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Open eye meditation on eye floaters

This is the latest issue of “Holistic Vision”, the spiritual project by the author and consciousness researcher Floco Tausin. It is devoted to a phenomenon known as idiopathic or harmless “eye floaters” or “muscae volitantes” (see pictures) among ophthalmologists. We see them as scattered, mobile, transparent dots and strings in our visual field. “Holistic Vision” includes ophthalmology but questions its conclusion on floaters and goes beyond. For the observation and open eye meditation reveals a connection between altered states of consciousness and the way floaters look. Furthermore, a look at different cultures highlights floaters as an object of art and spirituality. By this “holistic vision”, Floco Tausin pursues the question whether these spheres and strings are first appearances of a shining structure of consciousness within which we cover a distance to our spiritual origin – a path that lights up through open eye meditation.

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News Content


1) Lead Story: “In the Eye of Ra”

2) Reader’s Hints, Experiences, and Pictures: love eye floaters!
3) Nestor's Knowledge on Eye Floaters: the path in the basic structure
4) Quarterly Picture: the sun disk as an Egyptian Christmas Story
5) About the Author’s Projects: publications by Floco Tausin
6 ) Last but not Least: reader’s comments on the Holistic Vision Project

 

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Lead Story


In the Eye of Ra – Floater Structures in the Visual Arts of Ancient Egypt

In Western culture, the phenomenon of vitreous floaters (or muscae volitantes) is primarily understood in line with modern ophthalmology as “vitreous opacities”. The review of visual arts from former and non-Western cultures representing mythical and spiritual ideas, however, discloses abstract symbols that resemble the typical structures of eye floaters. This suggests that floaters have been widely interpreted as a mythical or spiritual phenomenon; and that there might be a perceptual dimension of floaters that modern ophthalmology fails to see. This article provides a trip to the visual worlds of Pharaonic Egypt and suggests that vitreous floaters have found their way into the art and imagination of this ancient civilization.



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Reader’s Hints, Experiences, and Pictures


Love eye floaters!

A reader’s advice to get rid of floaters – love them!


Reader Enck Kanaj, runs an interesting blog which includes ophthalmological, psychological and spiritual approaches to eye floaters. Perception of floaters, the reader gets it, depends on the observer’s consciousness. On the one hand, this is spiritually relevant: Enck asserts that looking at floaters is a practice to open the third eye. Correspondingly, he puts floaters into relationship with phenomena from various religious and spiritual traditions. On the other hand, floaters are understood as vitreous opacities according to ophthalmology. To get rid of them, Enck proposes to love them. The logic behind it: hating floaters means intensifying them; contrary, loving floaters means letting them go – as a result, our brain will learn to ignore them. Enck elaborates this further in his blog-turned-into-eBook entitled “Loving Eye Floaters. The Mental Eye Floaters Solution; A Possible Spiritual Explanation; The Ego and Eye Floaters Story”.

 

Titel des Blog: „Love Eye Floaters“.

Titel des Blog: „Love Eye Floaters“.

 

Enck not only refers to existing theories and interpretations – some of them drawn from my own book and website –, he also provides new surprising and challenging examples and reflection to explain characteristics of floaters, physiologically as well as culturally and spiritually. However, beyond linking floaters to New Age theories and non-Western cultural and religious traditions and philosophies, his understanding of the nature and meaning of floaters seems rather materialistic and conservative so far: He mainly addresses the people who experience their floaters as disturbing opacities and try to get rid of them; he adopts the ophthalmological explanation of floaters; and finally, he proposes the well-known psychological approach to cope with floaters by locating the problem of floaters (not the floaters themselves) into the observer’s mind. I do agree with Enck that to love eye floaters solves the problem of feeling disturbed by them. I agree that trying to feel love for whatever disturbs us may be part of our consciousness development and, by all means, preferable to surgery. But whether floaters really fade or, quite the contrary, get more luminous and brighter in the process, is a question to be answered only individually – in my experience, they light up. To me, the real work with eye floaters is about deeper insights and consciousness development; it starts as soon as we accepted – or even love – our eye floaters. It seems, Enck points into that direction just to make it easier to “love” and, therefore, become able to ignore floaters. Besides, if it’s really possible to ignore what you actually love is another question mark to me. Anyway, I’m curious to follow Enck’s further thoughts and insights …

Link:

- Love Eye Floaters. love-eye-floaters.blogspot.com

 

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Nestor's Knowledge on Eye Floaters


The path in the basic structure

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.



»If you only run after matter and pleasure and tie down your energy in this idiotic way, you’ll move away farther and farther from the dots and strands until you can’t see them any longer. If you, on the other hand, live an appropriate lifestyle and transform the energy still tied up within you, then you’ll move forward on the path in the basic structure. So within the structure there is indeed a forward and backward, but there is only one single goal which is wherever we look to. Consequently, on the path in the basic structure we cannot turn around; we can only come closer to the goal or drift farther away from it. If we come closer to the goal, the dots will increase in size – so much that what we’ll see are not dots and strands any longer but large spheres and tubes.«

From: Mouches Volantes – Eye Floaters. The Shining Structure of Consciousness, p. 219

From: Mouches Volantes – Eye Floaters. The Shining Structure of Consciousness, p. 219. (source)

 

The idea of the “path in the basic structure” is a central element in the teaching of Nestor. The seers use it to address the long-term changes that we possibly find in our floaters.

According to this teaching, we are all oriented towards a particular sphere which we don’t recognize from the beginning. This sphere, also called the “source”, is thought to contain pure consciousness and to be the passage into another state of being. The energetic consequences of our actions decide whether we approach this sphere or dissociate from it: Binding or taking energy from the picture keeps us at a distance to our source sphere; releasing pure ecstatic energy into the picture brings us closer. Nestor asserts that the effects may be directly seen: a forward movement is realized when the dots and strings become bigger or “get closer”.

Nestor’s teaching compares to the reports of people with near death experiences. These often include a movement toward a bright shining sphere before experiencing more complex and figurative scenes. In my opinion, these “extreme situations” confirm the knowledge of the seers: the visually perceptible forward movements of the consciousness are experienced in ecstatic situations, i.e. states of consciousness which include – like in dying – the release of a lot of psychophysiological energy directly and freely from the body. If consciousness can be maintained in that situation, it is not a process of “dying”, but “crossing over”. As anticipated by the seers, this crossing over is the culmination of the “path in the basic structure”.

 

Literature:

- Tausin, Floco: Mouches Volantes – Eye Floaters. The Shining Structure of Consciousness, Bern 2009, (ISBN: 978-3033003378).

 

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Quarterly Picture


Religious art and floater structures – the sun disk as an Egyptian Christmas story

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.

Since the earliest days of the Old Kingdom of ancient Egypt civilization (from 2800 BC), the sun was due to its life-giving warmth and its regular cycle understood as the manifestation of a deity, the god Ra (or Re). Represented in form of a concentric circular disk or sun disk called “Aten”, the sun was mostly depicted in combination with gods in human or animal form and other sacred symbols. Under the rule of Amenhotep IV (a.k.a. Akhenaten or Echnaton, 14th century BC), the solar disk became, for a short time, the only approved deity of Egypt. It was regarded as the essence of the forces of all the gods, as well as the luminous source of all being with which man can become one.


A Snake with legs and wings carries the sun disk. Papyrus (n/a, Egyptian Mythology, London: Paul Hamlyn, 1965, p. 26)..

A Snake with legs and wings carries the sun disk. Papyrus (n/a, Egyptian Mythology, London: Paul Hamlyn, 1965, p. 26)..

 

The Egyptian sun’s visual characteristics, as well as its mythic significance, raise the question whether the sun depictions were actually inspired by the visual perception of the sun, or whether there are other possibilities. If we consider the sign not as stylized and simplified form, but as realistic depiction of something actually seen, then the vitreous floaters could be the source of that perception. Like the sun, they are often seen at the sky and radiate a brilliant light. Besides the concentric circles, there are other characteristics in ancient Egyptian’s depiction of the “sun” that rather resembles floaters than the sun: The contrast between the surround disk and the core disk is often made clearly distinct by using different colors or patterns; and the proportions of the surround and the core are different in each case, as shown above – this corresponds to the two types of floaters and their different states of concentration (Lead article “In-depth observations on eye floaters” in Holistic Vision 2/11).

Last but not least: The Story of the Egyptian sun is a Christmas story as well. Historically, quite a lot of ancient Egyptian mythology and art was adopted by the Greeks and Romans that occupied Egypt from 4th century BC to 4th century AD. Via these civilizations, the symbolism of the sun eventually found its way to Christianity: God and Jesus have been associated with metaphors of light inspired by the Egyptian cult of the sun. In the religious visual arts of late antiquity and medieval Europe, many depictions of the divine – like God as concentric circle (Holistic Vision 4/09), or the halo of saints – resemble the Egyptian sun disk.

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.

 

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About the Author’s Projects

 

Publications by Floco Tausin


 

Publications by Floco Tausin

You’ll find a complete list with all previous publications in German and English (monographs, anthologies, magazines) at Website.
These articles are also available in the member area.

Vitreous opacity vs. nervous system - Do eye floaters arise from the visual nervous system?
For centuries, scholars have found different explanation for eye floaters, the mobile, scattered and transparent spheres and strings in our visual field. Early on, the origin was thought to be in the eye and the phenomenon was considered a disorder or degeneration somewhere between pupil and retina. Today, eye floaters are believed to be an opacity of the vitreous. However, careful observation of floaters reveal regular structures that call the degeneration thesis into question. These structures strikingly resemble the morphological and functional structures of receptive fields of the visual nervous system. Thus the hypothesis of this article: so-called “idiopathic” (harmless) eye floaters are a visible expression of neuronal processes.

Published:
- Ovi Magazine, October 31, 2011. www.ovimagazine.com (4.11.11)
- New-Age-Spirituality, November 3, 2011. new-age-spirituality.com (4.11.11)

 

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Last but not Least


Reader’s comments on the Holistic Vision Project

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