Tuesday, July 25, 2017

To Avoid More Plastic - -



Avoid the Medical Profession



For some, this month has been “Plastic Free July”. A local government effort in Australia has the aim “to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it” (emphasis is mine). A bit of a narrow scope, but better to start somewhere than not start at all.

What is plastic? The Australian Council refers to plastic bottles, bags and take-away containers. We all know what they are. But plastic is a material of wide ranging applications today. It consists of synthetic and semi-synthetic compounds that can be molded into sold objects and mixed with other substances..

Just as its versatility is big, so is the problem. Sure, even I, a holistic-nature minded person, like to use plastic bags sometimes to keep food fresh, but the situation with plastic on this planet is so pervasive that it truly is scary.

In a very real sense, we are becoming plastic and I don’t mean as in changeable, e.g., rhinoplasty. I mean our biological organic cells in the form of organs and other body parts are being replaced with plastic, possibly even in ways we are not aware of. But we are aware of dentists putting plastic fillings in our teeth; of plastic eyeglasses, contact lenses and IOLs (Interlocutory Lenses); of plastic hearing aids;  prosthetic limbs, stents, heart replacements, and joint replacements; and medications (“coatings and pharmaceutical nano-carriers for drugs”).

The medical profession possibly uses more plastic than most, and if you are a patient, you are contributing to this usage. Much of it is disposable, and disposed of on a massive scale.

The photo to the left shows the clinical waste for less than a week at a care home with about 20 residents.

Some daily disposed of articles are: pill cups, syringes, and bottle caps, gloves, aprons, and garbage bags; catheters, and pad covers (for incontinence); pouches for liquids such as blood, saline; and glucose drips, and liquid food; glues; name badges, wrist bands and toe tags; braces and bandages. 
                  
Some items that are not disposed of daily but are accumulating quickly are: bed mattresses and covers; plastic sheets, and pillow covers; toilet seat covers of varying sizes, and shower chairs; furniture; x-ray machines, MRI machines and other medical machines; computers, keyboards and mice; TVs, remote controls and phones; notebooks, page covers, lamination and pens; pipes in the buildings wire coverings, light covers and paint; brooms, mop handles, buckets, sponges, bottles of cleaning and disinfectant liquids; food trays, cutlery, plates and cups; and water containers, big and small.                  

Perhaps this way of cutting down on the use of plastic has not been considered by many. But it is a direct contribution if you consciously take steps to keep healthy and avoid the medical profession.

If at all possible, avoid more plastic by avoiding: dentists, optometrists, and clinic appointments, and in particular avoid having a medical emergency! Sláinte (good health to you)!

     
References

Applications of synthetic polymers in clinical medicine by M.F. Maitz, Biosurface and Biotriology, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405451815000434


Diapers Delivery Day, by Jennifer Wilson, Castle Health Care blog, http://castlehealthcare.blogspot.com/2013/07/diapers-delivery-day.html


Plastic Free July, Western Metropolitan Regional Council in Mossman Park, Western Australia, http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/contact.html

Plastics in Medicine, Precision Engineered Products, Connecticut Plastics, http://www.pepctplastics.com/resources/connecticut-plastics-learning-center/plastics-in-medicine/

The Convention on Biological Diversity, by Jennifer Wilson B’org Food Chain blog, https://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-convention-on-biological-diversity.html

The Many Uses of Plastic Materials in Medicine, http://www.craftechind.com/the-many-uses-of-plastic-materials-in-medicine/



Monday, July 24, 2017

I Believe I Can See It Now



Be Your Own Judge



This is the second time I am posting this article. I couldn't get the photo from the Optometry Salary, Job Description and Work Environment article to show up on my blog (although it did show up in the email transmission). Maybe there is an automatic block in place for uploading such photos to blogs such as mine that do not support the optometry business. It was a good laugh though to have this happen in this article entitled I Believe I Can See It Now, when I couldn't see the photo!

Anyway, since I made quite a few changes to this article now, I am re-publishing it. Many thanks to my subscribers for their understanding for the double email transmission.

This is a short follow-up article to a previous post I wrote called Seeing is Believing that I wrote six months ago on this blog. In that article, I set out a plan for improving my eyesight before going to an optometrist to have my eyes tested for evidence of the results of my efforts. Well, things don't always go according to plan. This is a good example that shows how it is important to make plans but also that it is important to be flexible and open-minded. In fact, we really never know where we will end up in the long run. One thing leads to another. It’s the process that counts though, not the result. And part of the process is to be your own judge.

I believe I can see it now. I have to be my own judge. I cannot go to an optometrist because over the last six months I have developed a complete aversion to being a part of the medical system in any way shape or form if I have any choice in the matter. Optometrists, of course, are part of the medical system (as the symbol in the picture below indicates). Eye exams are geared towards prescribing eyeglasses (or even finding a problem such as cataracts which I wrote about recently, see reference below). I cannot subject myself to this because I can see how many ways these tests can be manipulated against me.


When I think of an optometrist, often wearing glasses themselves and the typical medical white coat, with the gadgets that they use and their purpose for the exam, it reminds me to stand strong for my beliefs without getting them involved. I remind myself that optometrists are in business to make money and they mostly do this by getting us to wear glasses and to keep wearing them. This involves a conflict of interest if one does not wish to wear glasses, a conflict which is easily avoided.

I'm aware of how my eyes have developed. There is still lots of room for improvement with my right eye, but my left eye is nearly perfect. Maybe my right eye will never improve much, but at least I can see well enough with both eyes without artificial assistance to do everything I want. I can even read small numbers on library cards now! I believe I can see well enough now.

I am enjoying the work that I do with my eyes to improve my eyesight. Sometimes I do more and sometimes I do less.

I offer my apologies to any reader who would have preferred that I get some numbers as proof that my efforts to improve my eyesight are worthwhile. Let me suffice it to say that I love not wearing glasses or any other corrective measure for my eyesight. And, I enjoy being my own judge on how to go about improving my eyesight. Happy two-year anniversary of not wearing eyeglasses to me!  No headaches, improved eyesight in my view, what else can I say. Simply that I am grateful for the ability to extend this goal of improving my eyesight. It's an important ongoing, ever-renewing goal for me.


References



Optometry Salary, Job Description and Work Environment, https://www.google.com/search?q=optometrist+images&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwjN7v3StJjVAhWEaz4KHaTSD3sQsAQIIw&biw=1024&bih=480#imgrc=JJrXBWEJZY_2GM


Optometry, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optometry, Thanks for use of picture.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Harness the Power - a Poem


Harness the Power




Harness the Power
Of the wind in your breath,
Of the earth in your stance,
Of the water in the flow of your life,
And of the sun in your disposition.

Then you will have all
The power you will ever need
To gain and maintain
The Golden 3-H's
Health, Happiness and Harmony.

To harness the power:
Listen to your breath,
Feel your stance,
Go with the flow and
Have a sunny disposition.

This power is a holistic energy
For you to take care of yourself
The environment that you live in
And your friends and family.
More power to you!


By Jennifer Wilson, Life Coach

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cataracts


Clear Your Vision Naturally



As most of you will know, it is usual to be born with lenses in our eyes. Just like lenses in eyeglasses, the lenses in our eyes help to refract the light entering the eyes to assist with vision. The lens changes shape to adjust the refraction, like the lens on a photographic camera. It has an elastic, flexible form that adjusts in size to accommodate for near and far vision. Some of this elasticity is lost as one ages, but it is controversial whether this affects eyesight or not. Several older people with myopia (shortsightedness) have told me lately that their eyesight has been improving with age (without any effort on their part). Unfortunately, this may be a symptom of cataracts, the topic of this article.

In an effort to understand the medical condition of cataracts better, I have put together some findings here.  Through understanding comes power to improve and correct malfunctions.


Medical Term

I think it is important to point out that cataracts is a medical name for lenses that have a particular malfunction. Cataracts are not growths that can be removed from the lens. Not everyone develops cataracts, even as they age.

Cataract is a medical condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision. Some refer to this as a clouding of the lens and it can lead to blindness. It is a widespread problem in the world and growing (despite all our medical knowledge and treatments), especially for people over the age of 40. There are three different types of cataracts as follows:

When someone develops better near vision in later life, it may be a possible symptom of nuclear cataracts. The deterioration starts and stems from deep within the center of the lens.  This is referred to as “second-sight” until the cataracts enlarge and interfere with sight.

Another type of cataract occurs at the back of the lens and has been associated with people who have diabetes or take high doses of steroid medications. It is fittingly called subcapsular cataracts.

When there are white, wedge-like opacities in the periphery of the lens, also known as the cortex, this is referred to as cortical cataracts. These cataracts develop in a spoke-like fashion to the center.


Lens in the Eye

A healthy lens is transparent. It lets in light. The lens lies behind the iris and the pupil and directs light onto the retina. The shape of the lens is described as ellipsoid and biconvex. However, it is constantly changing. It also continues to change and grow throughout one’s lifetime.



Protein is an important substance in the lens. Approximately 90% of this protein is water soluble yet structural and it is called crystallins. The transparency of this substance increases the refractive index. Crystallins are thought to have metabolic and regulatory functions as well and appear in other parts of the body. These proteins have been characterized as calcium binding proteins (see Caffeine Allergy article referenced below and in particular the link for Lawrence Wilson in that article for information on calcium function).


Protein Structure of the Lens

Cataracts develop to a great extent due to a malfunctioning of the proteins in the lens which when healthy, provide a protective function. It is said that this protein “builds up” and causes the lens to become opaque. Normally this protein obtains a three dimensional structure from a long chain of amino acids with the aid of so-called chaperones. When this folding process fails time and time again, the result is a tangle of dysfunctional proteins. This results in cataracts.


Nutrition

The lens receives its nourishment from the aqueous humor, a watery fluid. This fluid is clear and like plasma, but contains low protein concentrations. “The lens itself lacks nerves, blood vessels, or connective tissue.”

Nutrients diffuse in and waste diffuses out through a constant flow of aqueous humor from the anterior/posterior poles of the lens and out of the equatorial regions. This dynamic is maintained by Na+/K+-ATPase pumps located in the lens epithelium which the circulation model predicts is greatest at the lens equator.

The Na+/K+-ATPase pump is an enzyme. I wrote about this in my Simple Food Remedies blog (reference below for Sugar is Dehydrating). Basically, these pumps maintain homeostasis of the cell, enable energy to be utilized and cells to perform at peak level.

The epithelium is a thin outer layer of tissue which is found on the anterior side of the lens only. Not only does is serve to nourish the lens, it also produces new lens fibers which are long, thin, transparent cells that stretch across the lens.

Glucose is the primary energy source for the lens. Mature lens fibers do not have mitochondria to produce ATP by oxidization. Therefore, the majority of the glucose is done via anaerobic metabolism with the remaining being shunted down the pentose phosphate pathway (which I won’t go into to keep matters simpler).

“The lack of aerobic respiration means that the lens consumes very little oxygen.” (Biochemistry of the Eye). This makes claims that oxidative stress is a factor in cataract development suspect. It also means that nutritional claims of eating antioxidants such as vitamin C are most likely ineffective, at least directly.

The Na+/K+ ATPase pump is reliant on energy from the hydrolysis ofAdenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP).  “ATP exists in cells normally as a chelate of ATP and a magnesium ion.”  This is evidence that “many of the same factors that can result in a magnesium deficiency can cause dehydration as well.”  One substance that can cause this imbalance is refined white sugar which I previously wrote about in an article called Sugar is Dehydrating (link is below). Another such substance is caffeine (see Caffeine Allergy, below).

I have been asked whether garlic will aid to prevent or reverse cataracts. Garlic is well known for its antiseptic properties. As bacteria can cause stress to the eyes, in this sense garlic is good for eye health. Eating garlic raw is the best way to obtain this benefit.


Sun Scare

A popular story is that the sun contributes to cataracts. This is similar to the story that the sun causes skin cancer. Believe these if you will, but for the most part, common sense and some research contradict both these findings.

Of course if one gets too much sun and burns their skin on a regular basis, the risk of skin disease increases. Too much sun on the eyes will damage them too. Children are more vulnerable. However, we are designed to live on this planet without using sunglasses. The lens is designed to block ultraviolet light in the wavelength range of 300–400nm; shorter wavelengths are blocked by the cornea.

Not only does wearing sunglasses alter one’s vision, it will make the eyes less resilient. In other words, one will need to wear sunglasses if they are worn enough. Similarly, if one never goes out in the sun, one will need to build up slowly with short exposures to stay out longer without getting sunburned.

Meanwhile, if you have cataract surgery and artificial lenses (called intraocular lenses (IOL)) inserted, these plastic lenses will be coated with a substance to block the longer UV rays. Otherwise, after cataract surgery, sunglasses would be advisable to replace the sun filtering job that used to be done by the eye’s natural lenses.

One renowned ophthalmologist, William Bates, recommended that one get as much sun on the eyes as possible for improving vision. Another author, John N. Ott,  did research and showed how sunlight affects and improves health in general. Both of these views support the view that blocking sunlight from the eyes and avoiding the sun in general are not good advice for good health.


Stress

A word about stress is in order to this discussion. Stress is a wear and tear factor. It can slowly degrade the body’s ability to function. Specific stress on the eyes can contribute to the formation of cataracts. Sources of stress can be from inside, such as diet, emotions and tiredness, and from outside, such as pollen, perfumes, driving, and using computers, etc.

Evaluate your lifestyle to minimise stressors to the eyes. However, eye yoga is a good way to combat most forms of stress to the eyes. For some tips, please see my article about natural eye treatment (The Eyes Have It) and the book called Eye Yoga referenced below.

  
Conclusion

The lenses in our eyes are designed to last a lifetime. Nutrition plays a pivotal role in whether one will get cataracts or not just as it is important with most health issues. Sugars and caffeine in the diet can be contributing factors to developing cataracts. Medications can also contribute to damaging the lenses of the eyes. Weakening of the eyes by wearing eyeglasses and sunglasses can make the eyes more vulnerable to disease generally and cataracts in particular. Once an artificial replacement is made, natural cures will be less effective.

Natural eye care with an appropriate diet and some rest, relaxation and exercises will keep the eyes bright and clear.



References

A Magnesium Deficit & Dehydration by Lynne Sheldon, Livestrong.com, Jan 16, 2016,http://www.livestrong.com/article/465606-a-magnesium-deficit-dehydration/#ixzz2c2483uFP


Caffeine Allergy, by Jennifer Wilson, Simple Food Remedies, December 21, 2011, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/search?q=lawrence+wilson

The Cure of Imperfect Sight By Treatment Without Glasses, by William Bates, in pdf, original 1920 version available to download free: http://cleareyesight-batesmethod.info/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/thecureofimperfectsight.pdf

Biochemistry of the Eye, 2nd ed, p. 107–8, ISBN 0-7506-7152-1 (from Wiki)

Caffeine is Dehydrating Except for Coca Cola, Martians & the Similarly Minded by Jennifer Wilson, Aug. 12, 2013, Simple Food Remedies blog, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2013/08/caffeine-is-dehydrating-except-for-coca.html

Cataracts, by Gretchyn Bailey; reviewed by Vance Thompson, MD, http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/cataracts.htm


The Cure of Imperfect Sight By Treatment Without Glasses, by William H. Bates, in pdf, original 1920 version available to download free: http://cleareyesight-batesmethod.info/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/thecureofimperfectsight.pdf

The Eyes Have It - How to Care for Eyes Naturally by Jennifer Wilson, Simple Food Remedies blog, December 22, 2015, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-eyes-have-it-how-to-care-for-eyes.html

 Eye Yoga, How You See Is How You Think, by Jane Rigney Battenburg and Martha Rigney, https://www.amazon.com/Eye-Yoga-How-You-Think/dp/1934938750 

Health and Light: The extraordinary Study that Shows How light Affects Your Health and emotional well being, by John N. Ott, https://www.amazon.com/Health-Light-extraordinary-Affects-emotional/dp/0898040981


IOL Implants: Lens Replacement and Cataract Surgery by: Kierstan Boyd, reviewed by: Elizabeth Yeu MD, Nov. 16, 2016, https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/cataracts-iol-implants




Natural Treatment for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma & Cancer in General, by Jennifer Wilson, Simple Food Remedies Blog, September 20, 2011, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2011/09/natural-treatment-for-non-hodgkins.html

Sugar is Dehydrating by Jennifer Wilson, Simple Food Remedies blog, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2013/08/sugar-is-dehydrating.html

Structure of protective protein in the eye lens revealed, July 31, 2009 https://phys.org/news/2009-07-protein-eye-lens-revealed.html


 

 












Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tai Chi Quigong Shibashi Story


Use Your Imagination


A story can often help in learning and remembering. The Tai Chi Quigong Shibashi series of movements which I previously wrote about on this blog (see link below to the articles index) lend themselves to a good story. Here is a version of that story. This story can be used anywhere as a visualization aid. I inserted numbers to help the reader identify which movement is being referred to.

***

I was camping in my RV (recreational van) at a campground near the sea. One fine day, I walked over to the seaside. I was wearing comfortable loose cotton clothing and no shoes.

It was a balmy day, warm with gentle breezes. The sun was strong and there were cottony white clouds dotting the blue sky here and there. The sand was white, powdery and warm to my naked feet.

Just before reaching the sea I stopped in my tracks. My feet were together and my hands at my sides. I became aware of the energy of the sun radiating and an exchange of energy in an out from the crown of my head pulling me up and connecting me to the cosmos. This energy made me feel free and infinite.

The energy also flowed down to my feet and out into the ground, right down to the center of the earth and it anchored there. I felt this connection to the earth and it made me feel safe and grounded.

I began to feel the flow and sway of the universe and took a step to the side with my left foot to better balance myself. I sunk deep into this position and meditated.

Breathing deeply in and out, I began to move in a playful manner. Raising and lowering my arms I explored the space in front of me (1). This lead to the desire to expand my chest (2) and I raised my arms and then expanded outward in a big stretch.

A misty rain shower passed me at this time and as the sun shone through a beautiful rainbow appeared out on the horizon where the sea met the sky. I raised my arms above my head and danced from side to side following all the brilliant colors (3). As it faded away, I circled my arms around in a big circle (4).

These movements caused me to feel a bit warm and the water was inviting. I went into the water and started to swim (5). I then noticed a small boat and swam up to it. Getting inside, I paddled back to shore (6).

Stepping out of the boat, I lifted my hand and imagined lifting the sun in it and then the other (7). Then I noticed a feint moon in the sky and put my hands around it and moved it up and down from one side to the other (8). Lifting these heavenly bodies made me want to expand my own body of energy and I pushed my palms across my chest (9).

I was in a very playful mood now and played with the little white puffy clouds (10). From there I gathered up the sea and gazed at the horizon, moving from one side to the other (11). I pushed the little waves, back and forth and felt my breath moving in and out with the same rhythm of the sea (12).


Next, I saw a dove and mimicked its flying using my arms as wings flapping in and out (13).  The dove as a symbol of peace reminded me of the injustice in the world and I punched my fists as if moving through a thick mud (14). A goose flew by at this time and grabbed my attention and I imitated its big wing movements by moving my arms up and down my sides (15). This filled me with great joy.

With this joy bubbling up inside me, I grabbed and hugged the sun and swung around with it in my arms going one way and then the other (16).

While swinging with the sun, a beach ball rolled up in front of me. I took a step and bounced it and then repeated from one leg and hand to the other (17).

The day was moving on and it was time to finish. I sunk back down into my feet in the stance in which I started, raised my cupped hands in front of me to balance my energy and pressed them down, repeating the movement (18). I finished by raising my hands over my head and bringing them together at chest level to give thanks for the beauty in this day on our earth.


References

Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi Articles Index, Take Back Your Energy, Jennifer Wilson, Life Coach blog, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/p/tai-chi-qigong-shibashi-series.html


Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi For Health And Vitality by Mr. Sunil Samant, Video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ue_p2zx3Mg

Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi: Instruction Manualhttp://www.omixcreations.co.za/documents/qigong-shibashi-1st-set.pdf






Friday, April 21, 2017

Asking Questions


Ask and Ye Shall Receive


In my bio-description about me (see link below), I say that I offer expert questioning and provide the technique of developing your ability to question as an aid to attaining your goal. Asking questions is important for self-improvement, personal relations, and enhancing one’s life. We can ask questions to ourselves or to others.

Some questions lead us off on tangents though and can result in wasting time and energy. The key is to ask questions from a sound base.  If we ask questions that do not have any meaning to us, they will not have a beneficial result.

Asking questions can aid in developing a tactful approach in communicating with others. This is important because we operate in a social environment and help each other to attain our goals. Also, asking questions promotes a more humble attitude when done in an interested, honest fashion with an open mind.

Asking questions is a reminder that we do not have all the answers. It is a developmental tool. Some questions are simple such as the usual who, what, where and why questions that are easily answered. Other questions can be deep and profound without any set answer.

One such profound question is “Who Am I” which was often repeated in the talks and books of Dadi Janki, the active Spiritual Head of Brahma Kumaris. One might ask what identity is based on. I went to a talk in Forest Row Community Centre (England) about this a few years ago. Many aspects of our identities are available such as relations, career, age, gender and culture. The Brahma Kumaris, however, seek to look beyond these worldly identifications.

Some other good grounding questions are: “Why Am I Doing This?” Is there a better way?  Is there a simpler way? Is there a way that is more connected to nature and my well-being? Masanobu Fukukoka devoted his life to asking such questions when he returned to farming after working as a biologiest as described in his book, “The One Straw Revolution”.


Asking questions is how we get to know others and make connections. Refining our questions helps us to grow, develop, increase our understanding and expand our consciousness. For example, note the difference of asking:
 “Do you believe in God?
to
“Are you conscious of God?”
or
Do you believe you can achieve your goal?
to
Are you conscious of how you will achieve your goal?

On this basis, we move away from beliefs shaping our reality to something more subtle and yet more powerful. All it takes is to keep asking questions.



References

Book Review by Jennifer Wilson - "The One-Straw Revolution, and an Introduction to Natural Farming" by Masanobou Fukuoka., B'org Food Chain blog, http://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2010/09/book-review-one-straw-revolution-and.html

Brahma Kumaris, Wiki, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahma_Kumaris

Scientists Tackle the Hard Questions About Consciousness, by Brendan D. Murphy, The Way of Meditation, Living Life in the Flow website: http://www.thewayofmeditation.com.au/blog/the-hard-question-of-consciousness/ (Many thanks for reproduction of picture above.)

Take Back Your Power with Jennifer Wilson, Life Coach, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2016/04/take-back-your-power-with-jennifer.html




Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Palming is a Versatile Practice


Cup Your Palms Over Your Eyes


“The greater the degree of relaxation produced by palming the more of it is retained when the eyes are opened and the longer it lasts.” (Dr. W.H. Bates)

Palming, also known as Cupping because you cup your palms, is a practice for improving eyesight and relaxing. In fact, it is a form of meditation. Palming allows one to block out the world, focus on an inward imaginary journey, quieten the mind, slow breathing and relax the body. It is a healing and rejuvenating practice.


Improve Eyesight

Palming is a favorite with those trying to improve their eyesight naturally. It was used extensively by the famous ophthalmologist, William H. Bates. In his book, he discussed how his patients were able to improve eyesight by increasing the degree of blackness they saw while palming.

The goal is to see a field of black, the darkest black you can imagine. This is the normal result of blocking the stimulation of light on the optic nerve. Dr. Bates found with his patients that disturbances of mind and body, such as fatigue, hunger, anger, worry or depression may result in seeing illusions of colors and lights when palming. Seeing anything other than black when the eyes are covered with the palms illustrates how the mind is involved with eyesight. This is a symptom of imagination beyond control.

According to Dr. Bates, one way to improve the results of palming is to look at a black object before palming and use the memory of it to see black with the eyes covered. He also discussed shifting and how the mind’s eye is constantly moving. To improve palming, move the eyes from the deepest black spot or object you can imagine to a partially gray one and back again.


Aid to Inducing Sleep

Palming can be used to help one get to sleep at night. Use visualizations such as lying on a warm beach with feet at the water’s edge.  Waves gently wash over you up to your neck and back down, again and again. Or use some other such scene from nature such as gently drifting in a row boat.

Because palming blocks the stimulation of the optic nerve it naturally calms the entire nervous system.

Conversely, palming can also be a helpful practice in waking up the body and mind in the morning especially when incorporated with eye exercises. This works in a similar fashion to taking a shower or eating a banana, both of these practices are also good to do in the morning or the evening.


Calm the Mind

Palming can be used to avert anxiety, anger, depression, fear and other negative emotions and negative mental states of mind. This is done primarily by slowing down the breathing. By blocking the eyesight and focusing the mind, one can regain control. Covering the eyes can be a natural reaction when in distress.

While palming, listen to the in-breath and out-breath. Make the breathing deeper going from shallow chest breathing to abdominal breathing. Sense the belly rising and falling around the naval area.


Relieve Pain

Palming can be used to relieve both mental and physical pain.

Palming especially helps to relieve tension headaches as well as neck and shoulder aches because the muscles in these areas are all closely connected. Envisage the muscles relaxing, one at a time. Start at the feet and move up the body or simply focus on one particular area.


How to Palm

1. Feel the energy in the hands. An easy way to do this is to rub them together briskly to generate some friction and heat. Or you can put the hands close together as if holding a small imaginary ball. Pull gently in and out to feel the energy between the hands stretch. Or you may already be in tune with this energy and not need to do a preliminary step. If your hands are cold from the environment, warming them up can be helpful, but cold hands can also be of benefit just as using hot or cold compresses are both useful.

2. Cup the hands together with the fingers slightly crossing one another (see the photo above). Place the palms over the eyes. The fingers of the left hand will be gently pressed over the area of the third eye (middle of the forehead) and the right hand fingers will gently cover the left. The palms will cup over the eyes so that they do not touch them but they will gently press against the occipital bones to block out any light.

Palming is a two-fold process. It is used to physically block out light, but can be done effectively even in pitch darkness because it also is transferring healing energy from the hands.

Palming creates a bridge of healing energy to flow from the hands through to our two eyes of physical sight and through to our third eye of insight.

3. With the hands in place, relax the jaw. Let it drop, but keep the lips lightly closed. The tongue feels like it is floating up to the palate behind the front teeth.

4. Stretching the eyes and/or doing eye exercises may be helpful. Move the eyes from side to side, up and down and all around.

If palming for more than a minute or so, support the elbows to enable the entire body to participate in the relaxation program.

Lying in bed, prop pillows under the elbows.
Sitting in a chair at a table, put something under the elbows for support.
Sitting on the floor against something to support the back, use the knees for support.


References
Bates' book, Better Eyesight without Glasses in pdf, original 1920 version available to download free: http://www.visionsofjoy.org/pdfs/BatesPerfectSightWG.pdf/
Better Sight Without Glasses by Harry Benjamin (a Naturopath) (1929): http://www.scribd.com/doc/264931163/Better-Sight-Without-Glasses-Harry-Benjamin#scribd
Improve Your Eyesight Holistically, What is Palming?, by James Cruise, Mind Body Sprit website, http://mindbodyspirit.me/about-spirituality/ (Kind thanks for use of photo above).
The Eyes Have It - How to Care for Eyes Naturally, by Jennifer Wilson, Simple Food Remedies blog, December 22, 2015, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-eyes-have-it-how-to-care-for-eyes.html

The Practice of Palming, http://batesvision.com/the-practice-of-palming/