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December 2009 (4/09)


 

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Dots and Strands in our Field of Vision: Vitreous Opacity or Light of Consciousness?

This is the latest issue of "Holistic Vision". I am Floco Tausin, author, consciousness researcher, and initiator of this spiritual project. The focus of "Holistic Vision" lies on entoptic phenomena, mainly on so-called eye floaters (in ophthalmology known as vitreous floaters or by the French term mouches volantes, see pictures).We see these as easily floating dots and strands in our field of vision. The close observation indicates that there is a correspondence between altered states of consciousness and specific appearances of floaters. Thus, the novel and provocative main thesis of this project is: eye floaters are the first appearances of a shining structure of consciousness within which we cover a distance to our spiritual origin. We can see and experience this way. As an object of concentration and meditation, these dots and strands are therefore a significant key to our consciousness development.

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News Content


1) Lead Story: “Awakening the Inner Sense”

2) Reader’s Hints, Experiences, and Pictures: e-mail from Mike
3) Nestor's Knowledge on Eye Floaters: the outer conditions of seeing
4) Quarterly Picture: “The Birth of Christ”
5) About the Author’s Projects: publications by Floco Tausin; review by Jerry Katz
6 ) Last but not Least: reader’s comments on the Holistic Vision Project

 

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Lead Story


Awakening the Inner Sense. Some Methods and Meditation Objects

What is the inner sense and how do we develop it? This article deals with open eye meditation that imply the concentration on both, material and subtle objects. As subtle objects, I present some entoptic phenomena and provide a short introduction on using them in our daily meditation.


Part 2/2: The subtle objects: subjective visual phenomena

After having explained the inner sense as connected to the visual sense (third eye), and presented squinting methods on material objects as meditation suited to develop that inner sense, we will now consider open eye meditation on subtle phenomena.
Subtle meditation objects can be feelings and thoughts. For developing the inner sense, however, those objects are particularly well suited which appear through the fusion of the inner sense and the visual sense. I’m referring to those subjective visual phenomena which are known in ophthalmology as “entoptic phenomena”. Entoptics are phenomena which are believed by the observer to be seen outside of him- or herself, though, physiologically explained, they are generated by the observer’s visual system. The following entoptic phenomena are suited as meditation objects for most people:

Afterimages: contrasting colored afterimages may be explained as the continuation of the effect of a visual stimulus when this stimulus has gone already. For example, blinking into the sun for a short time period will produce the colored afterimage of the sun in our visual field.
Meditation on afterimages includes producing these images by shortly glancing into a light source, e.g. a bulb or a candle flame. Against a dark background or with the eyes shut, we observe these colored luminous spots until they loose their intensity. Again, we generate another afterimage and observe it until it fades and so on. Observing the afterimage, we actively move it with our view and watch it change its form and intensity; we study its proper motion and the influence of our eye movements on its luminosity.

Phosphenes: Phosphenes are colored spots and blurs in the dark, often seen with eyes closed. They are said to be discharges of visual neurons. Meditation on phosphenes works similar like meditation on afterimages. However, it is more difficult because it has to be done without the stimulating effect of an external light source. We close the eyes and watch the colored spots taking shape in the dark. They tend to disappear from our awareness and therefore have to be made aware again and again by realigning our attention. An elaborated system of consciousness development focusing on afterimages and phosphenes was created by the French scientist and inventor, Dr. Francis Lefebure; the exercises of his “Phosphenism” combine visual concentration on afterimages with (neuro)physiological rhythmics.

Eye Floaters (mouches volantes): Eye floaters are scattered semi-transparent dots and strands appearing with bright light conditions in our visual fields and following the eyes’ motions. In ophthalmology, they are regarded as a normal opacity of the vitreous due to progressing age. Eye floaters meditation means that we bring these the objects into our field of vision and consciously look at them. We explore them, get to know their forms, constellations, and movements. We notice that the floaters constantly drift away, mainly down, and try to keep them in the field of vision. More advanced meditators of eye floaters will begin to see changes in movement, size and luminosity. The teaching of my mentor, seer Nestor, provides elaborated seeing and ecstasy techniques to work with eye floaters, as well as a spiritual interpretation of these dots and strands.

Blue field entoptic phenomenon: this formal term refers to “flying corpuscles” or “luminous spots”, tiny luminous spheres moving fast along in wound tracks. It is best seen in the blue sky (therefore: blue field entoptic phenomenon), but can become very strong in situations with extreme physical challenges like shocks or blackouts. From a medical point of view, it’s related to white blood cells flowing in the capillaries of the retina.
Unlike the other entoptics, the luminous spots can’t be fixed with the eyes directly but are seen in the peripheral field of vision. Observing luminous spots, therefore, improves our alertness in the whole visual field, rather than our ability to concentrate on particular objects.
Dr. Wilhelm Reich, the Austrian-American psychiatrist and founder of the orgon theory, explained the blue field entoptic phenomenon as a kind of orgon radiation. More spiritually oriented followers of Reich suggest to concentrate on these immaterial luminous spots, in order to silence the inner dialogue and find inner peace.

 

Some entoptic phenomena: a) flying corpuscles; b) eye floaters; c) form constants; d) afterimage.

Some entoptic phenomena: a) flying corpuscles; b) eye floaters; c) form constants; d) afterimage (source).

 

By consciously looking at entoptic phenomena like the above mentioned, we withdraw our five senses from the material sense objects and channel the energy usually needed to maintain their functioning to the inner sense. This way, we awaken the inner sense, which in turn will help us recognize and feel immediately and with great intensity the higher significance of these dots, spots and strands as well as their relation to ourselves. We then intuitively understand why such entoptics were watched by people of all times, often provided with religious meanings and used as concentration objects.

 


Source and Literature(both parts):

Literature

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  • Sinclair, S.H., M. Azar-Cavanaugh, K.A. Soper, R.F. Tuma, and H.N. Mayrovitz. "Investigation of the source of the blue field entoptic phenomenon." Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 4 (1989): 668-673.
  • Tausin, Floco: Mouches Volantes. Eye Floaters as Shining Structure of Consciousness, Bern: Leuchtstruktur Verlag 2009
  • Tausin, Floco: Kokons und Fasern – Leuchtkugeln und Leuchtfäden. Mouches volantes als Inspirationsquelle für Carlos Castaneda?, in : AHA Magazin 5/2006
  • Trick, Gary L.; Kronenberg, Alaina: Entoptic Imagery and Afterimages, in: Tasman, William; Jaeger, Edward A. (Ed.): Duane’s Ophthalmology, Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2007 [electronic edition]

 

Inner sense – inner eye

Third eye and pineal gland

Inner sense or open eye meditation

Two kinds of squinting: cross viewing and parallel viewing

Afterimages

Phosphenes

Eye Floaters

Blue field entoptic phenomenon


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Reader’s Hints, Experiences, and Pictures


E-mail from Mike

The following feedback was sent by reader Mike.


„There is a form of migraine that brings on floaters. Also, the blurred vision is not blood, it is a fluid that covers the back of the eye brought on by too much computer light and perhaps stress. You could use floaters as a conduit to explain spiritual experiences but in reality, spirit has no form, just feelings of the unexplainable...Enjoy!“

 

Dear Mike,
Migraine headaches may be preceded by subjective visual appearances, the so-called auras. Eye floaters may be one phenomenon of the migraine aura, though they are not typical. Migraine sufferers primarily report colored spots of light and geometric patterns, that is, phosphenes and form constants. I have written an article on the subject of migraine, entoptic phenomena and spirituality that will be the lead story of the next issue of “Holistic Vision”.
Unfortunately, I don’t know exactly what you mean with “blurred vision” and what fluid you are talking about. Anyway, it is very rare that blood is responsible for entoptic phenomena, e.g. in the case of a retinal break. I agree that stress, as a form of heightened yet uncontrolled energy metabolism, can bring about floaters or other entoptic phenomena.

 

Christian Georg Theodor Ruete, Illustration of scintillating scotoma (as seen during migraine headaches) from "Textbook of Ophthalmology", 1845.

Christian Georg Theodor Ruete, Illustration of scintillating scotoma (as seen during migraine headaches) from "Textbook of Ophthalmology", 1845

 

Spirit does not have form, you say, but rather is to be experienced by feelings only. To me, it makes perfect sense to experience spirit in your own feelings. According to my idealistic and monistic thinking, the same holds true for forms. For spirit is a force that creates forms and names to express itself. Everything we are aware of is spirit. The interesting question is whether there are experiences, perceptions, feelings or forms which are nearer to the “pure” spirit. Perhaps, we must live through the concrete appearances, be it feelings, thoughts or forms, to experience spirit more directly.


Floco

 

Thank You, Mike, for your report!Smile

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.

Email: floco.tausin@eye-floaters.infomail me

 

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Nestor's Knowledge on Eye Floaters


The outer conditions of seeing

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. The Shining Structure of Consciousness“. In this category, a particular statement from the book on floaters shall be presented and explained.

"
I Nestor then started to explain the nature of these dots and strands. According to him, the most important point was that we could learn to exert an influence on them.
»In the beginning, these dots and strands flow about in your field of vision ›kind of automatically‹, and it seems almost impossible to take a real look at them. If we want to direct our attention to them, we there¬fore have to develop a fine feeling in the eyes so that we can push them back and forth in our field of vision without losing them right away again. Just as in the case of seeing the picture and the afterimages, in the final analysis it’s all about holding them in suspension and realizing what they basically are.«
Nestor went on to explain that the specific light conditions play a significant role in this. It was more difficult, he pointed out, to see the dots when the sky was gray and dull. And at night I could only see them in the light of a candle or an electric light bulb. In contrast, they were visible very well outdoors in a snow-covered landscape because the snow reflected light so that everything became bright and clear. Finally he advised me to practice looking at them by daylight; an even blue sky was particularly suitable to take a closer look at them.

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From: Mouches Volantes – Eye Floaters. The Shining Structure of Consciousness, p. 176 et seq.

From: Mouches Volantes – Eye Floaters. The Shining Structure of Consciousness, p. 178 et seq. (source)

 

According to Nestor, eye floaters are a phenomenon whose subjective visual appearance depends on both outer material and inner spiritual conditions. The seer explains about the outer conditions: first, to inexperienced observers, floaters may seem to move uncontrollably and randomly, and thus they evade the observer’s view. It needs “a fine feeling in the eyes” to control them gradually and move them into the visual field through willpower. This feeling has to be developed by continuous seeing practice – it’s a realization about the interplay of ocular movement and the flow behavior of these spheres and strings. With the idea of “holding them in suspension”, Nestor already refers to a practice that goes beyond mechanical eye movements and contains different consciousness states of the observer (cp. later issues of this newsletter).

Nestor mentions the lighting conditions as a second outer condition for seeing. Floaters seem brighter and clearer if outer light falls into the eye in sufficient amounts. In fact, Nestor holds that the dots and strings of the consciousness structure can also be seen in the dark (as colored spots of light – from a scientific view, he possibly refers to so-called phosphenes). But, as mentioned, daylight is best for the seeing practice.

 

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Quarterly Picture


The Birth of Christ

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.

„And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. And an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased. And it came to pass, when the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger.“ (Lk 2,8-16)

 

The Birth of Christ. Icon from the Watoped Monastery on Mount Athos (Byzantium), 14th century.

The Birth of Christ. Icon from the Watoped Monastery on Mount Athos (Byzantium), 14th century.

 

In Orthodox Christianity, the well-known Christmas story was depicted in various ways in the images of saints, the icons. It is interesting that most of these icons represent God as a sphere from which light beams are emitted onto the creatures blessed by him. This seems to be a constantly recurring motive in Christian religious painting. Similar abstract representations of God and the emission of his light or blessing are also found in the Western Europe art history, cf. German newsletter 2/08 and 2/09. In the icon represented above, we also find abstract transcendent elements that resemble those seen by the seers in the shining structure of consciousness: the all-pervading divine light or “Glory of the Lord” gathers in the form of a sphere with two or more membranes. From this sphere, the light spreads in regular paths or strings and reaches those worthy of or similar to that light. In the picture, it is the newborn Christ-child and the angels in the heavenly realms.

So the Christmas story can be read with regard to seers who report a multi-membranic sphere and its connection string to the observer that light up in intense consciousness states and seem to be the destination of the way in the shining structure. The birth of Christ, therefore, is the realization of our connection to the highest divine, the calling to mind that this connection becomes more obvious to us the more we try to light up our consciousness.

 

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

- Review by Jerry Katz

 


 

 

Publications by Floco Tausin

Find a complete list with all previous publications (monographs, anthologies, journals) on Website.
These articles are also available in the member area.

 

Open Eye Meditation – The visual way to the development of the inner sense
What is the inner sense and how do we develop it? This article deals with an open eye meditation method which involves the concentration on both material and subtle objects. As an example of a subtle object, I present the meditation practice on eye floaters (muscae volitantes) according to the four steps of meditation in the Yoga sutras by the Indian philosopher Patanjali.

Published:
- The International Journal of Healing and Caring (IJHC), Vol. 9, No. 3 (September 2009), www.wholistichealingresearch.com (28.8.09)

 

Awakening the Inner Sense – Some Methods and Meditation Objects
Is there more to human sense activity than touching, seeing, hearing, smelling and tasting? There is, according to many cultures and religions where we find the notion of an inner sense. An article about this subtle inner sense, its development and some of its subtle objects, the so-called entoptic phenomena.

Published:
- Talent Development Resources – Information and inspiration to enhance creative expression and personal development, talentdevelop.com (24.8.09)

- Spirit of Ma'at - MA'AT MAGAZINES, www.spiritofmaat.com (1.10.09)
- The masculine Heart - Blogspot, masculineheart.blogspot.com (27.8.09)

 


 

Review of “Mouches Volantes” by Jerry Katz

“I was sorry to see this book, this wonderland, come to an end. … Read Mouches Volantes and enter a world of challenging, original spirituality and memorable, uncompromising characters.” ……. Full text

-- Written by Jerry Katz, Nonduality Blog, (http://nonduality.org), November 2009

 

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Last but not Least


Reader’s comments on the Holistic Vision Project

 

„A friend of mine recently sent me your article about floaters. Wow, have you ever given me clarity!!“

-- Tirrell

 

Thanks, Tirrell, and thanks to all of you, dear Holistic Vision readers. Have a deep spiritual x-mas and an insightful new year!

Love,
Floco

Imprint of the Eye Floaters News

I would like to remove the quarterly appearing newsletter "Holistic Vision"

 


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