eyes on a point straight in front, and then directed my attention to a point on the periphery, at about 30° up on one side. I immediately realised i could see points on the peripheries at 30° up on both sides simultaneously, still physically focusing on a boring focal point in front.
And it was interesting: it often changed my mood, even after just 30 seconds – so i wanted to do it more and find out what was happening.
Try it out yourself.
Slowly, over a period of around three weeks, i chose different angles and looked over all the points of the compass.
Then one day i realised that if i looked at a blank space in the sky, i could see the whole oval shape of my field of vision with multiple things moving inside it.
I don't think it's necessary for beginners to take three weeks, there are a number of methods, but i don't yet know the simplest way to develop it.
The Pure-School MethodWe need to develop trust in our panoramic awareness. Otherwise, as soon as something moves or starts flashing we habitually focus directly on it.
To overcome this habitual response, fix your eyes on a boring, neutral, and motionless focal point straight ahead, a mark on a post or the corner of a building, anything which isn't interesting and doesn't move – focus on it, but be aware of, and on the lookout for everything else.
Then find a blank featureless wall, or a large monotonous area of sky, any area which has no focal point – look directly at it, but concentrate on everything else.
Look at everything you can see, and see everything you're looking at. Wait until it all becomes the oval shape of your field of vision, then look at the whole picture. Maybe you will see lots of things moving, just notice them all, but never look at them. Keep looking at the whole picture without focusing on anything specific.
My experience is that instead of looking at the world like a T.V. screen, it feels as though i'm right up inside the screen. The normal feeling of a subject looking at an object is considerably different. Panoramic awareness is a 'being with' what i'm seeing, instead of looking at it.
Occasionally we have an intense experience of pleasure and fulfilment, when looking into the distance over the ocean, at the stars, or with a panoramic landscape. At those times, we're not focusing on anything specific, we're just amazed at everything, and it opens our senses in a special way.
By using our eyes in a panoramic way, we can find a degree of this amazement, without having anything awesome or beautiful to sense. These psychological ideas are developed in The Benefits of Panoramic Sensing.
Unlocking The FeelingThis is something we could all do as babies. It is locked away in our subconscious. It is such a basic element of life that there must be a simple way to unlock it.
There are a number of ideas coming up soon in Warm Up Exercises and Ideal Situations, which will help to speed up the learning process, but...
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