In the years I’ve been studying and practicing energy medicine with my teacher Deborah King, I’m seeing over and over how much it has to do with supporting a healthy body and mind and spirit, and also with healthy vision. Energy medicine is about managing your vital life force energy, the same energy which makes trees grow and the sun shine. If I don’t manage my visual energy well, my eyes “run out of gas” and can’t function at their best.
Although energy medicine includes countless specialized disciplines like acupuncture or homeopathy or EFT (“tapping”), at its roots it’s common sense, following the body’s wisdom. If you have Dry Eye, and your lips or hands happen to be chapped as well, maybe you should be drinking more water, not spending money on expensive prescription eye drops! Similarly, if your eyes are sore or tired, maybe you just need to do some palming, or give them a break from the computer.
It’s a dark rainy chilly day here, and I can feel my energy and vision both lower than I like. In the corners of the room where I don’t have a lamp on, I can’t see much at all. What would lift my spirits, and brighten my mood and my sight? I don’t need to eat for a few more hours, and I’ll talk to a friend later, both of which will help. Right now I want some outdoor time!
Going for a short walk in my rain jacket, I’m reminded once again how much more I can see in natural light. The pavement is glistening with wet. The raindrops feel like a benediction when they get on my face — I imagine a piece of cloud kissing me. The bare branches are great for simple vision practice, noticing the depth and lacy detail, as are the corners and angles of the houses and roofs. I encounter a neighbor walking his dog, and we agree it feels like March or early April, with the winter behind us. As I walk back home I make a game of noticing how many colors I can see, from the deep dark green of the pine trees to the many shades of gray and pearl and white in the low clouds.
When listeners call into my teacher’s radio show with a question about feeling depressed, two things she often recommends are time out-of-doors, and mild exercise like a brisk walk. This is potent energy medicine, with no prescription needed! As I tackle my inside tasks anew, my vision is clearer and more relaxed. I’m eager to get things done now — I won’t have to push myself. Mother Nature may be the best doctor there is, and even the best eye doctor, if you pay attention to her wisdom. Isn’t it time to heed that motherly advice you’ve been ignoring?