Going Panoramic
At best – go outside – where things are moving and changing randomly... surprisingly... amazingly... sit down and then:


chipmunk on the lookoutFind a boring, neutral, and motionless focal point straight ahead, fix your eyes on it – but be aware of, and look at everything else. It is especially stimulating to pay attention around the periphery.

Then find a blank wall, or a monotonous area of sky, anything which has no focal point, and fix your eyes on it – but look at and concentrate on all the interesting things happening everywhere else.


Because sounds are often quiet or quick, and especially nowadays with the constant noise of machines, it is necessary to listen-out, to listen actively.

Listen-out for changes. Listen-out for sudden sounds, nearby and in the distance. This is pre-emptive listening, ready and waiting for the first sign of anything new.

It depends on where you are and what sort of background noises there are, but it is often useful to listen-out for children and dogs. At night for hedgehogs and owls. You might not hear them, that's irrelevant, listening-out for them is the vital part.

Going Panoramic

At first, do the listening and seeing separately. Then combine them.

Do these two exercises for just one minute as well as you can, at least once a day, and repeat frequently, whenever you want to.

When learning one minute intense practice is necessary to replicate the immediacy animals feel. Once you can do it, you may well want to do it for longer periods.

The repetitive impulse of short regular periods of stimulation will act as a catalyst: they are the best way to tell your subconscious "it's time to remember".

Please experiment and give me feedback.


Humans are so unfamiliar with their sense of smell that it takes time to develop. Start now.

Whenever you notice a good smell – coffee, a succulent meal, or at the bakers – take a moment to enjoy it. Notice how the smells seem to fill your whole body.

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