In his vision improvement classic “Take Off Your Glasses And See”, optometrist Jacob Liberman wrote about noticing what he called a “wobble” in his vision right after he took off his glasses. Momentarily, his natural clear sight was trying to reassert itself. It couldn’t overcome his long-standing unconscious habits of strain then, so his familiar blur returned. Being a curious man, he experimented further, doing more without his glasses, and his vision started improving!
Jacob’s usual blur when he took off his glasses was a sign that his visual system was straining. By putting glasses over his eyes, he was introducing another strain, forcing himself to see through that curved glass which muted colors, distorted depth and distance, and exaggerated his central view at the expense of shutting out the periphery. This is not natural human sight! It’s no wonder it’s not relaxing for the eyes and brain to look through glasses.
The cure for blur is not glasses. It’s to re-learn how to see like a child, in an easy effortless manner, with enjoyment and a sense of play. If you’re seeing in a blurry way, whether the eye doctor has told you it’s from nearsightedness or astigmatism or cataracts or something else, your visual system is not as relaxed as it could be. And since the brain is such a big part of the visual system, I’m guessing you’re not mentally relaxed either. Are you walking around with an undercurrent of worry or frustration, all the time, about your boss or your finances or your health?
If you’re honest with yourself, you know what you need to do. When your vision gives you the message that seeing is not easy any longer, pay attention! So what do you need? More sleep? To get out of that toxic job or relationship? See your eyes as cherished friends you’ve been neglecting, and your relationship with them is suffering as a result. Send your eyes some gratitude and love for all they’ve done for you, including all the learning they’ve brought. Maybe if they need a rest, you could do some palming for them, even making this a part of your daily routine.
Your vision is one of the best feedback mechanisms you have for how well you’re doing at interacting with the environment, and whether you’re giving yourself what you need to function at your peak. I knew someone whose vision got blurry soon after drinking a sugary soda. My own vision declines when I get anxious, especially if I’m in a crowd or am being rushed. When I go outside, I can always see better, not only from the natural light but also from that expansive uplifting “Anything is possible!” feeling I get from being in Nature.
A central principle of energy medicine is that an emotional or thinking imbalance will eventually result in a body imbalance and an unpleasant symptom. The body and mind want to feel good, and complain when they don’t. So what makes you feel good? Time with close friends, or a pet, or by the ocean? Could you do more of that, for both your spirit and your vision? If the eyes are the windows to the soul, bright clear-seeing eyes are the sign of a happy person. And I do believe the happier you are, the better you’ll see.
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