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March 2009 (1/09)
Dots and strands in our field of vision: Vitreous opacity
or light of consciousness?
is the first 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
1) Lead Story: What are
2) Reader’s Hints, Experiences, and Pictures: E-mail
3) Quarterly Picture: Hildegard of Bingen
4) Holistic Vision’s Projects: About
the author; English translation of „Mouches Volantes“ published!
5) Last but not Least: Reader’s
comments on the Holistic Vision Project
What are Eye Floaters?
Introduction to the “Holistic Vision” Project
In ophthalmology, “vitreous floaters” or “eye
floaters” is a collective term for vitreous opacities which are
traced back to different causes. Sometimes floaters are thought to be
a result of grave complications in the eye. Mostly, however, they are
regarded as a normal opacity of the vitreous due to progressing age. In
the followings, we shall consider only those harmless floaters which are
perceptible in the field of vision as mobile transparent scattered points
and threads visible at daylight. Eye floaters are classified as so-called
“entoptic phenomena”, subjective visual appearances not arising
from exterior sense stimuli but produced by our own visual system. Other
entoptic appearances are afterimages, phosphenes, flying corpuscles (blue
field entoptic phenomenon), form constants, and others. In this project,
the main focus lies on eye floaters; other entoptic appearances are mentioned
occasionally as well.
phenomena: a) flying corpuscles; b) eye floaters; c) form constants; d)
to determine the optic and neurophysiological causes of these entoptic
phenomena. This is legitimate, but it must not be forgotten that such
explanations represent an elitist viewpoint having arisen in the Western
societies within the last centuries. Most of the people living or having
lived on this planet do not think in the categories of Western materialistic
medicine. That’s why the ideas of these people about entoptic appearances
are often in sharp contrast to medical interpretations. “Holistic
Vision” is about introducing expressions of different cultures and
belief systems which are, or could be, inspired by the perception of entoptic
phenomena. We will see that eye floaters & Co. are meaningful to many
individuals, inspiring their daily and spiritual life. That way, we will
gain an open-mindedness in dealing with entoptic phenomena. And that makes
it easier to watch, examine, interpret, and fit them into our lives in
a way corresponding to us.
Our own subjective
observation in particular plays an important role if we want to understand
what eye floaters are. Subjective perceptions of floaters are of little
significance in today’s ophthalmology. In practice, the patients’
statements should, in the ideal case, support the doctor’s results.
In most cases, however, floaters are not detected – or only in insignificant
numbers and strength – by doctors while patients examined speak
of clear, impairing appearances, and many surgical operations addressing
these floaters are carried out purely at the request of the patient.
eye floaters dealt with here are an exclusively subjective phenomenon.
Thus, if we talk about floaters, we exchange perceptions and interpretations,
not facts. If we are conscious of this, we experience our own subjective
perception of floaters as something unique and special – it’s
a phenomenon that stands in direct relationship to us as individuals.
At the same time, this opens our minds for the way in which floaters are
experienced and interpreted by other individuals and cultures.
Eye floaters in the field of vision (source).
consciously take what we can see as starting point – knowing that
our perception is shaped not only by outer sense stimuli but also by our
consciousness, dispositions, motivations, as well as our cultural and
social environment. As for eye floaters, we should also expect that the
way we perceive them is determined at least partly by certain states of
our consciousness. For example, it is my experience that eye floaters
vary in movement, size, and intensity according to different states of
consciousness. The examination of the relation between floaters and individual
states of consciousness is, therefore, the central aspect of this project.
The question will be whether something can be said about our consciousness
or state of consciousness by the observation of floaters: do we find sensible
structures here or pure chaos? Can anything be learned about the intensity
(expansion/contraction) of consciousness? And if so, what would be the
meaning of floaters? Do they indicate “awareness”? Can we
even use floaters to develop our consciousness?
Questions like these were answered by my teacher Nestor in my book.
To us, however, these answers have but the value of hypotheses which must
be proven in our own experience – provided that we want to embark
on that path. It is the purpose of this letter and the Holistic Vision
Project to provide suggestions to examine floaters and other entoptic
phenomena and to even integrate them into our spiritual life.
Mouches Volantes. Eye Floaters as Shining Structure of Consciousness.
Bern: Leuchtstruktur Verlag 2009
L.; Kronenberg, Alaina: Entoptic Imagery and Afterimages, in: Tasman,
William; Jaeger, Edward A. (Hg.): Duane’s Ophthalmology, Philadelphia:
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2007
Reader’s Hints, Experiences,
E-mail from Dino
picture was made and explained by reader Dino.
My entire vision
looks kinda like METALFLAKE, or like its made of tiny little sparkling
This is a photoshop
picture, presenting what I see... I know those white sparks are prana,
I'm sure of that. But what is this dark cloudy thing? Looks like a flame
of some sort.. Or a smoke, but more like a burning smoke or something
like that. It kinda seems like if I focus enough on it seems to bring
out some sort of shapes.
Just recently I also
realized that my entire vision looks kinda like METALFLAKE, or like
its made of tiny little sparkling dots. Everything is just full of dots.
And then, once I decided to focus on a certain dot, VISIONS started
to appear! But they are very transparent, like the floaters!
The tiny luminous spots are all over your visual field and moving fast
in contorted channels, I guess? These are not called “floaters”
but “flying corpuscles” or “starlets”. They
are medically explained as white blood cells in the capillaries of the
eye. For many esotericists and conscousness workers like me, they are
visible and resemble pure energy (prana). The Austrian Dr. Wilhelm Reich
called them “Orgon”, and his followers recommend focusing
on them as a kind of meditation.
My suggestion is to focus on so-called “eye
floaters”, for this phenomenon is much easier to focus on. I think
the cloudy thing in your picture is a floater structure. Is it moving
alongside your view? It's blurred because it's too near, but if you
focus on it, the image should become sharper.
In my opinion, your floaters
are a representation of your consciousness. If you improve your awareness
by leading a corresponding life, your floaters will become more focused
and luminous. You can use your floaters as exercise for meditation
with open eyes. Just look and see - whatever you see is real.
for your report!
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.
Hildegard of Bingen
“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. In this issue:
Art with spiritual/religious entoptic phenomena by Hildegard of Bingen.
of Bingen: The true trinity in the true unity (around 1165, parchment,
Codex Scivias) (source).
It is significant
that visionary religious art frequently shows abstract forms. Some archaeologists
and anthropologists hold that these forms represent entoptic phenomena
which increasingly and distinctly appear in altered states of consciousness.
In the case of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), the German Benedictine
mystic, it is frequently held that the abstract forms of her visions have
been caused by migraine.
And while we already speak of speculations: the pictorial representations
of Hildegard's visions suggest that, in her ecstatic states, she has seen
the phenomenon of eye floaters clearly, and in part she superimposed it
with visions of Christ. This could be an explanation for this double membrane
circular figure which was, of course, complemented and interpreted in
the sense of Christian belief, namely as a triadic unity of Father, Son
and Holy Spirit. It is the second vision in the second book of the Codex
Scivias. The triune nature of the divinity appeared to Hildegard as a
“glaring bright light, and within it a saphire blue human shape
burning all through in the gentle red of sparkling flames”.
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.
- About the
- English translation
of „Mouches Volantes“ published!
Mouches Volantes - Eye Floaters as Shining Structure of
About the author
Floco, meditating ... (source).
My name is Floco
Tausin. I’m an author and a graduate of the Faculty of Humanities
at the University of Bern, Switzerland. For many years, I have devoted
myself to the exploration of consciousness and exceptional states of consciousness
through thinking, feeling, and my own experiencing. The acquaintance with
Nestor, a seer living in the Emmental region in Switzerland, led me to
a holistic study of so-called eye floaters or mouches volantes. Ever since,
I’m engaged, in theory and practice, in the research of visual phenomena
in connection with altered states of consciousness and the development
of consciousness. My experiences and time of learning with the seer Nestor
are subject of the spiritual novel “Mouches Volantes – Eye
Floaters as Shining Structure of Consciousness” which was published
English translation of “Mouches Volantes” published!
we go: The English translation of the German spiritual novel “Mouches
Volantes” (2004) was published as “Mouches Volantes. Eye Floaters
as Shining Structure of Consciousness” by Leuchtstruktur Verlag
in February of this year. Production and worldwide sales are carried out
Source. The title is already listed and available
at several resellers and online booksellers (see Lightning Source Distribution
Partners. However, you can order the book
also from Leuchtstruktur
With the English translation we respond to inquiries for information about
the topic of eye floaters/entoptic phenomena in relation to spirituality.
We hope that “Mouches Volantes – Eye Floaters” does
justice to the demands and expectations of our interested American, European,
and Asian readers, and we look forward to receiving feedback and engaging
in exciting discussions!
but not Least
comments on the Holistic Vision Project
you so much for your thoughts and your work in this area.
I am so appreciative of your willingness to share your gifts
with all of us.
Further Holistic Vision