THE MISSING LINKS
Listening Out and Nowness
Listening has an immediacy which the other senses don't have, and this is because sounds are sometimes very sudden and over in a split second. Smells and sights usually last at least a few seconds.
Possibly in ancient times, humans and animals only needed to listen. Nowadays with the constant humm of traffic, it is necessary to listen out, to listen actively.
Listening out is full of suprises. Listen in all directions, near and far, high and low. I often listen out for distant dogs and children - at night, for hedgehogs and owls. I don't often hear them, that's irrelevant, listening out for them is the vital part.
By empathising with animals sensory awareness we can't think. If we start thinking, we stop being aware, and in that moment an animal would be vulnerable.
How to be Now and Neutralise the Self Perpetuating Wheels of Thought
The religious experience of eternity is often connected with some awesome mind blowing sense of being now, - but it's not the simple sense of now which every animal has, and we could so easily relearn.
Throughout evolution, going broadband has been the unquestionable and natural way to switch off, stop doing everything and be still for a moment. Animals know it's vital, to periodically check their surroundings, and be fully aware and receptive. And for animals, this is indirectly a constant reminder of how it feels to be still, inside and outside, and to be now.
Without trying it out, you might feel as though there is so much happening, that it would make you crazy to be aware of it all. And it would make you crazy if you had to focus and then think about it all; but to be aware of it all in a broadband way, you can't think at the same time.
Broadband sensing is useless for getting on in life, and doing things, but it is very effective against pointless abstract thought. And it's nothing mystical or paradoxical .. it's just practical. Without focussing on anything you can't start thinking about it, and consequently you can't want it. Broadbanding devolves the thinking systems.
Broadband sensing is a very direct connection (it's more than a relationship) with the immediate environment. The senses are seen as the door between us and the world outside of us. In a broadband reality our senses connect us with the world. The irrational feeling is : we are the door.
Doing things which are in keeping with nature
Broadband sensing actually stimulates inner peace by trying to do it because it's natural. People who meditate often say that "it comes by itself" so "don't try so hard". But broadbanding is something which wanting to do, and trying to do, even being attatched to it, and expecting it to happen, doesn't prevent it happening.
If we want eternity, we probably have to have faith and focus on eternal things. But if want to be now, still our thoughts, with a basic feeling of connection with our world, we need to learn from animals, and how they use broadband sensing.
In the short term, it stops the continuous chatter in our minds, it's a moments simple and direct peace of mind, a moment of feeling still inside, a feeling of integration with the world around us.
In the long term, it benefits clear thinking, and it's the optimal cure for, and safeguard against, closed mindedness. This strikes me, as the main benefit individually and culturally. And it's easy to explain why :
Broadband sensing interrupts the automatic re-confirmation of all abstract thoughts. Self righteous opinions lose their power because they lose their automatic repetition and confirmation.
I find broadbanding enormously important from an educational and cultural perspective. At present we only educate the focussing abilities, and they often lead to curious forms of narrow mindedness and unclear thinking. (I develop this theme in the cultural section.)
Common to All People of all Cultures
Broadbanding is an attitude to life, it's a way to be, it opens up another dimension of an individuals relationship with the world, of feeling part of the whole.
In itself it is very normal, nothing special - any animal can do it ... maybe the only really fascinating thing, is what makes me write: how we've lost this ability, and have become so completely blind to it and the possibilities and potential it has.
It's reliable, easy and natural. Anyone of any culture could do it, whatever their focussed beliefs. It's not a new religion, it's a vital part of the original ancient way of being. It's in the human make up. It's a common denominator among all creatures and people of all cultures. It could be a great unifying factor for people of all cultures.