Good morning, adjustedrace,
I've been trying out the bates method for 3 YEARS!!! And I have never got it to work successfully
Wow! Three years? -- you must be one determined guy LOL. But seriously though, it's not meant to take that long, and if it is you're almost definitely doing something wrong here. Results (in the form of clear flashes, or just generally improved clarity) should be seen within a few days at the most. Remember, the main purposes of the treatment described by Dr. Bates is mainly just about relearning to proper and natural way of seeing - it's not really about doing palming any particular number of times in a set routine. Not that I am saying that regular palming will not benefit you, but from my own experience I didn't get much out of palming. Nonetheless, the treatment system is absolutely SIMPLE and don't allow yourself to accept a silly false paradigm where you begin to believe that it is really complicated, or whatever, because really, it ISN'T! Here is an outline of the method:
The main point is to drop all eyeglasses as soon as possible
, and sacrifice a few days of work or occupation getting accustomed to the new more natural condition. Meanwhile, forget stressful occupations like computer, TV, and stupid friends. Also, avoid those surrounding people with glasses, especially those wearing sunglasses in summer, which are really contagious of the strain of imperfect sight.
The second point is in learning to continue the swing or sway of eyes and body while regarding objects.
Third part is the enhancing of memory and imagination.
If you do these three simple things faithfully, in a matter of days, weeks or months you will be cured from your eye condition, regardless of the gravity and seriousness. Along with this, you should always remember to keep blinking, shifting, and breathing fully. Maintaining this practice is crucial to the cure, and should be revised until the natural inclination of the system returns to your subconsciousness. (Until they become unconscious habits).
The best of luck, my friend.