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Offline lowonthetotem

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Re: Question about "dark sphere" during meditation
« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2010, 01:14:34 pm »
From my own experience, I'd have to disagree.  If I meditate with my eyes open but not moving and not focusing on anything, I will see this "dark spot" after a few minutes nearly without fail.  It evaporates immediately with any, even the slightest, movement of the eyes, which necessarily refocuses the lense.  You are correct about it being difficult to "see" the blindspot while the eye is focused and impossible while the eyes is focused binocularly.  However, my experience with meditation tends to work against the notion that our eyes stay focused during sitting.  I'd go as far as to say that as I get more relaxed, my eyes even have a tendency to cross a little, although I've never been diagnosed with any sort of eye sight problem.

I'd agree that if you are watching an object while you meditate, like a statue or image, this would likely not occur.  But, then you may also notice that your eye is constantly making small movements to refocus.  The blind spot is less likely to be seen with both eyes, not because either eye avoids it, but because the brain is filling in data from one eye when the other may be focusing light on the blind spot.  In a meditative state of observation, this automatic brain behavoir may be relaxed to an extent.  I think that most medical observations of the blind spot assume focus and an apriori intent to see something.  If we do without these foregone conclusions, I think that "seeing" or just noticing the blind spot becomes much more of a possibility.

I generally don't look at anything while I meditate and have my eyes cast down a few feet in front of me.  Often I'll go through a sequence of relaxation techniques in which I relax things like my ears, my internal organs, and other areas, the relxation of which seems a little counter logical.  Relaxing the eyes is one stop in that.  I've read several meditation instructors, some Chinese some Tibetan, who say that relaxing the eyes is central to meditation practice, and my own teacher has mentioned it often.  It, however, is not a "normal" state for the eyes for most of us, so we often may "see" things differently when they are relaxed.  Even if this is not "the" blind spot, I am more prone to look for an anatomical/physical explanation than to explain it through something more mystical or supernatural.  One of the primary functions of meditation is to investigate how our senses and sense organs tend to skew the reality around us.  If you think that this is something more paranormal or spiritual, my suggestion would be to seek the advice of a trusted teacher rather than try to explain it yourself or by way of an internet forum.  Still, having had similar dark spots appear to me during meditation on a very regular basis, I tend to think it is something that should be approached with a certain amount of nonchalance.  One thing that leads me to this opinion is the OP's description of spatial awareness in visual terms.  This leads me to think that there is a great dependence on vision taking place.  As the meditator's vision starts to function in a way that is not conventional or usual, the resulting "visions" are being over emphasized.  It isn't that I think the experience is not valid or valuable.  I just wonder that the "vision" or dark spot is distracting the meditator from a more profound realization.  There is nothing we can see, hear, or whatever, that doesn't pass through an obscurring filter of sense and perception.  Even our thinking is corrupted by its innate grasping and identity creation.  Imbuing this visual abaration with some kind of esoteric meaning may be an illustration of a more profound mental blind spot that ultimately may become a hurdel to overcome. Just my two cents, from someone who has had very similar experiences.


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