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Floaters

Floaters

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Published by: Nikolai Stephen Halay on May 17, 2012
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Edited to include a quick set up to this practice (13/05/12)
 
This is a neat and insightful practice which can lead to seeing howmental unsatisfactorinessarises and how its cessation comes about via seeing how the mind'focuses' and grasps at 'objects'. It is done via seeing how the braincognises 'floaters' in the field of vision. These floaters can become a very useful and immediate feedback mechanism to see level of theclarity and purity of consciousness such as when the mind is'grasping' at an object versus when it relaxes that 'grasping' andsimply recognises seeing in the seen, cognising in the cognised. It isgood for recognising continuous apperception/pre-symbolicawareness/point of sense contact. This is taken from this thread at the DhO. In the same thread are some interesting links to more infoon floaters, relationship to thogal practice and their practical use as atool in the yogi toolbox. This practice is best done looking at a clearblue sky or a light white or coloured wall or ceiling.
 I will tell you from my own experience which may or may not relate to theother contexts in which floaters are discussed. There appearance, disappearance, level of clarity (such as seeing moredetails like refracted light and rainbow shapes to a great degree) within thevisual field represents what sort of tendency of mind is dominating or inabeyance.* When the floaters are 'annoying' this is easy to diagnose. Aversion ismanifesting as an annoyed 'you'. The floaters have become an 'object' of themind to react towards and in this case due to conditioning, the reaction isone of aversion. The mind lunges and grasps for the cessation/absence of those floaters wishing they were not there. How unsatisfactory! This isunsatisfactory.* When the floaters become clearer, one can see how floaters towards thelateral or inferior sides of vision will move downwards really quickly as theeye focus tries to centre on them but since they can't be looked at head on, itis impossible.This eye focus movement represents the habitual tendency to narrow focusonto 'objects' within the field of experience, either in the visual field or other sense fields. A slight or gross frustration may result in not being able tostabilize focus on those floaters and hold them still. And the eyes keep doing
 
it, even though one might understand that it is impossible to do as thefloaters are on the surface of the retina (or something like that). This isrepresenting in my opinion, the habitual tendency to grasp at an object, tofocus mentally in on it and establish a relationship with it. This grasping atand wanting to focus on the floaters is unsatisfactory. This represents thathabitual tendency of the mind to want something, grasp at an object, butultimately it results in unsatisfactoriness.* When one realizes that it is impossible to grasp at the floaters like so, andthat grasping at them via 'eye focus' is unsatisfactory and never rewarding,then one can simply train the mind to relinquish that habitual tendency dueto seeing its uselessness.When one relinquishes this habit, then the mind via eye sight will benaturally inclined to simply accept exactly what is arising in the visual fieldregardless of where the floaters are presenting, periphery or centre, it doesn'tmatter. There is a letting go of grasping at having eye focus land on them.When doing this, more floaters may suddenly appear in the centre and/or  periphery as well that were not visible before. Insight into how many therereally are and their details becomes more apparent and all because themanipulated eye focus was dropped to simply accept whatever is arising inthe visual field without the grasping at 'objects'. The visual perception maythen be more encompassing of all the centre and periphery.The eyes may still manifest the habitual tendency to focus on or follow thefloaters that the mind wishes to see/grasp at/establish focus on. But sinceone is starting to realize that this is a useless frsutrating endeavour, one canrelinquish the habit with more ease. One recognizes that simply allowing the brain to cognise the visual field without the need to focus on anything in particular, will lead to more visual displays becoming clearer. Moreacceptance of what is in the visual field will result via the relinquishing of that grasping tendency represented by the incessant eye focusingamovement. The eye movement will begin to calm down and become stiller and stiller until it is unmoving.The more one lets go of 'trying' to focus on a floater, the more the mindcalms down and the more details of other floaters and refracted light details become apparent. The more the mind learns via experience to drop themanner in which it focuses on and grasp at 'objects' in the field of experience, the more peaceful it will become, It will drop that tendency to'control' focus and fabricate off of it. The more the recognition of what the brain actually cognises and allowing it to become clear without 'forcingfocus', the more unsatisfactoriness drops away within the whole field of 
 
experience. The cessation of unsatisfactoriness becomes apparent. The mindsimply recognizes the experience of cognising in the cognised, seeing in theseen with no 'you' neither here nor there.* When you allow the visual field to be cognised without any'fabrications' 
 
(which as far as i see only arise due to the narrowing of themental focus onto 'perceived' objects which are run through the mentalmemory banks, given a name, conceptualized and evaluated as good, bad,meh! and then reacted towards with craving, clinging which then gives riseto all the unsatisfactory moods and emotions and selfing process), the mind begins to perceive sense contact apperceptively, aware continuously of the point of contact of sense objects and corresponding sense doors, a bombardment of sense contact at all the physical sense doorssimultaneously. There will be no room for any 'you' to arise, no room for any mental unsatisfactoriness either.What is learned from this approach can be applied to all experience, to allsense contact.This is just my current subject to change 2 cents.Quick set up to this practice: 1/ Find a place where there is a clear background like a blue sky, a white of light colour wall/ceiling. Sit or lie down to do it as you see fit. This is an eyeopen practice to begin with. 2/ Allow your gaze to be gentle and relaxed. You may start noticing our 'floaters' in the eyes. 3/ You may notice the eye focus trying to follow the floaters but they moveaway so it is impossible to focus on them. Recognise that it is impossibleand frustrating to not be able to do.4/ Relax your gaze and drop all mental movement to focus on the floaters. Ina sense forget seeing the floaters in detail and simply allow you eye gaze torelax. This may take some practice. If you catch the eyes again trying tofocus on the floaters, just relax and drop the focus. 5/ Allow you gaze to simply accept everything and anything within the fieldof vision. Nothing to focus on but the visual field is Allowed to displaymore and more details within the visual field naturally without any forcedfocusing movement of the mind and eyes.

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