Integration into Daily Life

November 17, 2009

You gain only temporary, short-term relief to eyestrain unless you learn to practice the relaxation and vision building techniques throughout the day and every day. In addition to practicing the techniques, you have to shift to the new mental state introduced by the techniques to truly and permanently relieve eyestrain and clear your vision. Remember, what you learn is based on what you believe you can learn, and the limitations you feel about improving your vision are purely mental.

While you will probably notice relief almost immediately, it takes about six months to a year to get solid and long-lasting results. Use your glasses only when you need them, and take them off when you do not need them.

  • Practice vision building and relaxation techniques for 1/2 hour every day.
  • Set aside at least a 1/2 hour every day to practice daily integration.
  • Do not make an effort with the techniques. Switch to another technique, and palm, shift, or swing frequently.
  • Avoid the mental habits that caused your vision to initially go bad.
  • Develop a curious interest in what you see by noticing motion, details, contrasts, color, and shapes and the near and far points.
  • Ask yourself where you find it easy to keep an awareness of motion at home or work and where you find it difficult. During these times at home or at work, set aside extra time to practice swinging, shifting, and dodging and keep the memory of the motion going as you perform the activities that make it hard for you to keep an awareness of motion.
    • Apply the same approach to centralization.
    • Apply the same approach to relaxation.
  • Do not test your vision by trying to see things more clearly. Instead, see how well you can maintain an easy manner, notice motion, see one part best, or try to keep the Universal swing going all day long. Testing your vision does not test the technique, it tests what happens when you test.
  • Learn to meet life in a relaxed manner instead of taking a mental grip on life. Swing the black dot when you are in a stressful situation.
  • Make a record of what causes your eyestrain and find ways to eliminate the problems by making unfavorable conditions more favorable.

Workplace, Computer, and Television Eyestrain

Working at a computer can be very absorbing and create a lot of eyestrain. You tend to concentrate on what is on the screen to the exclusion of all else, focus for long periods at the same distance, and try to take in the entire screen instead of shifting and seeing one part best. You might unconsciously try to make the characters on the screen solid when, in fact, they are flickering. All of these things result in eyestrain, and for many people, the eyestrain is severe.

Television screens can have similar effects to computer screens except you can sit further back, which relieves some of the tendency to become absorbed. Any detail-oriented or high-stress work can cause eyestrain in the ways described above whether or not you work at a computer.

Whenever you work, are at your computer, or watch television, keep the following points in mind:

  • Be aware of objects around you while you work.
  • Be aware of objects moving in your periphery.
  • Take frequent breaks so that you focus your eyes at different distances.
  • Practice central fixation on the computer or television screen, or on what you are working on at your desk.
  • Remember to dodge and shift while you work.
  • Scan the images on your desk or on your computer screen rather than staring into the middle.
  • If your chair swivels, turn from side-to-side in your chair to create a short swing. Remember the short swing after you stop turning in your chair.
  • Practice short swings when you are on the phone or driving in your car.
  • Leave yourself notes to remind you to blink, sun, palm, shift, swing, dodge, see halos, or practice healthy reading habits.
  • Decide to focus on one family of techniques for the week. Start with motion because developing a sense of motion is critical to improving your vision. You might as well focus on motion until it is a second nature.

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.