Averted Vision Helps with Intuition

by Diana Rankin on June 22, 2015

We can take a tip from astronomers when developing intuition. Astronomers use a technique called averted vision for viewing faint objects. Averted vision involves looking at objects with peripheral vision rather than looking directly.

The technique is not new. There is evidence that the Classical Greek scientist and philosopher Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) reportedly used this technique while observing a star cluster. Averted vision works because the retina of our eyes has two types of light-detecting cells: rods and cones.

Cones are denser near the center of the retina. They help us see color and fine detail. Rods are mostly away from the center of the retina. Although we see less detail and no color through the rods, they are much more sensitive to light.

As we develop intuition, we often need to look at the world with averted eyes rather than straight on. Although full of color, the world of intuition is subtle, not always seen directly. Messages may seem obscure, needing to be worked like pieces of a puzzle. Information may come in pieces, asking us to fit them together to make the whole. As we mull the information around in our minds, that light bulb moment comes—the intuitive hit—filling us with delight and newfound awareness.

Try this practice: On a clear night, look at the stars with averted eyes. Now look directly at the sky, and then look again with averted eyes. What do you see differently? How is your experience different when looking with averted eyes as it is when looking directly?

© 2015 Diana Rankin

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