INTRODUCTION TO BROADBAND SENSING
Part of Life's Balance
Broadband sensing is an vital and integral part of how animals manage to surive. For animals it is a balance for all their active focussed sensing and when dozing.
Broadband sensing doesn't lead to the same mental problems, and it doesn't have the same ingenious creative potential that focussing has. By itself it would not solve anything, we would starve or get eaten. Animals must focus and react once they perceive food or danger. The value of broadband sensing lies in balancing and alternating it with focussed sensing.
Watch how any blackbird pulling at a worm, continually checks for predators. And hares ears are always scanning for danger 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 use this mode of sensing in combination with all their focussed activities, and while passively dozing. It doesn't replace any activity, it makes it safe. It's part of being alive. Broadbanding is part of the mix.
It's nothing special, every animal does it. Every animal except humans. Broadband sensing is a forgotten part of life's basic balance.
Going Broadband - Seeing
There are many different qualities of broadband sensing. Humans all have some subliminal awareness of what's happening around us, even when thinking about other things.
Occasionally we have an intense experience of awareness and pleasure, seeing in the broadband way, and this often happens when looking into the distance at a panorama. It opens our senses in a special way. And actually at those times, we're not focussing on anything specific, we're just amazed at everything.
How can we find this intensity without anything awesome or beautiful to sense? The inner openness is the vital part, not the outside stimulus.
You might be able to get into the feeling quickly, if you find a blank sheet of A4, - fold it in half and hold it sideways infront of your eyes. Focus on it, and concentrate, but look at the interesting things happening all around it. Then move it a few inches away, look around it again - move it another few inches away and keep focussing on it but looking all around it.
Once you can do this effectively, 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.
Chapter Two discusses many other approaches to seeing in a broadband way, but already you will have a feeling for the oval shape of your broadband field of vision. 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.
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 exactly for that reason: because it is the most direct, most reliable way of being in touch with all that'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.
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.
Please continue with The Simple Sense of Now