I thought I might share a wee secret. Because it shouldn't be a secret. I'm using the word "should" properly today, you'll notice.
This is arcane esoteric data. More copy for my "corz instruction manual series: the human machine", or whatever I eventually get around to calling it. This is how to fix your eyes.
You see, I've been having trouble with my eyes, again. It was some years ago, working as a photographer with a local magazine, that I first experienced not-perfect sight. I have 20/10 vision, always have. But with one eye almost perpetually squinted in a rangefinder, the other focused as normal on the world around me, they started to drift apart, my eyes, mainly in focus. I got headaches when I wasn't using my Olympus. "OM2n, that'll do nicely, Sir!"
I had to DO
something, and "chanced" across an interesting book, an old book of Yoga, and as I flipped the thing open, there it was, the answer! I practiced the excercises daily, and within a fortnight my eyes had returned to normal, taking pictures all the time!
The eyes are complex, but like most of the other moving parts of the human anatomy, they are controlled by muscular action. Humans tend to move their eyes about less and less as they get older. Reading, for instance, has us inching them left to right, left to right, and rarely do they move beyond the central regions of their range. When someone calls our name, we turn our heads, not our eyes.
The centre is the best bit, of course, so this all makes perfect sense, I guess. Perhaps it's our gradual loss of awe and wonder at the world around us, they way a child will dart their wee pupils around a room, attention continually entranced , I noticed this, and I can see the pattern of our decline. it's like most humans travelling through the "education system", knowing more and more about less and less until they eventually know everything about nothing*
Humans adapt, we are truly creatures of habit. it's a great strength of ours, but also a weakness; if we adapt into unhealthy states, bad habits. Fact: If you wear a pair of glasses, one lens a prism that turns the world upside-down, you will, in a short time, adapt, and see everything as it was before. After that, if you remove
the glasses, the world will again be half upside-down! So throw away the glasses! (oops! did I say that out loud?)
Okay, it's not healthy to sit in front of a computer screen for thirty six hours on the trot, for weeks on end, for years
, something's gotta give, and it was my eyes again, giving me trouble. I won't go into details, it's scary. I had work to do, you know.
So I'm back to my Yoga, and a daily dose of Beta-Carotene in its natural matrix form, aka, a carrot. I haven't had any "Woah! Trippy!!!" experiences for a few weeks now, and I'm making real progress. Also I'm saving for flat-screen monitors. If you want to help out with that, you know where to click! If you heal yourself with these excercises, click twice!
Now to the juicy stuff, the excercises themselves..
Of course, like everyone else, you create your own reality every day, so if you "don't believe" you have the power to heal yourself*
, or rather "create the correct conditions in order to allow the natural human healing process to occur", then go away! Read some past blog or something, get some confidence, will ya!
The secret to any self healing is how mindfully one practices it. Visualising doing press-ups tones you up more quickly than doing actual press-ups, so imagine doing both! THAT is mindful excercise. And that's what we're going to be doing here.
I keep a chart on the back of my toilet door. I figure the eyes and bowels are linked, because if you're constipated (and who isn't!) and strain some, it feels like your eyes might pop out, so I keep the chart where I can see it when doing a dump (the secret to THAT, by the way, is correct posture (get a stool! hahah!), and relaxation. Roughage is important, too, of course).
The excercises are simple, and you'll remember them easily, the chart was just put there to remind me during that tricky "I'm practicing, but it's not a habit yet" time, which generally seems to last around a fortnight, whatever
habit you're trying to program in.
Every time I take a dump, I do my exercises. So that's two or three times a day, if your bowels are working properly. Like this..
eye repair exercises..
- Look Up, Look Down. repeat five times.
- Look Left, Look Right. Repeat five times.
- Look Top-Left, Look Bottom-Right. Repeat five times.
- Look Top-Right, Look Bottom-Left. Repeat five times.
- Look round the clock, two times slow, three times quick.
- Look anticlockwise around the clock, two times slow, three times quick.
- Focus on your thumb, Focus on the wall. Repeat five times.
- Palm your eyes.
Palming your eyes is achieved by a) rubbing your hands together briskly (or slowly, if you are a master!) and getting them HOT, b) placing warm hands on closed eyes, c) keeping them there for a minute.
If you time it just right, the palming can be syncronised with the last of the bowel-emptying, for complete relaxation and enjoyment! Really push your eyes to the edge, feel how unfit those eye muscles are! work it baby! At all points focus on the most distant object there, like the wall, except when you focus on your thumb, which is best held about six or seven inches from your face.
If you want to turn up the juice, get everything synchronised with your breathing, slow and calm. For more juice, put your heartbeat in the mix and synchronise everything
, you'll really feel your eyes swooshing through the universe!
I also do something I call "tracking", which is simply fixing my vision on some random edge point, say Two O'clock, and then moving my head to match that point, so that I am again looking dead-centre. Repeat this a few times (five) with different random points. Note: this is a powerful excercise, and you might want avoid the very edges of your vision until your eyes are in better shape. When you do it right, you get the feeling your eyes are "dragging you around".
The main excercises have been tried-and-tested by Yogi masters for probably thousands of years, you can feel confident using those, but the tracking stuff is still new, and feels like a righteous optical work-out, so careful with that, the long-term consequences are unknown, syat.
I googled around recently to find out if all this was common-knowledge yet, seems not. I do
see many dubious schemes for sale, mainly based on the work of William Horatio Bates, which itself is a bit dubious. They want $100-$300 for the "program". Feck it! Program yourself for free!
that's all, consider yourself informed, and if your eyes are ever in trouble, get to it right away! Make it a habit! Maybe we could have a wee song for the kids.. (to the melody of a popular breakfast cereal commercial).. whenever you take a shite, do a work-out for your sight
, or something.
1: If you know who said that first, mail me! it's a great quote.
2: I'm not saying that sometimes we don't need help with our health. Although I don't use a regular GP myself, I often get a second opinion from specialists, and, as a smoker, every two years, head on down to the emergency department with some cock-and-bull story, for an up-to-date chest X-Ray, which I examine carefully.
Diagnosis, and Cure, are two different things. Though often, one becomes the other. All ill-health has a metaphysical cause.