Sassisailor’s Weblog

A description of my journey to improve my eyesight naturally

Resurrection of the Eyebody Method October 21, 2008

Filed under: Eyebody Method,My Daily Progress — sassisailor @ 5:18 pm

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

Ian”

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Eyebody by Peter Grunwald April 1, 2008

Filed under: Book Reviews,Eyebody Method — sassisailor @ 8:19 pm

I finished reading this book about a week ago and wanted to offer my review/opinion in case anyone was wondering about its content and usefulness. This book and more information about the Eyebody method can be found at: http://eyebody.com/. The Introduction chapter and a summary are available on his webpage under ‘Eyebody – The Book’.

This book includes:

  • Description of how the the visual system is integral to the whole body
    • The upper visual cortex is a control center in many ways
  • Describes the two types of upper visual cortex, overextended (usually found in hypermetropic individuals), and contracted (usually the type found in myopes).
    • These types of visual cortex structures affect other brain structures (described in the book) and he explains how they can be consciously changed to become balanced.
  • We can achieve our full potential by learning to activate our upper visual cortex through a term he calls “conscious depth perception”, a feeling often associated with the effects of practices such as meditation. Learning to consciously utilize this control center can positively affect our vision and other bodily functions.
    • He does not give directions in the book on how to achieve conscious depth perception
  • Grunwald outlines the Eyebody Patterns; correlations he found between specific parts of they eye and other parts of the body; both physical, mental and spiritual.
    • There is a nice Eyebody chart at the end of the book
  • An interesting and enlightening correlation between his Eyebody discoveries and the work of F.M. Alexander and William H. Bates
    • Directions for palming and sunning based on which type of visual cortex you have
  • Talks about the importance of panoramic vision and awareness (utilizing the potential in the other 95% of photoreceptors outside of the fovea)
  • Near the end he describes how there is some work you can do on your own.
    • Detailed instructions for panoramic vision
  • For the rest of the steps he recommends you find a teacher who has been trained in the Eyebody Method

I borrowed this book and don’t have it in front of me, so I’m sure I forgot some things. I took some notes to remember some specific terms and such. I really enjoyed this book; in fact I pretty much read it during every free moment I had until I finished the whole book. It’s a quick read and only a little over 100 pages. I found the information in the book very useful, HOWEVER from this book alone you are not able to easily deduce how to achieve conscious depth perception. I’m working on exploring this on my own (through my own experience with meditation) and plan to see my natural vision teacher again (he is trained in the Eyebody Method). Hopefully over time it will become clear.

If you are interested in learning more about the Eyebody Method and have some extra cash; I would say it’s a valuable read. But you probably will need to see an eyebody teacher or go to a workshop conducted by Grunwald. So far, I have read the book and talked to Greg Marsh about this and I still feel like I have a lot of work to do on exploring the concepts outlined in the book. The quickest way to learn would be to read this book and then find a teacher. From what I’ve learned from these two sources it’s a very experiential based method and it’s not something you can benefit from if you’re not willing to really examine and bring full awareness to your visual system and experience deeply how everything is interconnected (physically, mentally and emotionally). Of course, most well-read readers would know that both the Alexander Technique and the Bates Method require this as well, it’s just not always as apparent or directly stated.

Please post a comment if you have any specific questions about the book, I would be happy to answer your questions to the best of my ability.

 

Weekend notes (March 29,30) March 31, 2008

Filed under: Bates Method,Eyebody Method,My Daily Progress,Relaxation Techniques — sassisailor @ 9:14 am

This weekend I was able to spend a significant amount of time without glasses and am still able to read 20/70 (however, I need to note that these letters are not perfectly black;  I can discern what they are but they are not perfect).  I am working on writing up a post to discuss this issue and my theory on why my Snellen chart readings do not correlate to the lens power I require.

My whole philosophy is changing on the Bates Method.  While I still love and value all of the Bates magazines and believe that the key to vision improvement resides in this initial research I have been questioning the way I have approached the Bates Method.   When I first began learning about this method I became very obsessed with only the work done by Bates; thinking that this was the only source I should consider and I should exactly follow the methods outlined in his magazines.  Ever since I met with Greg Marsh I have realized that this was a naive and close-minded approach to this opportunity of vision improvement.  Just like anything in life, there are always other perspectives and methods, including those that we “invent” ourselves that can work just as well.  I don’t believe there is one and only one way to improve vision.  Becoming addicted (I used this word intentionally) to a negative lens (which is what has happened to me) is a long and complicated process that nobody fully understands.  And I believe this to definitely be true, nobody fully understands what happens physiologically when we wear a negative lens.  Glasses work in a very unnatural way by focusing all of the incoming light directly onto our fovea.  Our fovea only contains 5% of the photoreceptors on our retina, thus leaving the other 95% completely unstimulated.  What does this do to the neural pathways leading to and within our visual cortex?  How can we “rewire” our visual cortex if we’re constantly switching back and forth between wearing glasses and not wearing glasses?  (I believe it can be done, I just think this is why it takes so much longer).   Anyway, I’m getting off track- I’m going to save this discussion for another post.  My point is, I believe that becoming attached to only the Bates method can exclude many other methods that may work for improving vision and can blind us to the overall reason we can improve our vision.  It’s not specifically the long swing and palming that fixes our vision (and Bates knew this) but I think that some of us focus on these very specific relaxation exercises (or others) and think if we do these perfectly and regimented everyday we will regain clear vision.  I love the long swing and palming and find them both very useful tools in improving my vision, but I also believe there could be other ways of doing things and we should be asking ourselves, why do these work? … focusing on really paying attention and bringing awareness to every part of our body during these exercises to notice how they affect us physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Bates’s work is being continued it’s just not blatantly apparent.  For instance, Peter Grunwald (the author of Eyebody and the man who discovered the Eyebody Patterns) is in essence, continuing the work started by Bates.  It may look like it’s not because it’s taking a new shape (by focusing on the upper visual cortex and experiential anatomy) but this is what happens over time; ideas evolve and new correlations are made.  How many others are also doing the same but disguised under differently named methods or philosophies?  But for those of us who get stuck in strictly Bates method’s I think we believe that only Bates did this work and there hasn’t been anything new, and this is not true.  We must all keep our minds open and be looking for other techniques that hold value.   I am still in, what I consider, my intellectual infancy with respect to vision improvement knowledge; but I hope that over the course of my lifetime I can make a contribution to this effort and I hope that all of you out there who are reading my posts can have success with your own vision improvement.  And I would encourage each of you to document your experiences and publish them in order to increase the amount of available information and personal experience documenting the success of any and all of these vision improvement methods.  Each of us can have a significant impact and part in changing eye care methods worldwide which will dramatically change the way future generations see and experience life.

 

Eyebody Method March 21, 2008

Filed under: Eyebody Method — sassisailor @ 2:21 pm

This method was developed by Peter Grunwald.  There is a lot of information on his website at: http://eyebody.com/

I am in the process of reading “Eyebody” by Peter Grunwald and have no training in this method, so I am by no means an expert.  My NVT Greg has trained with Peter in this method however and that is who exposed me to this method.

Basically, Peter integrated the Alexander Technique with the Bates Method as well as his findings concerning the connections between the anatomy of the eye and the correlation to the rest of our body and mind.  He noticed that by focusing on his cornea, he could affect his chest.  If he tried to tighten his cornea his chest would tighten, if he relaxed his cornea his chest would open up. 

 What I learned yesterday about the Eyebody Method is called “experiential anatomy” where you concentrate on one part of your anatomy, say the cornea, and move on through your eye, until you reach the upper visual cortex.  Doing a set of these visualization techniques is not complicated and only requires a basic understanding of the eye’s anatomy.  This method has helped me clear my vision every time I’ve incorporated it into my practice.  I believe it is a very powerful method and as it states in the foreward of his book, ‘transcends both the Alexander Technique and the Bates Method’.  It is a powerful synthesis and is a continuation of what Aldous Huxley wrote about in “The Art of Seeing” (I have not read this book, but read that this is what his book was focused on).  Once I finish his book I plan to write a review and offer more insight into how this technique can benefit people on their vision improvement journeys!