Jul 22

Vision Clearing Exercise

“Since the beginning of time, people have been trying to change the world so that they can be happy. This hasn’t ever worked, because it approaches the problem backward. What The World gives us is a way to change the projector—mind—rather than the projected. It’s like when there’s a piece of lint on a projector’s lens. We think there’s a flaw on the screen, and we try to change this person and that person, whomever the flaw appears on next. But it’s futile to try to change the projected images. Once we realize where the lint is, we can clear the lens itself. This is the end of suffering, and the beginning of a little joy in paradise.” ― Byron Katie


I often wonder why the same kinds of people, situations and dramas appear over and over again…. I mean when we’re not actively creating it with our behavior.  Could it be something far less obvious?  Like worry?  Fear? Too much energy going in the wrong directions?… Sometimes all I can see is what could go wrong and I start searching for what I could DO to change it. There is a sense of near panic when I realize that the answer is “nothing” and then even my prayers turn desperate, pleading, begging. The only solution is to step back and clear my perspective by changing the way I THINK.


Whenever you notice a negative thought, just as soon as you notice it, take a deep breath and try this:


- First imagine that negative image as a smudge on the lens of your mind. It’s actually dirt that is at the very least clouding your vision or even worse poisoning your thought life. It has to go!

- Then take a moment to recognize this nasty smudge for what it really is (just a thought) and its location. It’s important to note that your thoughts and feelings are yours. As much as you might like to believe that they are justified by something outside of you they are not really caused by external entities and circumstances. Remind yourself that the reverse is also true, any negative image you hold will not change any person or situation for the better.

 - This negative thought does not need to be a part of you or something that defines you.  Whether it is resentment, fear, anger or worry it is simply an image and it can be removed. It cannot possibly serve who you are or who you are becoming.

 - Now start replacing that image, that thought, with a picture of yourself, your true, genuine and loving Self, very carefully and thoroughly removing that smudge from the lens of your mind. Take a few slow deep breaths and visualize washing it away with your loving intentions. Stay with this meditation until you really feel that the negative thought has been removed.

 - Take a few moments to enjoy the sense of clarity, the relief, that comes from this simple act of mental cleansing. Look around now at everything that is good, notice everything that is positive in your life right now. Affirm that you and you alone are responsible for keeping the lens of your mind clean.


This is an empowering exercise that can be used over and over again, especially if you notice yourself engaging negativity and adding to it with more distressing scenarios or verbalizing them. You are not a victim. YOU are the one who chooses the thoughts that will eventually create your reality. Take a deep breath. Pray for peace. Let go. And look again from a new and quieter space.


The dramas that play out in the world around us are just reminders to clear the lens. It’s your mind. Clean it up and you WILL SEE.




  • Kimber

    I absolutely love this post Jane, thank you for helping me put things back into prospective. I don’t know where I’d be without you!

  • http://janedoerecovery.com/ Jane

    Hi there Kimber :) no excuses for my horribly delayed reply but I wanted you to know that I really appreciate your comments. I don’t know where I’d be without supportive people like you! I really do hope what you read here makes a difference.

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