Changing The Way People See
I have a vision of the future where people do not need the assistance of artificial devices to see. To be able to see without glasses requires not only completing simple exercises, but to look at what you don’t want to see, and to be willing to explore all aspects of vision. To allow people to see fully into your eyes is to allow yourself to be vulnerable and to allow others to touch the essence of your soul. When we do not allow people to see us as we really are, life becomes blurry and we find ourselves hiding behind a shield.
Artificial devices such as corrective lenses, contact lenses and sunglasses have become the norm of almost all cultures in the world today. At least one in every two adults has some form of corrective lenses whether for reading the phone book or driving the car. No one seems concerned about the increasing number of adults and children who now need glasses for the first time or are having their glasses continually strengthened. However, it is possible to improve your eyesight and to expand your vision.
At seventeen years of age, I was given my first pair of glasses after having trouble seeing the blackboard at school. Within twelve months, I found myself wearing them from the time I woke until I went to bed. Despite wearing them constantly as I had been instructed, I was given stronger glasses every few years until I was finally given multi focal lenses at the age of thirty-two. I felt that I was blind without my glasses but was not happy with the extra strength of the new lenses as they were causing headaches. When I queried this, I was told, "You will get used to it.”
After deciding to do something about it, I started experimenting, taking off my glasses for longer periods of time ranging from ten minutes to two hours. This produced a range of emotions in me including fear and anxiety. It seemed to me that I had always a pair of glasses for both reading and seeing far away. As a teacher, I had to find out for myself if it was possible to improve my eyesight. The best place to start to improve eyesight is to believe you can actually do it. I managed to be able to read without glasses within a month and have the need for corrective lenses taken off my driver’s license after only six months. As a result of no longer needing to wear glasses, my life has also opened up to more opportunities than I ever thought possible.
Eye exercises can improve eyesight if done with the correct attitude. The easiest and most well known exercise is palming. Palming involves cupping your hands and placing them over your closed eyes without actually touching the eyes. Take several minutes to simply breathe and relax and notice whether you see black or colors in your mind. For some people, their hands may feel extremely warm or tingly. The act of palming not only relaxes the physical eye but also energizes the entire body. It can help relieve stress in the eyes as well as bringing you into a state of calm.
Another way to relax and restore your eyesight is by sunning which involves going outside and slowly rotating your head from side to side while looking at the sun with your eyes closed. Again, you may see various colors or feel the warmth of the sun penetrating on your face. Most Western cultures have developed a fear of the sun due to the ultra violet rays that it produces, yet have no fear using mobile phones, microwaves and computers all producing electro-magnetic waves which are potentially far more damaging. I have found that by increasing my tolerance to light by sunning, I am now less sensitive to outdoor glare and bright indoor light. I therefore no longer have to wear tinted glasses or sunglasses to avoid getting headaches.
It is also important to look at the causes of eye problems. Many people are starting to accept that emotional causes can lead to physical problems. An honest look into why you needed glasses in the first place can help clear present day vision. For example, in my experiences dealing with people and vision, some people have found that their eyesight started to deteriorate shortly after the death of someone close to them such as a grandparent. They did not have the opportunity to say goodbye properly and felt they were being closed off. As a result, an invisible blind came over their eyes because they did not want to see or feel what was happening. In releasing these emotional blocks, these people are now starting to regain their long lost vision.
The other aspect to real vision is the ability to be present in the moment without worrying about the past or what we are going to do in the future. When we are able to “go with the flow”, opportunities which we did not expect open up for us and we are able to see the full potential of our lives. The more we allow this to occur, the more scope there is for increased clarity in our lives and improved vision. We do not need to hide ourselves from the real world.
After achieving my goal of being able to see without glasses, I had my peripheral vision checked only to discover that I was unable to see out of the corners of my eye. In many ways, I had been seeing life without any sense of what was happening around me. Two weeks later, I was operated on for a pituitary tumor which was partially removed. Despite the fear of dying, the life threatening experience had given me a sense of freedom to try things I had never done before. Over the next few years, I undertook courses in massage, energy, color and vision improvement.
The tumor has been a gift to me. It helped me to move from a space that was both judgmental and soul destroying to a new place of awareness and growth. I no longer see reading words on an eye chart as a measure of how much one can see as I can now see auras and energy. Improved vision has to start with self-exploration. The more clearly we begin to see ourselves, the greater clarity we present to the world. We are then able to relate on a deeper level to others and ourselves with greater sensitivity and love.
Six years after first starting to explore my vision, I still no longer need to wear glasses and have full use of my peripheral vision. More importantly, I am continually expanding my definition of vision as my self-awareness and understanding continues to grow. As I move out of the way and continually release old belief patterns, life has allowed me to head in the direction I always felt I was meant to be going in. My focus is now on dealing with real life issues rather than getting caught into past dramas.
Real vision is more than improving eyesight. When we give and allow ourselves to receive unconditional love, we begin to reactivate that part of ourselves which is unlimited. Somehow, in all of this, our physical eyesight improves. The possibilities of a future without glasses means we will also be able to communicate with each other through our eyes rather than using the limited form of spoken language where meanings change from person to person. To talk through your eyes is to be able to speak using your heart rather than your mind. It is the language of the gods.
Barry Auchettl M.Ed.M.Bus.is the founder of Eye Power, a service devoted to helping others to learn to see differently. Barry works with individuals and runs workshops on all aspects of vision. He can be contacted to run a workshop in North America or for any other enquires by writing to Eye Power, http://www.eyepower.com.au/personal/consultations.htm or emailing him at email@example.com