Give them the right opportunity, exercises and a little daily practice and, within one month, you will see more clearly.
By accessing the remarkable, and natural, ability of the brain to change, improve and heal itself we can virtually relearn to improve the whole visual system and rediscover the joy of seeing the world around us fresh, clean and clear.”
David Webber is a Feldenkrais practitioner and developer of the program ‘Seeing Clearly.’ I have been following his audio lessons on Spotify for the past week with tremendous result. You are able to access the content for no charge using this online streaming app – it just requires your email and a password to connect. Click on the link below
If you would prefer an mp3 copy they can be purchased through the link – http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/webberdavid
Norman Doidge has the opening page of his book to quote an eighteenth century Chasidic saying: “Just as the hand, held before the eye, can hide the tallest mountain, so the routine of everyday life can keep us from seeing the vast radiance and the secret wonders that fill the world.” Chapter six is twenty-eight pages long and describes in detail how David’s sight has been restored through using the principles of brain plasticity.
The excerpt below explains Weller’s experience following a Feldenkrais
‘Awareness through Movement’ Lesson –
When Webber finished performing the nonhabitual eye movements with sensory awareness, he noticed something pleasant and unexpected: he was now able to feel his eyeballs in their orbits. The lesson ‘served to bring the eyes back into my self image, through direct sensing of my body parts’. This was especially true for my ‘dead’ right eye.
During the course of his blindness, it had disappeared from his body image…
Webber no longer had a sense of where the eye was in his head. Because it is a use-it-or-lose-it brain, when a sensory function is disturbed, the body part affiliated with it stops sending normal sensations from it to the brain. As we’ve seen, Feldenkrais believed the mind either ceases to represent an unused body part or alters the representation, shrinking it in the brain map. (page 213)
‘Take off your Glasses and See’
by Jacob Liberman.
Shakespeare said, “The eyes are the windows of the soul.”
So why do these “windows” grow frequently occluded?
Have you wondered why our eyes – our most important sense, vision – are apparently the only organs in our miraculously self regulating body that lack the ability to correct their own imbalances?
Most people believe that vision is merely a function of the eyes when, in fact, it is shaped by our beliefs and our tendency to “try hard.” With limiting views and excess effort, our breathing, awareness, and visual field contract, reducing the quantity and quality of light entering and exiting the eyes, preventing us from perceiving the true shape of things. With ease and acceptance, however, our connection with life broadens, allowing us to see what we had previously considered invisible.
Vision is not about looking, as we were taught to believe, but about seeing effortlessly. They may seem synonymous, but looking is selective, while seeing means noticing what is looking for us. That is why our eyes are designed to respond to a single photon of light within a few quadrillions of a second; we were meant to be drawn by that which requires our vision. From an early age, however, most of us were taught not to see what we see — blurring our vision in the process.
Vision – extract from his website (http://www.jacobliberman.org/#)
His latest offerings go further into what it really means to have vision ….
When you are not looking and everything is seen.
The eye looks for nothing and light finds us. Eye never initiates anything.
The reflex – The expression “it caught my eye?” – (what was it that caught your eye?)
Light interacts with the eye – most light goes past the eye to the portion of the brain know as the hypothalamus – the brain’s brain, CEO, the part of the brain that controls the autonomic nervous system, endocrine system initiator of the stress response, immune functions, where emotions collect and connect. The pineal gland is also responsive, the seed of the soul, regulator so that every cell in your body knows the time of day, year, spectral composition, it experiences the the intelligence impregnated into the light and then every cell orchestrates its internal function so that it is continually synchronising itself with mother nature.
Light and oneness – there is nothing to do it is happening automatically.
When something enters your awareness it’s looking for you.
There is also the article, ‘The neuropsychology of 3-D space’ By Frank Previc that inspired Julie Peck, Australian Feldenkrias Practitioner and Trainer to run workshops dedicated to the use of head and eyes. If you want to update your knowledge of medical jargon here is just the abstract.
The neuropsychological literature on 3-D spatial interactions is integrated using a model of 4 major behavioral realms: (a) peripersonal (visuomotor operations in near-body space), (b) focal extrapersonal (visual search and object recognition), (c) action extrapersonal (orienting in topographically defined space), and (d) ambient extrapersonal (orienting in earth-fixed space). Each is associated with a distinct cortical network: dorsolateral peripersonal, predominantly ventrolateral focal-extrapersonal, predominantly ventromedial action-extrapersonal, and predominantly dorsomedial ambient-extrapersonal systems. Interactions in 3-D space are also regulated neurochemically with dopaminergic and cholinergic excitation associated with extrapersonal activation and noradrenergic and serotonergic excitation associated with peripersonal activation. This model can help explain the 3-D imbalances in prominant neuropsychological disorders.
Blogs to follow, hope you enjoy the ATMS and these rabbit hole findings that I have been enjoying.
Yours in health,
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