How to Neutralise the Self Perpetuating Wheels of Thought.
The religious experience of eternity is often connected with some awesome mind blowing sense of being now, - but it's not the simple sense of now which every animal has, and we could so easily relearn.
Animals have three modes of being: active, passive, and broadband. Broadband sensing evolved for the purpose of being receptive to and aware of sudden movements and changes in the immediate environment. It can only be done now because that's the only time movements and changes are actually happening.
Humans hardly ever use this way of sensing directly or intentionally. Our ancestors fears and daily insecurity have been overcome. The original practical use of broadband sensing is obsolete and redundant. There is no need to be on the watch, or ready to be watchful all the time, as animals need to be, to survive.
But there are a number of side effects which are relevant for human life, today more than ever. One of these side effects is important to explain: the effect broadband sensing has of temporarily slowing down and even stopping the self perpetuating abstract memory systems. We need to stop the eternal repetitive chatter in our minds. We need to get a bit of simple and direct peace of mind.
Animals can't think when they are awake to and aware of anything sudden or unexpected which might happen. If you go broadband, ready and watchful for any change or movement in the environment, if you stop focussing on anything specific with your senses and your mind, it stills the mind. In effect it disconnects the regenerating basis for thinking. It devolves the system. Without focussing on anything you can't start thinking about it, and consequently you can't want it or want to repeat it.
Without trying it out, you might feel as though there is so much happening, that it would make you crazy to be aware of it all. And it would make us crazy if we had to focus and then think about it all; but to be aware of it all, you can't think at the same time. With broadband awareness there is no thinking, one is at peace inside. One has to be at peace inside to do it. Doing it stimulates inner peace.
In order to be now with a feeling of integration with my environment, to feel the connection between me and my world - sense in the broadband way. NOT just gazing gormlessly, merely trying NOT to do anything which could stimulate all the continual memory associations; - BUT ACTIVELY giving your repetitious mental activity the stimulus it has used throughout survival, when it knows it must turn off, because it's vital, periodically, to check the surroundings, and be fully aware and receptive. Cause the thoughts to lose their impetus and their momentum by sensing in the broadband way. Thinking devolves by going broadband.
I will repeat that because it's central. When i am sensing in a broadband way, purely receptive to what is happening around me, then there is no stimulus for any associations, nothing to cause or generate the continual memories.
We're not looking for anything like meditation here. We only need do it for a few seconds. In their active use of broadband sensing, many animals only use it for a second, inbetween their focussed activities. I would suggest just ten seconds, to start with, and to start with just 3 times a day
In general, in the long term, the repeating wheels of thought become slower and smoother, they lose their reassertion and thus their self confirmation. The thoughts lose their impetus, there is no momentum or energy causing the repetitions.
And broadband sensing is something which wanting to do it trying to do it, and being attached to it, doesn't prevent it happening, it encourages it. It's reliable. There seems to be another set of rules, governing this way of sensing. It doesn't lead to the same mental problems and it doesn't have the creative and brilliant, fascinating potential that focussed sensing has.
It's not really so important to understand how focussing and thinking work, what's essential first is to realise broadband sensing is a very direct connection (it's more than a relationship) with the immediate environment, now, without any abstract thought, because as soon as you start thinking, you stop being able to sense. In order to be now, aware and awake, and feel a sense of connection with what is happening now, nothing surpasses broadband sensing.
If we want eternity, we probably have to focus on eternal things. But if want to be now, still our thoughts, with a basic feeling of connection with our world, we need to learn from animals, and how they use their broadband sensing.
The senses are seen as the door between us and the world outside of us. In a broadband reality our senses connect us with the world. The irrational feeling is : we are the door.
Broadband sensing stills the mind, and devolves, neutralises (usurps/supersedes), the normal rules governing self perpetuating thoughts, and consequently wanting and abstract desire lose their self-confirming repetitious-regenerating power.
and to show the balance
I'm not suggesting we should only be broadband, i feel it's important to not just stop focussing. Our senses and mind need something to focus on, in order to make any sense of life.
So, i feel it's good advice when focussing, to focus on wholesome inspiring ideas and things. And this is appropriate because focussing and concentration are easy and natural with anything beautiful, creative or awesome. Focussing is useful and practical with anything you want. And focussing is indispensible for achieving any higher goal in life.
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