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For centuries, scholars try to find an explanation for the mobile, scattered and transparent spheres and strings in our visual field. Early on in ophthalmological tradition, the origin was thought to be in the eye. The phenomenon was considered a disorder or degeneration somewhere between cornea and retina. Today, eye floaters are believed to be an opacity of the vitreous. However, careful observation of floaters reveals properties that challenge this dominant view and call for a reconsideration of the ophthalmological explanation.
The following feedback was sent by Dzogchen teacher Jackson Peterson (www.wayoflight.net)
Is there a relationship between Dzogchen teachings and Eye floaters? (source)
At the time I published my book (2004, in German), I didn’t know anything about Dzogchen. In the last 6 years, however, several people asked about my relationship to Dzogchen teachings. Actually, there is no relationship so far. I came into contact with a man called Nestor who practiced meditating on these spheres. Through adopting a conscious way of living and observing the spheres and strings attentively, I started to realize the different sizes, layers and brightness they have.
For my second
book project, I started investigating the phenomenon of light spheres
and strings in different times and cultures, for I’m convinced
that this is universal to mankind, but interpreted differently, depending
on the cultural tradition of the seer/mystic. I found hints on light
spheres/strings in paleolithic (rock art) and modern shamanism as well
as in early civilizations like Egypt, Mesopotamia and China. I’m
still in the beginning of my research. It looks like Dzogchen
is only one system/tradition interpreting and working with subjective
visual light phenomena, although it seems to be the most elaborated
one. I’m going to do research on religious teachings (including
Buddhism and Dzogchen) when I have concluded my search for subjective
visual light phenomena in the visual arts of ancient civilizations.
Dear readers, do you have personal experiences with eye floaters or other entoptic phenomena? Or any suggestions what they could be? Send your hints, experiences and/or pictures to me, I am very interested.
Eye floaters and their meaning were interpreted differently depending on the time, culture and personality of the observer. We learn a spiritually meaningful perspective about floaters from Nestor, the seer, with whom I have studied and whose teachings I recorded in the book „Mouches volantes – Eye Floaters as Shining Structure of Consciousness“. In this category, a particular statement from the book on floaters shall be presented and explained.
From: Mouches Volantes – Eye Floaters. The Shining Structure of Consciousness, p. 199. (source)
Nestor reiterates the view that the spheres and strings which we know as eye floaters are “consciousness” in their true nature. This idea is logical in the light of an idealistic philosophy that – in contrast to philosophical materialism – understands all things as consciousness, or spirit of different density. However, this thinking is nuanced by the statement that floaters are the product of consciousness. The idea behind this is that “consciousness” is a creative original principle which is in itself complete and undivided. Through the process of creation, “consciousness” leaves the condition of unity and begins to split and perceive itself as the world of diverse shapes and colors. The human body and human perception are the result of this continuous creative activity.
In Nestor’s understanding, the shining structure is a result of the creative consciousness, too. It is what consciousness creates when it splits for the first time: an original duality of “light” and “matter” – “light” is understood as pure consciousness light, and “matter” as pure matter. Consciousness thus appears as an organizing principle: it separates light and matter, and arranges one here and one there. The most simple visual expression of this primordial duality is a shining sphere with dark core and bright surround, or bright core and dark surround respectively. To gaze at the spheres and strands is to gaze back into the history of the emergence of the “world”. Meditation on eye floaters will bring our individual consciousness more and more to the initial state of this original duality and its intensity. In a consciousness state of duality, there might be the possibility to unite light and matter again. The seers know one thing for certain: the path within the shining structure leads from multiplicity to duality and, eventually, to the one.
The category "Quarterly Picture" introduces realistic, artistic and/or spiritual/religious representations from different cultures and times which could show entoptic phenomena, or be inspired by it.
Family Guy is a US American cartoon series that centers around the everyday lives of middle-class family Griffin. The series is characterized by its complex and often audacious humor and the overdrawn portrayal of everyday problems. Typical are the short humoristic cut scenes or flashbacks that are brought in to parody celebrities or TV series.
Such a gag is found in the episode “Ocean's Three and a Half” (7th episode of season 7). In this episode, Bonny Swanson gives birth to a girl. To pay the hospital costs, her husband Joe does some odd jobs, including waitering at the Drunken Clam. When Peter Griffin meets Joe at the Clam, he gives the advice to engage with a loan shark rather than continue to wait tables – which would make Joe feel smaller than the eye floaters in Peter’s eye in no time. In this moment, the camera changes to first-person view, a personalized floater string appears in Peter’s visual field, and Peter begins a conversation with his floater:
"Hey eye floater."
Short gag, simple message: Floaters are small speaking pests and masters of permanent drifting away which makes them real smart asses. Or alternatively: the average American has the ability to talk with and understand his floaters while being unable to hold them in suspension and look at them at will ...
You will find this and other pictures in the gallery. Do you have drawings of eye floaters or other entoptic phenomena (flying corpuscles, afterimages etc.)? Do you know of realistic, artistic and religious representations of such appearances? Then send me the picture or give me the tip; I would like to publish it in the newsletter and/or in the gallery.
Publications by Floco Tausin