What if there was a way to help the blind easily find their way around their environment using only their senses? Shouldn’t this service be available to as many visually impaired individuals as possible? Fortunately, there is a program that allows people to observe their surroundings without the use of sight. And, with MP USA’s help, blind students are developing non-visual skills with Vibravision in Ogden Utah. Let’s take a closer look at this program.
What Is Vibravision?
For centuries, Merpati Putih was only available to members of the Indonesian Royal Family, their guards, and the army. Then, in the 1960s, it was given to the people so that they might protect themselves. Vibravision is just one of the Merpati Putih disciplines. Five MP members in East Jakarta began training in Vibravision in 1989. Mas Budi, one of the royal heirs to the MP knowledge performed the training and soon moved on to help blind individuals learn the skill.
Today, even Kopassus, the Indonesian Army’s Special Forces, learn Vibravision as part of their training to help with “seeing” at night. And, for decades, now, Vibravision has been used to help blind people find their way. This orientation and mobility method has revolutionized how visually impaired individuals interact with the natural world.
How MP USA Is Using Vibravision to Help the Blind
Vibravision first came to America in 1999 thanks to MP USA founders Nate and Mike Zeleznick. The trip was widely covered by the media. After the demonstration, the Zeleznick brothers went to work training in the art, and after years of practice, they were granted permission to teach Vibravision. Their studio, MP USA, is the only place in the Western Hemisphere where you can learn the discipline.
At MP USA, we help the blind and those who are losing their sight by awakening and enhancing perception through the use of Vibravision. We believe this practice has the ability to open up a new era of understanding of what the mind is capable of. This precise application of MP only available in Ogden, Utah has received validation from representatives at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind, a state senator, blind people, optometrists, and a medical doctor.
When preparing this blog post, we talked to two blind students who had completed the immersion course. Both reported that Vibravision changed their lives and that it is much different from traditional non-visual skills. They are growing their spatial awareness and mobility as they practice on a regular basis. For instance, as they apply their mind’s eye to scan their space, they are finding it easier to find what they need, reach for car handles, move around, and locate door knobs.
How to Get Involved
There are three Vibravision courses available to blind individuals:
Weekend Introduction – If you are curious about seeing what Vibravision has to offer without committing to an immersion course, there is a 16-hour-long weekend course.
1-Week Immersion – Sight-impaired individuals receive food, lodging, a DVD of the event, a uniform, and certificate of completion in this course that takes place over five and a half days.
1-Month Immersion – This program perfects skills learned in the 1-Week Immersion and takes place every weekday for eight hours.
If you can see just fine but want to help visually-impaired people gain access to the benefits of Vibravision, we recommend donating, sponsoring, or starting a crowdfunding page for applicants through the Vibravision Foundation. This organization was founded to help blind individuals afford the Vibravision courses.
Blind students are developing non-visual skills with Vibravision in Ogden Utah. To learn more, contact MP USA today.