I’ve been wearing corrective eyewear since about grade six for nearsightedness and astigmatism, without which the world directly around me is slightly fuzzy and gets more blurry the farther I look. In the last few years, I’ve been working on seeing more clearly — in all ways — and it is paying off.
About five years ago, I used hands-on Healing Touch techniques called Ultrasound and Hands in Motion in front of my eyes, off and on, a few times a week when I remembered to do them.
In the last two years or so, again off and on, I’ve been practicing my own visualizations on my eyes, mainly the Line of Calm, the Full Calm and the Connect, Calm, Balance. Most of the time, I take a few seconds while putting on my contacts to do the techniques since that is when I remember to work on my eyes. Or, I’ll spend a minute at the end of the day while lying in bed.
In Your Body Speaks Your Mind, Deb Shapiro explains that if you do not feel comfortable with what you see, your vision may become distorted. Problems with our eyes are often connected to what is perceived rather than what is actually seen.
If you are nearsighted, you may only want to see what is directly in front of you in the present, and not what lies ahead in the future. If you experienced trauma or emotional upset or if you are introverted and quiet, you may want to retreat and hide. In addition, the distance, the future or any type of challenge that awaits may appear fearful or overwhelming, especially if you suffer from anxiety.
And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
When I examined my situation, I realized that much of my anxiety over the years was caused by fear and apprehension about having to come out of my shell and to interact with others and about the future of my career. I had always been introverted but had retreated more and more within myself because I doubted my abilities to interact with people and with the outside world, even though I had shown that I could interact skillfully.
While freelancing part-time when my two children were young, I wondered about my ability to return to the world of work and to balance full-time work and a family.
In energy healing, visual problems are related to the brow chakra and, mentally, to critical and judgemental thinking. Not only did I still criticize myself and my body but I realized that I sometimes judged others without even thinking.
It dawned on me that, to truly see clearly, I had to work on strengthening my confidence and my hope for the future, and on changing my automatic, critical reactions. And so, for the past year, I’ve been using:
- My visualizations to connect, calm and balance my eyes;
- My visualizations and practical tools to strengthen my overall connection with my self and with my body; and,
- My 4-Step Process for Personal Change to alter my critical and judgmental behaviour in the moment, when it happens.
- Practiced peering around me, nearby and in the distance, with and without my glasses or contacts.
- Said to myself on a regular basis, “I see clearly.“
The overall result: I am more confident and more resilient. No matter what happens, I am hopeful about my future and that of my family’s. I am calm during my interactions with others and actually look forward to them. My thoughts about myself and others are more positive, and I am able to catch the negative thoughts in the moment and transform them to a more open and caring attitude.
The result for my eyes: I can see a bit more clearly than I used to see. My confidence is growing as I slowly spend more and more time without wearing my glasses or contacts at home and outside in our yard. When I am not wearing them, I can look around knowing that I am seeing what I need to see and what I am able to deal with at that moment — confident in the knowledge that the universe would not throw something at me unless I could deal with it.