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Article - 'Heightening Your Senses -- Part I' by Terin

An item about Miscellanious posted on Aug 9, 2003


Part one to my series about becoming more involved in the world around you and perceiving more than you typically would. This deals most particularly with vision and enhancing how much you see when you see.


When people look at the world, they see a cone of it. Speaking in terms of how we perceive it, we see a line that gradually expands outwards into a circle. The best way to understand this is to compare a flashlight to our eyes. When we look, we see a straight beam that slowly expands to see what is around us. However, you are not limited to this small cone of vision.

What if you could expand this cone to have a bigger radius, or in a sense, make how much you see expand? It's not impossible, we just ignore it primarily by nature. This article is aimed at teaching you how to expand your vision to see more than you normally do. Since my eyesight is 20/20 without glasses, this may only apply to people that see perfectly. The excersises I use will probably not work with glasses. They may, however, work with contact lenses. I'm not certain.

Anyway, to start off, you need to be somewhere that is cluttered with things. You need to have something to focus on other than what is already there. A room that is empty is particularly bad, because it doesn't contain anything you can focus on. A good idea is to get two objects that you normally can't see without focusing on each individually. You might also want to put some soothing music on to ease your nerves and be more open to this process.

Now for the actual part of it. What you will do in a sense is stare, but not stare. You will be taking a picture and thinking about it in your mind and expanding it to see what you need to do. For me, I'm going to use my monitor as a central object, my CD rack (to the left) and my shelves (to the right) as other objects to look at. I'm putting in a picture of these to help understand. (and now you see my work area)

I'll start off by looking directly at my monitor. Think of how your vision is. You're focusing on the monitor. However, there are things you see out of the 'corner of your eye.' These things can be examined in more detail than what you normally do -- and without moving your eye.

So, I'm looking at my monitor. That's the way a normal person looks. Now, I'm going to keep looking at the monitor and examine the picture that I see. There is in fact a black CD rack to my left that I can see out of the corner of my eye. My eyes are not focused on it. It should look blurry at first, but as you slowly continue looking at the central object (my monitor) and focus more on the side, your vision actually changes. The CD rack is becoming more clear, while the monitor is turning to how the CD rack just was. (kind of a blurry look) When you go as far as you can, both objects will be about equally blurred. So in a sense, you're blurring one object ot see the other better.

So two items should be blurred about equally. Wait though, there's another object to the right -- my white shelves. (with some crap piled up on them) Let's focus on that while focusing on the CD rack, while still staring at the monitor in the center. Again, your vision will fade and you will see a 'general' picture of everything. Details will fade just a little bit more, and all images will appear to be the same.

Keep practicing looking at things out of both corners of your eyes. Naturally, your eyes will be trained to look at more things than you would normally see. You will not see just this 'cone' but in fact, almost 180 degrees. You are stretching how much you can actively view.

Now, what use is this, you may ask. As a martial arts instructor, I find that a lot of my kids like to goof off sometimes, and they don't think I can see them. They're wrong. It is a fact, that I can see EXACTLY what they do (including stances, hand movements, and so forth) to see who is doing what. The good students will obviously shine and the others won't look quite as good. Another example is if I'm going to be wanting to get a CD from my CD rack. Well, which one, since I'm reading the message my friend sent me to in an IM? I'll use this to see the general color of feeling and guide my hand towards it. If you practice enough, you should be able to find a CD or something else by just having a larger view of everything.

Practice makes perfect. I imagine if you practice enough you may be able to see images better than when you were looking at them originally. I don't promise anything, but who knows? Think of this... Where does your eye start and end from right to left? Can you look and see the border? I cannot. I'm pretty sure you cannot either. This is the amount you can expand your vision.

And thus concludes Part I. Get ready for Part II, next Sunday.