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FROM THE DESK of DR. HILDY®      Tibetan Rapid Eye Movement
by Dr. Hildegarde Staninger®, RIET-1
Copyright May 2, 2013



*Eye Chart Symbol by Tibetan Lama Monks (6)

Archeological evidence indicates that people arrived on the Tibetan plateau from the northeast approximately 13,000 years ago.  Over time they migrated throughout the region with large numbers settling along the Tsangpo River, which runs parallel to the Himalayas in southern Tibet.

Tibetans are believed to have evolved from the Qiang, one of the first ethnic groups to be referred to in Chinese historical records.  They were mentioned in the 12th century B.C. by members of the Chinese Zhou dynasty, who originated from the western plains near the mountains of Gansu where the Qiang lived.  The Zhou identified the Qiang as allies and the two groups were very similar and may have exchanged women.

In the 6th century B.C. as the Zhou and Chinese become increasingly involved in intensive agriculture the Qiang began migrating towards their present homeland in Sichuan.  There were reports of Qiang states into

the A.D. 4th and 5th centuries, around the time the first Ancient Tibetan kingdoms were reported.   Ancient Tibetans were fierce, war-like, horse people with the reputation non-unlike that of the Mongol Hordes of Genghis Khan and his grandson Batu.  During the Ming dynasty Tibetans used to sell the Chinese around 30,000 horses per year.  The trade between Tibet and China progressed throughout the centuries even to 1908, when the tea and horse trade continued.

The origin of the Tibetan race as per its legends and mythology was described beautifully by the author, Madan G. Singh in his as follows:

“Tibet is known as the roof of the world.  Situated in the heart of Asia it is a plateau with an average height of 10,000 feet above mean sea level.  Tibet borders India and the Himalayas on it southern border and China on it s eastern and northern border.  The main religion of Tibet is Buddhism which was introduced into Tibet in the mid 3rd century.  The 28th king of Tibet Thothori Nyantsen (173-233 AD) received the Buddhist canons, which reportedly fell on the roof of the fortress Yambulagong in central Tibet.  Yambulagong is the oldest fortress of Tibet.  The falling of the Buddhist scriptures on the fortress is considered a divine act.

As per legend Tibet came to be inhabited by people who are descendents of a union of a monkey and an ogress (some text say white lioness).  The monkey is symbolic and represents the Bodhisattva of Compassion – Avalokiteshvara. Bodhisattva means a person who is aspiring to be like Buddha.  Bodhisattva was used by Buddha to refer to himself in his present life as a prince and his past lives.

This scene of this celestial union according to mythology was the Ganpo Ri Mountain at Tsetang.  This is located in Central Tibet.  The union at this place between the monkey who in reality was Chenrsing or Buddha himself and the ogress Ma Drag Sinmo is as per mythology the beginning of the Tibetan race.  As per mythology the Ogress Sinmo was so large that she had to be pinned to earth and the place she was pinned has temples.

This mountain is sacred for Tibetans and believers trek to the mountain to pray and meditate.  At the top of the mountain there is a cave where the union is reported to have taken place.  This cave and mountain are considered sacred by Tibetan’s.  Reaching the cave is a tough proposition as it involves a half day trek up to the cave.  The cave is 550 meters from the Sangngag Zimche Nunnery.  It is situated at a height of 4060 meters.  A visit to the cave reveals a naturally-occurring image of a monkey.  There are also some paintings of simian like figures.

As per mythology the white Ogress and the monkey had 6 children.  They are names as – Se, Mu, Dong, Tong, Dru and Ra.  These offspring’s inherited their father’s compassion and mothers stubbornness.  As per Tibetan mythology these six are the ancestors of the 6 main tribes or clans of Tibet.

Se – is closely associated with the Azha tribe

Mu – corresponds to the clan name of the founder of Bo

Dong – is associated with the Minak clan

Tong is associated with the Sumpa clan

Dru   represents a mixed clan

Ra in turn gave rise to the (twelve) descendants

The origin of the Tibetan race is steeped in mythology.  Never the less it makes a fascinating study.”

Years ago, I learned from a professor of mine for Behavioral Medicine at Capital University of Integrative Medicine, Dr. Clancy D. MacKenzie the term  “rapid eye movement therapy” or its correct term “eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)” and its use as an immediate first aid treatment for any trauma involving memories from a hurricane and loosing your home, exposure to chemicals and how you lost your health or any post traumatic stress disorder PSTD). And best of all it worked well for everyone who used it.


EMDR is a psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro, which emphasizes disturbing memories as the cause of psychopathology and alleviates the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  EMDR is used for individuals who have experienced severe trauma which remains unresolved.  According to Shapiro, when a traumatic or distressing experience occurs, it may overwhelm normal cognitive and neurological coping mechanisms.  The memory and associated stimuli are inadequately processed, and stored in an isolated memory network.  The goal of EMDR therapy is to process these distressing memories, reducing their lingering effects and allowing clients to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms.  This is done by having the clients recall traumas while following the therapist’s hand movement.

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The use of EMDR was originally developed to treat adults suffering from  PTSD, however, it is also used to treat children.  The movement of the eyes as they followed the hand would follow a directional pattern of up and down, side to side, crosses and “X’s”.   If the person recalled the traumatic event, they may become teary eyed and the therapist would say breath in deeply with your nose and breathe out through your mouth as they would repeat this procedure three times.

Little did any of us know that for generations as far back as ancient times in Tibet, the Tibetan’s have used natural methods to correct visual weakness and improve their eyesight?  The primary methods utilized by them were specific exercises of following a pattern with their eyes to allow the eye muscles to strengthen, improve eye sight and release emotions of their traumas of war.

The Tibetan’s first eye chart was designed by Tibetan Lama Monks from the ancient mountains stated in the mythology of the ancient Tibetan races originated from the union of the monkey and the white Ograss.  It is amazing that the Tibetan Lama monks created these exercise symbols to stimulate the muscles and nerves of the optical system.  The eye muscles focus similar to a camera shutter, thus the purpose of these exercises is to strengthen the eye muscles to improve vision.

A few minutes a day in the morning and the evening will bring immediate effects and improve eye vision over the months to come, as they also aid one to release built up emotions and the memories of traumas that are stuck on the nerve pathways within their brain and nervous system.  This is truly an amazing event that the American Psychiatric Association references EMDR as a recommended treatment for trauma (a little method in the universal first aid kit of life), while Ancient Tibetans were using the same methods but as symbols to aid their vision, ease their pain of war and allow them to have excellent aim with an arrow.


Early Tibetan History

2) the Tibetan-Race-As-Per-
Mythology&id=0798812 © 5/2/2013 by Madan G. Singh

3)  Dr. Clancy D. McKenzie, MD, Psychiatrist, Philadelphia, PA
former Professor Behavioral Medicine, Capital University of Integrative Medicine,
Washington, D.C.

4)  Dr. Benjamin Colodzin, Forensic Psychologist.  Bolinas, CA.  Pioneered  the first treatment services for Vietnam Veterans Suffering from Post Traumatic Stress  Disorders.

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) – Dr. Francine Shapiro

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Tibetan Exercises for Eye Health

Dr. Hildegarde Staninger, RIET-1
Industrial Toxicologist/IH & Doctor of Integrative Medicine
Integrative Health Systems,LLC
415 3/4 N. Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Phone: 323-466-2599
Fax: 323-466-2774


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