Natural Vision is clear. Clear vision is natural. Seeing clearly happens naturally and effortlessly.
When we are seeing clearly, we are not trying to see. We are relaxed and allowing seeing to happen. Our body, mind and eyes are at ease. Yet in our relaxation we are not still. There is movement. We are in a state of dynamic ease. As we look around, not only do our eyes move, but also our entire body. We are not rigid. Our muscles are soft. Our joints flexible. Our breathing and heartbeat calm and steady. When we are using our Natural Vision, our mind is relaxed and flexible as well. Our thoughts are positive, our attitude accepting. We are interested in and curious about what we are looking at. Our emotions are uplifted. We feel playful and excited about what we see and desire to see more – more information, more detail, more color, more texture, more contrast, more light.
As we use our Natural Vision, we face what we are looking at with interest and enthusiasm. But we don’t linger too long or too hard on any one thing. We don’t stare, attempt to freeze it or even try to see it. We effortlessly allow it to be seen, momentarily, then let it go and shift our gaze to another part of it or to something else of interest. Again, only for a moment, then we move on to something else that catches our attention, to another point of interest.
We don’t attempt to see everything at once, but instead move point to point to point, with most of our attention on each momentary point, at the center of our visual field, all the while maintaining an automatic awareness of everything in our total field of vision.
Our eyes and our attention are always moving, shifting from point to point, continually searching, for the next thing of interest, as our brain miraculously makes complete and wonderful sense of it all – without any effort whatsoever on our part. Just as with our other senses – hearing, touch, taste and smell, seeing clearly just happens – naturally, restfully, effortlessly.
We are seeing most clearly when we are using our Natural Vision. When we are using our Natural Vision we are seeing effortlessly.
Relaxed and clear Natural Vision can be forgotten when neglected and replaced with habits of tension. The relaxing habits of Natural Vision, such as – normal breathing, gentle frequent blinking, shifting of the gaze, interest in what you are seeing and allowing seeing to happen can be replaced with habits of strain, such as – staring, squinting, less frequent blinking, shallow breathing or mental and emotional tension from fear, anger, anxiety or boredom
Our relaxed Natural Vision can be hijacked when we make an effort to see. Tension or inflexibility, whether physical, mental or emotional, lowers our vision. This tension may be momentary and temporary, but can become chronic, lowering our vision and leading us to seek the only solution we believe to be available – artificial correction with lenses or surgery.
- Placing your attention on what you are looking at
- Being interested in what you are looking at
- Focusing on the point regarded
- Breathing naturally and relaxed
- Blinking gently and frequently
- Shifting your gaze easily
- Allowing seeing to happen
- Feeling mentally, emotionally and physically relaxed
- Feeling calm, having a sense of ease
“The eye with normal sight never tries to see. If for any reason – the dimness of light, for instance, or the distance of the object – it cannot see a particular point, it shifts to another. It never tries to bring out the point by staring at it, as the eye with imperfect sight is constantly doing.”
– William H. Bates, MD
- Staring - Having a diffused focus rather than focusing on what you are looking at
- Disinterest in what you are looking at
- Placing your attention elsewhere
- Infrequent blinking
- Shallow breathing
- Holding the breath
- Making an effort to see
- Mental, emotional and physical tension
- Feeling distressed, a sense of unease
Although Natural Vision may be neglected and forgotten, it can be relearned. This is what Natural Vision Improvement is about, regaining your Natural Vision. Natural Vision Improvement is the conscious improvement of our ability to use our eyes naturally. By recognizing our habits of strain, learning to relax and let them go, replacing them with relearned habits of Natural Vision, our Natural Vision can return.
Natural Vision Improvement was pioneered and developed by William H. Bates, MD, a prominent New York ophthalmologist in the early 1900’s. In his practice and research, Dr. Bates discovered that unless we interfere by straining, clear and perfect vision is natural. He found that tension in the muscles of the eyes resulting from mental and physical strain is the cause of lowered vision. Dr. Bates came to understand and teach the principles (relaxation, movement and centralization) and habits (breathing, blinking and shifting) of Natural Vision.
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