A man, Ian, from Scotland posted a comment under one of my older posts “Eyebody by Peter Grunwald” and has had success with this permanently improving his vision. He gives excellent advice for following the Eyebody Method. I wanted to post his comment in an official post so as other readers can benefit. It’s kind of buried in an older post and I wasn’t sure if it would be easy for new readers to find. (Thanks Ian!) I’m planning to revisit the Alexander Technique and the Eyebody Method using Ian’s advice for the Eyebody method as a start. It all comes back to awareness it seems 🙂 As I wrote back to him, it seems his advice is a beacon as to how I need to proceed in my own “practice”. I will always use the Bates Method, but I also firmly believe that we must analyze our posture (both structurally and visually). But please read what he writes, it’s much more well written.
“Hi Sassy (and Wild!),
I’ve just come across you blog. I too have recently discovered the Eyebody book and received it last Saturday (I live in Scotland).
I understand what you both say about lack of instructions, but on the second reading of the book, I think it contains more than enough to make a big difference. I’ve been trying his ideas for the last 4 days now and the difference in my sight is amazing! Before, I got some clear flashes, and I could hold them for a few seconds, but the minute I blinked they disappeared.
With the Eyebody method however, my vision is vastly improved for as long and as often as I want (and I can blink without losing it too).
I’ve been getting private lessons in the Alexander Technique for quite a long time (I’m a saxophonist by profession) and so I find it relatively easy to direct my attention to various parts of my body and give mental instructions to “let go” etc.
My interpretation of the Eyebody Method (for myopia/astigmatis) is:
Concious Depth Perception is the method of thinking (of a variety of thoughts) using your upper visual cortex (so panoramic vision is just one of the ways to use concious depth perception.
As far as I see it (and it definately works!). Practise trying to think from your upper visual cortex area and use that part of your brain to focus your attention on the inside back of your eyeballs (the retina). Its quite hard to do, but it definitely gets easier and will eventually become the way you see/think.
Various depth perception methods can then include:
1. focussing on the whole inside back of your eyeballs (this is “panoramic vision”)
2. focus on allowing the inside backs of your eyeballs to widen
3. focus on allowing the rest of the inside of your eyeballs to widen all the way to the front
4. focus on allowing the clear “gue” inside your eyeballs to move gently towards the inside backs of your eyeballs
5. focus on allowing the lining between you retina and the outside of your eyeballs to fill with liquid, again all the way to the front.
This is very similar to the Alexander Technique (but for your eyes). You can just try one of them for a few days until its starts to feel like you can “feel” it happening, then add the others, and then shift your attention from one idea to another.
I find it much easier to do this whilst palming. Then go outside for a walk (a park, or the beach etc is best) and try and do the same thing whilst walking (look far in to the distance as much as possible).
Basically then, practise this as often as you can whilst palming, and then do it as often as you can whilst doing everything (reading, computer work, walking etc). It’ll eventually become a new habit and replace the old ways of seeing.
I’m very excited about this, because like the Alexander Technique, it actually addresses the problems that stop you seeing clearly. Eye “exercises” don’t have a great result, really. The shape of my body changed a lot when I started the AT, so I’m very sure that the shape of your eyeballs and the way you see will change very easily with the Eyebody Method – the physical changes needed in your eye are absolutely tiny compared to the large muscles that the AT changes!
I’ve rambled on a bit – sorry. I hope this is of use to you both.
I’d be really interested to hear how you get on – I’m absolutely convinced that this is the way forward.
All the best, from Scotland