Awakening a Sense of Space

If you spend a lot of time focusing at one distance (such as working on a computer, working at a desk, sewing, or painting for hours), your eyes have probably lost some of their ability to shift scale and see clearly without eyestrain at varying distances. When you look up, objects a little way off may be in a blur while the objects close up that you are looking at are in focus.

Objects blur when you look up after focusing at one distance because the mind is still at the focus point while the eyes attempt to see at a different point. If you think of the object and where it is before you look at it, your mind shifts scale before you look at the object with your eyes. Shifting scale helps you maintain eye and mind coordination.

Shifting Scale — General

Goal – Learn to shift scale so your eyes can focus at all distances.

Steps – Practice this whenever you spend time focusing at the same distance.

  • Blink your eyes and think of an object in the room at a different distance from the one you have been focusing at. It can be something like an object on your desk or a poster on the wall.
  • Massage your eyes as described in Relaxed Breathing and Massage.
  • Briefly look up at the object.
  • Repeat with other objects at different distances.

Hints – Keep a feeling of your feet on the floor and the chair you are sitting in. Also develop a sense of things behind you. It is easier to shift scale when you are present and interested in what you are looking at

Shifting Scale — Computer

If you work at a computer, practice the general shifting scale technique and this technique.

Goal – Learn to shift scale while working at your computer.
Steps – Practice this frequently while working at your computer.

  • Place interesting pictures or objects in your work area that are easy to see from your position at the computer. Behind the monitor, on your desk near the computer, on the ceiling, on the walls to either side or above the computer are some possibilities.
  • Blink your eyes and think of one of the pictures or objects.
  • Massage your eyes as described in Relaxed Breathing and Massage.
  • Look up from the monitor at the picture or object.
  • Repeat with other objects and pictures at different distances.

Hints – Keep a feeling of your feet on the floor and the chair you are sitting in. Also develop a sense of things behind you. It is easier to shift scale when you are present and interested in what you are looking at.

Using Affirmations

Use the following affirmation to establish and widen your sense of space:

My world gets bigger and bigger every day

Using Visualizations

Goal – Develop a sense of space around you and the objects you look at.
Steps – Practice this technique several times a day, when you get up in the morning, and before you go to bed.

Goal – Develop a sense of space around you and the objects you look at.

Steps – Practice this technique several times a day, when you get up in the morning, and before you go to bed.

  • • Find a comfortable sitting position and remove your glasses.
  • Take a few deep breaths with long exhalations and relax your shoulders, relax your jaw muscles, and become aware of the floor beneath your feet.
  • Massage your eyes as described in Relaxed Breathing and Massage.
  • Close your eyes and sense the space around you.
  • Gradually push the space out in all directions by imagining the objects around you while maintaining an awareness of the floor beneath your feet.

Explanation – An awareness of space is important for being present in the world and maintaining eye and mind coordination.

Hints – Feeling the sky is a cap over your head and sense objects behind you at the horizon.

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One Response to Awakening a Sense of Space

  1. relentlesspursuitofhealth says:

    I am so happy to find you here, Monica. You have given the world *great gifts* by sharing your precious knowledge with others. I also studied at the School for Better Eyesight. Gloria is a fabulous teacher.

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