I’m sitting on my bed, interacting with a woman on the laptop screen a few feet away. “I could tell you to touch your nose to make your eyesight better”, I say, “and it would be up to you to try it out and see if it helps you, then keep doing it, or not.”
I wake up laughing. I’ve never given a vision lesson from my bed! Maybe this is about needing to be relaxed to see well. The touching of one’s nose might be to encourage the playful aspect of vision, or focus (if you’re way off you could poke yourself in the eye!), or close vision. In the past I have suggested to people with a strongly dominant eye they experiment with seeing both sides of their nose at the same time.
What interests me most about this little dream is my telling the student to rely on her own experience. Use me as a guide who’s been there, yes, but I’m not the expert on you, you are! If I suggest something that gives you a headache or causes pain, you need to stop doing it, or learn to do it differently.
I’ve met too many people who are looking for “the secret” to better vision, without changing any of their habits. They want the magic exercise or practice that will finally clear up their blurry sight. Clearer more relaxed vision is available to everyone. And you may have to change some habits you don’t think are related to seeing, like constantly rushing, or multi-tasking and always being distracted. The secrets to better vision are no secret. They’re right under your nose!
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Caroline, wow! Laughing and sneezing are both a release of energy, so maybe you let some tension go, and your vision benefited. Cool! I guess I’d look for more to laugh at.
That’s funny, I had the same experience of a moment of clear vision after sneezing one week ago. Also while laughing I had such a moment. It must have been because of the relaxation. I’m myopic, by the way.
Nadia, ha ha! If she was quite myopic, she was probably also quite good at straining. The sneeze may have momentarily released tension and let her relax. As a wise child Dr. Bates quoted in his Better Eyesight Magazine said, “No use trying (to see)!”.
I had a foster sister in my childhood who was quite myopic. She told me that every time she sneezed, her vision cleared up. By then I had experimented with the Bates Method so I told her that it had something to do with the muscle tension. I was only a child and could not explain it, so her understanding remained that it was the effort that made her see momentarily as her eye muscles must have been very weak. 🙂
I started studying dreams intensely about 20 years ago — they were so illogical, but so compelling! Now I think it’s just another channel for information to come in. The main article in this newsletter (http://www.nancylneff.com/newsletters/dec2015.htm) has more of my views on dreaming, and dreams about vision, if you’re interested.
David, thanks for telling me this! Dreams have so many layers of meaning, and there’s usually more than is obvious to me. Maybe there IS a secret vision-improving technique here. The adventure continues…
I used to think my dreams were too confusing and too open to interpretation to make any sense of reliably, other than pointing out my fears. Over the last few years I’ve started to see it differently. I had a lot of lucid dreams, and they got me thinking about how I can’t create these entire virtual environments by just sitting here closing my eyes for a moment, and that it requires a change in consciousness to be capable of even doing it, inconsistently but spectacularly. I also noticed there was a recurring theme in my dreams since I was a kid about the the power that consistent certainty in my mind has to change my reality, and I had to wonder why I don’t summon that persistent conviction about more things that I do.
Funny you should mention this. Years ago I found that my vision cleared for a moment when the tip of my nose itched and I scratched it. It kept happening. I think it was probably a pretty simple reason, stopping for a moment and concentrating on scratching my nose for a second and letting my eyes go. It happens that quick.