Jesus Didn’t Wear Glasses

And he won’t wear them when he comes back. It may sound trivial, but a guy named William Bates proved that eyesight was correctable without glasses. That’s important because it means you and I have a natural path to better sight.

More importantly, vision is closely tied to memory in the elderly. So if you can save your vision, you may can save your mind.

In my book, we take this concept use it to develop a working brain model, and apply it to some mysteries of science and medicine. We journey into psychology and psychiatry, theorize about mental illnesses, and expose some major shortcomings in the science of the mind. Get your copy today.

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

I know that these are very serious conditions, and I mean no disrespect to anyone who’s either battling these or other neurological diseases, or their families or friends. What’s important here though is to look at these diseases from a broader perspective, and perhaps see things from a different point of view.  I only want to help.

Yeah. I lumped them together. Why? Keep reading.

Here’s what we know:

  • Old people get it
  • There are no cures
  • They seem to lose their minds
  • They do not sleep well
  • Diet and Exercise may help
  • Early life Depression has a strong correlation
  • A bunch of fun medical terms I choose to ignore.
  • They are not genetic.

Hypothesis, it’s either us prolonging the life of someone who is essentially brain dead, or they have fried their brain on a system that we’ve discussed previously. They have so many brain problems treated by medications with so many side effects, vision problems, that this one is going to be hard to parse through. What I’m starting to think now is that we have a fancy name for a lot of different diseases, but what sets this apart from dementia?

In reading about both of these diseases, they have several progressive stages of each disease. Worth noting, is that medicine and research have no absolute timeline in either disease. “Some cases progress from stage one to two in months, and some take years.” “Each person experiences these stages differently. ” What this means to me is that we have no idea about either one of these diseases, we only treat symptoms.

The premise is easy though: our minds are perfect, because our eyes are perfect. We create our own misery.

So if this is true, and we know what causes aging and how to prevent it, what does it matter what different flavors we have of losing your mind. We so many different neurological diseases, perhaps a broader view grouping symptoms and diseases together will help us gain some ground. I read somewhere that some of these diseases are practically indistinguishable. Maybe it’s a mixture of meds on a mind weaker with age and refractive error. If we can reverse refractive error, we can save the mind from itself and help it find its preferred resting place: peace.

So guess what: we’re never going to find a “cure” for these illnesses. The only true solution lies within.


“Black people don’t drink coffee”

This is going to sound farfetched, so bear with me. I want to look at African Americans, a class of people that we consider “genetically superior” to other races. Here’s why:

Black people have better vision. According to this census data, white people are almost twice as likely as black people to have visual impairment. That’s significant. And now we know that it’s not genetic. What is it?

Black people age better. “Black don’t crack.” You know this.

Black people are better athletes. You can find hundreds of articles and books to support this. The question is why?


Ok. You agree with all of those. You know by now that I don’t completely buy in to the fact that our genetic code determines everything about our lives. So is there some part of black culture or tendencies that could be helping them in all of these categories, categories where we all want to improve?

We know that vision is of utmost importance in athletics, so for now, let’s assume that vision and athletics are the same. Good vision is also indicative of a lowered ground state, which is where the body sees and performs the best.

“Black people just don’t drink coffee” -Shaq said it. Here’s why it matters:

Caffeine affects your refraction. Why? My theory would be that it alters your base mental state. Regardless, it effects it on a day-to-day basis. The mind sees best when it is at it’s ground state, and this alters that. Caffeine stresses the mind and the body and dilates our perception of time. Think about all the baristas that wear glasses. That is not a coincidence. [Side note: caffeine is not the only external factor that effects refraction. We’ll get into others later.]

No. Keep calm by not drinking coffee.

Refraction effects how you age. Obviously, the article is more the other way around. How aging effects your vision, or something like that. My theory though, is that we have causation in the wrong place. Our minds control it all. As we lose our minds, we lose our bodies.

Conclusion: We control our refraction, so we control our athleticism as well as how we age. Naturally seeing better is a symptom of a lowered ground state, and the closer we are to that the happier we are, the more athletic we are, the better we perform, the slower we age. Think about your hayday in high school or college. What if I were to tell you the only difference between you then and you now was your mind?




How to see better today

Ok. So you’ve bought in. You realize that I’m at very least on to something and you want to know what’s next. You want to see naturally or begin to improve your vision. You battle anxiety and can’t seem to find other solutions.

If you don’t mind a nice boring read, you should dive into Bate’s book. Here’s a link.

If you are looking for the Cliff Notes, I’ll do my best here.

As far as I’m concerned, your eyes are just holes in your face. Yes, our eyes are different. But the important part about them is how the brain interprets the images that come its way. And your brain is fine. So the eye doctor can bend the light to change the refractive error in the eyes with unreal precision, but this is not the underlying problem. This is only a symptom.


You’re eyes only were made to focus at a single point. Glasses, cell phones, TVs, they all seem to require our eyes to look multiple places at the same time. Untrained eyes, without glasses, will strain to gather this information. Your eyes move 70 times per second, they are fully capable of gathering whatever information from whatever you’re watching or doing. As you continue to watch or read, your eyes or focal points diverge and begin to cause myopia.

Edit: Your eyes focus at a single point off in the distance. The closer the object is to you, the closer your focal point is to the distance your eyes are apart. It sounds confusing. I think about it like this: if I were to set a pair of glasses on whatever I was looking at, how would I see through them? Play around with it with these thoughts in mind. Stare off in the distance at a single point, and transition closer. The results may not be immediate, but they are worth the wait. 


Your eyes were made to see the same way your ears hear. It is a passive sense. There is no strain and your brain will do it effortlessly without assistance. That strain or effort to see is the very thing that causes myopia. You cannot try to see. Next time you’re in the car, try to memorize the first song that comes on. Like your life depends on it. Unless you’re superhuman, the very fact that you’re trying to listen to this song will make it impossible to remember. Relax.

Panning is what humans do. This one took some practice for me. I ditched my glass and focused on an individual point. I could see it fine, but I was used to the information from my whole field of view. Turns out, this was not the way we were built to see. Paint your peripheral with your eyes. It will relax them. Do not focus on any one point for too long, it will cause strain and blur.

Alright. These are your basics. It will take some practice. Here’s a great place to start.

Just know that the whole eyesight problem has been solved for almost a century. Think critically and with an open mind. My only new ideas here are about how it ties into mental health, aging, athleticism, and some other things we’ll get into later.

Everyone is fine

My thought for the day: everyone is fine. We create all of our problems. By misdiagnosing symptoms, we create the snowball effect of side effects, and we have the incredible technology to solve or treat whatever new symptoms pop up. But the underlying problems are not solved, and the damned are damned in the tedious, expensive, and sometimes painful cycle of medicine.


Next week, I’ll work with my sister to see what I can do for her with her vision problems. And yes, I’ll go over to her house thinking nothing about her vision and everything about her mind. That’s the only way that I think I could be of any help at all. There are 1000 people in town that know more about the anatomy of the eye than me, but when you make these kindergarten level assumptions, you start to really turn the wheel on everything. Like let’s assume for a minute that everyone’s eyes are fine. That whatever blurs in their vision are caused by their mind. With that assumption in place, what would be the next step. If you knew that this was true, what would you do next? That’s where I’m at.

Glasses do help you see. Please don’t think that I’m arguing with that fact. But what glasses do to the mind free the soul to do as I pleases. It allows deception, tires the eyes, strains the body, and prevents pure focus and learning. The mind was made to devour information, get lost in the moment, love one another. Glasses allow for a lost version of the self to function in the world.

Yes, all theories. For now.

Glasses: Update

Ok. I met with Ted today. It was a real moment of truth. First time in a month to look at my eyes in a retinascope and see if I had made any progress, and I had. A decent amount actually. Months ago I was over 2 diopters in my left eye and -1.75 in my right. Today I left the doc with a handful of contacts for -0.5 diopters of correction. They measured me at -0.75. Which is a drastic improvement. I honestly was thinking it would be more, but I’m happy with my progress. I can drive and can see over a quarter mile during the day outside. I can tell a little difference at night, and will actively be working to correct that as well.

The retinascope looked nothing like this

If the vision is tied to the mind, there is no reason that I cannot see perfectly.

I am currently taking Zoloft and Lamictal, both brain stimulants that have side effects that may cause blurred or double vision. So I’m working with my psychiatrist to help wean me off of these. I feel like this is the closest I’ve ever been to who I’m supposed to be. Or at least in decades. I’ve picked up golf and guitar, and I can see a noticeably faster progression in each since I’ve made strides with my vision. It’s simple: the body has a ground energy state, and you see perfectly at that state. Now go find it. Well, that’s what I’m trying to do.

My sister, a close friend, and a coworker are interested and I have them reading the wikipedia page on the Bates Method. I tried to explain to Rick today about my stance on it all, and as is promised with this type of healing, he acted like I had lost my mind. But that’s fine. I know I have.

I want to help people. We have an entire realm of medicine dedicated to the study and wellness of the eyes, and will agree that we’ve been able to do some amazing things with it. But it doesn’t fix the underlying problem: the brain. What our corrective vision techniques and glasses do is help Joe Schmo live with whatever anxiety or mental ailment causing his vision to go awry, instead of correcting the real issue: his mind.

It’s a scary premise to accept. And it’s not new. Freaking William Bates did all the work humanity needed in the 1920s, and it wasn’t widely accepted. People didn’t see results. Pardon the pun. But here’s the deal: at very least, the man was on to something. And maybe my job here is to finish his theory. Or maybe I need to speak out against optometry. I truly have no idea where I’m supposed to go with this.

I feel like there are going to be some surprising correlations with this research and those with dyslexia and other learning disorders. My mom teaches at a special needs school, and I can’t wait to test some theories on them.

I meet with my psychiatrist next week to work on a plan to wean me off of my meds. I’m nervous, but super excited, because that’s the last piece of the puzzle, or so I hope.


Still reading and learning all I can about glasses. I think they are savage compared to the complexity of the eye. I’m not doubting the invention, as I’m sure that it’s served it’s purpose, but our dependence on them is unhealthy.

Your eyes are fine. Your mind is wrong. The world outside is perfect. Your eyes can see just fine, if your can see fine with your corrective lenses on. Your eyes are tired. They have to work to see out of those glasses, and you’ve trained them to do the same thing when you sleep. I’m telling you, get ready for the best sleep of your life.

Wednesday I go see my optometrist who will be testing my eyes with a $40k retinascope to see if I’ve progressed in the past month without wearing my glasses. I can tell you for a fact that I have, and I’m really looking forward to my meeting with Ted. By my calculations, my vision right now is around -0.5 diopters, or just nominal nearsightedness. My theory is that my eyes will grow stronger as my mind grows stronger and look forward to being able to see perfectly clear in a couple months.

Old guy in glasses

Right now, everything is as clear as it has ever been to me without glasses. I’m constantly testing it in different environments, and I catch myself wondering every now and then if I have contacts in. I recently drove home on a dark, two lane highway at night for over an hour. Typically I’d be anxious, and put glasses on, but I made it the entire way without any major incidents.

Important note: glasses technology is relatively unchanged for centuries and the complexities of the human eye are impossible to understand. Unchain your brain and drop the glass.

Also: If you, have worn glasses your whole life, or your vision is worse than -2.00 diopters, I’d recommend weaning yourself off as your vision improves. Keep reading though.