Imagination

October 5, 2009

Imagination is a tool for clearing vision that relaxes the mind and alleviates mental strain. When you look at something that does not appear clear, imagine what it might be. When you use imagination like this, you cannot imagine something clearly that is not actually there. For example, if you look at letters and the o is unclear, you will not see it clearly by imagining it to be a c. You will get a distortion of the o. An o will appear clear only if you imagine an o.

Imagination techniques awaken your creative side. Often, creativity is channeled into one or two interests which can limit your creativity in other areas. Imagination and creativity are really unlimited in all areas of life for everyone. When your creative side is awakened, interest and flexibility are also awakened and you can use this awakening to improve your vision and build creativity in all areas of your life.

Imagination means creating images (pictures) in the mind. Everyone sees different pictures in different ways. One person’s shack can be another person’s mansion. The mind does not see; it imagines. Imagining images in the periphery causes the mind to pay more attention to image impulses in the periphery which awakens the peripheral vision without losing central fixation.

Wait until you are reasonably good with the memory techniques before you start the imagination techniques. You should practice the central fixation, motion, and memory techniques until your eyesight has improved a lot before you try imagination techniques.

Imagining Detail

Goal – Use imagination to see more details and clear your vision.

Steps – Practice imagination as often as you like to clear blurry vision.

  • Look quickly at an object that does not appear clear.
  • Close your eyes, and imagine how it really looks.
  • Open your eyes and quickly dodge to avoid going into a stare.
  • Repeat several times.

Explanation – If you imagine the leaves on a tree or the blades in the grass, you start to see them. People with normal sight unconsciously imagine what something is when they look at it, which enables them to see clearly what is really there. Curiosity allows you to imagine what might be there when you cannot see it by trying on shapes because the right shape brings up the image.

Hints – Remember to dodge and not stare at an out of focus object. If you have a tendency to be in your head, be with your imagined thoughts as they come to mind.

Imagining Letters

Goal – Use imagination to see letters.

Steps – Practice this technique whenever you read. If you are farsighted, this technique will help you see smaller print. If you are nearsighted, this technique will help you see print at the far point. Reading is covered in more detail in Chapter 7: Healthy Reading Habits.

  • Look quickly at a letter at a distance where it does not appear clear.
  • Close your eyes, and imagine the letter.
  • Open your eyes and quickly dodge away to avoid a stare.
  • Repeat several times.

Explanation – If you imagine the correct letter, you will see it. People with normal sight unconsciously imagine what something is when they look at it which enables them to see what is really there.

Hints – Remember to dodge and not stare at an out of focus letter. If you have a tendency to be in your head, be with your imagined thoughts as they come to mind.

Imagining the Seat of Sight

Since the seat of sight is in the medulla oblongata portion of the brain, sometimes if you direct your attention there, your vision clears.

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Memory

September 28, 2009

To remember something perfectly or imagine something in vivid detail, the mind has to be completely relaxed. People with photographic memories have very relaxed minds, and would have very clear vision if they knew how to transfer their extremely relaxed state of mind to how they see.

Memory and imagination techniques are practiced after motion and centralization techniques have relieved enough eyestrain so the mind is in a relaxed state. Memory and imagination techniques take the mind to a much deeper state of relaxation to refine the vision into sharp focus.

One day I was riding in the car with one of my students. He was having trouble reading the freeway signs, and I pointed out that he should stop fixating on the fact that the signs appear a little blurry and look for letters that pop out and notice the length of the word instead. But I told him to make himself present first by feeling his feet on the floor and hands on the steering wheel. When he did what I asked, his imagination awakened and he and found he could guess at the words on the signs with amazing accuracy. His vision also cleared.

Memory

Memory is an important tool for refining vision. If something is round and you remember it round, you will see its roundness clearly when you look at it. If you stare at a memory, the memory disappears. Perfect memory brings about the state of mental ease, mental focus, and a feeling of being in the present moment.

The memory techniques increase shifting and relieve any eyestrain you might have when you focus your eyes. This leaves your mind and eyes free to focus on what you see. Memory techniques work well when you have a good visual memory, or if you have normal sight at some distance (it does not matter what distance). If you do not have a good visual memory, the techniques can help you improve your visual memory, which in turn, improves your vision.

Types of Memory

There are three major types of memory: visual, kinesthetic, and auditory. Most people predominately use one or two of the three types. If you know your type, you can gear the memory techniques to your best advantage. You can also develop other types of memory by practicing the techniques according to the types of memory you do not use often or at all.

Visual

People who are strongly visual are thinner, well put together, have a higher voice, and use a lot of visual words. If you predominately use visual memory, slow down and lower your voice as a precursor to relaxation.
Practice flashing (described below) to encourage your visual memory. This works because the visual memory is faster than the auditory or kinesthetic memories and flashing requires quick image recall. Also practice central fixation.

Kinesthetic Memory

People who are highly kinesthetic put comfort before looks. Some kinesthetic people respond to external sensations and are aware of their extremities.

Practice memory techniques by holding the object in your hand. Notice how it feels when your vision is clear as opposed to when your vision is not clear. Keep the memory of the feeling of clear vision.

Auditory Memory

People who are strongly auditory have a rhythm with their walk and ups and downs in their voices.

Practice the memory techniques by incorporating a short swing with the object. Also, keep a memory of the short swing at different distances at all times. Start the swing with your body moving, and then stop your body and keep the feeling of the movement.

Flashing

Begin by practicing memory techniques on what is in front of you at a comfortable distance to take advantage of the state of mental ease you already have at that distance.

Goal – Palm and accept images (flashing). The palming part can be done with eyes closed or eyes opened.

Steps – Take breaks during the day and practice flashing with items on your desk.

  • Place an interesting object in front of you when you palm.
  • Open your hands quickly to get a mental image.
  • Close your hands again to cover your eyes, and remember the image.
  • Palm like this for five minutes every hour.

Other Ideas –

  • Palm and remember a pleasant experience.
  • Flash with a deck of cards by pulling the cards up one by one, looking at them quickly, saying their names out loud (ace of spades), and going on to the next card. This technique builds the visual impulse because there is not enough time to strain to see.
  • Look at one corner of a simple picture, close your eyes, and remember the corner.

Explanation – Flashing is a good way to build mental images, and strong mental images help you see clearly.

Hints – If the memory goes away, it is because you do not have shifting to shift over the points in the image to maintain the memory of the image. Practice shifting by sunning, palming, and swinging.

Shifting

Goal – Allow images to flow into your mind when you remember.

Steps – Practice this several times a day.

  • Pick an object in your environment and let your eyes shift around it in a drifting swing.
  • Close your eyes and shift around the object in your memory.
  • Open your eyes and remember the feeling of the memory of the object with your eyes closed.

Hints – Relax when you open your eyes and do not try to see anything. Let the image flow into your mind. Elongate your head and neck to reduce the strain on your head, neck, and spine.

Explanation – Your eyes have to paint the picture in your mind by shifting. If you stare at the whole picture in your mind, you lose the memory. Keeping the memory with the eyes open prevents you from mentally projecting the picture out and causing eyestrain.

Memory of a Letter

Goal – Use memory to see print clearly.

Steps – Practice this technique whenever you read. If you are farsighted, this technique will help you see smaller print. If you are nearsighted, this technique will help you see print in the distance. Reading is covered in more detail in Chapter 7: Healthy Reading Habits.

  • Find a letter such as the letter Z on a printed page (black print on white is best) and look at it at the distance where you see best.
  • Remember it when you close your eyes and retain the same relaxed state with your eyes closed.
  • Look at the floor and open your eyes maintaining the memory of the Z.
  • Repeat, but this time when you open your eyes, look at a blank wall keeping the memory of the Z.
  • Repeat, and this time let your eyes move up the wall keeping the memory of the Z. If the Z begins to fade, go back to the object and regain the memory.

Explanation – When you make an effort to remember, the memory fades.

Memory of an Object in its Environment

Goal – Have perfect memory at different distances and at a small point. Create a relaxed state where the mind does not go out to see, but light flows into the eyes and is registered by the mind. A simple memory of anything with detail can sharpen your vision.

Steps – Pick an object in your environment to remember. Shapes, letters with serifs, or any object near you will work. It should have enough detail to keep your interest, but not too much detail so it is difficult to remember.

  • Recall the object with your eyes closed until the visual memory is equal to or close to equal to the real object. The size, color, and position relative to your periphery should be the same with your eyes closed and with your eyes open.
  • Recall the object with opened eyes against a blank surface in the room (a wall or table top) at your best distance.
  • Try other distances. If the memory starts to go away with opened eyes, recall the object with your eyes closed.
  • Recall the object with opened eyes against detailed surfaces in the room (carpet or closed drapes) at your best distance.
  • Try other distances.

Explanation – Memory works the same way as vision. The mind shifts over many points to get the image. You remember an object when you have an image of the object – its shape, color, position in relation to the periphery, and you maintain the same feeling with your eyes closed that you had with your eyes open. Do not make work out of the memory. Just think about it.

Hints – Do not project the memory out. Remember the object with your eyes open at the same distance and size as it is with your eyes closed. Ask yourself if the object is on the wall or in your mind. It should be in your mind. If it is on the wall, you are not being present when you see and present when you remember. Memories can help the vision if you bring yourself into the present.

If you get a negative after image, you are remembering with strain. If you tend to strain on a memory, move a part of your body to break the strain. If you have trouble getting a mental picture, you do not have central fixation developed enough. Go back and practice the central fixation techniques.

Apple

Practice the “Memory of an Object in its Environment” on 49, but use an apple or other fruit as the object. Include the crunch, taste, and smell of the apple as part of the memory.

One Eye at a Time

Practice the “Memory of an Object in its Environment” on 49, but work with one eye at a time by covering one eye. This will correct a distortion in the open eye.

Nearsight

Goal – Use memory to improve vision at the far point.

Steps – Close your eyes and pretend to draw pictures on your extended hand, or make a 1/4 inch circle on your forefinger with your thumb.

Explanation – These techniques bring the attention in and create an internal swing that moves with your mind and eyes.

Hints – Be aware of points in the circle by counting numbers. The thumb works best when you are aware of the connection between you and your thumb.

Farsight

Goal – Use memory to improve vision at the near point.

Steps – WIth your eyes closed, draw letters of the alphabet with your index finger on bridge of your nose between the eyes.

Explanation – This brings your attention in.

Hints – If you have a turned-in eyes, draw the letters on the side of your temple instead.

Dodging

If you can keep a memory when looking at the blank surface, but lose the memory when you look at objects with your eyes open, the best thing to do is dodge to a blank surface or to closed eyes. Dodging allows the memory to stay because it keeps the mind from fixing on what your eyes are seeing.

Memory Swing

Do a short swing on an object and remember it swinging with your eyes closed. Now remember it swinging with your eyes open. Practice the memory swing whenever social conditions prevent practicing short or long swings.

Cards

Hold two cards at different distances. Look from one card to the other and retain the memory of the last one while looking at the current one.

Palming

Palm and have someone read you a story. Create mental images as you listen to the story.

Black Dot

Find a small black dot such as a solid black period in text. Use memory and palming to remember the black dot. Get a short swing going with the dot in your mind.

Keeping a Memory when Seeing

Find an object you like and remember it all the time to maintain the state of clear vision. For example, think of an apple, and look in the distance and remember the apple.

Stimulating the memory stimulates the vision and vice versa. If you remember detail, you think details, and therefore, you see details. Keep a visual picture in your mind at all times.

Keep a a picture of yourself before you wore glasses near you to help you remember the state of mind of clear vision. Never remember blurred vision. Take yourself back to a time when you had clear vision by talking about it to a partner or friend.


Motion and Centralization

September 22, 2009

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

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.


Peripheral Vision

September 16, 2009

Practicing central fixation establishes peripheral vision because to see one part best, there must be other parts on the periphery within the scene that you see less clearly. As your eyes learn to shift over a wider area, the periphery becomes wider. When you look with interest, your attention is effortless and you see one part best with an awareness of details and motion in the periphery.

Peripheral vision practices help farsighted persons get interested in seeing one small detail in relation to the entire scene, and nearsighted persons open up to the world around them rather than closing peripheral details out of their field of vision

Opening Peripheral Vision

Goal – Keep the peripheral vision open when practicing central fixation.

Steps – Isolate an object in the picture or on your computer desktop and notice whether the object is more interesting by itself or in relation to other objects in the picture.

Explanation – This allows you to use your whole field of vision and see more details. For some people, the peripheral perception comes gradually after moving from point to point has been practiced for awhile.

Hints – If the point you are looking at is less clear than the point in the periphery, you are practicing eccentric fixation. Eccentric fixation is when the diameter of the center point is so wide is has blurred from the effort to concentrate at the center. Since central fixation is an involuntary technique, eccentric fixation diminishes and finally goes away if you allow interest to come up while you shift between points of interest. Be sure the picture you have is colorful with a lot of interesting details, or play with the background and colors on your monitor to make your computer desktop more interesting.

Seeing Points in the Periphery

Goal – Think of the points you are not looking at directly as less clear than the point you are currently looking at (the reverse of seeing the point you are looking at best).

Steps – Shift over a card, picture, or your computer desktop from point to point seeing the point not looked at as less distinct. Move the card or picture further away or move your chair back from your computer and repeat, but now be aware that the card, picture, or computer is in the room as part of the whole scene.

Hints – Ask yourself if you see a difference in clarity between the point looked at directly and the points not looked at. As your vision clears with practice, start comparing closer and closer points. Cultivate a sense of space around you to widen your field of vision when you notice points in the periphery. Do not move to close points if you feel a strain. Blink and palm to prevent or alleviate any strain.

Short Swing

Pick an object in your environment and be aware of it moving in your periphery all day.

Notice the obvious motion of close objects in your periphery as you look at more distant objects that do not appear to be moving. This will transfer the sense of motion to the distant objects.

Universal Swing

The Universal swing helps farsighted persons get interested in seeing one small detail in relation to the entire scene, and helps nearsighted persons open up to the world around them rather than closing peripheral details out of their field of vision. Practice the Universal swing with music for 10 to 15 minutes at the beginning of the day and carry the swing with you throughout the day.

Practice Hints

The following suggestions for practice involve noticing color, contrasts, and details in a picture at a comfortable distance. Practice these suggestions as described, then transfer them to your computer desktop.

  • Notice detail in front of you. Take a picture and seek out the details. Take the picture away and describe the picture. To remember something, you have to scan around and see every point with one part best. Different details appeal to different people. Close the eyes and remember the details. Open the eyes and search out what you do not remember.
  • Play music while looking at the picture. Incorporate the movement of the music with moving around in the picture and picking up detail. Let the music light up a point in the picture.
  • Be aware the point left behind is less distinct. The awareness of less distinct can be an easy awareness of some detail that is missing.
  • Alter the distance by moving it out a few inches.
  • Practice central fixation on different objects and faces. This transfers the experience to something off the paper.
  • Practice central fixation with letters.
  • Widen out the sense of peripheral vision. Be aware of the whole scene at one point in time, but do not try to see it.
  • Look at a picture and pick up the subtlety of the shades.
  • Bring the attention to contrasting colors. It is necessary to remember to contrast and compare.
  • Look at an object and get a sense of perspective by placing perspective lines going in toward the object. This makes the mind aware of things farther away appearing smaller than they appear up close. Check the appearance by measuring with your fingers.
  • Mentally train your mind to see things larger and smaller. Put objects back and forth in front of your face and call out, Larger! or Smaller! If you have difficulty seeing the objects, contrast colors instead. This may help you to see the objects.
  • Pick a color in the picture and be aware of it as you drift over the picture with open eyes and closed eyes.
  • With closed eyes remember the points in the picture and the details.
  • Be aware of contrasts between colors and textures in the picture.
  • Notice shapes.

Explanation – Drifting over a picture and picking up details breaks the stare and tendency to try to take in the entire picture at once. It also gets the mind involved in seeing. The eyes do not see, they take in light. The mind sees.

Hints – The attention is what focuses the eyesight on objects. Central fixation is being attentive where you are looking.


Centralized State of Mind

September 10, 2009

A centralized state of mind is when your mind focuses with a relaxed interest on one tiny point at a time, and moves quickly, but unconsciously, to the next point. When you have a centralized state of mind, you see best where you are looking and less clearly where you are not looking. The state of seeing one part best is also called central fixation.

Central fixation can be demonstrated by looking through a pinhole in a card. The objects seen through the pinhole appear clear because your mind is looking through a tiny point which forces it to centralize. When your mind is in a state of central fixation, your eyes shift over the entire scene taking in crisp, clear details one at a time without judgment. Judgment prevents a centralized mind because details judged are details not perceived as they are.

Central fixation is absent when there is no sense of motion, the mind and body are not relaxed, and there is no central point of vision because the mind and eyes grab and try see too much at one time. The only way you see more is to be relaxed and present with a centralized state of mind. The goal of central fixation is to see with sharp clarity, not to just recognize shapes. To see with sharp clarity, central fixation must be practiced without effort.

Vision building techniques for central fixation do two things: build interest in
detail and bring up the peripheral vision. You can alternate between both types of techniques. It is not necessary to be good at one to practice the other.

One Saturday after a hard week I was in my backyard spraying weeds. My mind was off dealing with tensions and unresolved issues from the previous week when I became aware of the fact that I had lost eye and mind coordination and was not practicing the healthy habits of seeing. My vision was very blurry, but I realized I was in the perfect situation to practice the healthy habits of seeing, regain my eye and mind coordination, and clear the blur. Actually every situation where you see can be considered a perfect situation for practicing the healthy habits of seeing.

I started to look for motion as I moved around in my backyard with the weed spraying apparatus and immediately felt some relaxation. As I moved the nozzle over the weeks, I looked for one part best and noticed how one point falls away as I moved to the next point. I also noticed the colors and varieties of the weeds in my backyard.

My mind really wanted to take me away into my tensions, but I just kept the healthy habits going and after 15 or 10 minutes my eyestrain was relieved and my vision lost its blur. However, I was very careful to not fix on the clear vision because fixing causes clear vision to blur. I maintained my eye and mind coordination by looking for motion and seeing one part best and gradually thoughts started to flow into my mind without taking me away
with them.

Relaxed Awareness of Detail

Goal – Look for interesting details in your daily life.

Steps – Practice this technique at all times, and especially at the computer.

  • Get a picture that you like with a lot of color, contrasts, and details. It can be a photograph from a book, a calendar, or magazine.
  • Hold it at a comfortable distance so you can see it without glasses.
    • If you are very nearsighted, the comfortable distance is going to be very close, perhaps up against your nose and you will only be able to see part of it at a time.
    • If you are farsighted, the comfortable distance is going to be as far out as it has to be for you to see it.
  • Remove your glasses, take a few deep breaths, and relax.
  • Begin looking at the picture by recognizing shapes, colors, and lines – whatever you find interesting.
  • Let your eyes follow your nose as you shift over the entire scene picking up interesting details.
  • Close your eyes and palm.
  • Open your eyes and repeat, but this time notice details you missed the first time.
  • Practice this technique at different distances (closer if you are farsighted and farther away if you are nearsighted).
  • Transfer this technique to your computer desktop. That is, let your eyes follow your nose as you shift over your computer desktop picking up interesting details.

Explanation – When you notice what you see, you see more because you are present and centralizing on more details.

Hints – Do not focus on what you do not see, but on what you do see, and do not strain to see what you cannot see.

Seeing One Part Best

Goal – Learn to focus on one point at a time.

Steps – See one part best as you go about your daily life.

  • • Find a shape on the picture and shift your eyes over it noticing that the point you are looking at is the point you see best.
  • Do not stop on the point you see best, but continue to the next point
    immediately.
  • Transfer this technique to your computer desktop. That is, shift your eyes over something on your desktop seeing one part best.

Explanation – Central fixation helps you see with the fovea of your eye. The fovea is the part of the retina capable of the most acute vision.

Hints – Never test your vision. Instead, see one part best or notice motion.

Being Aware of Motion

Goal – Be aware of motion as you shift around the picture.

Steps – As you see one part best and shift over the picture, make sure you move your head and notice the part you just looked at moving away as your eyes focus on the next part. Transfer this technique to your computer desktop.

Explanation – The field of vision is focused at a constantly moving point. This requires eye and mind coordination where the conscious mind is centralized and the unconscious mind is aware of the periphery.

Hints – Notice that the previous point is less distinct from what the eyes are
currently noticing. Cultivate the state of mind where something is always
being left behind. Move on (shift) without being stuck (even partly) on the last point. Point with your nose, move your head, and allow interest to be there. Do not test your vision. Instead, see one part best or notice motion.

Varying the Distance

Goal – Have a centralized state of mind and an awareness of motion when looking at pictures at different distances.

Steps – When you become comfortable at one distance seeing one part best and shifting over the picture with an awareness of motion, move the picture closer to you if you are farsighted or farther away if you are nearsighted. Transfer this technique to your computer desktop by moving your chair closer or further away, or changing the size of the screen font.

Explanation – Details perceived in the distance are different from details perceived close up.

Hints – Focus on what you do see rather than on what you do not see. Keep looking at one part best with an awareness of motion at the new distance. If you strain, you will not be able to do this. If yofind you are straining, change the distance to a comfortable distance.

Sunning and Central Fixation

Goal – Use full spectrum lighting to practice central fixation.

Steps – Sun using two full spectrum lights where one light is brighter than the other. As you move your head, notice the difference in the brightness of the lights and that one light moves away as the second light comes into view.

Explanation – This is a useful technique if you tend to strain when practicing central fixation on pictures or objects.


More Swings: Short, Long, & Universal

September 1, 2009

Short Swing

Use a short swing to shift over small points whenever you need to look at a small point for a long time.

Goal – Practice short swings to reestablish the natural movement of the eyes and overcome the mental stare. If you can keep a short sway going all day, your vision will improve dramatically.

Steps – Practice with your head, body, and imagination. Start at the distance where you see best without glasses.

  • Head swing – Move your head from side to side letting your eyes follow your nose to shift across three points in front of you. If you are at a computer, shift across three points on your display. Allow the movement of your head to move the eyes involuntarily while your attention stays with your gaze. Gradually decrease the number of points to two, and finally one.
  • Body sway – Stand comfortably with your legs apart. Move your body from side to side letting your eyes follow your nose while shifting across
    something of interest in front of you. The sway should be about the same width as the object you are looking at. Sway with your eyes open and with your eyes closed sensing the movement of the object in front of you. When the movement becomes very noticeable, shorten the sway to make the swing smaller. Take frequent breaks during your work day to practice this.
  • Variable swing – Do a short swing with an object at a comfortable distance (phone, lamp, plant) and be aware of a different object at about the same distance in your peripheral vision moving nearby (pencil holder, book, poster).
    • At the near point – Do a short swing on an object close to you and be aware of a different object moving in your peripheral vision in the distance.
    • At the far point – Do a short swing with an object far from you and be aware of a different object moving in your periphery nearby. Do a short swing with an object far from you and be aware of objects moving up close.
  • Memory swing – Use a short body sway to see the motion of an object at a comfortable distance. Close your eyes and remember the sense of motion as you continue to sway. Open your eyes and notice motion at a distance where you did not notice it before while you remember the sense of motion as it was at the comfortable distance. Try different distances. Keep the sense of motion going in your imagination.

Explanation – The involuntary motion of your eyes is a reflection of the natural moving and shifting of the mind. Your attention shifts naturally from one side to the other of any point. The memory swing sets the sense of motion deeper into your mind.

Hints – Maintain looseness as you look at smaller and smaller objects. Shifting over 3 points breaks the tendency of the eyes to jump from one point to another. Learn to move your attention without moving your eyes. Your attention should be on the movement of the scene, and not on the movement of your body. Sometimes there is a tendency for the eyes to stay with the object instead of moving with the head or body especially when the body sway is shortened. Let your eyes follow your nose and shift over the object.

Objects appear to move differently depending on how close they are to you and where you look. If the focus is in the distance, close things have a more dramatic movement. If the focus is close up, far things have a more dramatic movement.

Long Swing

The Long swing is one of the best ways to wake up your sense of motion, increase shifting, and achieve eye and mind coordination. The Long swing brings flexibility to the body, which in turn, makes the mind more flexible. Compare your sense of motion before and after you do the long swing.

Note – Unless you work in an office with a door that closes, you will probably have to contain the long swing to home practice. Do it before you go to bed and you might find you have a very sound sleep.

Goal – Learn and practice the long swing.

Steps – Practice the long swing for about 10 to 15 minutes at a time. If you practice more than 20 or 30 minutes, your nervous system changes and you might not want to stop!

  • Put on music with a soothing beat so your mind flows with and relaxes into the music.
  • Remove your glasses and stand up straight holding your spine and neck in one unit.
  • You can start with a head swing, go on to a body sway, and move into the long swing.
  • Twist to one side by moving your torso at the shoulders and hips in line with your head until you can see to the side or behind you (however far you can comfortably manage).
  • Bend one leg to allow the maximum, but comfortable, twist in the direction you are moving.
  • Do the same twist in the other direction and continue from side-to-side in rhythm with the music.
  • Let your arms fall loosely to your sides and follow your body as it twists.
  • Release to the rhythm and focus on the feeling and movement.
  • Practice long swings for 15 to 20 minutes at a time and as many times during the day as you can. Swing to one side of an album you like.

Explanation – The long swing affects the cerebral-spinal nervous system by waking up the energy and getting your mind and body moving together.

Hints – Release to the rhythm and keep your spine straight. This gets the cerebral-spinal nervous system moving which stimulates the sympathetic nerves and gets your eyes shifting.

If your eyes are leading, put your arms out in front of you and keep your eyes between both arms, or close your eyes for awhile while you swing. Do the long swing with your eyes closed if you feel any discomfort in your eyes.

If your shoulders are tight and your arms are not falling loosely to your side, hold your hands behind your back instead and alternate with letting them fall loosely to your side and holding them behind your back.

Notice how the world moves by you, rather than how you move through the world.  Notice the animation and life in the world as it swings by.  Keep a slight sway when you sit or stand.

Make sure you do not:

  • Twist in the torso
  • Separate your r head from your torso
  • Lead from the shoulders
  • Make an effort out of the swing
  • Hold back with the back leg

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Universal Swing

The Universal swing creates a feeling that everything is attached and moving in the universe. It can be done every moment and in every situation, and is good for mental control and calmness.

Goal – Incorporate a deep sense of motion at all times.

Steps – Sit in a comfortable position, remove your glasses, and close your eyes.

  • Sway your body while sitting in the chair and be aware of the chair moving.
  • Think of the chair as connected to floor, so the floor is also moving.
  • The floor is connected to walls and ceiling so these are also moving.
  • The room is connected to the building, so the building is also moving.
  • The building on ground, so the ground is also moving.
  • The ground is connected to city, so the city is also moving.
  • The city is connected to other cities, so all cities are also moving.
  • The cities are connected to the state, so the state is also moving.
  • The state is connected to the country, so the country is also moving.
  • The country is connected to the Atlantic and Pacific so they are also moving.
  • The country and the seas are part of earth, so the earth is also moving.
  • The earth is connected to space and stars, so these are also moving.
  • Stop the body sway and let your mind swing.
  • Come back to the and maintain a sense it is s still moving. Open your eyes.
  • Notice that anything that you put your attention on appears to move.
  • Keep the subtle undercurrent of the swing as you slowly look around.
  • Keep the swing while you stand up and slowly take one step at a time. If you lose the swing, get it back before you take another step.
  • Attach perspective lines between you and the swinging objects so all things appear to swing in a straight line together.

Explanation – The Universal swings takes the sense of motion to a very deep and complete level within your being. If you incorporate it into your daily life, you will be present and alert in the world with a solid awareness of the periphery, and have an awakened sense of motion.

Hints – During the swing, maintain a sense of connectedness to the swinging objects and a feeling of space around you. If you lose the awareness of motion when you look at something, close your eyes and sway. When you open your eyes, notice color, shapes, details, and one part best. Notice motion in everything. Look at an object and without moving your body, use the constant motion within you to imagine its pulsing motion.


Motion

August 24, 2009

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

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

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.

  • Take off your glasses and relax.
  • Massage your eyes as described in “Massage” on 6.
  • Hold a finger 6 inches in front of your nose and a little to the side.
  • Move your head from side to side letting your eyes follow your nose to prevent you from moving your eyes separately from your hehead. The finger appears to move in the opposite direction of your head.
  • Close your eyes and imagine the motion of the finger as you swing your head.
    Explanation – Stationary objects move in relation to your movement. When you notice this, a sense of motion is awakened on objects that are stationary and moving. If you just move your eyes, there is no appearance of motion. Paying attention to motion brings you into the moment and relaxes your mind so you can register images without effort.

    Hints – Keep your attention on the object moving rather than on your own movement.

Drifting Swing

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.