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Cataracts and the Way We Breathe

An ongoing conversation about cataracts and breathing

Hi Mike,
Remember that chapter from Margaret Corbett's book where she described the man with cataracts getting rid of them through using better vision habits along with better breathing?
Last weekend I was teaching a class with 2 optometrists. One brought along a book called 'Eyebody' by Peter Grunwald, a vision educator and Alexander Technique teacher in New Zealand. I've met Peter at a few conferences, so I was interested in the book and quickly read most of it while I had the chance. Peter basically connects the parts of the eye with the rest of the body, similar to reflexology connecting the palm of the hand and the sole of the feet to the rest of the body. He has it all mapped out, and includes an overview of it in the back of the book.
Anyway, he says the lens of the eye is connected to the diaphragm. And he remarks that a cataract operation can influence breathing. It can cause collapsed or rigid upper chest. Very interesting, so I thought I'd share it with you.

From Mike:
Interesting and very helpful insight.
I would suspect that it also is the reverse. A rigid chest can cause cataracts by restricting breathing, energy flow and stress. We know well how when eyesight worsens at the end of the day that this is an indicator of stress induced eye fatigue. Cataracts are a distorted energetic action(s) with a huge breathing component. We already know eyesight improves along with improved breathing. The surgery can influence as it will improve the eyesight albeit temporary and make the breathing body relax and ease up many of its tension responses. The person will see better/easier with less strain/stress and life will be easier and less stressful and tension producing. "Temporary" is the key word here. 

From Esther:
Yep, I agree, rigid chest can contribute to cataracts forming.
Cataracts come into being through pressure on the lens created by muscle tension around the eyeball. Bates discovered that he could create a cataract at will and have it resolve again, simply by pulling on and letting go of eye-muscles (using rabbit eyes in research). A cataract operation does not address those muscle tensions, so is not a true solution. I think the eye muscle tension remains after a cataract operation, at least for a large part, as do the breathing tensions. Real long term solution is to combine vision education with breathing development.
Contact Esther at www.visionsofjoy.com    


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