The Perfect Blind Spot
An Alternative Summary
of the Abstract and Parts 1-6
Forgotten Unrealised Parts of Ourself and Finding the Balance
Animals have three modes of being: focussed, 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.
Non-selective is not a good word to describe it, because this fails to describe the actual activity of being ready and waiting, on the watch or ready to be watchful. Broadband sensing is a vital part of the oldest, original, most natural form of being awake and staying alive.
Modern man hardly ever uses this third mode of being, our broadband mode. Humans have developed some unique and ingenious ways of balancing their focussed work activities, with focussed play activities, such as sport, entertainment, sex, religions and creative expression, and then at the end of day, with sleeping. On special occasions humans seek inner peace and then typically, close the eyes, and focus on the breathing, a mantra, prayer or image.
Animals don't focus on fun, creativity, or mental images, as a balance for their focussed work. Animals balance their focussing with broadbanding. Broadbanding is part of the mix.
What i'm suggesting is not a new religious way or form of yoga or meditation. It doesn't replace any focussed activity, it balances it.
Music, love and lovers, and most forms of meditation, prayer, and creative therapy can bring our lives in balance, and help us to connect with forgotten unrealised parts of ourselves and to be fully human. And they are all wonderful but, ...
Broadband sensing IS a forgotten unrealised part of ourselves, AND part of evolution's basic balance in life.
Examples of Broadband Sensing
Animals combine - active focussed sensing with active broadband sensing; - and being passively broadband while dozing.
Watch how any blackbird pulling at a worm, continually checks for predators. And hares ears are always scanning for trouble while they're eating. Or when dozing, how the hare turns his ears outwards, open for sounds, and sleeping birds have one eye open.
Looking With Two Eyes
'Looking with two eyes', is an idea which may help you get into the feeling quickly. Put your hands up between your eyes, so you block the central area. You will get an impression of how it is to see with eyes on both sides of your face. Then take your hands away and just imagine you have two separate eyes on the sides of your face. Then forget you've got two eyes and just look.
Look at everything you can see and see everything you're looking at. Wait until it all merges into the oval shape of your field of vision, then look at the whole picture – if you are outside, you will see lots of things moving, but don't look at them, just notice them, 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.. 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.
Being Awake and Connected with our Environment
Life is immediate for animals, and with the broadband way of sensing, animals feel more involved and connected with it, more a part of everything they sense. There isn't the same clear distinction and solid defining relationship of a subject sensing an object, it was built that way; unlike focussing which evolved to do things, and thus involves a doer and a done to, a subject and object.
It's nothing mystical or metaphysical, it's not even philosophical, it's just at first rather strange: I'm suggesting a practical physiological method of using the senses, to be awake, now, and feel connected with our environment.
The Emperor has no Clothes, and he has found the Perfect Blindspot
This mode of our being, and the balance it creates, 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 considering humans in the context of focus points. Only understanding a relationship between focal points : 'I' and 'God'; or self and the world; - without the broadband balance of integration and nowness.
We're not considering the whole picture because we're only using part of our sensory abilities to feel it with.
The emperor has no clothes, and he has found the perfect blind spot.