Happy New Year! After much discussion on emotional self-discovery and healing in this series, let’s check in again with some tips on maintaining motivation for your regular vision activities practice…
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Your eyes are like a baby or toddler. Remember it’s not about the ‘work-out’, it’s about the nurturing. I always emphasize the importance of our language around vision improvement. When students use the word ‘exercises’, it’s often a clue that they are taking a rigorous and tense attitude towards their vision improvement. Let’s use the word ‘activities’ or even ‘games’, and know that we are using these processes to relax and mobilise our eye muscles and visual system. Your visual system is still manifesting the tension of your childhood difficulties as well as your daily stresses. Treat your eyes like a baby, doing activities that stimulate them when they have the energy, and soothe them when they are tired. Do the activities around your eyes’ schedule of needs and abilities, rather than thinking you have to force them into a routine that may not work for them.
In our November 2010 article, I spoke about the importance of having fun for nurturing your inner child, the part of you that is mentally and emotionally capable of experiencing the joyful wonder that is clear eyesight. In the same way your eyes need loving encouragement to move, to play, to be lively and have fun. Your job is to nurture, interest and tempt them into clarity!
Keep a journal. Make notes for yourself regarding what is happening with both your vision and your emotions. I often have students who want inspiration and motivation as they continue with the programme, and all they need to do is look at their progress so far. When reminded how dependant they were on their glasses in the past, and how many dioptres of improvement they have made, their enthusiasm is rejuvenated. We get so inured to where we are right now that sometimes it helps to look back and see how far we have come. Keeping a journal can help you to maintain your inspiration.
In regards to emotions, keeping a journal can help to see your progress and also give you a list of topics to address when you are working with that side of things. When you are doing your vision activities and find yourself really resistant to it, write down the thought/word patterns that are recurring in your mind. “I don’t want to do this” is a common one that emerges, and when used in the emotional healing processes can take us into a number of areas we need to process. Write down the memories and feelings that doing your activities bring up within you. Again this is an important process of self-awareness that can help lead you towards healing the underlying emotional causes of visual blur.
As your emotional resistances are dealt with, you will find your Keeper (refer to October 2010 article) occupying him/herself in ways other than being an obstacle to your goals of personal growth and vision improvement. You will find taking time for your vision activities easier and more enjoyable, and your clear flashes and gradual improvement both increasing in frequency and clarity!
Use the tools. For those with the RCN or PET kits, make sure you have the activities with music audio in a handy location where you can access it easily. DO play yourself an activity for a few minutes here or there and just follow along with it! These activity with music tracks are there to make it easy for you to do a little bit or a lot without having to think and plan too much, just put in on and follow along!
Keep your fusion chart, whether it’s the coloured balls or homemade postage stamp charts, in your purse or wallet and pull it out and use in those in-between moments in waiting rooms or bank queues (lines).
Remember to use your pinhole glasses when you need a bit of extra clarity. Take the time to use them for unimportant activities until you are accustomed to them. Then they can provide you with the ability to see more clearly without taking your vision improvement progress backwards. Have an extra pair handy in locations where you might need them, so you don’t have to go looking for them.
A little bit goes a long way. I often get emails from people commenting how they noticed a difference in their eyes just after utilizing the free Magic Nose Pencil activity download from our website. This just goes to show that sometimes just a little bit of a change in the way we use our eyes, and a little bit of knowledge about how to nurture our eyesight can make a difference. No matter what your vision is like now, any little bit you do can be helpful for your visual system. So go ahead and get started! Just a few minutes a day can make a big difference in both the short and long term.
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· Questions and answers from the Personal Eyesight Training Kit Support Conferences.
· Checking in with the Basics
· Using your mind to change your body