Centralization and motion are key to correcting eyesight. Some people work better with one or the other. Centralization is being fully present and aware in the moment. Motion is not being attached to any point by moving to the next.
An awareness of motion promotes flexibility because it causes your mind to stop trying to make things happen. If you are so flexible that you lack focus and direction, practice central fixation with an emphasis on awakening your interest in detail. This will make your sense of motion more precise.
If you try so hard to be focused that you lack flexibility and are unable to move on to new things, improve your central fixation by emphasizing the periphery, developing an interest in motion, and dodging.
Edging is brushing around the outline of shapes with your nose by letting your eyes follow the brush (your nose). The key to edging is to keep a relaxed sense of the points flowing into your mind while your attention moves around the outline noticing detail. Edging is a technique of motion and central fixation.
Goal – Incorporate central fixation and motion to see details along a line.
Steps – Practice edging to refine your sense of motion and centralize your mind.
- •Remove your glasses and relax.•Find a line in your environment at a comfortable distance so you do not strain to see it. It can be the line where a wall joins the ceiling or floor, the edge of a table, door, or other piece of furniture in the room.
- Feel your feet on the floor, close your eyes, and relax.
- Open your eyes and move your head and follow your nose along the line noticing every point as you go and that the point you are on is the point you see best.
- When you get good at this, add motion.
– Notice each point as it comes into view, and notice the present point moving away as the next point comes into view.
– Notice the point in view is the point you see best, and keep a feeling of the points moving into and out of view as you brush along with your nose.
Explanation – The eyes and mind must coordinate to take in small points of detail without skipping over any points in the line. You also have to be completely present in the room and interested in what you are looking at to not skip any points.
Hints – Maintain a smooth motion with your eyes and head. Do not jump over points in the line. If you find you jump over points, take a few deep breaths and palm. It might help to find a line at a more comfortable distance.
If you have worn or currently wear glasses, you probably have an unconscious mental habit of straining and you might strain when edging. If so, practice for short periods only, palm before and after edging, and keep an awareness of motion and see one part best while you practice.
Edging and Swinging
When you become proficient with edging, add swinging.
Goal – Use swings to widen your field of vision.
Steps – Your eyesight should be fairly good before you attempt this technique because if it is not, this technique will can create a strain.
- Remove your glasses and relax.
- Find a line in your environment at a comfortable distance so you do not strain to see it. It can be the line where a wall joins the ceiling or floor, the edge of a table, door, or other piece of furniture in the room.
- Get a short swing going across the joint using a head swing or body sway.
- Once you have the swing going, notice an object in your periphery and keep it swinging with you.
- With the object swinging in the periphery, find an area along on the joint and see one part best.
- Keeping the peripheral swing going, edge along the joint seeing the point you are on best, noticing the point move away and the next point moving into view.
- Edge along the joint in both directions several times.
Explanation – This technique lets you see points along the joint the way a person with normal vision would see them: with relaxation, motion, central fixation, and peripheral vision.
Hints – Make sure you keep breathing and do not strain. Keep the points along the joint moving and the object in your periphery moving.
Dim Light and Night Vision
When your eyesight improves, you can refine your vision for dim light and night vision. Contrast is more subtle in dim light. At a distance where your vision is clear, dim light does not affect your ability to see. It takes imagination to see in dim light or at night at a distance where your vision is not clear because your eyes are not shifting or centralizing. People who practice central fixation see more contrast and see better in dim light.
One man who had a keen interest in shapes used this interest to improve his night vision by contrasting the lights and darks by searching for the lightest light and the darkest dark. Once he became good at this, he started to look for colors while contrasting lights and darks. Over time as he became good at seeing details in dim light, his vision improved tremendously.
If you are having trouble seeing in dim light or at night, your peripheral vision is shutting down, you are not noticing details, or both.
- If you see in the periphery, but have trouble seeing one part best, you need detail work.
- If you see one part best, but are unaware of objects in relation to other objects, you need periphery work. See “Peripheral Vision” on 41
Accept What you See
Goal – See objects in dim light as they are.
Steps – Sit in a dimly lit room and let dark things be dark and light things be light.
Explanation – This reduces the strain of trying to see objects in dim light in a way other than how they really appear.
Hints – Do not strain. If you find yourself straining, palm or swing.
Awaken Interest in Details
Goal – Wake up an interest in detail, shapes, and color in dim light.
Steps – You can practice this technique alone or with a partner. If you have a partner talk to each other about the details you see in the dim light.
- Sit in a dimly lit room and start noticing dark, the light within the dark, and go on to contrasting light and dark.
- As you progress, find smaller and smaller areas of light and dark, and then start contrasting colors.
- Add motion as you move from light to dark, dark to light, and from color to color.
- Notice different bands and continuation of color.
- Compare hues and be aware of shapes.
- Drift over the memory of details.
Explanation – The peripheral vision shuts down in dim light due to strain. Noticing details alleviates this strain and opens the peripheral vision.
Hints – Start with details that interest you.