MIND POWER II: Cooperative Vision
following story on the internet caught my attention when I was doing a
little research on vision and photography a few days ago. (Henan
Province is located in central China south of Beijing.)
Henan Man Impossible to Photograph
Central News Agency - Jan 09, 2006
January 6, 2006, Henan Province's Dahe Daily newspaper reported that
the local police department was unable to take an ID photo of Ye
Xiangting from Yelou Village in the Yangzhuang Township of Wugang City,
Henan Province. No image of Ye Xiangting showed up in the computer
photos, and there is still no clear explanation for the result.
Xiangting told the reporter about his recent visit to the Yangzhuang
police station to get a photo taken for a new ID card. He sat in front
of the camera, but no image of him would show up in the photo. The
staff checked the camera very carefully, but found no problems. He
retook photos of Ye Xiangting, but no photos of Ye Xiangting was found
on the computer images.
“The staff had Ye Xiangting carefully
check his clothes to be sure he did not carry anything that would
interfere with the equipment. Finally, Ye sat in front of the camera
and was photographed from every angle. The staff still failed to get
any images of him.
“The staff could not find a reason. They took
images of Ye Xiangting with other people. They were stunned when the
other people showed up in the computer images, but not Ye. Ye Xiangting
seemed to have "disappeared" from the photos. In the end, the staff had
to give up. Ye Xiangting said that he has never encountered this kind
of problem before. Normally, he could be photographed.
police station chief told the reporter they have encountered two
similar cases. They are unclear about the cause and hope the experts
can offer an explanation.”
Quite a fascinating story. I am sure
there are more like it, but I didn’t have the time or patience to wade
through the numbers of people who “Cannot Be Photographed” because they
run from the camera or skip their photo session.
At the time, I
had been pondering on the sense and wonder of sight carrying the basic
thought that what we see is really a lot “more than meets the eye.”
Science, if I understand correctly, basically says that sight is merely
a product of receiving light images through the retina of the eye and
passing the information on to the brain-mind where the “pictures are
Most of us probably believe that “how we look at things”
- our consciousness - also has effects on what we see and perceive.
But, there is even more to the process which might be somewhat
en-light-ening for you.
The Rest of the Story - or some of it. (From Front Page)
have been coming to the conclusion that there is at least one other
factor involved in vision and photography as well.. That belief has
deepened as I have pondered and run into unexpected information
relevant to the question.
• My first pondering was upon our
own similarity to the modern (since 1840) invention of photography. My
imagining is that the development of picture taking has been truly
amazing, as light and shadows have been coaxed to reveal themselves on
plates, then film and paper, and now electronic media.
a difference between a camera and an eyeball. Yet, cameras and film are
able to produce pictures which are pretty much the same as the ones we
How, with all the rays of light and tangles of shadows
out there, are we - humans and cameras - able to put together
meaningful images? It seems that we should just be getting blurs,
instead of defined images.
That’s certainly the way
photographs first came out. Maybe newborns start out the same way. I
understand that blind people who have their sight restored go through
such a process. See Val Kilmer’s movie, At First Sight.
recovering sight have to be “taught” how to see - again. It seems that
scientists and technicians and early photographers did the same thing
with their experiments. I have to think that they literally taught
machines and chemicals and papers to reproduce pictures.
OTHER FACTOR. Has to do with the images which we see. I believe, they
themselves have to be somehow involved in the equation. Neither we nor
cameras can “take” a picture of something beyond ourselves without its
You might laugh at the idea, but let me press on with a variety of support.
I have been studying Raja Yoga (Yoga Sutras of Patanjali) for some
months. Not long after I started meditating on this conundrum, I got to
Sutra 21, Book III which translates from the Sanskrit as “By
concentrated meditation upon the distinction between form and body,
those properties of the body which make it visible to the human eye are
negated (or withdrawn) and the yogi can render himself invisible.”
by W.Q. Judge adds: “Another great difference between this (yogic)
philosophy and modern science is here indicated. The schools of today
lay down the rule that if there is a healthy eye in line with the rays
of light reflected from an object -- such as a human body -- the latter
will be seen, and that no action of the mind of the person looked at
can inhibit the functions of the optic nerves and retina of the
onlooker. But the ancient Hindus held that all things are seen by
reason of that differentiation of Satwa -- one of the three great
qualities composing all things -- which is manifested as luminosity,
operating in conjunction with the eye, which is also a manifestation of
Satwa in another aspect. The two must conjoin; the absence of
luminosity or its being disconnected from the seer’s eye will cause a
disappearance. And as the quality of luminosity is completely under the
control of the ascetic, he can, by the process laid down, check it, and
thus cut off from the eye of the other an essential element in the
seeing of any object.”
Basically, the sutra and Mr. Judge are
saying that that which is to be seen has to cooperate - at some level -
in the process of vision. FAR OUT, as John Denver used to say.
This reminds me of the stories of primitive people running from cameras
which they feared might capture their souls. Other stories of sadhus
and holy men who can’t be photographed, or their faces come out blurred
in pictures. And, the account of a Chinese man who “Couldn’t Be
Photographed” for his driver’s license. I suspect he wasn’t a yogi, but
some part of him apparently didn’t cooperate with the procedure.
• I am also
reminded of one of my favorite movies, Phenomenon, with John Travolta
playing George Malley who does amazing things - eventually determined
to be due to an expansion of brain function because of a deadly tumor.
Pshaw! A wonderful movie, but a materialistic bottomline.
George Malley reads four or five books a night from the local library.
At its annual fair, he wants to tell people about what he has learned
from his reading. But, he gets sidetracked with some of the Phenomena
that he does.
Malley begins to make a pair of sunglasses whirl
around in a circle in the air even though he is just pointing his
finger at them from a distance. He talks about the Cooperation between
the energy in himself and in the glasses.
• One more find: A
book called The Soul of Things by William Denton dating to 1863. Denton
worked with psychometrists to assist in his studies of geology. He was
able to make some fascinating confirmations in support of geological as
well as psychometric research.
He quotes an early researcher in
photographic science, Sir William Brewster, who said, “All bodies throw
off emanations in greater or less and with greater or less velocities.”
further suggests that radiant forces are passing from all objects -
night and day. Wherever we go, we leave our portrait.” That is we
humans, but also rocks and planets do that same.
“It would seem
that rays of light are passing from all objects continually, which are
invisible to the eye, as a general rule, and can pass readily through
some substances, if not all, which are opaque to ordinary light.” (Soul
of Things is available for download free at books.google.com.)
• My conclusion is that Vision is a Cooperative effort requiring the involvement of the Seer, Light, and that which is Seen.
A further conclusion is that every visible thing Glows not necessarily
in the dark, but at least in the day. Every thing radiates its own
Light. Everything has an aura, however limited. Atoms and cells,
creatures and beings radiate Light and Cooperate unconsciously and
sometimes consciously in our Magical World.
bolster the ancient teaching that we all grow into the Light. “In thy
Light do we see Light. In thy Light do we become Light.”
“I see, and when the Eye is opened, all is Light.”
More to follow. Comments invited.