Don’t Trust Your Instincts

What!?

I got “Don’t Trust Your Instincts,” from  #Marie Forleo and it tweaked my brain.”

We hear, “Trust our intuition. Trust your gut. Listen to your higher calling,” and then we hear, “Don’t trust your instincts?” How crazy is that?

But I see, she’s right. We aren’t wild animals in need of fight or flight, at least not most of the time–and stay out of dark alleys.

We’re afraid of ridicule, of rejection, of doing it wrong and thus being embarrassed. We won’t begin the work that will make our heart’s sing for we have a gatekeeper telling us that we don’t have what it takes. We’ll fail. We’ll lose our money. We’ll become bankrupt. We’ll be embarrassed.

Those are the sort of “Don’t trust your instincts,” I’m talking about. Those instincts are into survival mode. Look at it this way, we won’t die of embarrassment, and we won’t get ostracized and left in the Sahara without food or water, where lions will probably finish us off.  Your instincts are there to keep you alive, and they can be tenacious.

 “The more important your project is to your soul’s evolution, the more you will resent it.”—Steven Pressfield

Old resistance, fear, procrastination, at play here.

 “The need to feel safe, valuable and loved has focused our attention outward toward what is external.”—Gary Zukau

This external focus has caused us to study, to learn, to look to the stars, the plants, and animals and downward into the sea.  It has worked for so long we no longer think about it.

Now, according to Zukau, we need to use our lives, homes, and friendships for a greater goal—toward spiritual growth.

You have probably wondered as have I how we as a society can build gigantic machines that built other gigantic machines (watch road builders shipbuilders, bridge builders, dam builders, skyscraper builders at work), but we can’t solve poverty, crime, the need for people to alter their state with drugs, and eliminate brutality.

#Brene’ Brown says we cannot be without suffering until all of us are without suffering.

A bigger, smarter computer won’t fix us. Neither will a better car, refrigerator, etc. Might be fun though.

We know how to feed (sort of) ourselves and shelter ourselves (most of us), but we don’t know how to raise our consciousness to become more spiritually aware, to give up the need to be right in the face of opposing ideologies, and to allow people their own path.

We are so polarized that we can hardly have a discussion with someone who has opposite views than we do without becoming irate.

Do they still have debating in school, where each side must take the position of the other?

“If you plan for one year, plant rice.

If you plan for 10 years plant trees.

If you plan for 100 years—educate children.” –Confucius

Many people feel inadequate most of the time, feel embarrassed sometimes, and angry often. 80% hate their jobs.

What can we do about this?

What if we look at life as more of an adventurous experience, we will then have more excitement.

If we look at life as stress, our brain will pump out cortisol, and our cells will say, “Give me more of that.”

Once I had a little lady mow my lawn. She found me at the dump and wanted a job. She was bipolar but had moments of absolute clarity. Once she told me when I was multitasking to pretend I was washing the Baby Buddha. Which meant, if you are washing the baby Buddha, you would pay attention, and not be thinking of anything else. (Wise woman.)

I have put forth a dichotomy, Number one: Don’t trust your instincts for they are scaredy cats, and Two, trust your intuition for it will point you down the Sacred Path.

So, how do we tell the difference?

Ask your question:  “Should I marry Ralph?” Or whatever you are questioning.

Does your body fell expansive or contracted?

Expansive is excited, even if some fear is involved.

Contracted is a dread, it feels like pulling eye teeth.

Your body won’t lie. Talk over this situation with a friend who will give you their genuine take on your appearance. Did you light up considering the possibility of marrying Ralph? Or did you look dead?

That should give you an answer.

Many people ask, “What’s the meaning of life?” That indicates that they aren’t having much fun, or they would know the answer. It is to experience being alive. It is to be here at this moment and to raise the consciousness of the planet.

Yes, I know, the planet knows how to take care of itself. Like our bodies know how to heal,  unless it becomes so inundated with toxins that it must have help, like medicines, surgery, diet, supplements, etc. And we don’t want our home, our planet, to become so toxic it can’t heal itself.

We ought to be like a  physician, taking the Hippocratic Oath, “First Do No Harm.”

What would your life look like if you thought it was easy?

Hello Beautiful, Check Your Eyeballs II

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I did it.

You’ve probably done it too. In school probably.

Last night with an ink dot on the edge of a napkin I performed an experiment and found the blind spot in my right eye.

I may have other blind spots, but we won’t talk about those. We’re talking about the blind spot everyone has. It is on the retina–that area at the back of the eyeball where cells (rods and cones) collect our images.

That space on the retina is blind for it is where the optic nerve exits the eyeball, and thus there are no receptor cells there.

I laid the napkin with its dot beside my focus point on the table. Still staring at my table spot, I slowly slid the napkin to my right. Suddenly Whamo! The dot disappeared.

Cool. Try it.

Why am I telling you this? Well, it demonstrates the eye-brain connection, for the brain fills in that blind spot, so, unless we test for it, we don’t know it’s there.

Thanks to all you folks who asked that I write more on the subject of vision.  My last post was on February 28, 2019, titled, “Check Your Eyeballs.” 

In response to this asking for more information, I thought, “No,” I don’t have more to say, except on rethink I do.

First, to reemphasize what I said last time: DON’T LOOK AT THE SUN.

Golly, some folks criticized old Doc. Bates, they say he told people to look at the sun. He did not. His way of sunning the eye was to protect the pupil and have the sunlight shine through the white of the eye. (Cover one eye, look down, hold your eyelid up, let the sun come through the white area) this procedure will encourage a chemical, visual purple, to respond more quickly to changes in light level—like walking from bright light into a dark movie theater.

I hate it when people run off at the mouth in criticisms when someone threatens the established thinking. This has happened over and over with new medical procedures. Heavens, my mother was criticized when she asked the doctor about natural childbirth. “You can just squat beside the road like an Indian,” he said. Not only did he insult my mother, he insulted those lovely Native American women who managed to have their babies without medical intervention, he also insulted his profession.

#Julia Galvin said that perhaps Dr. Bates Method of Vision enhancement is lost, and it will wait until it is rediscovered. Apparently, Bates was a bit pig-headed. That can antagonize people, but it also shows that pioneers in their field get fed up with the resistance they encounter, and probably become “Pig-headed.”

Beliefs are so firmly attached, that even when we want to accept a new idea, we must fight against our own negative bias. You don’t have to do the new thing, just consider it as a possibility. Praise the pioneers.

Some say that near vision and far vision are dependent upon the shape of the eyeball. If the eyeball is so rounded that the image falls behind the retina, the person’s vision can be blurry or unclear, and they are considered far-sighted. Near-sighted people have an elongated eyeball, and the image falls in front of the retina. They see close images clearly, but not far. (It’s easy to get confused with the near and far-sighted.)

This I know for sure: Glasses change the focal point.   If you’ve ever played with a magnifying glass, you know how you can focus an image. That’s the way glasses work. (Praise to the person who came up with that idea–place a magnifying glass in front of the eye and focus the image on the perfect spot.)

The proponents of eye muscle exercises think that by exercising the muscles that surround the eye, it will pull the eyeball into its ideal shape. That way the light falls exactly on the fovea, that spot on the retina that contains the most cones that detect bright light and color. This is the area of the best “visual acuity.

Many will give you instructions on how to find the tiny microfiber muscles at the top and bottom of the eye. I found such a person on the Internet, but for the life of me, I can’t find her again. This person said to lightly press each muscle 100 times a day. It is like lifting weights for the arms. She claims you can get rid of your glasses with this exercise, but says she’s lazy and resorts to 100 dp. reading glasses when she needs them.

Even a little change in the shape of the eyeball has an enormous change in vision.

It appears that it is the resistance to do the exercises and that is the downfall of these methods. I suppose having a trainer such as I had encouraged my results. Now, being a slacker, I need reading glasses.

All these exercises and concepts, that’s it, they are concepts, that if taken seriously and done correctly have been known to improve vision. Bates did not emphasize exercising the muscles, his was more of an approach to seeing, a relaxing into, an allowing.

I think one criticism of Bates was that he put little stock on the lens of the eye, which we know adjusts and accommodates allowing the focus to change near to far. The lenses tend to get rigid with the passing of time, which is one reason people need glasses later on in life.

I liked #Greg Marsh’s description of palming. He described it as Yoga for the eyes. We have enough stress in our lives, and a moment of calm and relaxation feels really good.

This is easy and relaxing:

Do not cup your hands, but place the center of your palm over each eye. Overlap your fingers and bend from the hips over a table so to rest your elbows on it. You can palm while standing, but your arms will get tired, and that rather negates the process. Allow your eyes to be gently loved.

Long ago when I was into horses and wondering why a horse needed to be trained on both sides, and when imprinting a newborn foal (massaging him) you need to touch both sides, I began researching the brain. There is such a strong brain-eye connection that one can’t study the brain without also including the eye. With imprinting, if, let’s say, one ear was left untouched, later on touching that previously untouched ear, the horse would act like he had a wild ear on an otherwise tame body. (It has to do with the corpus callosum, the bridge between the two hemispheres of the brain.)

Human eyes and horses eyes are different, but the brain connection is there. And studying the horse brought home the eye-brain connection with a bang.

One thing I want to get on my soapbox and scream is that while a horse has an almost 360-degree vision, he does not see well or at all for about four feet in front of him. So when approaching a jump he must calculate the distance and determine when to jump.

And here is my complaint, well, two, one is putting a horse in a box. This leaves him with practically no vision. If you can’t see for four feet in front of you, and there is a wall beyond that, where does that leave you? No wonder horses often go cuckoo when confined. (A horse is highly conditionable, that’s the reason we can get them to do all the many things they have done.)

And this I am adamant against–Moats behind a horse jump. “Ok,” says the horse, “I see the jump. I see how tall the hedge is. Cool, I can clear it. What! There is a pond beyond it?! Holy Moly. I didn’t see that until I was in the air.”

What are they thinking!

Are they trying to kill the horse and rider?

Oh yes, I’m writing about human vision, I do digress. I’m back.

Three rules from #Julia Galvin:

  1. Wear glasses only when you need to, like to read and to drive… otherwise, allow your eyes to scan and be fluid and mobile.

Large black frames tend to further force the eye to look through a tunnel. I thought I wanted to make a fashion statement and almost got big dark frames but didn’t.

  1. Keep noticing movement around you allowing a collection of senses to come into play.
  2. Allow yourself to imagine. Natural vision functions from memory and imagination not only is it a physical process. Apparently, children use this to remember and to identify. It’s natural, we don’t even know they are doing it.

It’s fascinating that we use the phrase “I see,” meaning to understand.  And that so much emotion can be expressed through the eyes–like crying.

“Sensing is not the same as perceiving,” Aldous Huxley wrote. “ The eyes and the nervous system do the sensing. The mind does the perceiving, and much of preserving is related to the individual’s accumulated experiences, in other words to memory.”

To illustrate this, think of a microscopist. He will see certain things on a microscope slide a novice will not.

A city dweller walking through the woods will be blind to what a naturalist will see.

As kids, we often saw shapes animals or such in clouds or tree branches, and we would tell our friend what we saw. My friend saw a lion, and the moment he pointed it out I could see it too.

My husband was the co-creator of a perimeter, a diagnostic instrument to detect glaucoma. The patient would sit with their head in a half dome where tiny lights would appear at random. The patient would press a button to indicate when he saw a light. This instrument would map peripheral vision and in addition, it could also detect brain tumors. If a tumor was present, a portion of the visual field would be blank.

Another instrument that lost funding was a machine that would detect early diabetes. It had to do with light refraction, rather like seeing your shirt glow in black light.

When people say that the eyes are windows of the soul, one can imagine what they are talking about, for there is the brain reaching out to the world via the eyes, taking in the glories of it, and in return sharing its secrets. 

Inhale, 1-2-3-4-5 hold it, 1-2-3-4-5-6, exhale, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7

You just meditated.

Don’t you feel better?