Using Strong Points and Developing Weak Points

November 12, 2009

You need to work on your strong points first and develop your weaker points later. The following story about a severely nearsighted hairdresser shows how this approach can be very effective.

The hairdresser started with the Long swing and responded well to it because she loved the feeling it gave her. Her teacher worked with her on motion telling her remember to perceive motion during the day.

Later on, the teacher worked with her on remembering the feeling of seeing print perfectly on a fine print card. They did no more memory work because this woman did not have a good visual memory. The memory of motion and the memory of the feeling of seeing fine print clearly were worked on simultaneously, and over a long period of time the woman’s vision improved when she practiced the techniques, but she was unable to apply the memory techniques in her daily life.

The woman did not have a good visual memory because she was not seeing much detail. The woman was more interested in feeling than visuals. To get the woman to start thinking and seeing details, the teacher started her noticing detail, color, and shapes in objects.

The teacher had the woman look at a tree and imagine a tiny leaf on the tree, and the woman suddenly saw the leaf on the tree. The teacher instructed the woman to use this imagination technique on everything including the hairs on her beauty parlor clients. This woman liked details so much she made a lot of progress with improving her vision and waking up her visual memory.

With things she could not see in the distance clearly, she would imagine or guess what these things could be, not trying to make them out clearly, but seeing what she could without straining and with interest and curiosity. She would move around the object visually, look for the shape, and make comparisons. She had to learn to be content to not see an equal amount of detail in the distance as she would see close up because this is the way of normal sight. People with normal sight do not see details in the distance the same way they see them up close, and do not try to see something, but imagine with interest what something might be in the distance.

After this, the teacher had the woman practice the Universal swing and keep the memory of the Universal swing going all day. The Universal swing widened the woman’s sense of space and got her thinking far away, and that in combination with thinking details swaying in the distance and close up stabilized her eyesight to normal.

Motion

People who like music like motion. If you have a good sense of motion and enjoy music, practice swings to music as follows. Baroque music is particularly good for achieving a relaxed state of mind, but of course, it is important that you like what you listen to, so, play what you like.

  • Let small details swing with the whole to achieve a central fixation of motion.
  • Practice edging and letting your gaze drift over pictures. As you do this, pay particular attention to detail and color because your ability to see detail and color will greatly improve when you refine your sense of motion.
  • If your vision is not improving, it is probably because you are not present in your body while you practice the swings. You need to develop an interest in detail by practicing central fixation techniques.

Note: People who are interested in shapes usually work with motion last, and people who are interested in motion, usually work with shapes last.

Curious about Shapes

One woman with a keen interest in shapes improved her night vision by contrasting the lights and darks by looking for the darkest dark and lightest light. This way, he avoided the tendency to try to see the same level of detail at night that he would see in the day. When he became good at this, he looked for colors while contrasting lights and darks.

If you like to look at shapes, use interest to improve your vision as follows:

  • Contrast shapes using central fixation and keeping an awareness of shapes in relationship to other shapes around them (peripheral vision). Try to not label the shapes, but see them in terms of color, texture, and relatedness.
  • Be aware of color when you look at shapes or when your line of vision moves from one shape to another.
  • Let your line of sight move across shapes and color. Never to try make out a shape.

Color

A young very artistic woman with a positive attitude began working with pictures. She started with bold contrasts of color in the picture. She could look at a picture up close for hours. When the picture was moved out 2 feet, she started to notice different colors. After a few seconds, the color suddenly became dull because she did not have central fixation at that distance.

After practicing central fixation with pictures, she could see much more subtlety in the colors and many more details in the pictures at greater and greater distances at home. She then needed to improve her vision at work.

People with a good color sense often also have a good sense of motion. So the woman started to practice keeping the Universal swing going at work where there is more opportunity for motion than for perceiving color. The final step was to keep the memory of colors she sees at home while she is at work. When she became proficient at these things, her vision improved dramatically.

If you have a keen interest in color, practice central fixation and edging on the outside environment or on photographs by focusing on the following:

  • Contrast colors.
    • Look for large contrasts.
    • Look for subtle contrasts.
  • Notice smaller details of color and the shapes formed when colors change within an object or when your line of vision moves from one object to another.
  • Develop a sense of motion while you see color.

When you look at color, see bold contrasts and move into subtle contrasts. Do not put a label on anything you see. For example, do not think of a bird as a bird or a tree as a tree, but think of them as shapes composed of color. Look at two similar areas of a color and ask yourself if you see more yellow in one than the other. Use objects that are obvious and close together so you can see the picture without strain. Focus on smaller and smaller areas of the picture.

Work with a partner and have the partner see colors and direct your attention to them by asking you what colors you see and if one part of the picture has more of one color than another.

Visual Memory

If you have a good visual memory, use it to improve your vision by concentrating on the following things:

  • Utilize central fixation when you remember an image.
  • Develop associated pictures in your mind. An associated picture is a visual image of something in your mind with all of the senses involved. Associated memories enable you to remember an image clearly and for a long time. Here is an example. Have a partner help by talking you through the picture.
    • Imagine someone you know in their apartment.
    • Place yourself in the picture with them.
    • Add motion by walking around in the picture.
    • Add smell by imagining flowers in a vase.
    • Add taste by imagining something in their kitchen.
    • Add other senses.

A disassociated memory is a picture of something in your mind with only the visual sense involved. For example, the memory of a letter floating in space without the memory of the feeling of looking at the letter. You can use associated memory to enhance the memory of positive experiences, and disassociated memory to reduce the impact of the memory of negative experiences.

If you have a good associated memory, remember a letter such as an o on a blank surface. Keep the memory going all day. Add motion to the memory by making the o a small dot moving around in your mind all day long. Add the Universal swing by connecting the dot to the first object you swing and keeping the dot there as you expand the objects in the swing.

Sensory Awareness

Develop a feeling of the difference between close and far vision by practicing the following:

  • Build your visual interest in objects near and far by noticing color, shapes, and motion.
  • Do the Universal swing.
  • If you are nearsighted, pretend you are looking close when looking far.
  • If you are farsighted, pretend you are looking far when looking close.
  • Notice how the face muscles feel different when looking different distances.
  • Remember the feeling of what you are doing. For example, remember the feeling of a person talking to you or of climbing stairs. Remembering feelings uses sensory awareness to keep you present in your environment.
  • Extend the sense of feeling into the world by creating an image of what it feels like to be in someone else’s shoes, to touch what they are touching, and to feel from where they are feeling.
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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.