POWER OF OBSERVATION
Many of science’s most important breakthroughs, from the discovery of microorganisms to the theory of evolution, have come about through observation. The scientist’s gaze is clearly a powerful tool for making sense of how the world works.
When we speak of observation we don’t just mean seeing, but also hearing, touching, and feeling as well. “Seeing is not observing.” It is not the same as “everyday observation.” The more aspects of a thing we can perceive, then the greater our learning of it becomes. By consciously paying attention to details, intellectual sensitivity is increased. Keen observation is a by-product of enthusiasm and vice versa. This technique greatly aids in doing the practices and exercises discussed, and is applicable in almost any creative endeavor. It is a must for every achiever.
First, focus on your left foot, from the bones, muscles, veins, up to the surface of the skin. Then feel on your left foot Joy, Vitality, Peace, Love, and Kindness. Then inhale all the energy in the universe. Retain your breathe for 7 counts. Then exhale slowly into your left foot.
Now do the same procedure on your right foot. Perform the procedure as you did on the left foot. Do the same on all parts of the body by following the suggested sequence: left legs, right legs, left knee, right knee, left thigh, right thigh, hips, reproductive organ, large and small intestines, stomach and pancreas, left kidney, right kidney, spleen, liver and gall bladder, heart, thymus gland, left lung & ribs, right lung and ribs, left hand, right hand, left forearm, right forearm, left arm, right arm, left shoulder, right shoulder, the whole neck area, jaw & the lips & the teeth & the tongue & the palate, left cheek & left eye & left ear, right cheek & right eye & right ear, the brain, the skull, the forehead & the scalp, hair.
This practice sharpens the mind and the senses; increases sensitivity; enhances memory; develops keen awareness of one’s self and surroundings; gains deeper understanding of one’s life and experiences; and strengthens one’s analytical, thinking, and reasoning abilities.
Observation increases concentration and expands the scope of the mind. This technique enables greater and faster learning; and a more appreciating and fulfilling life.
Honing this faculty facilitates discoveries and inventions, and allows new ways of thinking which transcend paradigms; enables one to look for creative solutions, especially at critical times such as in moments of danger; and increases one’s capacity for detailed observation such as that needed for scientific studies or investigative work.