It is interesting to note that according to Tibetan Buddhism the eyes are connected to the central channel (the median nerve) when open produces a quiet, relaxed mind. This network of channels extends from the eyes down the spine and all the way to the root chakra. Therefore, pay attention to the eyes at some point in the spiritual journey because the whole nervous system is connected to the eyes. In order to completely relax, our nervous system needs to be healed fully.
Both the mind and the nervous system are interdependent in such a way that when you relax the mind, the nervous system is healed and when you heal the nervous system, the mind is relaxed.
Dr. William H. Bates (1860 – 1931) was an American physician who practiced ophthalmology and developed what became known as the Bates Method for better eyesight. He used his method for short sight, long sight, astigmatism, old-age sight, squint, ‘lazy’ eye, and even structural diseases such as macular degeneration – nothing was left out and he found all could be benefited by learning normal and relaxed use of the eyes and mind.
There are quite a few vision exercises. The one in particular that I found very beneficial is called the moon swing. This vision game is a movement exercise to remove the habitual stare that develops due to grasping at visual phenomena. There are many variations to this exercise so click here to read the instructions: Moon Swing.
Utilizing Dr. Bates theories this group has created a very important tool using “animation which encourages awareness of movement throughout all angles and at the same time provides insights into central fixation.”
It can be useful as a training tool in order to correct the function of your eyes as well as increasing your understanding of the interrelation between the stress of the body and the stress of the mind. Click on the image below to practice right now:
The key point is learning how to achieve central fixation in order to relax and heal. When you have understood this precisely then you can carry this effortless ability with you throughout your life. But, if you go into the practice with the idea of gaining quick results and never having to wear glasses again you could be disappointed. Even though it is true that some people were successful enough to give up their glasses completely, they were the ones that went to a trained professional who could teach them on an individual basis.
When you get out of your comfort zone and take an active role in your health, you’ll tend to see more benefits with having personal guidance. Working with a healer will give you the specific advice you need according to your own condition. As with everything, take your time when you work with these eye-exercises, knowing that the process is just as important as the goal. I remember Paul Brunton mentioning this about the eyes that always stuck with me. He says:
“A true sage is more often than not unhurried in manner and slow in speech and eye-movement.” — Paul Brunton
As an exercise in discrimination, take the time to look at this video on YouTube. See who has achieved central fixation: a sense of complete relaxation and expanded awareness. The video is titled: Tibetan Yoga Masters 3/3
It is only a three minute video but you can see all sorts of lamas in their meditative absorption. Evenis there at the 2:34 mark. Can we look at these masters and learn something from them? I think so. Dudjom Rinpoche appears like he is beyond everything to the extent that it is hard to put into words to describe his state of mind. It is very amazing to watch.