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Introduction to Broadband Sensing
Animals have two ways of using their senses, focussed and broadband. The senses which they can use in a broadband way are seeing, listening, and smelling.
Broadband sensing evolved for the purpose of being receptive to and aware of sudden movements and changes in the immediate environment. Broadband sensing is a vital part of the oldest, original, most natural form of staying alive.
From something so fundamental to life, we could expect a whole range of consequences. The following is an introduction to the individual usage and effects.
Part of Life's Balance
Animals use this mode of sensing in combination with all their focussed activities, and while passively dozing.
It's nothing special, every animal who wants to survive does it. Every animal except humans. Humans have forgotten how to do it.
Watch how any blackbird pulling at a worm, continually checks for predators. And hares ears are always scanning for trouble while they're eating. Or when dozing, how the hare turns his ears outwards, open for sounds, and sleeping birds have one eye open.
Animals balance all their focussed activity with broadbanding. It doesn't replace any activity, or dozing, it makes it safe. Broadbanding is part of the mix.
Broadband sensing is a forgotten part of life's basic balance.
Humans occasionally experience a short moment of broadband seeing, looking into the distance with a landscape or seascape. But we can use our senses like this without anything special or beautiful to sense: The inner openness is the vital part, not the outside stimulus.
Looking With Two Eyes
'Looking with two eyes', is an idea which may help you get into the feeling quickly. Put your hands up between your eyes, so you block the central area. You will get an impression of how it is to see with eyes on both sides of your face. Then take your hands away and imagine you have two separate eyes on the sides of your face, and just look.
We can build on this by taking a blank sheet of A4, - fold it in half and hold it infront of your eyes - focus on it but look at the interesting things happening all around it. Then move it a few inches away, check the surroundings again - move it another few inches away then just look again. Once you can do this, find a blank wall, or a monotonous area of sky, anything which has no focal point, and focus on it - while looking at everything else.
Wait until it all merges into the oval shape of your field of vision, then look at the whole picture – if you are outside, you will see lots of things moving, just notice them all but keep looking at the whole picture.
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 T.V. screen. The normal feeling of subject looking at object is considerably different, it's a 'being with' what i'm seeing, instead of looking at it.
(There are many different degrees and qualities of broadband sensing; just as there are with focussed seeing and listening. You don't have to do it for a long time to start with. As a balance for focussed activity, animals often only do it for a second, I feel humans, who are so out of practice, should do it for at least 10 seconds.)
Focussing Separates, Broadbanding Integrates
Focussed thinking evolved to understand the distinction and relationship between objects; focussed sensing evolved to do things and thus always involves a doer and a done to, a subject and an object.
With the broadband way of sensing, animals feel more involved and connected with everything they sense. It evolved over billions of years because it is the most direct, simplest and reliable way of being in touch with what's going on around you.
Broadbanding belongs with that collection of rare words like love, and empathy, as a state of being where the subject is intimately involved with the object.
From the way we sense and the way we use our senses, we create the world we feel. This has often been said, but only rarely directly applied to our senses. It's nothing mystical or metaphysical, it's not even philosophical, it's just at first rather strange: I'm suggesting a physiological method of using the senses, to be awake, now, and feel connected with our immediate environment.
The Whole Picture
This mode of our being, is a base line experience for any philosophy or psychology of man, then without it we are only considering a limited version of what human beings can do and be - only understanding humans in the context of a relationship between focal points : 'I' and 'God'; or self and the world, - without the broadband balance of integration and nowness.
We're not considering the whole picture because we're only using part of our sensory abilities to feel it with.
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