Book Summary - "The Art of Seeing by Aldous Huxley"
Huxley passionately belived in the idea of therapy to restore sight as an altertive to glasses because it had worked for him. He had become almost blind through a childhood illness, but had regained much of his sight later in life through the Bates Method.
In this well written and easy to read book he explains
- The optical industry has a vested interest so it mocks it .
- but if we have a bad leg we aren't prepared to put up with them for the rest of our life why don't we do the same for our eyes.
- we have learnt bad seeing habits - like wearing sunglasses.
- He likes to use the "sunning technique" one eye at a time as it is easier
- Staring to see better is a self defeating technique- as to see clearly the centre of the eye the fovea must scan the whole area. we have made our eyesight worse by tyring to stare.
- use the swinging and flashing technique e.g set up dominoes at the other end of the room and practice viewing them.
- Calendar technique Find a calendar with this month in large print and adjacent months in small print. scan a numeral in the large print then try to resolve it in the small print... practice.
- Pen ExcerciseHold your pen horizontally in front of you at arms length then scan it whilst moving it towards your nose. At 3 inches away move it to the vertical and scan it a couple of times. Then focus on something in the distance if you brain is seeing properly you should now see two pens.