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Most religions acknowledge the mystical experience of oneness. A state where there is no separation between subject and object.

Sceptics may think that this oneness is a delusion due to some form of mental illness. However, it is independently reported in various cultures, so by modern anthropological standards, the experience must have some substance, and it is – at least – a common delusion ...

Love is a similar experience, often this is a feeling of unity with one other person.

Human cultures have long recognised feelings of compassion and sympathy. But recently various cultures have adopted the concept of 'empathy', to describe a state of being with, and imagining how it feels to be, the person we're with, or the pet we love.

And so, empathy also sometimes describes a state of being, where the subject is absorbed in an object.

These are the few, rare, special words, describing a state where the subject is absorbed in the object. And now i'm suggesting a fourth word, the least of these but maybe the starting point : using the panoramic senses – broadbanding.

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