In all the vision improvement books I’ve read and teachers I’ve studied with, I encountered the idea more than once that “the most important thing in obtaining clearer vision is believing it’s possible”. Not how old you are, not whether your parents wore glasses, not how poor your vision is now. This isn’t some Law Of Attraction woo-woo New Age philosophy! Your beliefs lead your actions and choices. Someone who believes “I’ll always be in debt” will not take steps to change that, so his spending and saving habits make it come true.
Do you hear about others improving their vision, and think “That’s fine for them, but it would never work for me”. I’ve done EFT tapping with clients to loosen this false belief which is standing in their way. Often they start laughing at how ridiculous the belief is, as we tap “I’m the only person in the whole human race who won’t benefit from vision improvement!” or “My eyes are different — I’m a special case!” or even “You can’t make me improve my vision!”. Of course if you don’t want to improve, that’s up to you, but I want you to know you have the choice.
When I started vision improvement 15 years ago, desperately hoping this was real and not some cruel hoax, everyone I read about had much better vision than my own -10 myopia with -1.75 astigmatism. If someone with -2 improved to go without glasses, I was not impressed! How could this ever work for me, who was in a totally different category? Or so I thought. Then I read about Meir Schneider, who was born blind from infant cataracts and grew up reading Braille, or Peter Grunwald who was -10, or Greg Marsh who was -13, all of whom are respected vision educators today and don’t depend on glasses. Maybe there was hope for me, too.
As I started using a reduced prescription and doing more without any correction, I had days where I was optimistic about my progress, and days when I was very discouraged. Sometimes I wasn’t sure if my vision was improving at all! If I’d been working with an eye chart back then I would have know my eyesight was indeed getting sharper. However, the eye chart told me my vision was still so blurry, I didn’t want to use it. Yet I clung to the dream of easy relaxed sight, even when I wasn’t seeing direct evidence of that. I’m grateful for this stubbornness now, and I also wish I’d found some teachers or fellow travellers sooner, so I didn’t have to go it alone.
Now I need no convincing about the validity of vision improvement — it’s my experience, every day. In this time of most daylight in NY state it’s easy to be optimistic about my vision continuing to improve. And I remember this past winter I could see better than ever before during that dark time of year, with less anxiety. In previous years I used to scurry home by 4PM, afraid it would get too dim to see well. As I continue to calm myself with tools like meditation and EFT, my sight naturally keeps improving.
Examine your own beliefs about your vision, and about the possibility of seeing more clearly in a relaxed way. If you think it’s impossible, does that belief really make sense? You won’t know until you try — challenge yourself! Goethe said “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” Clear sight is your birthright. And it’s such a delight. I dream of the day they call me Eagle Eye Nancy!
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Another wonderful and very inspiring article. Our thoughts become our reality as they say, it’s really important to feed positive words to our mind and don’t judge. I am slowly unlearning the things I learned and believed which was mere judgement of society which ingrained doubt in me about my eyesight. I believe I can see clearly. Thank you so much for everything you do. Love and light ❤️🙏🙌
Hi again Rose. Yes, we do need to “think positive”, and we also need to acknowledge our occasional more painful restrictive feelings like worry, or else they can just get louder, like an unhappy child who’s being ignored. I’m aware that I can’t always see as clearly as I’d like to, and I give my eyes the rest they need, and my sight is improving. All are true. Take care.
Absolutely I couldn’t agree more, as I have noticed as soon as I feel anxious my vision gets blurry and I can’t focus. So I am trying to slow down, give my space and quiet time to listen those feelings and emotions. I am just learning to be more compassionate to myself and my eyes. Thank you so much xx
Rose, it’s a huge leap in awareness for you to realize that anxiety blurs your vision. Good for you! Yes, slowing down will help a lot, as will self-compassion. You’re on your way! 🙂
Thank you so much ❤️
Brenda, hi, and you’re right! Descartes said “I think, therefore I am” so let’s think of clarity! Keep up the good work, and thanks for reading my article. I teach what I need to remember myself.
Thank you for writing this Nancy – it is excellent!! Always good to be reminded to “think big thoughts”. Our actions follow our thoughts so it makes perfect sense. You are so good to share your experiences with those of us just staring on the path.