A visual exercise to raise your state and “wake up.”
The brain uses up to 80% of its power with visual information. You can use this to you advantage to change your state.
Look out into the far distance and focus on a stationary object in the center of your vision. Pick the smallest detail of the object.
Then, without moving your eyes, notice an object close by to your left and then another to your right.
Start by putting your awareness on the distant object for a few seconds, and then on the two nearby objects in your peripheral vision for a few seconds. Repeat a few times.
Now allow your awareness to be on all three objects at the same time. It may take a bit for your mind to settle down before it locks in.
Notice any subtle changes in your perceptions and state of mind.
Here, I pick the top-most branch of the tree for the distant object and the whole trees to my left and right as my close objects.
- It’s important to focus on the smallest detail of the distant object. Above, I’m focusing on the very tip of the tree.
- Allow your eyes to entrain on their own. No need to work at this; let your eyes “fall into” the images.
- Make your eyes “soft” while doing the exercise as though you’re looking at everything and nothing at the same time. Relax any tension, squinting, or tightness in your face.
- It sometimes also helps to sense beams of energy/light from each eye, one at a time, and then both simultaneously. While doing this, blend in the sensation that everything in the visual field is coming at your eyes; you’ll almost be able to feel a slight pressure on your eyes.
- You can do this exercise for extended periods when you’re not doing anything else, or, if you’re busy, you can do “quick shots” that last for only a second or two whenever you happen to think of it.
- Come up with variations.
You can use it as feedback to where your present state of mind. For example, if you notice that you are having a hard time settling into an object, and your eyes are dodging back and forth, it can let you know that you’re feeling unsettled, you have a “worry thought” happening, or are resisting something.
Bottom line: notice what you notice about your vision, other perceptions, body sensations, thoughts, and energy level while doing the exercise. Remember that we’re looking to the subtle shifts that occur – listen to the whispers.
What Can Happen:
- You’ll get a sense of “coming to” or waking up.
- You may become more aware of the space around you
- The vibrancy and clarity of what you’re looking at may increase
- Everything near and far become focused at the same time
- I’ve even experienced times where color fades to a shimmering, silver outlining of what I’m looking at – strange, but indicates I’m in a very high vibrational domain.
- The mind will usually focus its awareness (entrain) on a single object. Asking it to tune into multiple things simultaneously automatically shifts your state of mind.
- Try it. Look at one thing and notice your state of mind – notice what you notice. Then switch and focus on a few things at the same time, maybe the book, a picture on a wall, and your body. If you pay close attention, you’ll notice tiny shifts in your body, giving you a perfect reflection of your state of mind.