Sight Sense

The sensory development notes published on this website are prepared in collaboration with an on behalf of Developing the Self Developing the World and to accompany the book “Spirit-led Community – healing the impact of technology” by Lisa Romero. The complete document complementary to the book can be opened here.

The sight sense is connected to the movement sense; it helps to distinguish between what is being seen and where it is in space. A small child has an inner experience of everything they see. The impression is left within them. The distinction that happens at maturity is the ability to differentiate between the images that are on the outside and those on the inside. The ability to filter external sensory impressions and be able to discern that what we are looking at is outside of us, means we are not inundated by the images.

Through the sight sense our eyes stretch forth their vision like a pair of arms extending and grasping perception.

Hyper sense of sight

For a person with a hyper sense of sight, light can cause discomfort; it can be piercing and intolerable, perhaps causing pain and ill health in other parts of the body. They generally need less light and don’t tolerate bright light well. When they are exposed to images it can be very hard to let them go; they impress deeply.

In the classroom, the child may be overpowered by whiteboards and videos, unable to hold their behaviour, becoming overstimulated, exhausted, or perhaps nauseous. Their dreams can be affected by what they have seen in the day, and traumatic events or images could remain undigested for years, being reflected in nightmares. They are likely to also have favourite imagery or a theme with which they fill themselves with regularly, and possibly repeat snippets from movies over and over -.the external image creating an inner reflection and movement that they take great pleasure in.

Hypo sense of sight

Having a hypo sense of sight will mean that more light is needed to be able to see clearly. This can cause long or short-sightedness with a lack of differentiation in forms so that some things are blurry. They might prefer to have the light on to increase the sensation, or if they stay with what is familiar they will prefer the dark. 

In front of the classroom the child may need more detail in the visual images or to be closer to the front to stimulate their sense of sight and grasp the picture. They could become bored unless the work is filled with living colour. Their behaviour can also reflect the images that have crossed into their inner life unnoticed.

Adults are not so affected by visual impressions, and may offend others by wearing what may be considered inappropriate images on their clothing. The visual impressions enter, but they are less affected by them, sometimes seeking shocking or extreme imagery.

How to harmonise and support the development of the sight sense

To keep joy and wonder in each task so that more of the world can reveal itself. The world is a colourful and exciting place as a young adult when we have been nourished with a social life that is warm, tasteful and true. The subtle but dramatic changes in nature, such as with the rising and setting of the sun can help us to experience the relationship of what we see, and what lives in us. Observing nature in real life nourishes the sense of sight whereas viewing it on a screen with artificial penetrating light can cause the natural process to deteriorate.

Use gentle colours with soft edges for children under seven years old, bringing more definition to the form from the seventh year. Apply this to architecture, furnishings, wall colours, clothing worn by adults in the environment and the activities offered. The application of chamomile over the abdomen can help calm the nervous system and pain from overexposure to light.

Chalkboard drawings created by hand that are full of colour and detail tell a story and invite the eye to move across the landscape and into the shadows without being over-penetrated by the light.