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Learning to See–Part One

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This is Part One of a series I will be doing on seeing—both physically and non-physically.

Here we’ll look at (pun intended) seeing physically—with our eyes. And how maybe, if we adopt the right way of seeing possibilities, we might improve our actual physical vision.

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Photo by Adam Winger

My Story

Even though I’ve worn glasses since I was 3 or 4 years old, after eye surgery for strabismus, I had no idea that one can, or indeed, needed to learn how to see.

I just took for granted that I know how to see, and if there are problems, they would be corrected by glasses (or for some things, surgery). Certainly this is the dominant modern view.

I had no idea that there was any other way.

Until recently, when I started taking a class with Dr. Mila Casey, to improve my vision naturally.

Oh my goodness, what I’m learning! The eye is an amazing instrument, and wonder of wonders, you can possibly improve your vision through some simple methods that you can incorporate into your daily life.

The Bates Method of Natural Vision Improvement

Dr. Casey’s class is based on the Bates Method, which if you look up online you can find a lot of information.

Dr. William H. Bates was an ophthalmologist who concluded “after decades of researching for an alternative to prescription glasses, that mental stress is the root cause of vision problems such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.” (Yet another area in which stress may be a root cause!)

Note that Wikipedia’s entry on the Bates Method is clearly full of bias from the word go. (I’ve underlined the words reflecting this bias.)

“The Bates method is an ineffective and potentially dangerous alternative therapy aimed at improving eyesight. Eye-care physician William Horatio Bates (1860–1931) held the erroneous belief that the extraocular muscles effected changes in focus and that ‘mental strain’ caused abnormal action of these muscles; hence he believed that relieving such ‘strain’ would cure defective vision. In 1952, optometry professor Elwin Marg wrote of Bates, ‘Most of his claims and almost all of his theories have been considered false by practically all visual scientists.’”

(Interestingly, the studies Wikipedia cites to disprove the Bates Method are all rather recent. Could this be when Big Media sided with Big Medicine started to debunk anything “natural” or off the beaten track?)

I have noticed that any new therapy is quickly disparaged, especially if it involves something where a whole industry will lose money (in this case, the optical industry if people don’t need glasses). The scientific method is king, and nothing else will even be considered. Often no actual research or clinical trials will even be done (or not done correctly), and that is pointed to as proof that the therapy under question is invalid.

This is especially prominent in the fascinating book, Breath by James Nestor. I can’t help but think that our modern world not only has truncated our natural ability to see correctly, but to breathe correctly. Nestor interviewed and researched many “off the beaten path” approaches to better breathing and health, most of which were disparaged or more likely, ignored by more mainstream approaches. One 3-star reviewer complained that Nestor “tends to rely on ‘rebel sources’ – doctors whose ideas have been largely discredited by the medical community.”

I always have to ask, “Why are so many novel ideas discredited by the medical community?” One has only to think of the recent pandemic debacle to find an answer.

Yet, modern science generally agrees that most physical dysfunctions have their roots in stress, one way or another. So why couldn’t stress, or “mental strain” as Bates put it, also cause poor eyesight?

The proof is always in the pudding, as they say. In Nestor’s case, 79% of the 27,359 reviewers gave the book 5 stars, many attesting that changing their breathing habits changed their lives.

In terms of the Bates Method, many people, including Aldous Huxley who wrote a whole book called The Art of Seeing, have claimed they have improved their vision with the Bates Method, or some later version of it. In my class today, one woman with very severe myopia shared a video of her opthamologist expressing his amazement at how much her vision had improved (after only 4 weeks of her practicing the Bates Method).

If you see improvement but not total healing, doesn’t that indicate there’s something to the approach?

I think so.

It’s similar to The Healing Codes. Many people disparage it because they don’t understand it. People objected that there were no clinical trials. Well, now there are. So suddenly it’s OK because there are now studies validating it? I’m glad I didn’t wait until there were actual studies to try it and reap the benefits.

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Photo by Mark Duffel

If you decide to pursue natural vision therapy, note that you need to commit to daily practices. (Here is a video outlining what that might look like.) Like any other healing method or health habit, learning to see (without glasses or contacts) requires establishing new habits. Focus on the potential reward every time motivation wanes.

In Part Two I will cover another aspect of seeing—perhaps the most important if you are seeking healing of any kind.

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My neighbor and I were chatting about facing medical challenges.

Bobbi was an operating room nurse until a sudden medical condition forced her to retire earlier than she wanted. She also took care of both parents who had dementia. She has faced lots of end-of-life issues, personally and professionally.

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande on AmazonBobbi told me about a book that was very helpful to her and her father, called Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande.

I haven’t read the book myself, but was struck by three questions Bobbi shared from the book that she and her father found very helpful:

  • What is your understanding of your situation?

  • What are your fears?

  • What do you want?

I too am finding these questions helpful my husband and I ponder and discuss medical and other issues of aging (mentioned in another post).

Talking through key questions with family members can go a long way toward preventing confusion, anxiety, and misunderstandings.

Navigating Life’s Final Journey by Pat O’ConnorAnother very helpful little book for clarifying end-of-life decisions is Navigating Life’s Final Journey, by Pat O’Connor. Pat was an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner specializing in Primary Care as well as Hospice and Palliative Care. (She also was my college roommate for 3 ½ years—one of God’s best gifts to me!)

Pat’s book is both moving and practical. She shares stories from her own experience with patients, and also gives very straightforward advice on the kind of decisions to be made, documents you need to ensure your wishes are honored, how and when to have conversations with family members and your medical staff, and resources available such as palliative care and hospice (and the differences between these).

It’s not pleasant to face the fact that we will inevitably come to the end of this life. At least for me, though, I feel more peace in knowing I’ve faced the decisions, gotten things in order, and that family members understand what I and my husband desire in terms of the final phase of my life on earth.

Thinking through these kinds of issues clarifies what you really value. Since I don’t fear death so much as the process of dying, my decisions are based more on quality of life than length of life. Facing these questions and decisions head on gives a sense of empowerment.

Making sure your life ends your way, to the extent that you can, is your final act of autonomy.

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A Beautiful Story Of Healing

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A reader whom I’ll call Joyce has been sharing her healing journey with me over the past couple of months. Recently she wrote to me about the major breakthrough she experienced on two fronts.

The first breakthrough is too personal to share, except to say that for all her life (Joyce  is in her eighties) she suffered from a childhood trauma she couldn’t really remember. After doing The Healing Code (from the book) diligently, she had many breakthroughs from the beginning.

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When she started with The Healing Code, all she wanted to do was escape in sleep. At that time, she told me, “With the help of The Healing Code I am now finding the courage to face my guilt and anger – but there is a titanic battle raging between my subconscious and conscious.  The former wants me to get back into bed, stay there 24/7, be safe, but lose.  The latter wants me to stay awake, however hard it is, do the Code and win.”

I encouraged her to stick with it, and she did, step by step. She is definitely a fighter!

She shared about her strange physical responses after doing The Healing Code (“yawning, passing wind non-stop, itching non-stop, coughing, eyes streaming . . .”). I assured her these were good signs of nervous system release of trauma.

Some days all she could do was sleep. I encouraged her to do so; her system was processing the healing. I also suggested she slow down on doing the Code as often or as long, when she felt like all she could do is sleep.

Joyce carried on. Read More→

I just read an article in Bottom Line Personal called “You Can Think Your Way to Better Health.” BLP interviewed Ellen Langer, PhD and author of The Mindful Body, who cited numerous studies to show how just reframing the way you think about exercise, eating, diagnoses, and symptoms can drastically affect outcomes.

For instance:

  • In one of Dr. Langer’s studies, researchers encouraged a group of hotel chambermaids to view their everyday work as exercise. Result: those chambermaids lost weight and experienced reduced blood pressure compared to the chambermaids that were not instructed to think of their work as exercise.

  • Other research from Stanford University further found that people who don’t perceive themselves as physically active have significantly higher mortality rates than those who do perceive themselves to be active—regardless of how active they actually are.

How physically active do you think YOU are? You might want to up that perception. Take into account all the housework, yard work, shopping, etc., not just what is normally considered “exercise.” I recently remarked to my husband that if we ever moved to a house with less stairs, as people “of age” are suggested to do, maybe it wouldn’t actually be as good for us.

I love this one: you can imagine yourself eating your favorite, but not necessarily healthiest, foods—and actually reduce your desire to eat. Imagining eating and actually eating are not all that different to the brain. So if you imagine yourself eating, for example, cheese, as test subjects did, you will likely eat less of it if offered, because you would feel fairly full already from just imagining eating it.

The authors suggest next time you’re tempted to eat something you know isn’t good for you, imagine in great detail the experience of eating it. I love pizza, but it’s “death on a plate” for me, with everything that doesn’t agree with me: gluten, cheese, tomato sauce. I can try imagining not only the taste, but the smell, the warmth of the cheese, and the feel of the crust in my mouth. (Yum!)

What about your view of medical matters in general, about the state of your own health, and about how (and whether) the body can heal?

According to Dr. Langer, how you view your medical diagnoses, such as borderline test results and chronic symptoms, can influence your health outcomes.

I often tell my clients who have been handed a devastating diagnosis, “This is just a label for some observations people have made about a group of symptoms. They cite statistics from large groups of people. You are an individual. You can control a number of factors that will determine YOUR ultimate outcome.”

A big part of that control is how you view your health status.

“Compared to other people your age, would you say your health is: poor, fair, good, very good, or excellent?”

This was a question I was asked at my recent Medicare wellness checkup.

I answered “good,” despite my various “diagnoses,” and my doctor agreed. She told me that because of my lifestyle (and perhaps, attitude), I have a very different health trajectory than many people she sees that are my age with my “conditions.”

Why? Because I live as healthy a lifestyle and I can, and because of how I view the body and health.

Image of rusty car, to illustrate one view of the body: that it's mechanical and will rust outimage of thriving plant, to illustrate how the body heals when you respect and support its intelligenceI wrote a blog post called “How the Body Heals: Two Views” in which I contrast the modern Western mechanistic view of the body with a more organic approach. Read it here.

Which view do you adopt? Your answer to this, and the other question about your comparative health, could affect the trajectory of your own health outcomes.

What about symptoms?

What is a healthy way to view symptoms, especially if you have chronic health issues?

The typical way symptoms are viewed is that it’s something gone wrong with the body (mechanistic view), and that the answer is to medicate away the symptom.

The trouble is, medications often cause side effects, which are then treated as symptoms to be relieved. Thus you fall into the medical mill where you’re taking multiple medications to treat symptoms often caused by the medications themselves, while no one bothers to find out what the root causes of the symptoms were.

The Bottom Line Personal article talks about being mindful of symptom variability—the fact that symptoms rise and fall. This can help you be less bothered by them and thus, avoid triggering a fear loop that makes everything worse (and could cause neuroplastic pain).

I would add, there is another perspective, one that views symptoms not as signs of disease but signs of healing. The figure below summarizes the process. I wrote more about it here. 

What if symptoms were also messages from your body? Messages that, if heeded and decoded, could point you to ways to improve your health? I wrote about various aspects of that as well on my blog. The end of this article gives that list.

Could merely adopting the views that symptoms are messages from the body and/or signs of regeneration, rather than being a cause for alarm, affect the outcome?

I believe it can. When I first started doing The Healing Codes, all kinds of symptoms cropped up. That first year, I was running often to the doctor (not having made the transition fully to the organic view of the body). Slowly I began giving myself more and more time for the symptoms to resolve before going to the doctor. Invariably the symptoms would subside as I kept doing my healing work.

Important note: I am not saying don’t seek medical advice or treatment. I usually try my healing tools first, and give that time (healing often takes time). My experience has been that when I do that, often the medical interventions are not needed.

I did and do seek medical intervention when it seems warranted. Recently I had an issue that all my healing tools could not fix, because it was an anatomical problem. I had a surgery that drastically improved the quality of my life. AND I’m finding that I still need to use my healing tools to detox from the surgery and treatments themselves, because the medications used were heavy duty and I am sensitive to medications. My Truth Focus Statement for this is, “I am fully recovering in all ways from the surgery and all side effects from the medications.”

Dr. Ellen Langer and Dr. Gabor Maté. author of When the Body Says No, and no doubt other experts, say, “The body and mind are one entity.”

Who knew that our minds and hearts—and what we believe—could be so powerful?

(Trick question: I believe you already know, because you’re reading this. But it’s always encouraging to get independent confirmation from credible people, isn’t it?)

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The Real Reason People Retire?

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I wish an elder had told me the truth about aging—and what is perhaps the real reason people retire.

I never wanted to retire. I am one of the fortunate ones who loves what I do and feels a sense of calling, which motivates me afresh whenever my resolve wanes.

And it’s waning more and more. Not because I don’t love my work, but because of the demands of the current season of my life.

Demands I wish someone had told me ahead of time.

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Photo by sk

But you see, in Western culture, we don’t like to talk about aging. Nor do we respect the wisdom of elders, by and large. Old age is seen as a time of decline, of growing less and less useful, of more dependency.

I don’t think it has to be that way. It’s each elder’s responsibility to do all we can to age well.

It’s quite possible. But it’s also more time-consuming than I ever imagined. Read More→


Music to Awaken the Mind

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It’s interesting how things sometimes come to your attention repeatedly over a short period of time.

I always pay great attention to when this happens.

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Photo by Mohammad Metri

For some time, I have been fascinated by, and using, music and sound as I do my healing work.

Lately, though, various aspects of how sound and music can affect healing have come up again and again, from different sources.

That’s when I really pay attention.

In a recent post I shared some music that moves me and relaxes me before bedtime.

A few days ago, a friend that I haven’t heard from in years contacted me to ask if I still do editing.

I do not, but was able to refer her friend to someone who can help her. And in the back and forth, my friend ended up sharing a video about how music helps people living with dementia to come alive in amazing ways.

It is quite an inspiring video, and I encourage you to watch it. The healing power of music is not limited to people with dementia. It applies to all of us, because, as the documentary points out, music gets encoded in us very early in the womb.

In my Healing Hearts Circle coaching group (which will be made available again soon; sign up here to be on the waitlist), I have always used music in the background.

Now I’m exploring other ways to use sound for healing. As usual, I have been my first guinea pig, I and my husband and a few willing clients.

If you would like to be part of the test group for a whole new approach to healing that utilizes sound and can be done with The Healing Codes, email me for details.

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Healing Music

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Sound healing is something I’ve been using for a while, and I am delving into more, so you’ll be hearing more about this.

I usually use some form of sound as I do my Healing Codes. It’s either Elio’s Music for the Healing Codes, or classical music favorites, or the new form of sound which I’m currently exploring.

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Photo by Kael Bloom

I thought I’d mention a piece of music you can listen to from YouTube that I now turn on every night as I get ready for bed. It’s Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Pärt, and several of the comments mentioned how healing it is. It’s a little over 10 minutes long, and the only problem is the distracting ads that can pop in sometimes in the middle.


There are several versions:

You can probably find more through a search.

I am in awe of gifted musicians, and consider them fellow healers. (Sound is energy, you know.)

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What Healing Codes Should I Use For ____?

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A reader, Kimel, sent me an email with the following question:

I am 70. I bought the Healing Codes Manual years ago. Is there a code for improving balance and gait?

woman walking on train railwayThere is no specific code for that specific issue, or any physical issue per se, for that matter. The Healing Codes heal the negative energy in your body that it is stored in the negative images, beliefs, and memories that I believe are held in an energetic pattern in the DNA or cell.

However, when you do that—change that energy from negative to neutral or even positive–the ripple effects in the whole person, including the body, are seen and felt.


It often doesn’t happen over night, as most physical issues, by the time they show up in the body, have a number of contributory memories, feelings, and beliefs feeding into the problem.

I say that because another question a client asked recently was whether The Healing Code work, even if you don’t “feel” anything. Read More→


How to Regulate Your Cortisol Levels

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A talk with one of my doctors veered toward how to regulate cortisol (the stress hormone), and she gave me some good tips I thought I’d pass along.

If you suspect you might be dealing with chronic stress and/or adrenal fatigue, try these suggestions.

    1. Wake up and go to bed the same time every day. This sets your body clock and helps your body know when to produce cortisol, when not to. (Cortisol should rise in the morning.)

    2. Within an hour after waking up: eat breakfast. This meal should consist of a 2:1 ratio of carbs to protein. Some examples would be:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt, 50 grams of granola, 1 tbsp of honey

  • 1 cup cooked oats, 1 medium (100 grams) banana, ½ scoop protein powder, 150 ml milk

  • 2 slices whole wheat (or gluten free) bread, 2 eggs, 1 tsp butter

  • 1 (90 grams) seeded bagel, 1 medium (150 grams) avocado, 1 egg

  • 1 medium (180 grams) apple, 2 tbsp peanut butter

    white short coated small sized dog on woman in gray sweater 3. In the middle of the day, sometime between 12 and 3pm, take a timed relaxation break. (This would be a good time to do The Healing Codes.) It needs to be relaxation—no screens, no stimulating input

    4. Don’t exercise within 2 hours of bedtime. Also, quit all screens at this time, or wear good blue-blocking glasses if you must look at a screen. Even a few seconds, as I understand it, can cut your melatonin production (which you need for good sleep and lowering cortisol).

    5. Overall, make sure you get enough protein during the day. You need a little more than half your body weight, in grams. If you’re a 125 pound female, then 70-80 grams of protein, with 30 grams in the morning, would be optimal. (You can go online to find out how many grams of protein different foods have.) “Enough protein enhances human growth hormone—an antagonist to cortisol,” my doctor said.

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Placebo effect? You Decide . . .

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When I talk to friends (who don’t understand about energy medicine) about The Healing Codes, I often get something like, “Well, it’s just the placebo effect. You believe it will work, so it does.”

I don’t think we should knock the placebo effect; it can be quite helpful in healing.

However, I think there is a lot of evidence from experience that the effects of The Healing Codes go beyond the placebo effect.

For instance, did you know you can do Healing Codes for animals? No possible placebo effect there.

What about babies? Or people who don’t even know you’re doing Codes for them?

Dalton_age 4, 3 months before parents did custom Healing Codes for him. Glasses, eye turned in.

Dalton_age 4, 3 months before parents did custom Healing Codes for him.

Dalton, 3 months after parents did Healing Codes for him: no glasses needed, eye straight!

Dalton, 3 months after parents did Healing Codes for him: no glasses needed, eye straight!

(There is an amazing testimonial, with pictures, of a little boy with strabismus which straightened out within a few months of his parents doing custom Healing Codes for him. Go here for more details.)





Here is an email I got this week from a reader, Brenda.

I have been doing the Healing Code quite intensively for a week or so – for myself, then for my husband, then for my little dog.

I do the Code on my husband, who has suffered for years with Post Viral Syndrome. He doesn’t know about it because I wanted to see if anything would happen. Two days ago he came down to breakfast and said, ‘I don’t know why but that wretched brain fog seems to be going.’


As for my very nervous little dog who ran away when anyone came into the house, he has taken to greeting them with a kiss and a waggly tail.


Eureka indeed! Two instances in which the person or animal being targeted for healing could not possibly be subject to the placebo effect, as there was no awareness of something being done for them.

Since I like to understand why things happen, I have thought a lot about how The Healing Codes work.

I keep coming back to what Albert Einstein said, more than 100 years ago: everything is energy. If you change the energy, you change the effect.

And—the more foundational truths are non-physical. The source of the physical is always the non-physical–the spiritual or energetic.

How do The Healing Codes work specifically to change the energy? The theory is that the Code sends out to the healing centers (which act like a fuse box for the whole body) a signal that is the opposite and equal energy pattern of the “issue” you’re working on—much like noise-canceling headphones.

Another analogy I like to use is that of a garage door opener. Maybe you have a keypad in which you punch a certain code, and the garage door opens. Or perhaps you have a remote control that sends out a signal that is then decoded to cause a certain effect, i.e. open the garage door.

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We use energy and codes every day for so many things: TV remotes, cell phones. Now you can even talk to your device and it does what you want! Do we think it’s “voodoo”? No, because we have a sense that there’s some kind of science that explains how it works, even if we’re not interested in the details.

In the same way, you can use The Healing Codes to “neutralize” the negative energy patterns in the memories, thoughts, feelings you want to heal. I think of these patterns as energy information patterns in our DNA, that then may turn on or off certain genes, and may cause cells in your body to go into a disease state rather than a healthy repair and growth state. Our very DNA is a code, right? I believe that everything in nature boils down to codes; it’s behind the intelligence of the cells that was coded by the Creator.

The question is, will you harness the blessing of this modality for your benefit, or ignore it because you don’t understand it or want some kind of “proof.” (Actually, there are now studies on The Healing Codes, which is heartening.)

If you know someone who needs The Healing Codes and might be open to them if they had an explanation of how they work, pass on this blog link with a personal note from you.

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