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December 2009 (4/09)
Dots and Strands in our Field of Vision: Vitreous Opacity
or Light of Consciousness?
is the latest issue of "Holistic Vision". I am Floco Tausin, author,
consciousness researcher, and initiator of this spiritual project.
The focus of "Holistic Vision" lies on entoptic phenomena,
mainly on so-called eye floaters (in ophthalmology
known as vitreous floaters or by the French term mouches
pictures).We see these as easily floating dots
and strands in our field of vision. The close observation indicates
that there is a correspondence between altered states of consciousness
and specific appearances of floaters. Thus, the novel and provocative
main thesis of this project is: eye floaters are the first appearances
of a shining structure of consciousness within which we cover
a distance to our spiritual origin. We can see and experience
this way. As an object of concentration and meditation, these
dots and strands are therefore a significant key to our consciousness
1) Lead Story: “Awakening
the Inner Sense”
2) Reader’s Hints, Experiences, and Pictures: e-mail
3) Nestor's Knowledge on Eye Floaters: the
outer conditions of seeing
4) Quarterly Picture: “The Birth of Christ”
5) About the Author’s Projects: publications
by Floco Tausin; review by Jerry Katz
6 ) Last but not Least: reader’s
comments on the Holistic Vision Project
Awakening the Inner Sense.
Some Methods and Meditation Objects
is the inner sense and how do we develop it? This article deals
with open eye meditation that imply the concentration on both, material
and subtle objects. As subtle objects, I present some entoptic phenomena
and provide a short introduction on using them in our daily meditation.
Part 2/2: The subtle objects: subjective visual phenomena
explained the inner sense as connected to the visual sense (third eye),
and presented squinting methods on material objects as meditation suited
to develop that inner sense, we will now consider open eye meditation
on subtle phenomena.
Subtle meditation objects can be feelings and thoughts. For developing
the inner sense, however, those objects are particularly well suited which
appear through the fusion of the inner sense and the visual sense. I’m
referring to those subjective visual phenomena which are known in ophthalmology
as “entoptic phenomena”. Entoptics are phenomena which are
believed by the observer to be seen outside of him- or herself, though,
physiologically explained, they are generated by the observer’s
visual system. The following entoptic phenomena are suited as meditation
objects for most people:
Afterimages: contrasting colored afterimages may be explained as the continuation of
the effect of a visual stimulus when this stimulus has gone already. For
example, blinking into the sun for a short time period will produce the
colored afterimage of the sun in our visual field.
Meditation on afterimages includes producing these images by shortly glancing
into a light source, e.g. a bulb or a candle flame. Against a dark background
or with the eyes shut, we observe these colored luminous spots until they
loose their intensity. Again, we generate another afterimage and observe
it until it fades and so on. Observing the afterimage, we actively move
it with our view and watch it change its form and intensity; we study
its proper motion and the influence of our eye movements on its luminosity.
Phosphenes: Phosphenes are colored spots and blurs in the dark, often seen with eyes
closed. They are said to be discharges of visual neurons. Meditation on
phosphenes works similar like meditation on afterimages. However, it is
more difficult because it has to be done without the stimulating effect
of an external light source. We close the eyes and watch the colored spots
taking shape in the dark. They tend to disappear from our awareness and
therefore have to be made aware again and again by realigning our attention.
An elaborated system of consciousness development focusing on afterimages
and phosphenes was created by the French scientist and inventor, Dr. Francis
Lefebure; the exercises of his “Phosphenism” combine visual
concentration on afterimages with (neuro)physiological rhythmics.
(mouches volantes): Eye floaters are scattered semi-transparent
dots and strands appearing with bright light conditions in our visual
fields and following the eyes’ motions. In ophthalmology, they are
regarded as a normal opacity of the vitreous due to progressing age. Eye
floaters meditation means that we bring these the objects into our field
of vision and consciously look at them. We explore them, get to know their
forms, constellations, and movements. We notice that the floaters constantly
drift away, mainly down, and try to keep them in the field of vision.
More advanced meditators of eye floaters will begin to see changes in
movement, size and luminosity. The teaching of my mentor, seer Nestor,
provides elaborated seeing and ecstasy techniques to work with eye floaters,
as well as a spiritual interpretation of these dots and strands.
field entoptic phenomenon: this formal term refers to “flying
corpuscles” or “luminous spots”, tiny luminous spheres
moving fast along in wound tracks. It is best seen in the blue sky (therefore:
blue field entoptic phenomenon), but can become very strong in situations
with extreme physical challenges like shocks or blackouts. From a medical
point of view, it’s related to white blood cells flowing in the
capillaries of the retina.
Unlike the other entoptics, the luminous spots can’t be fixed with
the eyes directly but are seen in the peripheral field of vision. Observing
luminous spots, therefore, improves our alertness in the whole visual
field, rather than our ability to concentrate on particular objects.
Dr. Wilhelm Reich, the Austrian-American psychiatrist and founder of the
orgon theory, explained the blue field entoptic phenomenon as a kind of
orgon radiation. More spiritually oriented followers of Reich suggest
to concentrate on these immaterial luminous spots, in order to silence
the inner dialogue and find inner peace.
Some entoptic phenomena: a) flying corpuscles; b) eye floaters; c) form
constants; d) afterimage (source).
looking at entoptic phenomena like the above mentioned, we withdraw our
five senses from the material sense objects and channel the energy usually
needed to maintain their functioning to the inner sense. This way, we
awaken the inner sense, which in turn will help us recognize and feel
immediately and with great intensity the higher significance of these
dots, spots and strands as well as their relation to ourselves. We then
intuitively understand why such entoptics were watched by people of all
times, often provided with religious meanings and used as concentration
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- Tausin, Floco: Mouches
Volantes. Eye Floaters as Shining Structure of Consciousness,
Bern: Leuchtstruktur Verlag 2009
- Tausin, Floco: Kokons
und Fasern – Leuchtkugeln und Leuchtfäden. Mouches
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Inner sense –
eye and pineal gland
Inner sense or
open eye meditation
Two kinds of squinting:
cross viewing and parallel viewing
Blue field entoptic
Reader’s Hints, Experiences,
E-mail from Mike
The following feedback
was sent by reader Mike.
„There is a form of migraine
that brings on floaters. Also, the blurred vision is not blood, it is
a fluid that covers the back of the eye brought on by too much computer
light and perhaps stress. You could use floaters as a conduit to explain
spiritual experiences but in reality, spirit has no form, just feelings
of the unexplainable...Enjoy!“
Migraine headaches may be preceded by subjective visual appearances,
the so-called auras. Eye floaters may be one phenomenon of the migraine
aura, though they are not typical. Migraine sufferers primarily report
colored spots of light and geometric patterns, that is, phosphenes and
form constants. I have written an article on the subject of migraine,
entoptic phenomena and spirituality that will be the lead story of the
next issue of “Holistic Vision”.
Unfortunately, I don’t know exactly what you mean with “blurred
vision” and what fluid you are talking about. Anyway, it is very
rare that blood is responsible for entoptic phenomena, e.g. in the case
of a retinal break. I agree that stress, as a form of heightened yet
uncontrolled energy metabolism, can bring about floaters or other entoptic
Georg Theodor Ruete, Illustration of scintillating scotoma (as seen
during migraine headaches) from "Textbook of Ophthalmology",
not have form, you say, but rather is to be experienced by feelings
only. To me, it makes perfect sense to experience spirit in your own
feelings. According to my idealistic and monistic thinking, the same
holds true for forms. For spirit is a force that creates forms and names
to express itself. Everything we are aware of is spirit. The interesting
question is whether there are experiences, perceptions, feelings or
forms which are nearer to the “pure” spirit. Perhaps, we
must live through the concrete appearances, be it feelings, thoughts
or forms, to experience spirit more directly.
for your report!
do you have personal experiences with eye floaters or other entoptic
phenomena? Or any suggestions what they could be? Send your hints, experiences
and/or pictures to me, I am very interested.
Knowledge on Eye Floaters
The outer conditions of seeing
and their meaning were interpreted differently depending on the time,
culture and personality of the observer. We learn a spiritually meaningful
perspective about floaters from Nestor, the seer, with whom I have studied
and whose teachings I recorded in the book „Mouches volantes
– Eye Floaters. The Shining Structure of Consciousness“.
In this category, a particular statement from the book on floaters shall
be presented and explained.
Nestor then started to explain the nature of these dots and strands.
According to him, the most important point was that we could learn
to exert an influence on them.
»In the beginning, these dots and strands flow about in
your field of vision ›kind of automatically‹, and
it seems almost impossible to take a real look at them. If we
want to direct our attention to them, we there¬fore have to
develop a fine feeling in the eyes so that we can push them back
and forth in our field of vision without losing them right away
again. Just as in the case of seeing the picture and the afterimages,
in the final analysis it’s all about holding them in
suspension and realizing what they basically are.«
Nestor went on to explain that the specific light conditions play
a significant role in this. It was more difficult, he pointed
out, to see the dots when the sky was gray and dull. And at night
I could only see them in the light of a candle or an electric
light bulb. In contrast, they were visible very well outdoors
in a snow-covered landscape because the snow reflected light so
that everything became bright and clear. Finally he advised me
to practice looking at them by daylight; an even blue sky was
particularly suitable to take a closer look at them.
Volantes – Eye Floaters. The Shining Structure of Consciousness,
p. 178 et seq. (source)
to Nestor, eye floaters are a phenomenon whose subjective visual appearance
depends on both outer material and inner spiritual conditions. The seer explains about the outer conditions: first, to inexperienced
observers, floaters may seem to move uncontrollably and randomly, and
thus they evade the observer’s view. It needs “a fine feeling
in the eyes” to control them gradually and move them into the visual
field through willpower. This feeling has to be developed by continuous
seeing practice – it’s a realization about the interplay of
ocular movement and the flow behavior of these spheres and strings. With
the idea of “holding them in suspension”, Nestor already refers
to a practice that goes beyond mechanical eye movements and contains different
consciousness states of the observer (cp. later issues of this newsletter).
mentions the lighting conditions as a second outer condition for seeing. Floaters seem brighter and clearer if outer light falls into the eye in
sufficient amounts. In fact, Nestor holds that the dots and strings of
the consciousness structure can also be seen in the dark (as colored spots
of light – from a scientific view, he possibly refers to so-called
phosphenes). But, as mentioned, daylight is best for the seeing practice.
The Birth of Christ
category "Quarterly Picture" introduces realistic, artistic,
and/or spiritual/religious representations from different cultures
and times which could show entoptic phenomena, or be inspired by it.
were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping
watch by night over their flock. And an angel of the Lord stood
by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and
they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid;
for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall
be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the
city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this is the
sign unto you: Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,
and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a
multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory
to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men in whom he
is well pleased. And it came to pass, when the angels went away
from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let
us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is come
to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came
with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying
in the manger.“ (Lk 2,8-16)
of Christ. Icon from the Watoped Monastery on Mount Athos (Byzantium),
Christianity, the well-known Christmas story was depicted in various
ways in the images of saints, the icons. It is interesting that most
of these icons represent God as a sphere from which light beams are
emitted onto the creatures blessed by him. This seems to be a constantly
recurring motive in Christian religious painting. Similar abstract
representations of God and the emission of his light or blessing are
also found in the Western Europe art history, cf. German newsletter 2/08 and 2/09.
In the icon represented above, we also find abstract transcendent
elements that resemble those seen by the seers in the shining structure
of consciousness: the all-pervading divine light or “Glory of
the Lord” gathers in the form of a sphere with two or more membranes.
From this sphere, the light spreads in regular paths or strings and
reaches those worthy of or similar to that light. In the picture,
it is the newborn Christ-child and the angels in the heavenly realms.
the Christmas story can be read with regard to seers who
report a multi-membranic sphere and its connection string to the observer
that light up in intense consciousness states and seem to be the destination
of the way in the shining structure. The birth of Christ, therefore,
is the realization of our connection to the highest divine, the calling
to mind that this connection becomes more obvious to us the more we
try to light up our consciousness.
find this and other pictures in the gallery.
Do you have drawings of eye floaters or other entoptic phenomena (flying
corpuscles, afterimages etc.)? Do you know of realistic, artistic,
and religious representations of such appearances? Then send
me the picture or give me the tip; I would like to publish
it in the newsletter and/or in the gallery.
the Author’s Projects
by Floco Tausin
- Review by
by Floco Tausin
complete list with all previous publications (monographs, anthologies,
journals) on Website.
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Review of “Mouches
Volantes” by Jerry Katz
sorry to see this book, this wonderland, come to an end. … Read
Mouches Volantes and enter a world of challenging, original spirituality
and memorable, uncompromising characters.” ……. Full
-- Written by
Jerry Katz, Nonduality Blog, (nonduality.org),
but not Least
comments on the Holistic Vision Project
friend of mine recently sent me your article about floaters.
Wow, have you ever given me clarity!!“
Tirrell, and thanks to all of you, dear Holistic Vision readers.
Have a deep spiritual x-mas and an insightful new year!
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