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The Power of Imagination (6-25-2013)
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The Power of Imagination (6-25-2013)
http//blog.iblindness.org/2013/the-power-of-imagination/

I first created "Imagination Blindness"/iblindness.org years ago with the belief that vision heavily depends on imagination, and bad vision is due to a person neglecting and losing the power of their imagination. Visualization, or "seeing" in your mind's eye, is a major component of imagination. But it isn't the only part.

Imagination is about ideas, and using them. In dealing with ideas of how best to use your eyes and mind to improve your vision, if you make use of the right idea by assuming something to be true and acting in congruence with it, you will find that your vision benefits. It doesn't work well to go through the motions superficially. You have to be fully involved in the experiment, without holding back.
<p style="text-align center;"><a href="http//blog.iblindness.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/mind1.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-390 aligncenter" title="The power of your mind" src="http//blog.iblindness.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/mind1.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="362" /></a></p>
So the ideas you experiment with will depend on your understanding of the visual system and what exactly is wrong. You are already using this concept, in some way. If you believe your eyes are misbehaving, lazy, or not doing their job, your actions will reflect that, and you will exert muscular tension in your eye muscles to try to get a handle on them. You didn't necessarily mean to tense up those muscles. A lot of small functions of your mind and body will start reflecting the general idea you are running with. When a company has a mission statement, many employees will embrace it, and the owner will find the employees doing interesting things with the mission statement in mind that he didn't even think of doing.

So the best you can do is be clear with yourself about what idea you're adopting. You can always change it later, albeit perhaps with some confusion and adjustment if you've really gotten used to it. You can't micromanage yourself well enough to stop yourself from doing every little thing that isn't in congruence with an idea. You have to enforce it at a broader level by assuming it's the truth and then explore how to embrace it, and after a while see how it's going. This is in contrast to scientific experiments, where the scientist is supposed to remain unbiased and reserve judgement in the interest of not influencing the results of the experiment. But that doesn't work in a situation like this, because your full involvement and belief is necessary.

Here's an example of an idea that I believe is pretty close to the truth. You are only responsible for looking at, and perceiving, a very small area at a time. An area, maybe, the size of a dime at 20 feet away, or the size of part of a letter at a book held 16 inches from your face. You could modify this belief by asserting whatever such size you want to experiment with as being the best size for you to pay attention to. So if this is true, that's quite a weight off your shoulders, because everything around you isn't your responsibility to see except for the one small area you're looking at. So if it's true, what else would have to be true? It would mean you no longer have to deal with seeing a whole word at once on the page in front of you. And that, in turn, would mean you have to keep moving your attention to regard more areas of detail nearby. Would it also mean the quicker you are able to move your attention, the more you see? And maybe unexpectedly you find that in doing for a while you actually are alerted to things in your peripheral vision better. And you might also find that you have to be patient, in a way, in order to see like this. Patience wasn't exactly an idea you had thought of at first.

You couldn't have put all the ideas described in the above paragraph together individually. They had to follow from a broader idea, the idea that you are only responsible for looking at a very small area at a time. From that, a whole collection of behaviors or actions develop.

 
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Always learning from David! Thanks again.
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David, thanks. I shared this on both my main Facebook page and also my energy medicine group one. The biggest pieces for me are still doing ONE thing at a time and not thinking I have to see everything at once, and then staying centered or present or focused, as you said right above the picture. Keep the simple helpful wisdom coming!
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Nancy
I was amused by your blog post regarding pinhole glasses.
The pinhole effect is nothing new.
Eye doctors used it as a primary screening for myopia,before the days of the autorefractor.
If a patient was unable to read the Snellen 20/20 line,a trial frame with one eye occluded,and the other had a black disc with a pin hole in it.If the patient could read the 20/20 line,or a line better than before,the doctor would then proceed with the fitting of glasses.This pin hole test was performed on each eye.A normal eye sees equally well with or without the pin hole.It was used when a patient came to the exam and was not already wearing glasses.After a person was already diagnosed as a myop it usually was not used at subsequent exams.
The fact that a myop sees better with a pair of pinhole glasses really does not indicate any improvement,because a person with normal vision can see equally well with or without them.
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Nancy, Here is a test you can do at home .<!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.eyecare.com.sg/testpinhole.htm">http://www.eyecare.com.sg/testpinhole.htm</a><!-- m -->
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Bifocal, thanks, I think! I didn't think my dream of the "central fixation glasses" indicated any grand new invention, that it was probably more symbolic. I know I still have some so-called "uncorrected myopia", for which I do not want to use glasses to correct it any more than I absolutely have to, and already know I do not have any eye diseases, thank you very much! Over twelve years ago my behavioral optometrist told me the "good news" (his words) that I have a LOT of tension in my visual system, yet no cataract or glaucoma or other disease tendency. This is still the case, and the tension is considerably reduced from then, though not yet completely gone.
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