Today I finished my both arm and leg warming autogenics! It’s moving along and now that I’m finished with the warming phase I feel like I’m on my way to seeing the final stages of autogenics. I continue to prefer the sways to the long swings and have been practicing my shifting. I have found that the Snellen card is the best tool to use for practicing small shifts indoors. Outside there are almost an infinite number of distant small objects to practice shifting on but in the house everything is so near that the shifts are typically much larger in distance. If I stand ten feet from my Snellen card I can practice shifting between the small letters. I cannot see them clearly, but I know they’re there. The fun part is that while I’m practicing the shifting and blinking my Snellen card clears up and I’m able to read down to the fourth line! I’m not sure if I can count this as a permanent improvement yet because I must “clear” my vision in order to see this well. I am able to do it every time, but I must relax in front of the Snellen card at ten feet before I can see this well. My reasoning has led me to only count the letters I can see without “effort” when I first step in front of the card. I’m sure that soon I’ll be able to see them more clearly without having to relax so much in front of the card. I’m learning how to do this throughout the day and as I start to improve my memory about the details around me it becomes much easier.
The other technique I’ve found that works incredibly well for clearing up my vision is “swinging” my eyes between blinks. It has a nice, natural rhythm to it, it relaxes my eyes, and it results in clearer vision.
I have been practicing the improvement of my memory as well. Throughout the day I choose to look at every part of the objects around me, close my eyes, and then remember what I just saw. I know have a “catalog” of images I’ve seen over the past week. I can remember all of the details well and I think this has been imperative for my improvement! I have also memorized my Snellen card and can “read” it in my memory. With my eyes closed I practice looking at one part of each letter best for the larger letters, and as I move down the card I continue to remember each part of the letter perfectly; each rounded edge, each flat detail at the corners, etc. Remembering the Snellen card letters perfectly has helped tremendously because as I read the card, if a letter looks a little blurry I just recall what it is supposed to look like and it clears up! I read about this in the Bates magazines and it really does work! I’m still only working on the upper half of the card, but tomorrow I’m going to work on my memory of the lower part of the test card.
Today I also did some sunning outside while swinging. It was a warmer day and it felt really nice to enjoy the sun, feel the warmth on my face, and hear all of the birds chirping! I hadn’t realized how many birds had moved in until I closed my eyes and just did some swinging outside. After doing the closed-eye sunning and swinging I was able to see each blade of grass very clearly.