Hey there fellow ATS members,
now, I have been looking for an explanation about a phenomena that occurred to me multiple times over the course of 3 months. It took me about a year
to find something that more or less reflects my experiences, and apparently it's being termed "Closed Eye Visualizations/Hallucinations".
These types of hallucinations generally only occur when one's eyes are closed or when one is in a darkened room. They are a form of phosphene.
What's phosphene you mas ask?:
A phosphene is an entoptic phenomenon characterized by the experience of seeing light without light actually entering the eye. The word phosphene
comes from the Greek words phos (light) and phainein (to show).
Phosphenes are flashes of light, often associated with optic neuritis, induced by movement or sound. Phosphenes can be directly induced by mechanical,
electrical, or magnetic stimulation of the retina or visual cortex as well as by random firing of cells in the visual system. Phosphenes have also
been reported by meditators (commonly called nimitta); people who go for long periods without visual stimulation (also known as the prisoner's
cinema); or those who are using psychedelic drugs.
You all have experienced it, the blobs of light and random colors moving around when you have your eyes closed.
But what I have experienced was somewhat different, as I closed my eyes and concentrated on the shapes and forms that would appear in a rather blurry
manner, my eyes would suddenly start to rapidly move uncontrollably and in a frequency impossible to imitate by will. As a result of this process the
blurry images would become crystal clear, representing seemingly three dimensional objects, people and even whole environments.
I was in awe, never have I pushed the visual capabilities of my brain so far, amazed by the beauty and perfection of it all, and yet scared of the
rapid movement of my eyes and feelings that overwhelmed me.
The first time didn't last long (about 3 mins), the muscles of my eyes noticeably exhausted and my whole body hyped up. I went to sleep in hope that I
would get to experience it again the following night, and I did, each time lasting longer (3-20 mins), getting more intense and becoming more lucid.
In fact over the course of three months it happened every single night, lying in my bed while waiting to drift to sleep it would suddenly start again.
I must stress that I was fully awake and not asleep.
The procedure went as follows:
Stage 1: Concentrating on the usual closed eye visuals
Stage 2: Onset of rapid eye movement, a grid starting to appear, two dimensional
Stage 3. Grid becomes three dimensional and object starts to take form as movement becomes more rapid
Stage 4: Object gets more distinguishable (Can be anything, quite random, a table, a vase, a face, an animal etc)
The following stages are hard to depict, so my words will have to do:
Stage 5: Environments start to form around the object, as if each object that appears has a setting where it belongs to.
Stage 6: Textures start to overlay the object and the surroundings
Stage 7: Now everything seems as if its actually there, a place just a real as reality.
Awe-inspiring to say the least, the brain has the capability to construct whole realities...
The movie "The Matrix" not being so wrong after all? Holographic reality?
Or just mere hallucinations with no meaning at all?!
The point of this thread being: Has anyone out there experienced something similar? I have found no reports that talk of this phenomena, the closest
that would fit my experience are CEVs (closed eye visualizations), but it doesn't mention the rapid eye movement.
Anything else that can account for this?
As I said, 3 months on a daily basis and then it sadly stopped.
edit on 22-12-2010 by Clairaudience because: (no reason given)