The Nettle Annual 2006
Working with Clarity
Following my last article where we discussed putting yourself into a
more ‘open’ state in order to take in more of the non-verbal
components of the world around you, this article will describe how
you can achieve a more aware state of mind for yourself, and why
you might want to.
You can use this exercise yourself or teach it to others. I’ve found it
is particularly useful when listening to something you want to
remember fully (children can also use this to pay better attention in
class and remember the lesson more effectively).
1. The first thing to do is sit/stand comfortably, with your body
2. Focus your eyes on a point directly ahead and slightly above
3. As you stare at your chosen point, gradually become aware of
(without moving your focus) the things around that point.
4. Gradually become aware of the area further and further out from
your focal point, to the point where you’re aware of your entire
peripheral vision (as far to the sides of you as you can), all the
time keeping your focus on the original point you chose.
5. If you’re doing this to listen to someone and to increase your
receptiveness or learning of what someone else is saying, bring
your focal-point down to them while keeping your peripheral
This might feel strange when you first do it, but if you just go with it
you should find that you take in more information than usual and that
you are better able to access that information at a later date.
If you have a child who has trouble remembering how to spell, then
getting them into a more aware state before teaching them can
make a huge difference.
You’ll probably find that if you ask your child to spell a word, their
eyes will move up and to the side while they try to recall the word
and its spelling. Taking a card with the word(s) on and holding each