Posture and the Eyes

"Staring eyes means tension, locked joints, and poor balance. We need many strategies to learn not to stare.” -SH

Steve’s Vision Exercises

Staring eyes means tension, locked joints, and poor balance. We need many strategies to learn not to stare. Less TV. Less computer. More time in Nature! More Feldenkrais®!  But that’s unrealistic for most of us, so here are a few ideas to try. Spend only 30 seconds on each one. The benefit comes from the effect that will come from your daily use of these exercises.

1.     In bed before waking: keep the eyes gently lifted to the point between the eyebrows – it is how babies sleep, and how we all could sleep, or maybe should sleep. Be in the medulla/mobilize eyes from there. Scrunch. Blink. Visualize vast open landscapes, move though it, see movement and feel body moving, as I look everywhere, near, far, wide angle vision, close focus, narrow angle vision. Do this while imagining Mother’s voice. Remember not to move the eyes alone but always in conjunction with Natural embodiment – listening, touching, talking, smelling, tasting, feeling the feet on the ground, interacting with people or nature, etc. Never try to just “imagine” a landscape, since that is usually two dimensional, flat. Be in the landscape and interact  with all the senses. This is not harder, it is easier and more natural than the other way.  


2.     Walking - sense medulla as balance point of head, and rotation point of head, and center of vision. Scrunch hard 5 seconds, stretch, look around, blink and breathe. Roll the tongue up and back to cement the idea. Walk by shifting weight. Sense globally all around the infinite spaces, above, beneath, left and right and inside and out. See all objects moving one relative to the other. Flow with that. Keep restful carriage of head and neck, no fixity.


3.     Sitting at a computer sense the back of the head. Look there at the same time looking at monitor. This eliminates squinting. As I read print let head go left and right, and do not look at the print, look at an imaginary line under the print. The eyes do not see black, they see light. Sense my sitting bones as I do this and my easy breathing. Look far right with left eye and far left with right eye. Chin in; look up and around that way. Throw up arms fast three times.


4.     Sitting in a bus, or in a pubic place, with nothing else to do at that moment. With eyes open, affirm mentally it is all a dream. Scrunch eyelids very gently consciously and slowly, while knowing and affirming this powerful blinking reflex has the power to “reset” the brain not only from sleeping to waking and reverse, but to loosen our attachment to any compulsive way of thinking or seeing. Loosen the attachment of the vision to the superficial aspect of material objects. Pretend that I have X-ray vision and can see through everything. De-focus and see empty space, or the energy that occupies so-called empty space. Move the eyes around gently like that Remember to see from the medulla. Look down the spine, through the back of the head, all around anywhere inside and to infinity. Feel that I am sitting in the middle of infinite space.


5.     Remind myself that life is a dream, material objects are not real. Close eyes,  reproduce the same picture in my mind’s eye, my imagination. Close the eyes and remember scenes earlier in the day. Take care to remember and visualize in 3 dimensions, in color, while sensing myself and my environment including smell, taste, hearing and touch and speaking voice and eating and drinking and walking. Open the eyes and find something living something alive – a plant, a person, an insect, a dog or cat or bird or squirrel. Speak to them using the language of Nature – images, dreams, thoughts, visions, emotions and prayers and feelings – Take care not to do this in linear language or two dimensional visualization. Send thoughts of love and well wishes that way. Use the eyes to not look or stare but see them nonetheless with open focus and non-invasive vision.


6.     Use the imaginary paintbrush to paint objects near and far, as I look around; this encourages restful and easy small movements of the head on top of the neck.


7.     Look around with full confidence that everything I need to know, I will know by looking. Nothing can be hidden, if my intentions are pure. Stay in the spiritual eye. Notice my quiet and easy breathing, and move my eyes like this in concert with the breath.


8.     Practice throwing an imaginary crumpled paper at a wastebasket or target. Throw by first focusing hard momentarily at the target, then go to wide angle vision soft focus or de-focus, let all joints in the body loosen as you throw. When that becomes natural, forget the throwing. Just look as one object at a time, first “hard” and then soft and open and de-focused. This is a way to build quick intelligence, since it affirms that one quick glance is all we need to see everything we need to know and remember perfectly. Otherwise we go through life with our “intelligence brakes” on all the time, affirming we have to keep looking, keep staring, as if we have no intelligence, no fluidity of thinking, we are stuck in some mindless loop of going nowhere.


9.     Chin in look up and do this intensively for some minutes even the point of “burn” of the eyeball muscles, which have become too lazy. While doing this stay in medulla and imagine pulling the back of the eyeballs down rather than rotating the front of the eyeballs up. For further assistance, imagine being in the womb, chin in, hearing mother’s kind voice, and looking up to the direction of her vocal chords. Do this very strongly and long with many variations and don’t be afraid of hurting the eyes although they will complain. Be sure to keep the chin in.


10.  Many times throw up the two arms with palms together, and follow with the eyes. Stay erect, keep the belly tensed to avoid back-bending. But the head, neck and upper chest do back bend. This is where it is needed most. Then look strongly up, into infinity at the top.First do it slow. Then do it very fast, and thus encourage the eyes to be able to move “in a flash” likewise. This is a sign of quick intelligence, wit and readiness – the opposite of stupor and sloth. Sit quietly and just be ready to do it, just imagine it. Repeat many times one arm at a time.


11.  Move one thumb all around, follow with the eyes. After a minute close one eye and repeat. Many times cross midline with the “trailing eye”. Repeat with the other eye. Finally, move the thumb as fast as you can, left and right, then up and down, and then circles and diagonals – while keeping the eyes focused on the moving thumb. Take that ability to “focus and follow” to the far distance and back, as if you were following and imaginary magic golden eagle flying to the far horizon and back. Or a black ball – whatever (I prefer something living to imagine).


12.  Create in the imagination a place to live, walk and be with Nature. Put there only natural things, nothing artificial or man-made. Create your own animals and tress, oceans and rivers, hot springs and mountains and ice caves – whatever. Stay there, feel and see and listen and taste and touch. Telepathically communicate – using “eyes” in full embodiment, while seeing the animal, smelling, hearing, sensing the air temperature and sunlight and wind, the feet on the ground and the breathing and the emotions and the intention; using our whole being like that, let the eyes see clearly the natural setting and the animal we have created, in conjunction with all that. Create many scenarios like this, a new one each time; this is like magic, joyful and easy. You’ll quickly see that the usual, two dimensional picture we tried to create instead had no life to it at all. The hard we’d work to make that clear and focused, the more the stress and strain on our brain and vision.


13.  Cross mid-line! Looking to the right, use left eye to cross midline. Don’t let the left eye be lazy. Be quick and strong to do this. Then reverse with the other eye. Do this while looking up or down, and with chin in. Do this with wide angle vision, then narrow angle. Do it with awareness of medulla, go to the farthest point you can imagine or see as you look far to the side. Reverse to other side. Do it now very quickly, as fast as you can. Then restfully, as slowly as you can. Then do it combined with head turning, with variations, oppositional shoulder rotation and head turning.


14.  Spend at least five minutes or longer looking around inside the head and down the spine and all the tissues and organs, from the medulla. Imagine you can see and know everything you wish.  Affirm that nothing can be hidden. Affirm that by just doing this you can send healing energy to any body part. Don’t believe that just because there are no clear visual images that information nonetheless is not there. There is much more information and energy in “empty space” or “darkness” then in any material form. By accepting this, the eyes will soften and no longer be so eager to study and analyze the superficial aspect of material objects, which is a first-cousin to staring.

15.  Throw hands up palms together, follow with eyes. Slow and fast. Then one arm at a time. Then to sides. First slow then fast. Without the hands, using only the eyes, see how quickly the eyes can “flash” from one point in the room to another. Up and down, left and right. Cultivate ability for the eyes to quickly move far, full range. 

© Copyright 2015 Steve Hamlin