An Optometrist Points to Emotional Impacts on VisionThe EFT Manual by Dawson Church

Dear EFT Community,

Optometrist Murray Rusk discusses the relationship between eyesight and the emotions, noting possible core issues to explore with EFT toward the goal of improving one's vision. He offers fascinating observations on the general core issues often underlying the vision conditions of farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. Though many people consider these conditions purely physical and therefore not subject to improvement through addressing core issues, Dr. Rusk's experience highlights the powerful effect that clearing emotional disturbance has on physical problems.

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By Dr. Murray Rusk


As a professional involved with quantum therapies, I found EFT amazing. As an optometrist, I would like to draw your attention to the aspect of "vision" and EFT. You would be quite right to say that some optometrists are not taught the emotional aspect of vision. Behavioral/functional/developmental optometrists are, however, taught about the relationship between vision and the emotions.

It would be of interest to anyone practicing EFT to get in touch with a behavioral optometrist for further elucidation of how emotion and vision are related. Let me say, the relationship is very close. The following are some generalized examples that will be useful, I hope, to those wanting to get to core issues for sight upsets. Notice I didn't use the word "vision" here. Sight is only a tiny part of vision and problems in sight (that is, end organ upsets, in the eyeballs) are the result of changes in vision due mostly to emotional problems.

Core Issues in General

Those who are farsighted are pushing the world away or distancing themselves. Thus issues surrounding the need for space or reasons why the individuals must push others away can be addressed. Paradoxically, farsighted people seek to find a way to fit in and they compare themselves to the outside world.

Those who are shortsighted, generally, pull the world close in around them to protect themselves. They do not want to venture too far "out there." Exploring the issues around why this is so would be of use.

Behaviorists state that farsighted people will relate how they fit into the world while shortsighted people relate the world to themselves.

Those with astigmatism have a confusion about the world, that is, about themselves and how they fit into the world.

Very succinctly, vision and emotion are one, as all of vision (and consciousness, for that matter) is based upon relationship. Take, for example, the relationship between Me and it. Me is the figure. It is the ground. Without this basic ability to relate, or differentiate me from it or figure from ground, there would be no emotional relation of any kind and no consciousness. There is a lot more to vision than meets the eye!

I'm sure many people practicing EFT will be able to figure out how to probe patients with eyesight-related problems, and I hope this information will help them in determining core issues. Remember, these are generalities, but they at least provide a place to start.

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