There is a difference between looking and seeing. These are two very different ways or styles for using the eyes to access vision. When these two parts are not balanced, visual problems may develop. Looking and seeing are visual styles. They correlate to different personality characteristics. Their individual source of activation are in specific parts of the brain.
The first way to use the eyes is looking; looking refers to visual acuity. When clear vision is focused on the fovea centralis it produces a sharp image filled with specific details. People who tend to view the world this way, may not always be aware of the big picture, because they get lost in the details. The personal characteristics of the ‘looker’ often tend to be of a more intellectual, precise, introverted individual.
Nearsightedness is a practiced form of looking; it disengages our feelings and our connection to what is happening outside. The over-looker focuses his or her attention on developing a rational, logical, and analytical way of perceiving the world. Looking generally leads to a ’doing’ of one’s life, with a focus on accomplishment and achievement – getting things done.
Using vision in this more foveal (or looking) fashion tends to trigger hemisphere locations of the brain that performs more logical functions such as mathematics. Analytical, logical, and linear thinking ‘looker’ tends to be more objective. There are other hemispheric locations of the brain associated with feeling, creativity, artistic/musical endeavours associated with ‘seeing’ perceptions
The myopic personality seems to be more logically-brained. Research comparing personality types of myopic individuals with others has been conducted. Findings are in agreement, suggesting that myopic individuals tend to be more introverted than their hyperopic counterparts.
The second way to use the eyes is by seeing. Seeing involves particular-brain functions. A ‘seer,’ is someone who may have trouble staying focused on one task at a time and may seem ‘spacey.’ This individual is more ‘retinal’ instead of ‘foveal’, because light entering the eye is less focused on the fovea, and instead spreads out onto the peripheral areas of the retina. (Recall that the peripheral retina has far fewer cones making vision focused here less acute).
Seeing is creative and involves being. Seeing is related to intuition, creativity, sensing, and involves emotions. Farsighted people may tend to have the characteristics of a seeing ‘brained’ person, as they use their eyes to see rather than look. To see is to have feelings about what we are perceiving, not merely to register the presence or absence of an object or person. A balanced integration of these two styles of using the eyes, looking and seeing, is ideal and can be considered Conscious Seeing.
Nearsightedness can be related to a fear of seeing. Quite often this fear is related to an uncertainty about the future. Is this a fear of seeing the outside? This fear could also be fear of seeing something about one’s self. When our perceptions are strongly linked to survival events of the past, the fear of the past situation repeating itself can blind us to what we are perceiving in the current moment.
Greater wholeness and fuller awareness involves an integration of the many seen and unseen aspects of the self. As you grow toward consciousness you develop a sense of who you are – your ‘Soul driven’ self. The experience and acceptance of your inherent nature and all your life experiences, including your emotional history can be accomplished by learning to simultaneously mastering seeing and looking. Also, to accomplish this equally through both eyes at the same time.
The avoidance or denial of some aspect of the self is likely to have some impact on the individual, whether it is solely psychological or is physical in its manifestation . When you deny your soul’s perception, your own eyes will reveal this refusal to see in very physical terms. The eye discloses valuable invisible information, not just about conditions such as hypertension and cardiovascular dysfunction, but about the brain, mind, and human consciousness itself.
Gaining self-awareness requires some effort and willingness on the part of the seeker. To have real vision is to be conscious of the moments when we lose the integration of looking and seeing. Ultimately seeing is the frame around what we are looking at. The frame adds the feeling to what we are understanding. Seeing is the heart-felt perception of our thinking.