We all have them, most of us see them, but only a few people pay attention to them: the scattered, transparent and mobile dots and strands in our field of vision. In ophthalmology, they are called "eye floaters" and explained as vitreous opacities. But is this explanation correct? In this book, the author Floco Tausin follows the seers' experience that eye floaters are not a cloudiness of the vitreous humour, but a shining structure and an expression of our state of consciousness. In this collection of previously published and revised texts, the author explores Spiritual Dimensions of Eye Floaters. The focus is on seer Nestor's view that floaters are first appearances of the shining structure of consciousness. As such, they can be used for open eye meditation and be intensified by ecstasy. Furthermore, floaters are discussed as a source of inspiration for Carlos Castaneda's spiritual world and of reports of near-death experiences.
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Spiritual Dimensions of Eye Floaters
A Seer’s View, Open Eye Meditation, Ecstasy, Carlos Castaneda, Near-Death Experiences
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In the mid-1990s I met a man named Nestor living in the solitude of the hilly Emmental region of Switzerland. Nestor has a unique and provocative claim: that he focuses for years on a constellation of huge shining spheres and strings which have been formed in his field of vision. He interprets this phenomenon as a subtle structure formed by our consciousness which in turn creates our material world. Nestor, who calls himself a seer, ascribes this subjective visual perception to his long lasting efforts to develop his consciousness. This includes an appropriate lifestyle as well as practices for both temporary and permanent increase of the intensity of consciousness. Nestor claims that, through these physical and concentrative practices, his spheres and strings that were at first small, far away and very mobile, had now enlarged, come closer, started to shine, and now he could hold them in suspension with his gaze. There, in the centre of the visual field, there would be one last sphere, the “source”, into which we human beings would enter when we fall asleep or die. Nestor is convinced that if we get near this last sphere as much as possible in our lifetime, we have the chance to enter into it keeping our full consciousness – and thereby overcome death.
Core-surround floaters in a seer’s view. Source: Floco Tausin.
Vitreous opacity or light of consciousness?
I have told the story of my apprenticeship with Nestor in my book Mouches Volantes – Eye Floaters as Shining Structure of Consciousness (2009). When I started seeing these dots and strings myself, I did a lot of research. I found out that this subjective visual phenomenon was not only known, but widespread. However, the way it is commonly understood deviates significantly from Nestor’s statements. In our culture, the authority to interpret this phenomenon has been with ophthalmology for centuries. There, these dots and strands are known by the term “eye floaters” or mouches volantes (French for “flying flies”). Eye floaters are an entoptic appearance, i.e. caused by the human visual system itself. In that case, it’s a cloudiness of the vitreous body that affects the patient’s vision. This perception is explained by the fact that the vitreous body shrinks and liquefies with increasing age (syneresis). Parts of the vitreous structure consisting of hyaluronic acid and collagen fibrils clump together and cast shadows on the retina, which become visible as scattered mobile dots and strings. Eye floaters are considered harmless. The general medical advice is to ignore them. As a precaution, one may have their eyes examined for a possible retinal detachment. This is especially necessary when the floaters are suddenly accompanied by large dark clouds (“soot rain”) and lightning.
Common eye floaters. Source: Floco Tausin.
Many people can see their floaters if they pay attention. To most, they are just a curiosity and not really distracting. Some people, however, feel disturbed by their dots and strands, such that they are considering surgical measures. Vitrectomy, for example, removes parts of the vitreous humour. Laser vitreolysis, on the other hand, attempts to break up single floater strands through fast laser pulses. However, such treatments are risky and are not recommended by most ophthalmologists to remove the harmless eye floaters.
So, are eye floaters vitreous opacities, or are they the light of consciousness? Nestor has identified eye floaters as the first appearance of what he calls “shining structure” or “luminous spheres” and “luminous strings” and understands as the light of consciousness. If he is right, then the ophthalmological understanding of eye floaters would be completely wrong. How can that be? Fact is that ophthalmologists cannot always find the floaters in the eyes of their patients. This is not only true for looking into the eyes with a slit lamp, but also for more sophisticated methods such as ultrasound examination or optical coherence tomography (OCT). Why is it that not all eye floaters can be objectively located? Ophthalmologists assert that some floaters are just too small or too close to the retina to be detected. If this is the case, then the methods and devices available are not efficient enough until now. Another possibility is that there are different types of subjective visual phenomena summarized under the term “eye floaters”, and that one of them is not a vitreous opacity. Even if actual vitreous opacities and the first appearances of the shining structure look similar at first glance, there are clear differences on closer inspection. The former are rather described and depicted as something dark and blurred, like shadows, streaks or spots. The latter, on the other hand, are scattered transparent or luminous dots and strands with clear contours. The dots contain a core, and the strands are filled with dots. The former can be detected and treated, the latter cannot – simply because they are no vitreous opacities. I suggest understanding the shining dots and strands, just like the entoptic phenomena of phosphenes or form constants, as a visual expression of certain states of the nervous system. Then Nestor’s assertion would no longer be out of question that it is our consciousness intensity that transforms the small, mobile, and transparent dots and strands – the eye floaters – into big and stable shining spheres and tubes.
Eye Floaters. Source: Floco Tausin.
Tracing the shining structure
For years I have tried to understand in theory and practice what Nestor has taught me about the shining structure. Though I cannot confirm all of his claims by my previous experience, I have seen enough of the shining structure to dismiss the ideas of “vitreous cloudiness” and “clumped vitreous fibrils”. I have come to realize that these dots and strings are in fact a phenomenon of consciousness that can be intensified in luminosity and size. What exactly this means and where it leads – for example, whether there is a centre with an exit in this shining structure, as Nestor claims – I try to find out.
This collection of previously published and revised texts is part of this endeavour. In these texts, I consider the spiritual dimensions of eye floaters: what observations speak for eye floaters as the light of consciousness and therefore as a potential spiritual phenomenon? How can this consciousness phenomenon be used for spiritual practices? And what further spiritual practices or worldviews could have been inspired by eye floaters? The first chapter, Floating Spheres and Strings in a Seer’s View, describes Nestor’s perception and understanding of eye floaters. According to Nestor, eye floaters are the shining structure of consciousness that can be used as an object of concentration. In addition, eye floaters also reflect our present intensity of consciousness, and they provide an exit from our earthly existence. Open Eye Meditation discusses material and subtle meditation objects to develop the “inner sense”. The four stages of meditation according to Patanjali’s eight-limbed yoga can be used to guide the open eye meditation and are exemplified by the shining structure floaters. The third chapter, Ecstasy – Hair Standing on End, is about a phenomenon that we know as chills or goose bumps in certain emotional states, and that has its place in love and sexuality, music, poetry and spirituality of various cultures. It has also its place on the path in the shining structure according to Nestor: when large amounts of energy flow out of the body – a state called “ecstasy” – the spheres and strings of the shining structure move closer and light up. In such moments, we approach our source in the structure. The fourth and fifth chapters deal with spiritual practices and views that could have been inspired by eye floaters. Eye Floaters as a Source of Inspiration for Carlos Castaneda discusses, as the title indicates, whether – and to what extent – eye floaters could have been critical to cult author Carlos Castaneda when developing the spiritual world of Yaqui Indian Don Juan. And finally, Eye Floaters and Near-Death Experiences assumes that near-death experiences – and thus our ideas of what will happen when we die – are characterized by the visionary experience of the shining structure. The thesis of this article is that floaters and other entoptic phenomena are phenomena of consciousness which continue to exist in states of near-death – and possibly even beyond death.
Floating spheres and strings in a seer’s view
Tausin, Floco (2010): “Eye Floaters. Floating spheres and strings in a seer’s view”. Holistic Vision 2. eye-floaters.info (7.10.19)
In anthropology and psychology it has been known for some time that altered states of consciousness promote the perception of subjective visual phenomena, i.e. hallucinations on the one hand, and so-called entoptic phenomena on the other (Tausin 2006). Entoptic phenomena are luminous moving geometric shapes that occur frequently in states of trance. Since entoptics are physiologically associated with specific states of the visual nervous system, they count as culturally independent universal phenomena of humanity (Lewis-Williams/Dowson 1988; Thurston 1991). Shamans, druids, seers, holy women and men of the past and contemporary societies and traditions have seen such patterns during ritual ceremonies and have interpreted them in accordance with their worldview.
One of these people is the hermit Nestor whom I met in the mid-1990s in the Swiss Emmental (Tausin 2009a). T
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