For much of his career, Jacob
Liberman, O.D., Ph.D., practiced
as an optometrist and specialized in
working with children who had vision-related attention difficulties and learning
problems, as well as professional athletes.
He is the inventor of several color therapy
instruments, as well as the Eyeport Vision
Training System, the first FDA-cleared
medical device that significantly improves
overall visual performance.
Through a profound experience he had
while meditating, his vision spontaneously
corrected, catalyzing insights that
became the foundation for his first two
books, Light: Medicine of the Future
(Bear & Company, 1991) and Take off
Your Glasses and See: A Mind/Body
Approach to Expanding Your Eyesight
and Insight (Three Rivers Press, 1995).
Liberman’s third book, Luminous Life:
How the Science of Light Unlocks the Art
of Living (to be published by New World
Library in February) shares ideas readers
can implement to make transformations
in consciousness he describes as “rapid,
significant, and permanent.”
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“master gland.” Referred to as the “seat of the soul” by
philosopher René Descartes, the pineal has always been
associated with enlightenment because its biological
function moves us toward oneness.
“The body is in a continual homeodynamic state,”
Liberman explains. “This critical preservation of harmony
is accomplished by constantly synchronizing our totality
with the rhythm and timing of the cosmos. Acting as the
body’s light meter, the pineal concurrently communicates
information about the time of day, time of year, spectral
characteristics, and the earth’s electromagnetic field with
every cell in the body simultaneously. In so doing, each cell
orchestrates its internal function to come into congruity and
oneness with all of life.
“In oneness there is unconditional acceptance for who
we are and who we have always been. Instantaneously, our
life is transformed,” Liberman says.
Many of us are used to protecting ourselves from light.
Liberman acknowledges that we need to wear sunglasses to
avoid excessive glare and we should apply sunscreen when we’re
exposed to hours of intense sunlight. But using sunglasses every
time we go outdoors artificially filters the light energy entering
our eyes, affecting every function of our body.
Liberman suggests that we spend at least a little time
outdoors each day without such protection—even if it’s only one
to two minutes at first. He suggests building up this exposure
gradually, aiming for 20 minutes total, to ensure the minimum
daily requirement of light.
Science vs. Spirituality
While it sometimes seems there is a battle between
science and spirituality, Liberman sees the perceived
conflict as two different ways to reach the same truth.
Scientists examine issues intellectually, striving to
discover life’s underpinnings through technology and
detailed analysis. Spiritual explorers seek to understand
through the heart, accessing the truth through their own
“We are often told that science must confirm ‘the
truth,’” Liberman says, “but science is built on continually
changing theories. The ultimate truth comes from our
own direct experience, something we intuitively know,
but do not understand.”
Although Liberman is a student of science, his real
understanding of life has come through direct experience—
which yields the key to awakening an entirely new way of
seeing. The ultimate truth, he adds, is the truth beyond
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