|Dyslexia: The Gift that is Considered a Problem|
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The Mind’s Eye and Focusing
The Mind’s Eye is the center of perception. It is the place where we look from. When you look at a mental picture such as an imagination or dream, you use the mind’s eye to look at it. The mind’s eye has many possible locations, wherever the dyslexic person wants it to be. Dyslexics are able to experience their mental images as actual perceptions (Ronald D. Davis, The Gift of Dyslexia, page 129).
So if they place the mind’s eye in a certain location, they gain the ability to experience their perceptions from that perspective. When dyslexic people look at an alphabet letter and disorient, within a second they see different views: from the top, the side and the back of the letter.
For example: p, q, d, b. All four of them are the same shape. If you turn a tree around it will still be a tree. If you turn a p around it will be a q, b, or d. The mind’s eye basically circles around the letter. This is the disorientation function hard at work, trying to figure out the object.
The dyslexic person needs to learn how to turn disorientation off. If he is confused he will just sit there and gain nothing from the instruction. He will just feel sick. Reorientation is accomplished by positioning the mind’s eye consciously. When the Mind’s Eye is located in the right place, the person stops being disoriented and is able to perceive the “real” world correctly. The person becomes oriented. As a result of this he can follow lessons in class again.
The best position for the mind’s eye varies from person to person, and from activity to activity. For reading and writing or math it is usually located around the same area for everyone, above and behind the head. This place was found by experimenting. The actual location for the orientation spot is a few inches to a foot above and behind the head, on the centerline of the body (Ronald D. Davis, The Gift of Dyslexia, page 131). The goal for the mind’s eye is not to stop the person from being disoriented, for disorientation is a valuable talent. In order to invent something you need to be able to disorient, meaning you need to be able to imagine something that does not exist. Consider the need for all dyslexics to write correctly. For this, spell checkers got invented. That solved their biggest need: Being able to easily write and spell correctly.
The process of correcting dyslexia is by starting to control the perceptual distortions, turning them on and off. That means the dyslexic person can also turn off the symptoms that cause dyslexia. Once the disorientation is turned off, the person stops creating dyslexia symptoms. It takes less than one hour to learn how to do this.
At the end of a successful session, with some help at catching disorientations as they occur, the person will know how to do it by him- or herself. The dyslexic’s reading skills improve dramatically. To some people it appears like a sort of magic or miracle, which just happened. But actually you are only seeing the person’s real skills without the interference of disorientations. There have been cases in which a teenager has improved their reading by as many as eight grade levels, as a result of “Orientation Counseling®” (Ronald D. Davis, The Gift of Dyslexia, page 150).
It seems very hard to learn this procedure but it is not. In fact, it is very easy for a dyslexic person to learn this technique, because they already know how to do it. They have been doing this since they were few months old, but they were not aware of what they were doing all along. The procedure enables them to understand a skill they already have and gives them control over it (Ronald D. Davis, The Gift of Dyslexia, page 150).
© Matthias Füll, 2010