Such opacities of the vitreous can have different causes; in most cases they are age-related rather than pathological. In bright light conditions, the shadows of these particles are projected onto the light-sensitive retina and thus become visible to the viewer as small rings, dots and strands which appear to »fly« through the visual field, following the eyes´ motions. Eye floaters are widely spread, in itself harmless and not effectively treatable with our current medical means.
This explanation of mouches volantes makes sense to us, even if we are not ophthalmologists, because it refers to our everyday realm of experience accessible with our intellectual mind.
When the eye floaters attracted my attention for the first time, however, it happened in an environment that was quite different from that in which our everyday experiences take place. In this way, I was confronted with a totally different interpretation of these dots and strands floating before my eyes.
At this point in time, I had already learned the art of focused consciousness development from a person who lives in the remote solitude of the Emmental region in Switzerland. This man, who calls himself Nestor, as well as my experiences in the vicinity of the headwaters of the Emme River, triggered a development within me which caused me to radically change my life habits and views of the world. In the course of this alternative way of living, my visual perception eventually changed as well: I began to see, and get to know, exactly these dots and strands. Ever since, the eye floaters are my object of study and concentration.
In this environment I tried to figure out whether there is more to the phenomenon of mouches volantes than just »particles in the eye« – in other words, whether it is possible to prove the main assertions in the teachings of the seer Nestor to be true: namely, that the eye floaters are the initial parts of a shining basic structure formed by our consciousness which organizes our everyday perception of objects in our field of vision, making them appear sensible; and that the mystical entering into one specific sphere of this structure will enable us human beings to maintain our consciousness beyond the point of physical death.
This novel is based on a true story and will give insights into the worldview and practice of that mystical way of living in which the notion of »particles in the eye« is, at best, a distraction from seeing, from directly seeing the shining structure of consciousness.