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eye meditation on eye floaters
My mentor, seer Nestor, about seeing the shining structure and the spiritual practice related to it.
From: Mouches Volantes – Eye Floaters. The Shining Structure of Consciousness, p. 284. (source)
The seers say that our consciousness incessantly creates the world of thought, feeling and matter. This statement is based on seeing the shining structure in intense states of consciousness. In the above quote, Nestor explains one aspect of that seeing: the consciousness light comes from a source in the center of our shining structure. It splits increasingly, flows at some places and condenses at others. In this way, the consciousness light creates the shining structure. Therefore, the structure appears more coherent and with clearer contrast between light and matter, the closer the seer is to his/her source. With increasing distance to his/her source, the seer sees his/her shining structure more branched and as a tracery of light and shadow. With even further distance, the quality of this structure manifolds, until we cannot perceive it with our inner sense anymore, but through other channels, such as thoughts, feelings, and sensory stimuli – as ultimately as our “small world”.
Through their seeing
the seers developed a worldview that is consistent on the one hand with
those creation narratives that emphasize a continuing creation
of the cosmos from a single principle. On the other hand, the
seers’ seeing supports the idea that the entire universe –
from the source to the infinite diversity – is in our field of
vision at any time. It is a matter of awareness and, consequently, of
one’s own flow of energy and proximity to the source that decides
in what clarity, directness and simplicity we recognize the creation
of the world.
Tips from the internet as well as readers’ experiences, insights and handlings related to entoptic phenomena.
Picture with the lightstructure from Shane. (Source)
was inspired by Nestor’s teaching, and he practices the
seeing of his spheres and strings as a means of consciousness development.
For seeing he also visited energetically favorable places in the Swiss
Emmental several times. With his reports and illustrations on leuchtpunkte.ch,
he shares his experiences, activities and insights – and gives
some occasion for practicing the “doubling” (cross-eyed
viewing) as well. The website is still fresh; we may look forward to
the further development!
Works of art from different cultures and times that represent entoptic phenomena or could bee inspired by them...
The German text in the upper half of the image reads: „Years passed, until Dietmar realized that the spots which seemingly moved on his retina wanted him to follow them.” Below: „When he reached the destination, he knew that he would not make it home for supper.”
What Quengelexemplar has poured into an image is ... well, what is it actually? An ultra-short enlightenment story? An ad hoc transcendental philosophy? An eye floaters parody? The ambiguity seems to be Quengelexemplar’s program, as the author writes: “This blog does not yet know what it wants. Maybe we‘ll find out eventually. I’m as eager as you are”. Yet, we get some hints: Quengelexemplar is a blog that first of all explains to the reader that the “soul is a stupid 7-ton bitch”, immediately followed by an “Everything about nothing”. More contexts? Nope. The author processes personal everyday and media impressions into humorous drawings, each of which he completes with a saying that somehow fits thematically.
passed”, too, is “somehow” cool. It picks up Nestor’s
teachings and stages them in an essentialized and humorous manner.
The upper part of the image is taken from my website and shows floater
spheres and strings as well as a white character (Dietmar) with floater-shaped
eyes. Dietmar reappears in the lower part which shows the “goal”
of the journey: a space divided into several areas, which consist
of differently colored dots in which jubilant figures are taking a
bath – a visual expression of the “entering into the light
structure” as taught by the seers? Finally, we are given a task
by Quengelexemplar: “Find out which spots belong to the post
and which spots are dirt on your monitor”.
News from medicine and humanities concerning eye floaters and entoptic phenomena.
Ophthalmologists know from their clinical practice that eye floaters are a common and usually harmless phenomenon. So far, however, there were no statistics to make statements about the prevalence of floaters in society beyond the clinical environment. A research team from the U.S. has investigated this issue.
First of all, two types of vitreous floaters are distinguished by their causes: floaters through 1) introduction of exogenous material during hemorrhage or inflammation, and 2) degenerative changes in the collagen-containing molecular vitreous fibrils. However, this distinction is not relevant to the authors, since the appearance of both types of floaters is described as “spots, shadows, cobwebs, and other assorted shapes that seem to move about in the field of vision.” Then we are told that today’s treatments are usually conservative (“reassurance of the patient”), that most floaters are benign and that the causes are largely unknown.
To obtain data about the prevalence of floaters in the general population, the authors have launched a survey in the form of an app for Android smartphones. In it, participants provided demographic and health-related information. Then they were asked to answer the following question: „Have you ever noticed things that look like specks, squiggly lines, or dark spots that seem to float around in your vision? They are usually noticed when squinting and looking at a bright background like the blue sky or a bright, white computer screen.” On a scale of 1 to 5, the participants had to specify how disturbing their dots and strands were to them. 1098 people especially from the U.S., Australia, Israel and the UK took part, 603 complete responses were evaluated. The authors explicitly excluded participants with diseases such as diabetes and glaucoma, as well as those with eye injuries and LASIK treatment. The survey found that 76% of respondents perceived floaters. This value was not significantly affected by age, race, gender and eye color. 33% of respondents reported that the floaters were moderate to severe. Myopes and hyperopes had the same prevalence of floaters, but were several times more likely to report moderate to severe floaters.
The survey found that 76% of respondents perceived floaters and 33% of respondents reported that the floaters were moderate to severe. Source: (Picture)
76 % of people see MV. This should not be taken literally: On the one hand, only certain groups of people participated in this survey, especially young white men with smartphone access, who were interested in, and therefore searching for, eye health-related topics. We know little or nothing about the prevalence of floaters in the elderly, children and teenagers, people without smartphones, and people from non-Western societies – which, after all, represent the majority of the total world population. On the other hand, it can be assumed that this is another scientific study in which shining structure floaters get shuffled together with actual vitreous opacities. The authors describe floaters as “spots, shadows, cobwebs, and other assorted shapes that seem to move about in the field of vision” and are seen “when squinting and looking at a bright background like the blue sky or a bright, white computer screen.” Superficially, this description fits not only vitreous opacities, but also shining structure floaters I assume that a large part of the 76% see shining structure floaters, especially – but not exclusively – those who do not or hardly feel disturbed by their floaters. The group of people who feel disturbed by floaters on a moderate to severe degree, is with one third surprisingly high. But this number, too, should not be overestimated. For it can also be explained by the fact that the survey was completed especially by those people who are interested in the health of their eyes. These people are no doubt more sensitive to visual impairments than others.
95% of respondents are under 50 years old, and no increasing occurrences of floaters could be detected with advancing age. While this does not tell us anything about floaters in the elderly, nor in children or youth (participants had to be 18 years old to take part in the survey). But it should confute the claim that floaters are largely an age-related phenomenon – at last! In addition, the study’s results refute another floater myth, namely that there is a positive relationship between seeing floaters and myopia. This is only partially true. The authors have shown that near-sighted people see as much floaters as normal-sighted and as far-sighted people. This also rules out the association of floaters and posterior vitreous detachment, which was a convenient attempt to explain floaters because it often and early occurs in myopes. While myopes tend to report more moderate and severe floaters than normal-sighted people, this is also true of hyperopes. Myopes and hyperopes are more sensitive to floaters than others. I suggest that the reason for this must be beyond the physiology of the eye. Maybe it’s just that people with visual impairment become aware of eye floaters more easily, because the near or far of the material world appears blurry. And that they rather feel disturbed by their floaters, because they intuitively and unconsciously associate the dots and strings with their poor eyesight, or with their inability to properly see the world.