What we understand about human perception:
The worlds shifts itself around your aim, because you are a creature that has an aim. You have to have an aim in order to do something. You are an aiming creature. You look at a point and you move towards it. It is built right into you… and so you have an aim. Well let’s say your aim is the highest possible aim. Well then that sets up the world around you. It organizes all of your perceptions. It organizes what you see and you don’t see. (Starting at 5:50)
The world is so impossibly complicated. There’s an infinite number of ways to look at the world. How do we decide what to look at and how to look at it? The question of “How do I adjust the eyes to see the best possible way?” is not a simple question for your biology to answer!
Perceptually, the world manifests itself according to your aim. You see what is relevant to your aim. You don’t see what is not relevant to your aim.
So why is active focus a necessity?
You must aim at clarity for clarity to become manifest in the world.
That’s a problem, because how do you know what clarity is if you can’t see well? I think the answer is simple: don’t become so blind that you forget what clarity is. That is why we take the smallest possible reduction. If you get too far from clarity it becomes impossible to aim at clarity because you don’t know what clarity is anymore or in which direction your eyes must go to find clarity.
Jake stresses the importance of living in clarity for some time before making the next reduction. With this perspective it is easy to see the necessity of doing so. To know clarity well allows you to aim at clarity.
p.s. I’ve been improving my eyesight for just over one year now. So far so good Thanks, Jake!