**This post is not for what I have done today but to explain where I am in the process of learning about the Bates Method and some things I thought would be important to document.**
I mentioned before that I ordered three books about the Bates Method and included the link to the iblindness.org website where I have read material (including forum discussions and help from individuals on this site). These are basically the only sources that I have been using for learning about the Bates Method as I do not have a natural vision teacher in my area. My sister is the one who introduced me to this method and she has also been very wonderful at explaining things to me.
There is a Natural Vision (Bates) instructor about an hour south of where I live, but I am going to wait a few months before pursuing this option as the roads are terrible this time of year.
I am reading only one of my books right now, “Relearning to See” by Quackenbush. I am in the middle of Chapter 18 right now (Stereoscopic Vision). It has been a very helpful book thus far. I have not started reading “Help Yourself to Better Sight” or the The Complete Magazines of William Bates. These I will start after I finish Relearning to See.
As a result, I am by no means an expert in the Bates Method and am still “feeling my way around”, trying to explore these new concepts and some I haven’t started doing regularly (the swaying, swinging movements). From what I had gleaned in the beginning it looked like I needed to focus on relaxation so that is what I have been working on until I feel better educated to start some different things.
However, now that I am about 2/3 of the way through the first book I think I’m going to restructure my days a little bit differently. I want to start doing the swaying and swinging movements as this seems to be a recurring therapeutic method described in the Bates magazines (as quoted in Relearning to See). I think I will start doing these in the morning and afternoon while maintaining an awareness of my eyestrain/eyerelaxation throughout the day.
I don’t post this everyday, but everyday I am making sure that I am blinking often , breathing correctly, and maintaining good posture as well as shifting my gaze and noticing oppositional movement. I will also continue my autogenics training as I have found this to be supremely relaxing and it only takes a few short minutes each time.
The most difficult mental aspect of this process for me has been that I know there is a way to correct my vision, but I don’t feel like I’ve quite grasped how to do it yet. For instance the central fixation idea eluded me for quite a while. I think I’m starting to get an idea of what it is now, but that has been a learning process in itself, and will continue to be for a while! For my whole life I think I have held a lot of tension in my body and it’s going to take me a while to change this habit. I am also the kind of person that likes to know everything about a subject before I start doing something. For instance, if I were changing an outlet in my house, I would want to read everything in a book about it before ripping it out of the wall and replacing it. I tend to be a cautious worrier in almost every aspect of my life. Most of the time I just bury these feelings and do whatever it is I need to do, or want to do (even if I think it could be too dangerous!) but as a result I think that I have acquired some very negative habits and a very tense lifestyle. I have always thought of myself as a happy person with an open-mind, and while I know this is still true, I find it so hard to believe that I am this way while still being so tense! Since I have started on this Bates journey, I have become acutely aware of the enormous amount of tension I harbor and it bothers me that I have it. So for the beginning part of my journey I have been trying to “let go” of this tension as I know it will only get in the way in the future, and it is definitely a huge part in the reason I am so myopic in the first place. I truly believe that once I let go of this tension, learn to deal with stress appropriately, and learn correct visual habits, that true corrected vision is not far behind!!!