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Awareness is defined as ones ability to be able to perceive, feel or to be conscious of events, objects or sensory patterns. By being in a state of "Heijoshin" the practitioner can interpret their environment and react appropriately. In order to understand the concept of Heijoshin you must first understand how the brain works. The first thing that comes to mind is the question of if the eyes see or does the brain see? Research has shown that if you were to look at an object during a PET ( Positron Emission Tomography) scan, and then close your eyes and think about the same object the PET scan will reveal that the same neural networks would be activated. This suggests that the mind does not know the difference between what you saw and what you brain saw. This data implies that a witness might of perceived an event that was brain oriented. This is the biggest problem that plagues eye witness accounts in criminal cases because of preconceived notions of environmental perceived factors. This is where Heijoshin might help solve this dilemma since it puts you in a state of mind of pure perception. There are no preconceived notions of fear, doubt, hate or guilt, only a perception of what is before them absent of these human emotions. It might be easier to understand if you think of seeing things through the eyes of a child. A very nonjudgemental approach. In the state of true Heijoshin the researcher can view their environment without these human emotional "hangups" and focus to the task at hand. This is a warrior concept I had learned many years ago and practice on a daily basis. It is something that cannot be turned on and off like a light switch but and integral part of you. By applying this the residents of the wild do not see you as a visitor but a resident. You will know you are in this state when the residents of the wild do not react to your presence. This is the secret of how I am able to blend into the wilderness and befriend the residents of the wild as a neutral entity.
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