This last week I have been reading A LOT and as a result have been too tired in the evenings to post. I read the following two books this week:
- “Take off your glasses and see” by Dr. Jacob Liberman
- “”The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle
Jacob Liberman’s book is incredible, I wish I had read it sooner. I read it very quickly (within three days) it was so good. His experience with improving his own vision (he is an optometrist) has further solidified my opinions on natural vision improvement, and how myopia usually begins in the first place.
I recommend you read this book for a more thorough understanding, but I will explain what I took from it concisely to offer insight. In his experience, myopia usually sets in during childhood during a period of stress or emotional trauma; something(s) that causes the child to want to contract and protect themselves. I used to be very skeptical of this theory, but after reading his book I whole-heartedly agree. Once a child starts to wear glasses, progressive myopia is inevitable –> so we end up being adults, for me 30 years old, and at high risk for retinal detachment, as a result of this progressed myopia. Luckily, in Liberman’s experience which he describes, the experiences of his patients, and in my own experience, myopia can be reversed. If you’re following my blog, you’re already aware of the Bates Method (mental strain causes eye strain, the benefits of palming, swinging, etc). Liberman covers this basic information, but goes on further to extrapolate that at the core of vision improvement is awareness. I have been coming to this conclusion s-l-o-w-l-y on my own (it’s been seven months since i started), but now everything I’ve read and experienced is pointing to this one key element. Liberman highlights the importance of being in the present moment, breathing well, and learning to cultivate what he calls “Open Focus” and “Open Living”. I’ll leave it to the reader to learn more about these things, but basically, awareness is the key to clear vision. This one simple concept!
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that apart from my “vision quest” I have been reading books that finally led to Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” and “A New Earth”. I’ve read both of these and can say that even though they don’t mention improved vision as a side effect of awareness, the lessons in these books have been helping my vision. The lessons in these books are spiritual in nature, and for me have opened up the mysteries of Zen Buddhism and described spiritual teachings in a clear manner. Reading these two books, I can say for sure, have been the most important books I’ve read this year, in addition to the books on NVI. Unfortunately, if one were to read Tolle’s books, but never know to go without glasses, their vision would never benefit. But if you read NVI books by Quackenbush, Huxley, Liberman, Bates, and Corbett, and then read Tolle’s books, there are profound lessons that will inevitably improve the vision if you incorporate the NVI lessons (going without glasses as much as possible, swinging, palming, central fixation, releasing mental strain, acupressure etc.) with Tolle’s insightful spiritual teachings on awareness.
I will try to summarize quickly, so this post does not become excessively long. In short: NVI is not a mysterious pursuit and I whole-heartedly believe it can benefit everyone who has vision prolems not related to disease. It continues to benefit me everyday. Clear vision is only one step away if we were so able to change our perspective that quickly, some have. By cultivating awareness we learn to shed the emotional baggage, heaviness, and self-induced mental stress that is the root cause of unclear vision. When put in one sentence this makes it sound very easy; alas, it is not for everyone. I myself have not experienced an instantaneous shift in consciousness, but everyday I am more and more aware of my consciousness, and these steps will eventually lead to a clear mind and clear vision. I continue to palm and swing, as I find these techniques very relaxing, and I will continue to read my Snellen chart. Though I have decided to take it off of my wall and only put it up when I intend to test my acuity, as Liberman recommends. I have found that having my Snellen chart up 24/7 has been leading me to not read it with the same intention I did in the beginning.
It has been rainy and overcast lately, so I have not been able to read the Snellen in good lighting; however I can maintain a 20/100 acuity in these conditions which continues to be encouraging! Especially considering I started out at 3/200 in good light 🙂