EMPATHY WITH ANIMALS
Appendix A to Chapter 1.
It's the opposite of screwing up the eyes and staring. Maybe it's good to just physically open your eyes as wide as they will go. But then cause your eyes to open just by looking out for shapes and colours all around the peripheries.
Stretch out your arms to the sides, turn your hands inwards, and wiggle your fingers (like leaves) then slowly move them upward, then down - trace out and recognise the shape of your field of vision, the whole oval shape.
Its quite easy to select points, or areas of around 30-40° on both sides, and to be aware of both simultaneously. Then either expand the areas, find more points, or find new areas on the diagonals, until it stimulates the whole oval shape.
i believe every 15° or so at the perimeter of your field of vision, is an area which is sensitive to, responds to and stimulates our moods.
I close my eyes and focus on the back of my lids. That totally stops me from thinking and having pictures in front of my inner eye.
It reminds me of your idea to look at a wall without focussing.
>Two eyes, yeah, same experience here.
and then the abstract thoughts started and i thought ... if it works, it's something to do with the two brain halves not being connected and coordinated by the one field or object of vision.
its connected with what im talking about because its a way of using the senses directly, rather than thinking.
I have got to sleep with this a couple of times. It quickly blanks out the thinking, like a vacuum. But I much prefer it with open eyes and being awake, and it recreates the broadband feeling.
'Looking with two eyes' may help some people get the broadband feeling.
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Obviously it's common knowledge: birds can sleep with one eye open and half of their brain awake, and they control how awake they are, by how open their eye is.
The 4th exercise of the 8 Brocades is remarkable, it is called : The Wise Owl Gazes Backwards. Experiment how to look as far as you can see: with the eyes closed! almost closed like Clint Eastwood in a gun fight, or with the eyes wide open like an owl. I also find looking as far as i can gives the best neck exercise. I will write more if asked.