There are two types of motion: real physical motion and the perception of motion.
- Real motion – When your eyesight is quite blurry, you most likely have a very diminished or non-existent perception of water flowing downstream, grasses and flowers swaying in the wind, or leaves rustling in trees.
- Perception of motion – When your eyesight is quite blurry, you most likely have a very diminished or non-existent perception of the appearance of objects moving in the opposite direction when you move your bodies through space.
To relieve eyestrain and clear your vision, it is very important to awaken a sense of both types of motion. When your sense of motion is awakened, your eyes shift, the mental stare is broken, you have eye and mind coordination, your circulation and breathing are improved, and you are in a state of alert interest. An awareness of motion helps your mind move quickly and effortlessly from point to point as you take in the scene before you. It means your mind is here and not stuck in thought somewhere else.
This category covers many techniques to awaken the sense of motion. The next category “Centralized State of Mind” explains how to transfer your awakened sense of motion to seeing details.
Dodging is moving your mind and eyes away from a point you see clearly to keep the relaxed state of mind that created the clear vision. Eyes naturally move away from what they see clearly. If you stare at your computer screen fixing on points while you try to reason out a problem, you will create have an eyestrain that can blur your vision.
- Whenever you set your gaze on a point, immediately move your gaze to another point or close your eyes (dodge to closed eyes).
- At the computer, shift your gaze around the display by moving your head and letting your eyes follow your nose. Close your eyes or use eye drops if your eyes become tired.
Voluntary and Involuntary Movement
The eyes can move in two ways: voluntary and involuntary. Voluntary eye movement is when you consciously move your eyeballs. Involuntary eye movement is when your head moves and your eyes follow.
Involuntary eye movement is the same thing as shifting while voluntary eye movement can create eyestrain. Involuntary movement is more rapid than voluntary eye movement and is essential for normal vision. You can stimulate involuntary eye movement with blinking, sunning, palming, dodging, and swinging (described below). Swings are particularly effective for establishing involuntary eye movement and increasing shifting.
- Voluntary eye movement – Hold your head still and move your eyes from side to side or up and down.
- Involuntary eye movement
- Move your head from side to side. Notice the difference in the movement. As your mind moves over the points, notice the points left behind.
- Move your head while you look at a corner of your computer monitor or something on your desk. Notice the difference in the movement. As your mind moves over the points, notice the points left behind.
Swings are a family of techniques that increase shifting (involuntary eye movement) and awaken your sense of motion. This family of techniques is called swings because they involve physically swinging your body and mentally noticing how objects appear to swing in the opposite direction.
Swings teach you to see with your whole being from the back of your head, and to let your mind lead and the eyes follow. Once you learn to swing, you should keep a short swing going throughout the day to maintain a perception of motion at all times and keep your mind present and interested in what you are seeing.
In 1988 I worked with a student who had no sense of motion and her mind was in an extreme mental stare. She came to me for lessons to relieve her eyestrain and improve her vision. The first things I taught her were blinking and swings.
With great attention and perseverance for several days she developed the habit of normal blinking and put herself completely into motion by practicing swings all day. Her new blinking habits and awakened sense of motion improved her vision tremendously and her whole being changed.
Finger Swing Technique
The Finger swing is the first step to noticing relative motion. Relative motion is the appearance of stationary objects moving relative to your own movement very much like when you drive in a car and the road and scenery falls away behind you.
Goal – Get into the habit of seeing by letting your eyes follow your nose.
Steps – Use this technique from time to time to break the mental stare.
People with normal sight scan the horizon, get their sense of place in space, and scan around the landscape. The Drifting swing is the first step in learning to scan a scene.
Goal – Scan and notice subtle variations.
Steps – Practice scanning at all times – at your computer, when reasoning out problems, or thinking of persons and places far away.
- Take off your glasses and relax.
- Massage your eyes as described in “Massage” on 6.
- Move your head and think of your nose as a paint brush or pointer while you look through your eyes at interesting items on your desk or on your computer desktop at a comfortable distance.
- As you drift, notice something about the items that interests you. For example, their size, shape, color, texture, or contrasts.
- Incorporate an awareness of the scene swinging in the opposite direction as you move your head.
Explanation – Moving your head causes your eyes to shift properly and prevents your mind from grabbing at images. When you notice that objects are not fixed to a point, the stare is broken and motion is sensed.
Hints – If you do not get a sense of motion, adjust the distance and focus on objects closer to you or farther away until they appear to move in the opposite direction from the direction your head is moving.
Trailing or leading with your eyes inhibits the shifting. Let your eyes follow your nose as you move your head.
Shift over more than two points in the scene to help prevent your eyes from jumping from one point to another.
Be aware of small parts within the scene rather than trying to take in the entire scene at once. If you try to see the entire scene without allowing the eyes to shift across it, the scene appears blurred.
Think of your eyes as two big windows the mind is looking through. Remember that vision is the mind looking through the eyes.