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Panoramic vision is best to develop with a number of different methods, in lots of different situations. These exercises are useful to strengthen the sensation once you know it.

Extra Seeing Exercises

A. Stretch out your arms to the sides, turn your hands inwards, and wiggle your fingers (like leaves) then slowly move them upward, then down – trace out and recognise the shape of your field of vision, the whole oval shape.

B. A good idea is, sitting in a train, facing in the direction of travel, focus on something in front, and then watch the world going by on both sides.

C. It's the opposite of screwing up the eyes and staring. Maybe it's good to just physically open your eyes as wide as they will go. But then start noticing all the things you can see round the periphery in order to keep your eyes wide open.

D. If you've never done it before, then put both your hands up in front of your eyes, you will get a feeling of how it is to see without any central focus point.

E. A practical idea, is while you're waiting for a computer screen to load, or for traffic lights to change – instead of focusing directly on them and daydreaming, focus to the side and watch for the change at the side of your eye.

'Gong like' Exercises

There are a number of 'Gong like' exercises which i find stimulate panoramic seeing. The main problem is that most teachers do these exercises with their eyes shut!

Chi Gong – 8 Brocades

The 5th exercise of the 8 Brocades is remarkable, it is called "The Wise Owl Gazes Backwards". It is equally remarkable that most teachers do it with the eyes closed.

To look as far as you can see, you must look as the name of the exercise implies, like an owl does – with the eyes wide open! – the only YouTube videos which i can find showing this even vaguely are
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUQqCAPOJZ8 0.50 to 2.00 and

In this context Paul McCartney's Yoga Exercises for Your Eyes (2.36 mins) is also very interesting.

Falun Dafa

Falun Dafa exercise nos. 2 and 3 are very good, but even Master Li does them with his eyes closed. I obviously learnt wrong, because i do it with my eyes open – and i'm rather happy that throughout my life, i have so consistantly learnt things wrong.

exercise 1 falun dafa Exercise 2: Exercise 2. is very similar to exercise A. above.

In the starting position, it is good if you look at the hands directly, this positions the head so that you can see the movement of the hands through positions 2, 3, 4, and 2, 3, etc. again.

exercise 2 falun dafaexercise 3 falun dafaexercise 4 falun dafa

In positions 2, 3, 4, one moves the hands slowly up and then around the entire periphery of one's panoramic field of vision, as though holding a cartwheel.

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Exercise 3
exercise 3a falun dafaexercise 3b falun dafaThe good videos, which i learnt with, are no longer online. Shame, but i hope these two gifs give you the right idea

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When Walking or Cycling

While walking, look a little above the horizon, this almost forces the downward panoramic vision into active awareness. This is an idea i picked up 40 years ago from Carlos Castañeda's books on Don Juan, before i learnt anything about panoramic sensing. The reason i found it good and remembered it, was because when walking in nature, to adapt to the uneven ground, i involuntarily and immediately started bending the knees and walking with a 'bounce'.

All humans have some subliminal panoramic awareness when walking, cycling or driving. Relaxed cycling, or walking in nature can often bring us to the edge of this way of sensing. When cycling, most people are vaguely aware of about 90° of the panoramic horizontal centre field. Doing this consciously is a good experiment, but it's not ideal because you have to keep focusing on passing people and cars. I wouldn't advise it when driving.

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