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Dyslexia: The Gift that is Considered a Problem

Handling stress

One of the things that can cause disorientation is stress. It is like a domino effect. Stress causes disorientation which causes even more stress. There are two ways that could become a problem. Stress that comes from the outside, such as the teacher walking around instead of standing still, could trigger disorientation. This is because the voice does not come from the same place consistently. Trying to listen to your teacher in spite of the disorientation is stressful.

Another example of stress is worrying. If you ever thought you might have left a candle burning at home and had to be gone from the house for some hours, then you know what I’m talking about. You spend the whole time thinking about the scenario that might be happening at home: your house burning down. You finally come home and see it did not happen. You immediately stop worrying and feel relieved. You breathe out and relax. Using the release technique gives you the same feeling.

The dyslexic who develops orientation skills will find that if the mind’s eye doesn’t move, there will be no mistakes. Whenever the mind’s eye moves from the orientation spot the person will feel disoriented. He will make a reading mistake again, or some “old solution” will turn on. An example of an old solution might be: having your mom or someone else read to you. This would take care of the stress caused by not being able to do something which in this case would be reading. It would seem like the next logical skill to learn would be to always keep the mind’s eye on the orientation point.

 That way you can read well and properly. This unfortunately could also lead to a headache (Ronald D. Davis, The Gift of Dyslexia, page 178).

The reason for this is because the mind’s eye doesn’t move by itself. The person is subconsciously moving it around. So when the person becomes confused, he will be attempting to move the mind’s eye at the same time as he is trying to prevent it from moving. Literally he is working against himself (Ronald D. Davis, The Gift of Dyslexia, page 179). This causes tension which results in a headache.

The more you try not to do it, the stronger the headache will become. In this case the wrong idea would be to tell the dyslexic to stop doing what he is doing. It would be like telling someone not to think about ice cream. The more you try not to think about ice cream the stronger your mental picture of ice cream will become. In order not to think about ice cream you would consciously have to think of something else, like a hot dog. Of course we don’t think about a hot dog if we want to cure a headache. What we do is learn about the feeling of release.

In order to learn about release, you are led to experience two opposing things at the same time. This could be done by thinking about releasing your hands while you are tensing them up. As soon as you put the two experiences in harmony together by letting go, you are experiencing the feeling of release consciously.

The feeling you get is like a weight coming off your shoulders. It is like coming home and seeing your house still standing after worrying all day that it might have burned down because you left your candle burning.

©  Matthias Füll,  2010