Steady gaze (Trataka):
Trataka (to stare steadily) has been followed by most spiritual systems. In Trataka, a steady gaze is performed on a point. While, it strictly comes under the category of a yoga cleansing technique, effective trataka practice takes one to the shores of meditation. Trataka means steady gazing. It is a very simple and beautiful Meditation Technique.
In this a ordinary candle is used, however any other object of choice can be used. The candle is set up at an arm's distance, height with eyes, and steady gazing is first done with the eyes open. After a moment or two, the eyes are closed, and the after picture of the flame is 'gazed at' with eyes closed at the eye brow center. Try not to move through out the practice. Relax your breath, let it extend, deepen. This open gazing of the flame and then with the eyes closed is alternated a couple of times before concluding the practice. If using a candle for Trataka, the gaze should be fixed at the wick tip and not on the flame.
It improves the optic function, both external and internal, such as poor eyesight and visualization abilities. It helps develop concentration and mental resolve. Develops the ability to maintain one-pointedness in amongst the noise and distractions of daily life. Develops the psychic eye that is the ability to "see" or understand what is inside and beyond the obvious. It develops the power of Intuition.