You use the imaginary X-Technique. Notice the four corners of the book the pattern of the white on the page, the margins. While softly gazing through the centre of the book.
If you can see the blip great it's a neat sign you got it right when you using periperal vision. As you pointed out from your experience you can get the blip too easily focusing with cross eyes.
My post is assure people who haven't got the blip yet not to get hung up on it and continue with the system. Soft focus notice both pages without trying to read the words is all that is required to PhotoRead.
Your eye sees with the rod as well as the cones always. All you need to do is stop trying to see and let the eyes see.
All the trying to see does is hook up the conscious mind which creates barriers. Since the conscious mind is playing with the data the non-conscious mind decides nothing more is required. It's the have to have signs, have to know. Have to make sure I'm getting this 100% right or it won't work beliefs that stuff up the process not the physical body.
It goes in with the periperal vision (the rods) anyway.
So please stop creating have tos and must do or it won't work. It's the IT Won't Work that becomes your intention and your mind will always live up to your expectation.
It works without the blip page, Expect that.
It works with divergent gaze (and you happen to see the blip page which is a nice sign) Expect that.
Are the beginning affirmation and closing affirmation important.
They are a statement of your expectations what you intend. Ironically you're making a statement whether you are consciously aware of it or not (refer to the rules you created). If I want positive results I'm going to make sure I give myself positive affirmations of my intent just in case I have an non-conscious rule playing in the background. It evens out the playing field and increases my chances of success. So Yes I do consider the opening and closing affirmation very important.