Monday, May 15, 2017

Overcoming Eyestrain

Eyestrain is one of the underlying causes of many vision disorders. The opposite of eyestrain is eye relaxation, which essentially comes from the mind.

Develop your mental awareness to change your bad vision habits that cause eyestrain.

Shifting: Train your mind to edge or trace the outline of any visual object with your eyes. Form this good vision habit to avoid “staring” or “eye fixation.”

Eye balancing: Wear an eye-patch (obtainable at a pharmacy or local drug store) over your stronger eye in order to strengthen your weaker eye.

Periphery: Use a two-eyed patch to cover your eyes to enhance your peripheral vision. Make a two-eyed patch out of a strip of stiff cardboard (3” x 1”), with a small part cut off in the middle to accommodate your nose.

Sunglasses: Avoid wearing sunglasses to avoid “squinting.”
Mind Relaxation
The eye conditions are constantly changing such that they can be adversely affected by any emotional or mental stress, resulting in eyestrain that can cause vision blur. By the same token, you can significantly improve your vision if you relax your eyes completely through relaxation.

Using a Relaxed Mind to Relax the Body, and hence the Eye

It is almost impossible to relax just your eyes, while the rest of your body remains tense and stressed. Total relaxation begins with the mind first, and then the rest of the body, including the eyes. Use your mind to relax your body, and then your eyes -- the best way to achieve mental relaxation.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, May 8, 2017

Vision Diaorders

Common vision disorders include: cataract, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.

Eye disorders, like any disease, often start at the cellular level in which oxidation occurs. Cells make up your organs. When cells die, your organs fail and heath deteriorates, and you age and die. The cell of an organ can be destroyed during the process of oxidation in which unpaired electrons, known as free radicals, are produced. Free radicals occur naturally as byproducts of oxidation, such as during respiration and other chemical processes; for example, during breathing, while life-giving oxygen is produced, harmful carbon dioxide is also released.

Likewise, eye disorders are related to free radicals and oxidation. According to research studies, oxidation is involved in the development of most eye disorders, including cataracts, retinal disease, and glaucoma.  

According to Western medicine, there is no cure, and no reversal of the conditions connected with the symptoms. However, we must also look at the underlying causes of glaucoma, and look at the disorder with a different perspective and with a holistic approach to the treatment.

Below is taken from: Health and Wisdom Tips:

“Glaucoma is an eye condition due to increased eye pressure that may lead to blindness. In conventional medicine, most eye doctors would recommend surgeries and / or eye drops to relieve high ocular pressure in the eye.

However, there is one problem: surgeries and eye drops would also create a chronic condition, ironically enough, leading to ultimate blindness. The use of eye drops may have adverse long-term effects, one of which is the falling off of pieces of iris, causing blockage, and thereby instrumental in increasing eye pressure over the long haul, instead of reducing the eye pressure.

Dr. Leslie Salov, M.D., O.D. Ph.D., in his book Secrets for Better Vision, states that most glaucoma patients are highly intelligent professionals who lead very stressful, busy lives. This finding led Dr. Salov to believe that to improve vision or eye health, you need to improve the health of your entire person simultaneously because your body is a set of interlocking systems that affect one another. Given that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, your eyes are only a small part of your whole person. Accordingly, to heal the eyes, you must heal the body first. It is just that simple!

To have healthy vision, even as you age, you must employ not only the sciences of physiology, biology, and chemistry, but also the healing powers of philosophy and even spirituality. This is no exception when it comes to treating glaucoma. In other words, to treat glaucoma, you need to examine not just your eyes, but also every aspect of your life, including your emotional and spiritual health. Get a holistic approach to healing glaucoma.

The methods of glaucoma treatment recommended by Dr. Salov also include the following:
Visualization is the use of guided imagery to direct blood, oxygen, and leukocytes (immunity cells) to the eye through a mental image of a healthy eye. Essentially, your conscious mind controls the involuntary processes that occur automatically inside your body. Specifically, visualization relaxes the muscles in the walls of your canal of Schlemm (circular channel in the eye that collects watery substance between the lens and the cornea). By relaxing these muscles, extra fluid can be excreted to relieve the glaucoma pressure. Without using eye drops with chemicals, visualization can naturally relax eye muscles so that your pupils become small enough to open up the canal of Schlemm to excrete the fluid for eye pressure relief.

However, it must be pointed out that visualization works only when you use it with dedication and consistency. In other words, you have to practice visualization daily and diligently.

Meditation is the art of thinking of nothing to remove everyday stresses and worries. When you are under stress, you body produces chemical changes within your body, which decrease blood flow and oxygen level to your eye. Practice meditation to de-stress yourself.  (Also read my article: Seeing with the Eyes of a Fish.)

The bottom line: eye pressure can be relieved by eye relaxation; it is important to relax your eye muscles, just like you would relax the muscles of different parts of your body.
Remember, vision has to do with the mind too, and not just the eyes. Without mind relaxation, the eyes are stressed and unrelaxed, and thus raising the eye pressure, which is the underlying cause of glaucoma. Does it make sense?

Stephen Lau
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Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Book of Human Wisdom



TAO wisdom is the profound human wisdom from ancient China more than 2,600 years ago. It is expressed in TAO TE CHING, one of the most translated works in world literature.

There are many translations and interpretations of Lao Tzu’s ancient classic “Tao Te Ching.”  Given that the Chinese language is often capable of multiple meanings, following the exact Chinese translation may make the flow of the language uneven and even difficult to understand. 

The book contains not only the complete 81 chapters of Lao Tzu’s immortal classic but also the author’s own interpretations of the essentials of TAO  wisdom (which is the wisdom of Lao Tzu) for easier intuition and assimilation.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Internal Life Energy for Vision Health

Getting old is no fun: your vision declines, among other things! But it doesn’t have to be like that.
Your vision health is holistic health: that is, it is related to your overall health, in particular, your kidneys and your spine. According to Chinese medicine, the kidneys are considered the longevity organs of the body. An erect spine contributes to better breathing, and, more importantly, the free flow of “qi” which is internal life energy flowing through the meridians of your body. This internal life energy carries oxygen and nutrients to your eyes, as well as your other body organs. If you want to be vibrant with good vision, focus on your kidneys and your lower back.
As you continue to age, you may not want to do too many rigorous exercises. The following basic “qi gong” exercise helps both your kidneys and your lower back, and therefore is beneficial to your vision health:

(1) As you get up in the morning, stand with your feet close together.
(2) Relax your head and shoulders by gently rotating your head upward, downward, right and left in a circular motion, while opening your eyes. Do not “fix” your eyes on anything; just let them “notice” the surrounding.
(3) Stretch your hands upward as far as you can go, and then forward. You will feel the stretch in your lower back.
(4) Now, bend forward until your hands touch the floor, or as far as you can go. Continue to look upward to keep your back straight. Remain in this position for as long as possible.
(5) Then, slowly uncurl your body.
(6) Repeat the above.

This exercise is easy to perform, and it benefits the whole body, especially the eye. Perform this exercise as you get up in the morning, and before you go to bed.
 For more information, go to my web page: Vision Health.
Kidney Diet Secrets: Learn the secrets of research-based kidney-focused diet to cure yourself of kidney problems. Forget about expensive drugs, costly doctor consultation, and even unnecessary surgeries.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Bad Vision Habits

Healthy vision is also a matter of the mind, and not just the eye.
Vision self-healing, like any other healing, begins with the mind first, and not the body or the eye for that matter.
The intention to heal comes from within, specifically, the mind. With intention, comes concentration and then focus to empower yourself with the knowledge to heal your eyes of any vision problem you may have. The manifestation of the mind is reflected throughout the healing process, irrespective of the eye or any other body organ.
Healing begins with the mind, and mind healing is always mind over matter.

Changing for the Better

The mind can either heal or harm. Your mind can help you improve your vision because vision healing is all in the mind, but it can also increase your subconscious internal resistance to following new patterns requisite for self-healing.
All vision begins with thoughts. Seeing is a matter of the mind. To see better, you need to change not only the way you “think” about seeing but also the way you “go about” seeing. It is all in the mind—your thinking mind!
Changing your vision habits—most of which may be incorrect or even damaging to your vision health—is not an easy task. Once these visual patterns are deeply ingrained in your mind, they have become your long-term memories, and to change them or to eradicate them becomes a new challenge. But you can and you must overcome that challenge through your mind power.
Harness your mind power to do two things for you:
To restore your memories of clear, sharp visual images
To visualize familiar images of clear vision, such as imagining total darkness in order to totally relax your optic nerve (total relaxation occurring only in total darkness) connected to your brain.
Memory and imagination are powerful tools for you to improve your vision, because your mind has a deep connection with your eyes. Effectively using your mind can successfully stimulate clearer and better vision. It is always mind over matter.

Changing vision habits

How do you change your bad vision habits? There is a saying: “It is difficult to teach an old dog new tricks.” The conscious mind is often reluctant and resistant to any change. Believe it or not, most of us are stubborn creatures—more like an old dog—who do not want to get out of own comfort zones. The only way to overcome this obstacle is through changing the subconscious mind.
Basically, your mind is made up of your conscious mind and your subconscious mind. Your conscious mind makes decisions and you act accordingly, but it is your subconscious mind that directs your conscious mind. That is to say, in your conscious mind, you are fully aware of your actions and their respective consequences; in your subconscious mind, where you store your emotions and memories, you only respond spontaneously to repetitions of words and images in the form of affirmations and visualization. In other words, if you keep on repeating positive self-suggestions or visualizing positive images in your mind’s eye, you can effectively change the thoughts in your conscious mind through your subconscious mind.
To learn more about how to change some of your bad vision habits, read my book: Vision Self-Healing Self-Help.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Letting Go for Better Vision Health

Life is forever changing, whether we like it or not. We must learn to accept the fact that we are sometimes powerless to stop any unwelcome change in our lives. But many of us would still strive to control our lives by avoiding and preventing those changes from happening. This is how we have created the stress in our daily living.

Stress affects our vision health because if our minds are stressed, our bodies become unrelaxed, and our eyes are parts of our body organs too.

Stress comes from our attachments to many things in this material world that confront us in our everyday life, and many of these are not only unavoidable but also insoluble. To overcome these daily challenges, many of us just turn to our attachment as a means of distracting ourselves from facing our problems head on. All of our struggles in life, from anxiety to frustrations, from anger to sadness, from grief to worry—they all stem from the same thing: our attachment to how we want things to be, rather than relaxing into accepting and embracing whatever that might happen after we have put forth our best effort.

Attachment is the source of human miseries. Worse, attachment may come in many different forms that we are unaware of.

Career attachments

Your career may span over decades, involving many ups and downs, such as promotion and unemployment, changes of career and pursuits of higher qualifications, among others. They may have become your problematic attachments.

Money and wealth attachments

Nowadays, to many people, enjoyment of life requires money—and lots of it—and you may be one of them. Attachment to money and the riches of the material world is often a result of an inflated ego-self. You may want to keep up with the Joneses—driving a more expensive car than your neighbors and friends.

Relationship attachments

Living has to do with people, involving agreements and disagreements, often resulting in mixed emotional feelings of joy and sorrow, contentment and regret, among others, and they become attachments to the ego-self as memories that you may refuse to let go of—forgetting and forgiving, for example, are hurdles often difficult to overcome.

Adversity and prosperity attachments

In the course of human life, loss and bereavement are as inevitable as death. Loss can be physical, material, and even spiritual, such as loss of hope and purpose. You may want to attach to the good old days, and refuse to let go of the current adversity. Adversity and prosperity attachments stem from the ego-self.

But human attachment is no more than a safety blanket to overcome fear—fear of change and of the unknown from that change. To cope with that fear, all attachments become distractions. According to Simone Weil, “Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.” Simone Weil


Read my book: The Wisdom of Letting Go. Find out how and why human attachments are obstacles to living a life of balance and happiness. Get the wisdom to let go of your emotional and material attachments in order to live as if everything is a miracle.

Stephen Lau 

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Using the Mind to Change Bad Vision Habits

Poor vision is often caused by poor vision habits, such as eye fixation and eye strain.

But how do you change your bad vision habits?

There is a saying: “It is difficult to teach an old dog new tricks.” The conscious mind is often reluctant and resistant to any change. Believe it or not, most of us are stubborn creatures—more like an old dog—who do not want to get out of own comfort zones. The only way to overcome this obstacle is through changing the subconscious mind.

To initiate any meaningful change, you must rely on your mind, specifically, your subconscious mind. Give your mind the tools it needs to change for the better.

Your thoughts pre-determine how your eyes function. Use positive affirmations and creative images to change your thinking in order to change how your eyes should function.

Affirmations and visualization

Affirmations and visualization are powerful mind-power tools to change your subconscious mind in order to change your conscious mind. They are effective in changing bad vision habits that inhibit vision self-healing. Remember, these bad vision habits may have become long-term memories in your subconscious mind. You must eradicate them!

For affirmations or self-suggestions to be effective, they must meet the following criteria:

They must be simple and easy to remember (Always use the present tense!).

They must be practical, realistic, and achievable. (Do not visualize yourself as a billionaire!)

They must be what you strongly believe in, not just what you wish for. (Always know the difference between what you need and what you want!)

They must be repeatedly constantly and consistently in order to have an impact on your subconscious mind. (Always be consistent and persistent!)

You can repeat to yourself daily the following positive affirmations or self-suggestions (of course, you can always make up your own self-suggestions):

I am willing to accept any change in order to heal my eyes.

I am learning how to correct my bad vision habits in order to see better.

I am working diligently to achieve my goal in vision self-healing.

I am committed to improving my vision.

I believe one day I do not have to wear glasses.

I possess the mind power to overcome any challenge in my pursuit of vision self-healing.

Creating your visualization

Visualization is the use of positive images to create the “reality” in your subconscious mind such that “seeing” the positive result of your efforts reinforces your determination and perseverance to reach your goal of vision self-healing.

Visualization plays a pivotal part in your vision improvement: you visualize what your eyes can see through your efforts, as well as how your eyes can improve through regular practice.

Vision research has attested to the close connection between the mind (visualization) and vision (focusing). If you visualize seeing a distant object, the focusing mechanism of your eye can physically respond to your imagination; that is, your eye can actually change its focus through visualization.

In visualization, you close your eyes in your imagination, you relax them in your imagination, and then you re-open them in your imagination. It is all in your imagination.

Stephen Lau
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