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"a life unlike any blind person had ever lived before, going sightseeing, enjoying television, climbing up on his rooftop"

Remember all those Natural Hygiene doctors who always say: "never ever give up hope, our bodies have an amazing ability to heal, if we just to provide the correct environment".
Here is a story about a blind man - and about how our bodies may have amazing abilities that we haven't even started to understand yet. E.g. developing new senses, or amazingly sharpening our existing senses.

Meet Zoltan Torey, a blind man who goes sightseeing, watches tennis on television, does his own roofing repairs, and may even have cracked the riddle of consciousness. The following is from an interview about the book "The World I Built from Darkness" (2003) in The "What Is Enlightenment" magazine


The accident that changed Zoltan Torey's life forever took place in a factory in Sydney, Australia, on a wind-whipped winter night in 1951. While he was hauling a forty-four-gallon drum of battery acid along a track overhead, the plug suddenly failed and came loose, showering his face with corrosive fire. Vision splintering, unable to speak above a whisper, he slowly felt his way along the floor. The seconds passed by in surreal procession. Tick. Down the stairs. No time for panic or pain. Tick. The foreman found him and helped him to the locker room, where they tried to wash his eyes out under the shower, clothes and all. It was useless. Tick. Complicated. They were driving in a car. Tick. At the hospital. Everything was falling inward, shouts and silences, snippets of questions he couldn't answer. "What did you say the acid was?" Tick. Do something, he thought, collapsing toward unconsciousness. He was only twenty-one years old.

Laying cramped and feverish in his hospital bed, slowly deteriorating toward death, Zoltan Torey pondered his predicament. This Hungarian émigré, who had escaped the darkening clouds of the Cold War little more than a year earlier, would never see again—at least not in the old way. His doctors explained that instead of shutting down with the loss of sight, the visual cortex often goes haywire, conjuring up vivid hallucinations that can disorient and overwhelm the newly blind. For this reason, they warned, it was imperative that he leave all visual imagery behind and rebuild his mental representation of reality using hearing and touch. But Torey balked at this advice. With no one to guide him, no plans or maps to follow, he actually went in the exact opposite direction. He would train himself, he decided, to simply picture the world around him through his now hyperactive visual imagination. It was an act of shocking originality and creative courage, and with it, his extraordinary journey beyond the limits of blindness began.

"From the moment his bandages come off," writes neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks in his foreword to Torey's autobiography Out of Darkness, Torey "sets himself, with extraordinary tenacity, to taming his now heightened imagery, shaping it into a supple, reliable tool for living and thinking. In doing so he not only compensates himself for the loss of his sight, but develops what is almost a new sense, a new faculty of mind." That new sense - in essence, the ability to see without seeing - would enable him to live a life unlike any blind person had ever lived before, going sightseeing, enjoying tennis on television, composing elaborate prose on a typewriter, even climbing up on his rooftop by himself, to his neighbors' amazement and alarm, and replacing all the gutters.

Continued here:
Z. Torey interview by R. Robertson
A 2 minute audio-clip from the interview: I see no difference between matter and mind (spirit) ...
Also, see this review: Seeing clearly through the mind's eye :
"The story of a brilliant blind man who claims that he can "see" with his mind rather than his eyes has enormous psychological potential. What would it say about the way the rest of us see? Is it possible that our eyes only skim over things, while the real "looking" is done by the mind?"
Zoltan Torey has also written this book (1999): "The Crucible of Consciousness: A Personal Exploration of the Conscious Mind"

"He not only compensates himself for the loss of his sight, but develops what is almost a new sense, a new faculty of mind"

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