Uit: Perfect sight without glasses – W.H. Bates
H13, blz 139
The condition of mind in which a black period can be remembered, cannot be attained by any sort of effort. The memory is not the cause of the relaxation, but must be preceded by it.
Whatever the patient finds easiest to remember is the best to remember, because the memory can never be perfect unless it is easy.
In other words, the mind attains its greatest efficiency when it is at rest…
The memory of a period is a test of relaxation. It is the evidence by which the patient knows that his eyes and mind are at rest.
H9 blz 89
It has been demonstrated in thousands of cases that all abnormal action of the external muscles of the eyeball is accompanied by a strain or effort to see, and that with the relief of this strain the action of the muscles becomes normal and all errors of refraction disappear.
Myopia produced by unconscious strain to see at the distance is increase by conscious strain.
Primarily the strain to see is a strain of the mind, and, as in all cases in which there is a strain of the mind, there is a loss of mental control.
The remedy is not to avoid either near work or distant vision, but to get rid of the mental strain which underlies the imperfect functioning of the eye…
…the fact must be impressed upon the patient that perfect sight can be obtained only bij relaxation. Nothing else matters.
The fact is that when the mind is at rest nothing can tire the eyes, and when the mind is under a strain nothing can rest them. Anything that rests the mind will benefit the eyes.