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16th April 2021

Eyesight to Insight: An introduction 

What do we mean by “Eyesight to Insight”? I will be exploring and explaining this and the relevance it has to Natural Eyesight Improvement, commonly known as the Bates Method.

What right do I have to talk about and teach on this subject? So a bit about me. 

I have a very long history of working with people of all ages, I worked for many years in nursing, both on the wards and as a Nurse Educator and examiner, specialising in Psychiatry. I  hold a Master of Science (MSc Advanced Education) from the University of Edinburgh. After leaving this field after many years I trained in Natural Eyesight Improvement and now have been teaching this for over 25 years. With a colleague I co-founded the College of Vision Education In London from which there many experienced natural eyesight teachers, world wide

In addition I have done extensive training in Meir Schneider’s Self-Healing Method and worked alongside him, we have been friends and colleagues for many years.

I have organised conferences workshops and presented at International conferences, given workshops and seminars. 

I am also a qualified and experienced humanistic counsellor/psychotherapist. An invaluable asset in this work.

I continue to provide therapy in both fields, jointly and separately.

Many ‘Natural Vision Teachers’ are using this title today and I am sure that if we look at all of them we will see some common threads but also some very different interpretations on how this so called improvement  works. I suggest it is about much more than ‘giving up your glasses/contact lenses forever’. Good Vision is multi-dimensional, it is a ‘whole person process regardless of the state or condition of your ‘seeing’. It is for everyone, of every age, every condition from sighted to blindness.

I will be presenting an introductory Zoom presentation on the above to introduce  you to my theories on this. Using my many years in Nursing and Nurse Teaching, as a Natural Vision Teacher and a qualified psychotherapist I will introduce you to the way in which this work can help you to not only improve your eyesight but to also help you to SEE yourself more clearly and feel better about who and how you are, improving your eyesight and clearing emotional blocks.

This introductory seminar will outline and introduce this proposed six weeks  programme/short course that  will help you, using  Natural Vision Improvement theory and practice and  personal development activities and  actions to feel more fulfilled in every aspect of your ‘being’.

The course will be limited to a maximum of ten participants and each participant will be guaranteed one personal session with me, at a mutually arranged  time, either during or following the course which will run every   every two weeks, this will give you time to absorb what we have done each week and be prepared with any questions you may have in time for the next session.

To introduce the course Aileen is presenting a free Zoom talk on Saturday 22nd May at 11am and repeated on Sunday 23rd May at 4pm. Both UK times. In it she will give details of the course. 

So if you would like to join my talk please email to register at vision.education@btopenworld.com. and please say which time you would like to attend. You can use my contact page for this if you wish.

This introductory talk is free and the course cost will be very reasonable.

And soon to go live is my new website, http://www.eyesight-2-insight.co.uk. Watch out for the release soon!

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Lots of love from Aileen

18th March 2021

The following is the outline of an introductory talk from me before the BAVE showing of the film “Vision2020”.

How did I get into this work?

That’s a good one!

Like most of the people we see they come wanting to improve their eyesight and yes I am one of these individuals.

It’s 1992, I’m in a bookshop in Glasgow and I tripped over a box of books just being unpacked – The Bates Method by Peter Mansfield – so you could say I just fell into the eyesight work! And have stayed with it ever since.

However I, unlike most people who come to improve their eyesight and want to get out of their glasses,  my seeing difficulty has been around since my birth, it is complex, it seriously impacted my life, it does not correct with glasses. Help eventually arrived in the form of the Bates Method and no, my eyesight is not perfect, whatever that means, but it and I are immeasurably better with the help of this natural method. Because of this I have better vision, I learned to appreciate and make better use of what I have.

Eyesight is a complex and personal human experience and as such it needs to be understood in the context of the individual experiencing the eyesight challenge.

So who is natural vision improvement for? It is for everyone, at any age and regardless of their seeing challenge. Natural vision education is a whole person process. But outcomes are very dependent on the nature of the learner. NVE is not usually a quick fix.

In my experience even individuals with little or no actual eyesight (blind) learn to “look” better.

Generally, we want to see too much but that is not the same as looking better in a relaxed, interested and reflective way. Alongside that the quality of our attention is a hugely relevant factor. 

Vision is a metaphor, not simply eyesight but a relationship between “eyesight and insight”. It is about who we are and how we learn to see the world, i.e. our personality.

So, I work with the whole person and not simply the eyesight condition.

I don’t work with eyesight –  I work with people who want to better understand their eyesight issue and learn to do something about it. Seeing/looking is about so much more than giving up glasses and lenses.

Excluding congenital or birthing accidents it is estimated that close to 100% of babies are born with the potential for perfect eyesight – then life and experiences impact how we learn to see the world.

A good catch phrase – ‘change your mind – improve your eyesight’.

So largely speaking I teach and support my learners to work in this dual way. It works, it is profound and the changes last and generally there is much less incidence of eye pathologies, e.g. cataract, MD Glaucoma and RP.

And – no need for reading spex at 40! Reading glasses are not ‘cool’  

Keep in mind eyesight improvement is a big ask, it’s a gradual self-healing process and does not happen overnight but the benefits can be immeasurable.

With Dr Bates’ method, given the best conditions for healing everyone can benefit even people with so called 20/20 eyesight. But the outcomes are dependent on emotional change and growth, i.e. “personal development”.

I have been a natural vision teacher and psychotherapist for more years than I can remember working with hundreds of people experiencing all the usual and unusual eyesight challenges, the majority of whom are helped, supported and even surprised with their eyesight changes and enhanced sense of self.

This is a whole person process integrating mind, body and spirit. 

As a teacher and psychotherapist I sometimes think this work should come with a health warning – generally it doesn’t just impact the individual but impacts how we see the world and our life in  general. 

Quotes from learners 

  1. “my wife said, oh! just put on your glasses and stop this nonsense”, 
  2. “I liked you better the way you were before”.

12th October

Nature, Naturally!! An Autumn Feast for your Eyes. As we enter another stage of our battle against Covid it sometimes seems hard to remember that at this time of the year we have some natural events going on that are good for our Natural Eyesight Improvement work.I know that it is hard to “see” positives throughout all of this but there are a lot.

Where we stay we are very lucky in that a very short walk of about 3 minutes takes us into mature woodland and we can stay in the woods for almost all the walk if we want to, with only one or two roads to cross, the inconvenience of those roads more than outweighed by the pleasure of seeing the trees, the undergrowth, squirrels, birds and of course our dogs playing in the woods.

At this time I recall a lovely old song written and performed by Johnny Cash in the late 1950’s and many others following him, called Forty Shades of Green, inspired by his first visit to Ireland

.Now I don’t know if there are forty shades or not but when you walk in the woods or even a park just enjoy taking the time to notice the trees and their colours and especially at this time of the year the changing of the colours. Also look below the trees, at the grasses, flowers, weeds, again the range of colours to be found there can be wonderful. Take advantage of this time of year and enjoy nature, naturally!

2nd September

Aileen has just announced a new one-to-one on-line course for eyesight improvement. If you would be interested in this contact us either through the contact form or the contact telephone number. Look forward to hearing from you.

1st September 2020

We all have been affected by the Covid 19 pandemic leaving us locked down at home, taking away the opportunity to see our regular pupils and find new ones it meant that we all have had to find some ways to use our time.

Personally before all this started I was very unsure about using technology to work remotely with clients but I soon realised that I had to do something as otherwise my clients would possibly disappear or find that they were missing ‘seeing’ me.

What did I do? Decided to embrace technology and now find myself working comfortably with Skype, Facetime, Zoom and even WhatsApp. As I am doing, I expect a lot of teachers are now doing.

At first I was apprehensive, setting my room up to ensure a good clear image on the screen, making sure I had no ‘problematic’ rear views behind me (as some politicians seem to have had!). So even before I started I was working on vision, focussing on my surroundings so that whoever I was talking to had no distractions around me on their screen.

I have used these technologies now for some time and feel that they are a very useful tool in our ‘work bag’. I use them in my vision work, my psychotherapy practice, my sessions with my psychotherapy supervisor and of course to chat with friends.

The one downside of working this way, for me anyway, is the lack of seeing the full body. Sometimes we can tell a lot from noticing body language, this may be telling us something different than the words. I find this important, especially with my psychotherapy clients.

But, all said and done, it is a good way of keeping in touch and has allowed me to have new clients from further afield than just the Edinburgh area. Even so, I still look forward to working face to face in my office soon.

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