The practical Chapters 4 + 5 are always developing as i experiment and find new ideas
The basis is clear, Oct 31st.
Broadbanding is a state of being on the look out - to make sure it's safe. Broadbanding is not just doing nothing or taking a moment's tea-break. It is purposefully and actively receptive.
Start with Listening
i recommend starting with listening, it is far easier, and essentially practices the same thing.
The first aim is to combine seeing and listening together.
SWITCHING IT ON
The ability to switch it on is the first step.
As a balance for focussed activity, animals often only do it for a second. Look at any pigeon or blackbird while eating. This form of sensing is so vital for survival that they interrupt any delicious meal to do it. Notice how quickly they can change between doing what they want to do in their focussed mode, to their broadband mode - and the second the head is up, they are able to instantly turn off any self centered thought or behaviour and register if anything dangerous is moving.
Humans have no natural predators. Humans lack the motivation to go broadband. It may be useful to start with, to look-out and listen out for 'dangerous pigeons'.
I feel, especially to start with, humans - who are so out of practice - should do it for at least ten seconds to a half minute, at a time. Once you can do it, then you're welcome to do it, and you might want to do it, hours long, but the ability to switch it on is the first important step.
A minute or half a minute a day, would be a good idea. - If you want to make it a priority, then do it whenever you think about it, several times a day.
There are lots of reasons for starting with these short periods. Partly because if doing this - even trying to do this - is enjoyable, then you will want to repeat it. Partly to create a feeling of urgency - it's got to be done now, and in a minutes time it'll be too late. And partly, to realise that you can turn it on, any time, without doing anything to prepare for it.
Your subconscious knows how it feels to use the senses like this. A minute a day which is interesting or enjoyable is the best way to give your subconscious the signal that it's time to remember.
The following is a collection of unsorted ideas and not essential return to Chapter 4+5 Index
There are many different degrees and qualities of broadband seeing and listening, just as there are with focussed seeing and listening.
Animals have two distinct modes. One while dozing with half an eye and ear open. The other is during focussed activity and is a state of intensive alertness.
Humans all have some subliminal awareness of what's happening around us, even when thinking about other things. But we occasionally have an intensely enjoyable experience of awareness and nowness. This can happen either when focussing on something awesome or beautiful, or with a panorama ...
Focussing, when coordinated with concentration, is a state of intense alertness. When broadbanding, mental concentration is not a sperate element to be coordinated, it is part of the act of sensing.
We can find this intensity without anything special or beautiful to sense: The inner openness is the vital part, not the outside stimulus.
I've recently been considering that animals react as soon as they see or hear something sudden, they don't think what it may be, first they react. So, i'm wondering if the safe feeling broadbanding gives me, is only possible for humans with their walls and traffic lights, i'm wondering if it's only safe because i can do it at the same time as knowing things are safe.
The blackbird flies away at the slightest sound or sight. The deer will stop what it's doing and look from 50 metres away, perhaps slowly growing to trust us after years of being hunted. The hare will stay still for as long as it can and let a human walk by, but we can be sure a shot of adrenalin goes through it's body at the first sign and it is then ready to spring and run. Humans don't have these fears and to some extent this is because we have our abstract reasoning, we identify the sounds we hear.
So, what i do - though based on empathy with animals - no animal would actually do intensely for more than a few minutes.
The first step, which is occasionally used in meditations, is listening to everything or seeing everything. The second step is listening out and looking out for quick changes, as animals need to do. But then, unlike animals, not reacting, just continuing to be on the look-out. Obviously this is not a hard rule. If a car horn sounds then get out of the way. If a flock of geese come over at night chattering to each other, then focus on it, it's lovely.
seeing seems to be more to do with integration, listening is more connected with nowness ..
I don't know how it is to broadband with other people. I imagine that facing someone else would be difficult. Broadbanding is being on the look out. Any sensible two animals would sit back to back. Any group would sit in a circle back to back ...
There is another question i'm considering at present.
and it may influence how i re-write this Chapter.
With listening, everyone seems to have at least some idea of how to try and do it ... with seeing most people have no idea.
Why is broadband listening so much easier than seeing for humans?
This maybe because
1. Listening is secondary in learning to seeing - with seeing we are so highly trained to focus with the eyes from such an early age.
2. the hearing is more connected with the lower brain, (the two eyes are intrinsically connected with the two halves of the brain)
3. we use hearing all around us everyday - we cant stop doing it ..
Please continue with Listening