SAFETY AND BELIEFS

FORWORD
Safety and Security

Modern humans confuse safety and security.

The difference is easy to understand in animal terms.

Animal security means having a nest, shelter, or a food hoard. It involves a place to call home or future provisions. Animals find or build security in trees and burrows. Security is dependent on focusing abilities.

Animal safety is a feeling of there being no immediate threat to life. When animals want to check there's no danger, or when they want to rest and doze a moment in peace, they are still and they sense
paramically.Panoramic sensing, the parasympathetic nervous system, and the lower brain. See The Parama Systems for details.
Safety is dependent on paramic awareness.

Humans have learnt to look for both security and safety by focusing.

We focus primarily on security. Food, shelter, relationships, work, and finances are our main practical concerns. Safety and security are often connected, and they're highly organised with insurance policies, laws and police, doctors, back-ups for the computers.

Safety in its purest form, is typically about keeping us safe from our own inventions. As in 'safety first' with electricity. Safety warnings on medicines and machines. Unbreakable passwords for banking. turkey dad on road crossing dutyAnd road safety is a good example with its rules, lights, and sounds, which we focus on.

Human safety and security is very complex.

The key point is that we try to find both by focusing. We hardly remember how it feels to use our paramic senses.

Finding Safety in Beliefs

Humans even try to find peace of mind – our feeling for psychological safety – by focusing.

Humans are the only animals who try to find peace of mind by focusing on ideas and beliefs.

It worked amazingly in the past because we had a super-ego in the sky and everyone around us found comfort in the same meaning of life. We worshipped openly and celebrated our beliefs together.

But these days everyone is worshipping something different. Every individual is free to find their own beliefs, whether in gods, football, politics, family or self-image. And the problem is that these days, we still worship openly but there simply isn't enough social acceptance, let alone confirmation, to go around.

The solution to this, among those who are most concerned for humanity, is that we need to follow Gandhi and Mandela, we have to learn their lessons on mutual respect for all beliefs.

And respect and empathy will help the individual parts become interdependent, but only in extraordinary circumstances or people could this ever develop into a feeling of wholeness or peace of mind.

Our focused experience of ourselves and life is inhibiting our understanding.

Focusing is Blind in One Eye

Whether belief in ourself or belief in an idea or spirit, beliefs and ideas always involve focusing on something specific.

Beliefs are usually in something attractive or awe-inspiring. Beliefs are the epitome of focusing. Beliefs are something perfect or powerful to focus on.

But inherently, focusing always isolates specific parts, and then associates them. It's always a subject-object situation. The focusing system doesn't feel complete unless the parts are in a relationship.

A feeling of wholeness is simply not natural in the focused world.

Beliefs and Wholeness

There's nothing intrinsically wrong with beliefs. If we are devoted to some pure ideal maybe we will find a degree of personal peace. And believing was always better than disbelieving.

But if we're looking for peace of mind or a sense of wholeness, being any sort of focal point in a relationship is misleading.

Beliefs are necessary in order to have an identity and feel like an individual with a purpose. Beliefs define us and guide us in what we do and think.

This has immense value, but it isn't necessary to be an individual with an identity in order to feel safe and wholesome.

If we want peace of mind and wholeness, any sort of focal point is a sidetrack.

How Animals Do It

If we want safety, reassurance, peace, and a feeling of wholeness and wholesomeness, without any further complication – then we need to learn how animals do it.

With
paramicPanoramic sensing, the parasympathetic nervous system, and the lower brain. See The Parama Systems for details.
awareness there is only a vague sense of our individual identity, wanting, desire, or a sense of purpose. And no need for them.

To be directly aware of everything all around in the environment, ready and waiting to react instantaneously, you can't want anything specific, you can't even think of anything specific, because if you do, you lose the paramic awareness.

Any fox would spring on the opportubity, any duck would be dead.

And because paramic awareness is an awareness of everything all around in the environment, it is inherently whole.

For animals this is a constant reminder of being without wanting. And though it's questionable how animals think, when humans use it, all constructive thinking stops.

There's no question about what to do next, there's no going round and round in cricles, reasserting the same ideas, reconfirming our identity and purpose, our beliefs, our comfort zone, our box.

The form of the questions are different, the thinking is different... the last thought you have could be "what's the next sound or movement going to be?"... "what's the next thought going to be?"

Paraming stops us thinking for a moment.

Animals fear for their mortal safety, as we should for our psychological safety.

Human Anxiety

In our modern world, if an individual feels unsafe it's considered to be a psychological problem requiring self-discovery, self-realisation, assertion therapy, and then, social confirmation.

In reality, modern humans are psychologically insecure. Socially and individually we aren't psychologically safe... it's realistic... it exists... it's nothing which can be psychoanalysed away... not until psychologists study animal behaviour and realise that all other animals find their sense for safety by using their paramic senses.

If we could just stop teaching dogs, mice, and horses, tricks – experimenting with how to teach them human focusing skills. It's incredibly arrogant of us when there's so much we could be learning from their expertise with paramic sensing.

Anxiety is inherent in a species without paramic awareness. (See Footnote for details.)

The Natural Balance for Beliefs

We need focal points in life, but they need to be alternated with paramic awareness.

Focusing and beliefs enable and support the attraction of having a reason to live – with something to do, a direction and purpose, something to believe in.

And, our modern civilised herd mentality is used to this feeling for life. It's a comfort zone, we all agree on the central value of beliefs and purpose.

And we have spent centuries fascinating ourselves with theories and facts, questions and answers, about how this situation developed, and what to do about it.

But why? Why this emphasis on abstract thinking? Why are we making life so difficult? How many humans have found peace of mind?

Paramic sensing evolved to make focused activity – want and purpose – safe, (and successful). It's been there all the time. Why are we so blind to it?

The reason modern life became unsafe and we became unsure, is that we are ignoring a basic rule of nature, something every other animal does to survive.

We're not even aware of the possibility of sensing paramically and we don't realise how easy it is to do.

We need to be able to stop thinking for a moment and just be, without any wants.

Our higher beliefs are especially strong focal points, and these need an especially strong balancing point.

Firstly, even though paraming is not a belief, human behaviour will probably need to turn it into one.

But then actually doing it is probably the only way to disrupt the basis of our obsessive human thinking and wanting; and slowly resolve our insane individual and cultural dysfunction.

Stopping Still, Silent, and Sensing

Vulnerable animals always alternate any focused activity with short periods of paramic activity.

Paraming makes focusing safe. Paraming makes life safe.

Animals find psychological and physical safety by opening their eyes and ears, staying still, silent, and paramically alert to everything but nothing imparticular.

Humans are the Craziest of Animals

The way humans try to organise themselves socially, is almost too crazy to describe. It contradicts all normal sensible animal behaviour.

We not only believe in order to find peace, we display our beliefs openly.

In traditional times it worked efficiently, the outward display of our beliefs were central to our psychological safety, and vital to the social system.

We've learnt this traditional behavioural pattern over the ages. It's deeply imbedded in us. We have always needed to express our abstract images in order to get confirmation. Traditionally this established feelings of psychological and social safety.

So, we express our views publicly and wear the clothes and badges of our individual and social identity. (Or we've become depressed, drunk, lazy, or lost.)

But safety, among animals, avoids display.

If a vulnerable animal has any concern about its own appearance when seeking safety, it is to be invisible.

Animals display only on specific occasions to do with courtship rituals, social rank, and territorial behaviours. This theme is explored in Display Rituals.

The only animal who looks for peace and safety by displaying are humans.

Footnote

Fear

I can't explain the neurological connections involved in the cognitive process; but rather than be vulnerable, or paralysed by panic, fear, and worry, animals sense paramically.

If they were stupid, felt no fear, dumb and ignored danger, they would be eaten alive.

By contrast modern humans typically have nothing to fear. Humans have a great luck and priviledge. We neglect this priviledge.

In a culture of individuals who don't param, we can expect paranoia and angst, depression and stupidity.

Special Cases

I don't know enough about autism and many other special conditions to advise how they could balance paramic and focused sensing.

It would be interesting to research how paramic safety and wholeness could be used to quickly cure paranoiacs, people with OCB, schizophrenia, and a multitude of other conditions.

In time, I could forsee peripheral lights and sound stimuli being developed (use your common sense, i'm not suggesting electrodes) and used as optional curative therapy for all forms of anti social behaviour. Even for sadistic child murderers and war criminals.

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