We Treat Our Senses Like Slaves.
It's not suprising they are hard to control.

Normally we use our senses purely as a means, a vehicle for the relationship between our thoughts and the world outside. They are normally used in a supporting role to fulfill our wanting thinking repetitious habits. We never just let them be themselves, they are always being controlled by our thoughts.

I want to illustrate this with an allegory from human rights : We are using our senses like slaves who have no rights of their own – and this seems, to our present way of understanding life, perfectly reasonable and sensible.

But for animals, the senses have their own rights, without any thoughts dominating them. In fact, the senses control and dominate the thoughts and actions. What is sensed is registered and acted upon.

Human senses are manipulated and evaluated or just ignored, interrupted and overpowered by our thoughts. Our thoughts are the bosses. Our senses are being used and forced to only focus, forced to work for the bosses, and their natural inborn abilities are being ignored and denied.

Meanwhile the bosses have been greedy, they have gobbled up and memorised so many thoughts and ideas and opinions - and have developed an astounding ability to juggle and show off and be clever with all their knowledge.

How can we organise a revolution? How can we enable our senses to overcome the bosses (and their families: the self perpetuating repetitions). How can we manipulate them and cut off their independance and inspiration? How can we turn the tables?

And my answer is, just observe animals. Animals have three modes of being: active, passive, and broadband. Non-selective or broadband sensing evolved for the purpose of being receptive to and aware of sudden movements and changes in the immediate environment. They need both broadband and focussed sensing to survive. The use of both focussed and broadband sensing is a balance, and animals often need to use this balance, every minute of every day.

To get the balance back, our senses have to learn a bit of non-violent non-cooperation, and the bosses need to start feeling a bit of compassion and understanding.

To sign up on the peace treaty, you don't have to believe in it, or even understand it. There are no long term committments like with a religion or a therapy. You don't need any purity or selfless devotion. There are no vows to take or promises to make, and, you don't have to pay any money.

With broadband sensing you can try it out for just a few minutes and see if you enjoy it. Then, when you remember it and want to repeat it, then you repeat it.

Extract from Chapter 3 - Back to INDEX