When it comes to eye health improving your vision, the events and experiences you’ve had and the resulting decisions you’ve made are factors that can keep you from seeing as well as you otherwise would. I believe fear and suppressed anger are the common denominators responsible for the impact of these events.
These emotions are thought to be stored both mentally and physically. It had been difficult for me to comprehend how experiencing fear and/or anger alters one’s vision-fitness until a research optometrist published his report of working with patients on a large trampoline.
Let’s imagine you are having a session with your optometrist. You are wearing comfortable clothes, and you remove your eyeglasses or contact lenses. You see a large trampoline in the center of a large room with a vaulted ceiling. You climb up on the trampoline and begin to jump up and down, moving your arms in small circles in front of you. After a reminder, you become aware of your shallow breathing. You Visiclear notice that your eyes are riveted to one place. Your eye, neck, and shoulder muscles feel tight. You might also notice if the new situation produces fearful and tight feelings in your chest and stomach.
After a short while you begin to master the trampoline bounce and you relax. You look around and notice an increase in your natural vision-fitness. As you smile, you hear the next instruction: “Now do a seat drop and then a knee drop.” Again, your initial body reaction is to tighten. As you imagine doing a seat drop, you sense a fear of falling. You might think to yourself: You’re crazy; I can’t do that. I invite you to observe your defensiveness and anger.
Our imaginary exercise continues, and the fear/anger pattern is repeated with each new instruction:
“Count from one to ten on every bounce, and do a knee drop on two and a seat drop on eight.”
“Same as before, but now clap your hands on five and say ‘Relax.'”
“Now count backward from ten to one, and let two become eight, eight become five, and five become two.”
Did our imaginary trampoline session produce any actual sensations of fear or anger within your body? If so, you have experienced how overload in your mind’s eye produces fear. It’s the fear of the unknown, the fear of failure and rejection. In most of your life situations, thoughts and feelings of fear and the resulting muscular tensions go unnoticed, but those feelings, even if they are not acknowledged, ultimately reach the muscles of your eyes. These muscles can become tense and can spasm.
A real trampoline experience is one way to help yourself become aware of the way in which your thoughts and feelings affect your body and especially your eyes. Then you can train your eyes using vision-fitness exercises.