Friday, August 11, 2006

When Your Eyes Are Closed...

... (but you are awake) do you generally have visual experience, or not? And if you do, what is that experience like?

I've been polling my acquaintances. Post your reflections in a reply (ornery responses welcomed). I'd encourage you to settle on your own response before reading the responses of others.

Next week, I'll work up a little post on the results and why I care.

Thanks for being my victims, I mean, um, participant-collaborators!

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Brad C said...

I do have some visual experience with the eyes closed.

It is hard to describe. It is sort of like a glowing mostly black and white field of haze. It sometimes seems like it is moving and sometimes it seems like there are bands in the have. That sounds pretty crazy.

Well, I can say that it certainly changes when I turn (with eyes closed) from a dark corner to a bright window - the whole field slowly shifts from more blackish to more whiteish, and in the sun, some red and pink comes in.

Sometimes I think I can "see" a large projected version of my eye in the stucture of the haze-like field.

I do not see any coherent images or anything like that.

Brad C said...

I've noticed this before, but just remembered after going on a walk and briefly looking at the sun: after looking at something bright (e.g. a screen, something on a screen, a light bulb, the sun, or sometimes something bright in color or reflective in bright sunlight) I can see the outline of that thing in the structure of the haze.

Eric Schwitzgebel said...

Thanks, Brad! (And the rest of you, don't be shy!)

Anibal said...

With my eyes closed obviously there is a black curtain that suddenly it fill up with colored free floating like spots (geometrical for instance and especially circular) coming from the bottom moving upward or from the right in a "wave expansive" way of movement wich progressively fade away. They not resemble anything really out there. Awaiting few minutes if i move my eyeballs horizontally reappear something like "white sparks" evry time i direct my eyes to the left or right. Again, without any relation to the natural "external" world or my inner world, if it is so.
With my eyes closed visual experience as visual experience, nothing at all, although if i concentrate i can recover "still images" of my actual or past surroundings not so clear in details.

Pete Mandik said...

Yes. Lots of darks stuff, but very little of it is black. Dark reds, dark blues, dark greys.

Shan said...

Ah, wonderful question. In the darkness of being encapsulated by my eyelids, I sometimes will see flashes of spots in various colours. They're like spontaneous explosions occuring. The edges emanate. Sometimes a circular shape will occur and flash or blink, often translating sideways or diagonally.

Anonymous said...

oh,

rubbing my fingers on my closed eye-lids let my enjoy quite a lot of colour-impressions...

it reaches from bright red (nearly white) to dark red to some sort of green... but mostly some bloodish red.

Dr Fizzics said...

Generally I see the patterns such as light after-images and typical color patterns if I press on my eyelids. However the other day, while lying on my back with eyes closed, a "tear" of sorts opened vertically in the center of my field of vision and revealed a vivid scene of snow falling on tree tops, pine trees, and my point of view was from above, as if I were on a mountainside or floating above the forest. I was able to zoom in on individual trees and see snow flakes clearly. I assume this is what is meant by the word "lucid". I was entirely conscious. The tear closed up until only one tree top could be seen with a tuft of snow on it. Then the entire seam closed and I could not retrieve it.

Dado said...

By "awake", I suppose you mean a completely awake state, that is not a pre-sleep/post-sleep state? What I can see eyes closed in hypnagogic/hypnopompic states greatly differs from what I see while perfectly awake.

While awake, the best I can describe what I see is, sort of TV statics. Once retinian after-images disappear ( they look like a fuzzy negative image of the main light areas of my previous field of vision), I see a very dark background with very little fuzzy greyish light dots. When I just close my eyes, I can see a very faint light blue tiny circle. It disappears soon, thus I suppose it's also a sort of retinian persistency corresponding to the fovea area.

This is very different when falling asleep. The fuzzy dots become generally brighter, they may be coloured and sometimes they create patterns which move repetitively (translations or circular movements). After a while, these 2D dots tend to become 3-dimensionnal. Sometimes the whole transforms into a sort a 3D black void. And of course, closer to sleep, there can be very fugitive images or little movies, like the beginning of dreams but this generally happen when I'm quite on the verge of falling asleep, so that it can be considered as a waking state.

Another different thing is memories or imagination. I don't know if you meant this by your question. This is very curious cause I have the feeling of seeing something and I can draw it, but I don't have any actual visual experience indeed.

Its over said...

I tend to see a general red yellow fog, which then becomes images out of the mist but the majority is still the fog with people or objects in the front. I am also able to interact with said item and manipulate to some extent.

Eric Schwitzgebel said...

Thanks to all of you for such detailed and thoughtful responses! Although the post is a few days old now, I'm still eager to hear more from any others who have thoughts. If what you say is similar to what others have said, that's okay and interesting information.

Genius said...

I see a few circles which grow as I concentrate on them to the point that they sort of disappear and others replace them and sometimes waves (which go across hte eye instead)...
When my eyes are open I sometimes see little bateria like things floating up my eyes depending on where I look ..
Then again maybe they ARE bacteria... egghhhh...

Off topic (but I didn’t know where to put it)

I noticed the other day that I had made a "Freudian slip" in an internal conversation. What this meant was that I was perfectly aware of what I MEANT to think but I didn't 'think' it, and I was (more or less) instantly aware that it was wrong.
It was also a thought that had no visual component (so I wasn't just checking one against the other)
Clearly therefore there must be a "what I think in words" and "what I think otherwise" that are not identical.

Digest said...

Have you seen this post over at BPS Research Digest? http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.com/2006/08/eyes-closed-shut-mind-wide-open.html
The study ties in a little with your question.

Digest said...

Sorry - not sure that link worked, here it is as a tinyurl:
http://tinyurl.com/fwamk

Eric Schwitzgebel said...

Thanks for the link, digest! I'd been wondering about whether there's a difference between eyes-shut experience and in-the-dark experience. It sounds as though there might be a neurological basis for thinking there is!

That's an interesting report, genius, about your inner speech experience. It matches one of my experiences when I was wearing a beeper and noticed (or think I'd noticed) having left a "not" out of a sentence in inner speech! Thanks also, of course, for pitching in on your eyes-closed experience. Most people, if they pay attention, report little "floaters" in their visual experience. This may be especially noticeable if you stare up at the empty blue sky. My understanding is that these are normal imperfections in the transparency of the fluid in the eye.

The Tiny Mouse said...

I just happened to come across your blog and when I saw the title of this particular blog; "When Your Eyes Are Closed...", I was shocked....because I was JUST talking with someone about this EXACT EXPERIENCE and trying to both explain it and understand what the reason for it is... and then is stumbled on your blog...UNREAL. So, I'm taking your advice and not looking at the responses of others before I respond. Yes... I see things when I close my eyes...I always have since I was a child and it never occured to me that this might not be ordinary, untill one day a couple years ago I mentioned it to somebody and that person had no idea what i was talking about.

When I close my eyes and am in a relaxed state (but not sleeping and fully aware of my surroundings), I see images: faces, people, things....these images are very fluid and in a constant state of change and rechange (like oil). Its actually quite entertaining. But what is this phenomenon and why do some people have it while others dont? Anyway, i really got a kick out of stumbling across this discussion. Thank you! :)
the tiny mouse

Anonymous said...

In the dark, with my eyes colsed or open I can vaguely make out the energy of my hands moving. I wonder if it is sight or an active memory of sight. If I let my mind relax I can sense what seems like other beings in the room(not something I could let myself do as a kid...it would freak me out).

Eric Schwitzgebel said...

Thanks for pitching in, tiny mouse and anonymous! A few people I've spoken to do say they see images like mouse's when they close their eyes, though only sometimes (including apparently Goethe!). Mouse's case might just be a particularly strong version of that. And I too have been struck by seeming to experience some wisp of motion when waving my hand in front of my face, in complete darkness. I noticed this first in a cave far underground that really had *no* light at all. I don't understand the phenomenon. Maybe because we know the hand is moving, our minds create some faint experience of it? When my wife moved her hand, I seemed to experience nothing....

You can see my general take on these results here.

Anonymous said...

I Have been searchings websites to see if what I see with eyes shut is normal. When I close my eyes I have visions of large groups of people. These people are very detailed, moving around, motioning to me, mouth movement as if speaking, laughing, etc. They are of all ages, some have cameras and take pictures, some walk closer as if to get a look at me. Some are dancing and drinking. They disappear when I open my eyes and then once shutting them again they reappear, some the same people, others different, but no familar faces. Is this normal, do others have these same visions? any suggestions on websites/books that talk about these types of instances, I have yet to find someone that also sees the same. Thank you

Eric Schwitzgebel said...

People vary considerably in reports of what they experience when their eyes are closed. A number of people do report seeing objects or faces -- so what you say doesn't seem that unusual to me. Unfortunately, there's very little scientific literature on this!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad I found this sight - I thought I was the only one who "saw things in the dark while awake." Some of my visions appear to be similar to a butterfly with lacy, open-work wings. The very first thing I see is a huge red spot, quite large. It moves around as I move my eyes inside the cover of their lids. Then the "floating things" zap in and out. Seems to be possibly that I am always on my left side.???
Mildred

Anonymous said...

ok~i see various faces mostly frozen in "action",talking, laughing, sad.sometimes they look mad at me.this is weird.sometimes VERY vivid.

i feel silly.

Anonymous said...

For 5 years now I have had the strangest life - I have children and a husband, completely normal (for the most part) in a upper-middle class neighborhood. It all started with someone touching me-I couldn't see. Then it went on to communications between this individual and I through our fingers - different fingers mean yes, no, etc. Then about a year into this strange life, he appeared in my eyelids. A good looking male with a moustache, dark shoulder length hair and later on a woman joined him, with blonde curly hair. They've shown me "somewhere - I have no idea where it is" where all these people are looking at me as if I'm on screen somewhere. Sometimes they're nice, sometimes they're downright wierd and cruel. My 2 sisters started experiencing all the same things and then 2 of my friends. Thank God it wasn't just me. I have been to Psychiatrist after psychiatrist and in the 30 or so years of their training they've never heard of this. They gave me anti-hallucinagenics, that didn't work. My sisters and friends have experienced everything except for seeing them like I do. They feel them, etc. I just went on here for the heck of it to see if anyone else had this experience and I looked and "anonymous" was saying the same thing. I have researched for 5 years, consulted priests, because after I thought I was friends with this "individual" he turned on me. Started being real mean in my eyelids, messing with my mind, I could go on. IT all boiled down to he is somewhat obsessed with me. I read about demons, aliens and evil spirits. I consulted with a priest. Went to "light workers" or psychics who all said the same thing - and they didn't talk to one another - "they're not good "they said. Low life evil spirits is all I've heard, because they said whoever violates your eyelids and your space is not "of good". I could go on an on, I think I'm going to write a book to tell ya the truth, of this strange strange chain of events I've experienced. Anywyas,I wish I could talk to "anonymous" who experienced the same thing. Thanks. C

Anonymous said...

hi ~i am the one that feels silly..is it i that you wanted to talk to?i saw other anonymous also,wasnt sure.yet again, very glad that i'm not the only one...
i will check back another time..
j

Colin said...

Hi, I just found this site after searching for the term "moving white light when eyes closed in dark". The reason I was searching for information on this, is that last night when I was lying in my hotel bedroom just before sleeping, I started to see moving visions behind my eyelids. This hotel room has these total blackout curtains and is very dark, not like my own bedroom at home. Anyway, last night was the first time I noticed this and I've been sort of worried about it today. To explain what I'm experiencing is sort of difficult, but the only way I can describe it is that its as if I'm underneath water looking up at the surface. The water is dark, but then its like a tiny splash of milk drops in the centre and spreads outwards to the edges of my field of visions. The white seems to take the form of an expanding gas cloud or something. It's not a geometrical shape, its gaseous like the astronomy photos you see of nebulae. after the white expands out and dissipates, its replaced by another one behind it, expanding outwards again. This continued for maybe 10 minutes until I fell asleep. Some of the shapes kind of looked a bit like a very close up image of an iris dilating with a dark centre (pupil). I have no idea what this is, but as I say, my first thought was that I may have some medical coindition or something. Anyway, I don't know how old this post is and if there is anyone actually still monitoring it, but I thought I would add my experience for you.

Eric Schwitzgebel said...

People report seeing many different things with their eyes closed -- and sometimes they're surprised that they hadn't noticed anything before! -- so your experience may be perfectly normal. However, there are some medical conditions associated with vivid non-object-based color experiences, such as high blood pressure and multiple sclerosis. However, I'd say your report doesn't sound entirely typical of those disorders, as far as I know.

Anonymous said...

i close my eyes then press my fingers into them - the ruselt is that vivid colours and patterns emerge in my vision and i swear i start to see someting like a sub atomic universe - i like to do it wen i want some space i.e. annoying people near me.

ericspinner said...

i am curious what your reason and findings are on this subject. i did a search on what people see with their eyes closed because i asways see faces. my sister said someone said this could be related to diabetes. this person was a self proclaimed psychic. he also said some people see deceased people this. the faces i see are many, unfamiliar, young, old, fat, thin, and eveywhere in between. i never really questioned it. i also get the normal light, dark, colour flashes and glowing others experience. the faces are most often when i am ready to close my eyes for the night, but sometimes when i am in prayer or deep thought. please tell me where i can read your findings or thoughts on this. thanx, juls

Eric Schwitzgebel said...

Anonymous: Those are called "phosphenes" and are quite normal -- caused by mechanical pressure on the optic nerve.

Ericspinner: A number of people have told me they see faces and the like, so I don't think there's cause for alarm, based on your description.

Unfortunately, I haven't yet published anything on my findings yet.

Anonymous said...

When I close my eyes, I see peoples faces. Sometimes just one face at a time every second, or sometimes there are a lot of faces; maybe 5 or 6 at most. The weird thing is, they are never faces of people I know, they're always random faces I've never seen before. Each face is usually smiling, or has no expression at all, never angry though. This only happens once or twice a week, but only if I think about it. It doesn't just happen by accident.
Also, these faces are very vivid and detailed, which is odd because they are always strange faces. I also see images of people moving. Like a quick flash of a man getting out of a seat, or somebody turning to look at me.
This has happened for about a year and has never happened before that. I am not asleep, but I am always trying to fall asleep at the time (why else would my eyes be closed?).

WEIRD STUFF!

Anonymous said...

hey guys ive just had a really recent(last night) and very freaky experience i was laying in bed with my roommate trying to fall asleep and i kept seeing this one face it was a girl thinner and younger but it flashed in and out and when i opened my eyes and looked into a darker place i kept seeing that face so i went to the basement but i kept seeing the face and my friend was tapped on the shoulder so we went to the main floor and slept on the couch any ideas or advice?

Lucifer said...

you guys are pretty messed up, just off the record....who does drugs here lmao just kidding, no but seriously, well first i think u should go get your eyes checked out then i think you should go and seek professional help :) peace

Eric Schwitzgebel said...

People often have vivid imagery when just falling asleep or waking up. This is called "hypnagogic" or "hypnopompic" imagery, and seems to vary considerably between people. (Google hypnagogic or hypnopompic for more details.)

I do worry a little about it persisting after one has risen from bed, but I wouldn't take it too seriously if it's not a pattern.

Anonymous said...

Well, I have read of your comments, but havent read any thing similar to what I would see as a child. I thought I was nuts, but my best friend said she would see it too as a kid. I remember at the age of 4 till I was about 11 I would see toys floating in my dark room, with my eyes open or closed. Things like trumpets, drums, teddybears, dolls..etc..I still remember it like yesterday. I would ask people and they would look at me as if I were nuts, but so far I have met with 2 other people that experienced the same things. Any of you?..and no, i wasnt on drugs, I was just a kid...dont see them anymore..makes you wonder what babys are looking at when they are laughing and smiling, huh?

Nadya said...

i just had my first visual experience with eyes closed (not counting dots and colourful circles i used to see before). i just closed eyes and all of a sudden saw my ceiling with something sticking to it, like i saw it, not imagined. then it changed and i saw a girl in pink skirt, she was hanging upside down... from my ceiling :(
i freaked out and opened my eyes, then closed them again and started seeing... eyes! one at a time, i thought at first i was seeing my own eyes at that moment of time, but then i don't think that is possible. i don't know what is happening. i don't want to close my eyes anymore and they hurt like hell :(

seanoprawno said...

I'll call myself "S". About 5 years ago, maybe more, i was lying in my bed in my parents home. I'd been half asleep for about 30mins possibly an hour when i woke up. I had been lying on my back, so the first thing i saw when i opened my eyes was the ceiling above me. I noticed that there was a faint shadow on top of me. It took the form of another person about the same size as me. It had its arms either side of my head and was looking at my face. I was petrified and didn't want to move. The entity's head moved from one side to the other looking at all angles of my face, before sliding off me, and moving away, as nothing more than a ceramic face or mask. My body did something that i had never experienced before or after that moment, it - without consent - reached out as fast as it could to touch this face?! At this moment it dissapeared.

Since then, more and more, i have started to notice things like faces behind my eyelids. They can be just about anything you want, if you try hard enough. Although, they always seem to end up as the inevitable face that you seem to be stuck with, one which bears some resemblance to someone you could have known... even someone you know you don't know. They seen to flicker or pulse, with your own body's rhythm. The night it became the most scary for me was when i opened my eyes and continued to see the same images..... fire, faces, portals?!

sean.mather@ntlworld.com

I need to know if this is happening to someone else, all e-mails will be tsken seriously, unless proven otherwise.

Thanks S

Anonymous said...

Maybe I am just weirder than most, but I swear on several occasions when I close my eyes to sleep I am bombarded by various images of demons and other evil, vile, looking creatures. It isn't a pleasant experience and always freaks me out. I do, for those that believe, have the spiritual gift of discernment. So I don't know if its related or not but its really creepy

Anonymous said...

when i close my eyes and concentrate less on the darkness and more on what the darkness consists of.... i see this black and white(not like the darkness black; a bright black) spiral... its small and only stay for a few seconds because once you realise you see it, you slowly loose focus... sometimes it can be hard to concentrate and find it... but i always get it popping up....

{A BLACK, WHITE SPIRAL}

if this sounds familiar. send me a message at boogles2cool@hotmail.com.... i got a pic i drew of what it looks like...

Anonymous said...

I have experienced similar things,when I close my eyes, particularly nwhen I havent slept as much as I have needed to or, when i used to go on drinking binges. Some of the faces and people I saw behind my eyelids really scared the crap out of me! A lot of the time it seemed just like normal people doing normal things, though. I was really surprised to hear that more people have these occurances.

karenlee said...

Tonight i was speaking with a friend and I noticed her commuter making that 'stars coming at you' kind of thing.
And I said to her "Its like when you're about to go to sleep and it looks like you are traveling through space. She didn't know what I was talking about.
I thought everyone had this happen.
She thinks I could be having an out of body experience.
I looked into it a little it seems like phospene could be a big part of it. But why. I tried closing my eyes awhile after putting the kids to bed. I began to see some specs of light but no movement..not exactly.I began to feel it coming on as i slowed my breathe
I think Ill try again later when im in the dark room longer as it does usually happen before falling asleep. This seems so common in the past, but i havent paid attention to it for a long while.

Anonymous said...

As a child, say eight or nine years old, I experienced the ocular phenomenon I call my "red star universe." This phenohnmenon consists of a dark of black sky "dotted" with hundreds of bright pin-point "stars." When I first experienced this, it plagued me, keeping me awake for hours on end beause everytime I closed my eyes I saw the red stars. Then I began to see the stars whether or not my eyes were open or closed. As I got older, this phonomenon, more or less, ended--certainly, to the degree that I no longer lost sleep, altough if I close my eyes there is always a smattering of the red stars lingering in a corner of my closed-eyes vision. I've researched this phenomennon and found nothing. I can say, recalling the first time I experienced this it coincided with an incident of "discovery" that I found jarring and that I've never forgotten. At present, when I close my eyes there is a smattering of stars lingering about, but really, nothing bnothersome. I am a writer and have ued this in my work although I still can't account for it.

Anonymous said...

'Twas a strange and eerie morning to be sure matey, aye, when after playing on line poker all night I went into my yard for a breath of air, The sky was beginning to show signs of rain clouds and the light from the bright sun warmed my pale bedraggled face. I closed my eyes and pointed my face at the sun and soaked in its cosmic energy, then fearing my neighbours my see my antics I went back inside, passing a mirror I paused to admire my rugged good looks, and the strangest thing occurred to be sure matey, as strange as every has happened to a god fearing soul in all of creation , oh aye, strange it 'twas indeed shipmate, aye, well matey I am going a bit over the top here, what it was, was, after facing the sun low in the morning sky, with closed eyes, I noticed a odd array of dots when I closed my eyes after returning in doors, like a pattern of the seven sisters star system or the likes, not been a star watching geek I do not know what the pattern represents, but you get the idea, some months later , like yesterday, I was sitting in the car of my local supermarket waiting for a friend who was doing a little shopping, listing to the radio and noticing that the setting sun was glaring in my face, I put on my cool sun shades, and low and behold shipmate, I saw the very same pattern of dots appear, so I tried google to see if I could find others who have had this experience, and landed up here at a shrinks web page, so perhaps you would kindly explain what it is I'm seeing, is it ET sending me directions back to the home planet, or a random serious of dot caused by normal eye ball antics, perhaps some of your guinea pigs could try this to check if similar results are obtained, or not, whatever.

Regards shipmates

Long drawn out John

Anonymous said...

Wow and I thought I was weird. Everytime I take a nap during the day and try and fall asleep, I see people's faces. They change about every two seconds or so. Normally, I don't recognize the faces, but only once I saw my father. It only happens when I'm completely relaxed and about to fall asleep. Actually, I think it helps me to got to sleep.

Anonymous said...

It's kind of weird, ever since I was little, whenever I would close my eyes and actually focus, I see "stars" (they actually look like stars like when you look up in the night sky..) they appear gradually from the edges and keep going towards the middle. If at any time during this I lose my focus or think about something they instantly disappear. Sometimes I actually get the whole image and it looks kinda like a view of the universe.. VERY vivid.. so I was just wondering what that is, and if someone could have any possible answer to this or what it could mean. Thank you, Alex.

Anna said...

Every time I shut my eyes I always see faces of people i've never seen before one after another it gets so annoying that i cant even fall asleep. People say it could be from watching t.v all day or it could be ghosts and that really scared me! Does anyone have the same problem?????

Joyce said...

I have recently been able to see things with my eyes closed. People, doing activities, all types of people, yet I don't recognize anyone. The last time, just last night. Woman was trying to break glass to get out of a window. Please tell me what this means. I can at all times, open my eyes and look around so I know I'm awake. I would be interested in hearing from anyone that this has happened too.

Mommy M said...

Finding this site has given me some peace of mind. Recently after speaking with my 10 year old daughter, she said to me, "Mommy, sometimes I wish I could just turn of my mind and go to sleep." Probing her a bit to continue, she revealed she sees images, characters, animals (mostly sheep) and said she then controls it by imagining a hand and turning off a light switch to turn off the image in her mind so she can to go sleep. I was so frightend by what she told me (since I see only blackness when I close my eyes) and concerned for her that I brought her to a neurologist. Two neurological tests were negative and I was wondering what would be my next step, when I decided to research myself and I typed in these words "visions when eyes are closed". I cannot explain the relief I feel reading these stories, but am still so anxious to discover more on this subject. Thank you all for sharing. Mommy M

sterlingis@mindspring.com said...

Hi, I am so appreciative of people that help me feel less alone around these phenomenon.
For years I saw aura's and energy, but then started seeing video clear images moving up to 3 seconds or so...images unrelated to my day or breaking into a dream.
I'm thinking, how could this be valuable information. Sometimes a face, an object of beauty, nature or an eyeball looking at me, I've begun to call my observer.
I'd love to have meaningfulness around this mystery.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I was kinda just searching on-line trying to figure out what I experience when I close my eyes...and this came up...so here goes...
For years now...when I close my eyes I see what looks like crowds of people. It's dark...but the people come in..I can't really describe it soo well...but maybe like a film negative in a way...
but there are sooo many people that I can't seem to focus on the acts of one particular person in the group...but sometimes I can...and I often see couples kissing a lot...and it seems like they are spinning and twirling...so I can never really focus on their faces...just when things start to get really clear I open my eyes....I almost get scared..what the heck is it...?
Anyways that is what I see when I close my eyes! xox
if anyone knows what this is email me lauren.ellis@idearc.com

jan said...

i am responding to anonymous comment. i to have these same visions when i close my eyes, a little different, but quite alike. in mine i sometimes see a room full of people i can make out faces vividly, but have no idea who they are or what they want. i have a very open mind so i am not frightened. i try to figure out what this means. if i am being sent a message or something. i also see full rooms, hallways, furniture faces to detail. i see in negative and in full color at times.i can just lay down close my eyes and things appear. if someone has tools for me to use to understand, i would use them to bring closure. jan

Genius said...

Sounds like you are all dreaming.
random excitement of cells I presume can't give one a 'face' or a 'crowd of people'.

It seems to me like that could be quite useful (to have lucid dreams like the girl mentioned). Maybe she can turn it into a photographic memory for example. Unfortunately I just get light patterns and have to go to sleep to get my lucid dreams.

angel said...

I see faces/people. I'm not asleep yet, it's definately not a dream, the pictures don't come like memories either, they are very vivid and bright, and I can recall great detail, from just a quick "flash" of an image.

I think this all started in the last 6 months, I don't recall it ever happening before that. I do not drink, don't smoke....no drugs ever. lol.

I don't usually see the groups of people that many mention, but individuals. For instance, I've seen a woman with Down syndrome, and in the same night, another disabled man with some disfiguration to his head- but he was smiling and happy! It happened last night- it was as if I was in a car with a man, I saw him from behind...I can describe the car, what he was wearing, everything.

Only once has it been uncomfortable, shortly after it started, one night, it was nothing but eyes, watching me. I would open my eyes, and lay there awake a while, hoping that it was over, but everytime I closed my eyes again...something else was watching me.

People might want to think this is some neurologial or psychological issue...but I really just don't believe that. This feels completely EXTERNAL.

Eric Schwitzgebel said...

Thanks for all the interesting posts, folks! Keep 'em coming. I'm hoping to comb through these reports more systematically for an essay sometime in the future....

Lil mole said...

I have seen faces and bright light around the faces starting in my teens, sometimes they talk to me and show me things. One"man"explained about fear and showed me a little black and white film as an example. I see them as I lie in bed at night before I sleep sometimes they talk to me and other times I over hear them talking amongst themselves. I had a nasty experience in Egypt where I was showed some nasty things and I had shouting in my left ear and felt I was pinned down. After this I saw a spiritual healer who removed what she called a wolf type creature from my presence...but I had already seen this wolf, with big fangs months and months before on a separate occasion. I am trying to block this out, my boyfriend thinks I am crazy but this is really happening and it scares me. In recent years I am seeing them more regularly. If it is all in the psyche of my mind then why is there no scientific explanations to why this is happening and why I can talk to them.

Joseph said...

I've been working on my Testimony and wanted to do some research on a vision I had with my eyes closed to see if anyone else has experienced anything similar. I'll share a part of my Testimony -

Roughly 12yrs ago, I was going through a hard time in life. The love of my life seemed to not be materializing (which was the the tipping point of this event), mom and dad recently divorced, dad sunk down to the bottom (he never was a drinker and now I was pulling him out of the bar 4-5 nights a week), and a few other things were testing me. To be honest, i believe on this day or a day or so earlier, I was looking down the barrel of a loaded shotgun w/ my finger reaching for the trigger. I know, very very stupid.

At night, I began to pray as I did on occasion. I guess it wasn't really a prayer. I don't like thinking about this prayer because it wasn't good sight. I began to yell at God, violently, loudly, and thrashing in bed.... this is very hard to write.... At any rate.. i was screaming, thrashing, yelling, asking why, asking Him to stop this, I was crying hard, yelling at Him for these things in my life, etc. When I completed this rage, I closed my eyes. When my eyes closed, a beautiful lady appeared in the left side of my vision, just her face/head. The face appeared from bottom left and moved slowly upward until her full head was in view. Her hair was slicked back and she had beautiful eyes. Her caring, love and peace was felt. I felt very much at peace. I heard her say very clearly, "Everything is going to be ok..." without her lips moving. I didn't "hear" it w/ the ears, I heard it in my mind, in my thoughts. Then she gave a slow and slight nod and I heard/felt "understand?" I said yes in my thoughts. Her face then disappeared downward in the same manner it entered my vision. I took a deep breath, felt very much at peace, felt God's grace, was very thankful, rolled over and went to sleep.

The tipping point was the thought of losing the love of my life. I was single and living alone at that time. 12yrs I lived with the love of my life and a few months ago, we departed. I now type this, living alone, but not alone. I am single, but not single in spirit. I have come full circle as if the last 12yrs and that night in bed never took place. "Everything is going to be ok", and it is. Praise the Lord.

This, along with other similar events that have taken place in my life w/ God, will eventually get posted on my blog as my Testimony. It'll probably take a bit longer to complete, but stop and read some words of wisdom if you get a chance.

lil mole - This may be a struggle in you between the energies (positives and negatives) of the universe. Peace be with you. Check out the wolf story on my blog. Egypt has also been coming up in my life lately too. I don't believe in coincidences.

God bless my brothers and sisters,

Joseph

Anonymous said...

I'm very happy to have found this posting with all the comments. When I close my eyes, I first see just black, then black w/shadowy greys moving -- this turns to colors moving, like in a lava lamp, but more than two.

After the colors, I start getting very quick, random, hazy images of various things which gradually get clearer and more obvious. After that, I get the faces. I go from closing eyes to faces in probably under a minute or two.

It's the faces -- and not just faces, but very specific people doing whatever -- that really gets me. They are so clear. I don't know them. One time I saw a woman sitting in the passenger seat in a parked car. She was reading a magazine with both windows rolled down. I just 'watched' her for what seemed like an entire minute.

It's actually quite entertaining. It's the fact that the images are so crystal clear and *specific* that is so amazing to me. And they're always so surprising and random...not things I recognize or would make up for fun to tell myself a story or something.

umbrellagrrl said...

Well I had a strange experience too, that's why I came here...I've read a few people's comments and some were just downright freaky and scared the shit out of me. Well anyways, just thought I shared my experience as well.

It started I think about two or three months ago. I had my eyes closed and I was not fully asleep when all of a sudden I saw a very colorful and beautiful orange and red designed pillowcase. From my point of view, it appeared my head was laying on it. This has never happen to me before and it scared me tremendously. At first I thought I was in a lucid dream...except I could feel myself breathing still, hear my breathing, and realized I was indeed concious. I looked at the pillowcase and looked at it up and down, left and right, trying to memorize the design or recognize where I've seen it before, and then I open my eyes and saw that I was in my bed still. And it was so real...like I was there...wherever there was...and I had never had any dream come close to realness like this experience. This was clearly not a dream...because I was not asleep...I was concious and I saw that image as clear as day.

After I calm down, I tried to "make it happen" again, but it never did until a couple of days ago. This time...I saw a printer..in an office, and from where i saw it...was pretty low, like I was sitting on a floor or something. And then as suddenly as it appeared clear as day...it faded into black and I tried to hold onto the image but it just dissapeared. It's odd but I realized I've never seen any moving images. They all look real and very still.

Well, I hope you can offer light and insight into this experience. At least now I know it's somewhat normal. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I don't do drugs and wasn't drinking... just laying on the counch with my eyes closed... started to see some geometry... thought perhaps my eyes were slightly open... and were picking up some shapes from in the room... but when I opened my eyes there were no such shapes... closed my eyes again and after about a minute began seeing what looked like hundreds of blades of grass... as seen from a little bug... whipping back and forth... and I felt as if I was seeing this from my right eyes... even though both eyes were closed. They were black and different shades of gray... nothing real bright... there was so much movement it reminded of an infestation of bugs... but these "blades of grass" were just snapping back forth like whips... very cool... got up did some work and have since tried to see them again...

salramirez80 said...

Wow...the information written on here by everyone (especially by one named anonymous) has been so helpful. I don't or ever have seen things with my eyes closed...but my boyfriend of five years has. He says when he closes his eyes he sees a variety of things but mostly people. He says he sees the shadows or silhouttes of people like at a gathering or party. He says they look like they are having a good time, but there is one paticular shadow that moves from the background to the foreground and gets really close to his face. He says this does not really freak him out...but it does to me when he tells he is seeing these things and he is wide awake with his eyes closed. He says that he can make them angry by cussing at them in his head. He sees the reaction of the shadows react to the words. He also says that he has asked them what they want and they do not answer. He does not see these images all the time as far as i know, but it usually happens when we are lying in bed going to sleep. This site has been really informative and glad to know he is not the only one.

Anonymous said...

In the last few yearsI've started to see full blown images when I have my eyes closed, with increasing frequency. Often though these visions never last for more than a fraction of a second. Its when I realise that Im actually seeing something with my eys closed that they dissapear back to blackness. Images are very seldom the same, however it does always seem to be a location that is close by. I have tried to experiment with these pictures but its quite hard to focus and take myself into it...but from time to time they can become so real I actually think I 'do' have my eyes open...but as I said as soon as I realise my eyes are actaully closed that they dissapear...It seems to me like the rational mind is saying 'No! how can you see with your eyes closed?!' and so I snap back to normal eyes closed state. It won't take long to retrieve the state of seeing with my eyes closed but I certainly cannot control these experiences.....yet :)

Trinity said...

I am not sure if this is what you are looking for. It is never controled but when it happens it is pretty neat. I see images, almost like they come out of a mist, as soon as they get close to me I can see what they are. The detail is never the same but mainly pretty clear. If I saw a person I have seen durring one of these moments I could point them out with certainty. Me and my sister experenced it at the same time once, We talked to each other through it and would say what we saw as we saw it.. The very strange part was it was very similar things. Women with red lipstick, yelling.. a lot of anger.. a small girl, brown hair name Britney. we were floored the way the details came out..

Christopher said...

I have 3 things to share.
One happened to me tonight. The first is that I have been able to know when the wind will blow.
The second is about a year ago I lost my cat. I lived next to a ravine and I was hiking around that area. I closed my eyes and stretched out my thoughts to search for this cat. ( Mr. Burns)I reached out with my mind and hand and I saw a blue light cover the ravine. As I was seeking my cat I saw a light shine in a area. I opened my eye's and followed the area I saw the light. Asi ggot closer I saw a periguine falcon fly away from under a out cropping.I actually senced it's life force. To say the least I never found my cat. :( the thing that happened tonight was that I was making the sound of an owel and abut an hour later I heard an owel sounding off. It was followed by a different sound that I never heard but that was probably another sound it makes. It seemed as if though it was answering a call that I had made earlier. It was pretty cool. Has anybody been able to know when the wind will blow or when exactly lightning would strike?

Christopher said...

Can anyone see a brighter light or warmth surrounding a flower or a tree?

Anonymous said...

Normally I just see changing colors and bursts of reds and greens. But every once in a while I will see people.

They are always "flying" at me as if I am on my own plane of existence and they come from every which way. Most look angry and when they finally get to me I can feel them touch me. Mostly they touch my legs but this morning I my pinky finger moved an inch without my mind telling it to do so.

I've never been scared of it. I thought it happened to most people for a long time. I do buy the whole theory of seeing vivid images right before you go to sleep, but these visions ALWAYS make me eyes dart right open. Maybe it's my mind trying to make sense of my muscles spasms. I'm not really sure but it never has alarmed me because nothing more comes of it, and I never have more than one of these experiences in night.

Well, hope I could be of any help.

Anonymous said...

I close my eyes, before I sleep and i see faces of all sorts, ages, male/female, all emotions. What is this about? I see faces everywhere, even when im awake. I can look into a pattern on a floor, and I see faces. Why and what does this mean?

Ashley said...

I'm trying to find if other people experience what I do and if it has a name or anything, and I think this is all kind of an old blog but I'll post anyway. Whenever I close my eyes in darkness or half-light I see stars or little white dots flying at me, like those screen savers (I remember when I was younger seeing that screen saver and thinking hey, that's what I see when I close my eyes). Sometimes I'll see red, green, or purple pulsing in circles.

Eric Schwitzgebel said...

Ashley, many people report that sort of thing. Thanks to all the others of you, too, keeping this old post alive. It's fun to see what everyone has written! Keep them coming!

Anonymous said...

My name is Kev, I have been seeing faces when I close my eyes for a long time now. Recently these images have become clearer and on the last few occasions I have also noticed expressions changing and mouths moving as if they are speaking. I'm now confused and wonder if maybe I have some kind of psychic ability. I will check back and see if you have any advice or answers for me. If you can help or point me in the right direction I am happy to forward my email address to you,
Regards,
Kev

Anonymous said...

Over the past month I have had strange things happen to me. Ironically enough, it has all started by the dating of a new guy in my life. Door handles moving, things missing but later found right where my eye darts, Judgement Dreams where I am asked by an old lady if I am a good person or bad person, etc.. etc..

Now when I close my eyes I keep seeing faces. Most of the time it is just one person and they are usually female. I don't know them and have never seen them. This morning it was an asian lady who looked angry with red lipstick. The other day it was three ladys all wearing turtlenecks, two purple and one pink with black belts.. I could go on. The detail is always amazing.
The fact of the matter is.. I'm wondering if you feel this could be induced by another person. I don't do drugs so that is not the issue. I feel like it may be my boyfriend now. One night when we discussing the paranormal his energy was so strong that I had to cover my eyes and his because I was scared. I have never felt anyting like that and he says that he has been approached by the spiritual world his entire life.

Sorry this is long. I'm just really confused and want it to stop. If you want to email me, my email is Stephbuu@yahoo.com.

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I too have had many images over a year or two now, of strangers, people I have never ever seen in my life. These images last foronl a second or two and will then change into yet another image. Today I not only saw an image of yet another new face, I saw an image of two names I did not know with signatures on some old papers. This lasted for a few seconds, kind of like I was day dreaming, and then disappeared. It bothered me so much I looked up the names on the internet -- for what I do not know. I wonder if some images/pictures were of past lives, maybe I am just crazy. Probably.....

Blessings

Anonymous said...

Sometimes when I am sleepy and tired I could see pictures of objects, sometimes a person's face while my eyes are closed. I am trying to figure out a way to use that to good use, imagine closing your eyes and picture numbers, and manipulating them without using a pencil and paper. Sadly I could only hold unto the image for only a few seconds.

Hunter_L said...

Hmm....well I'm no stranger to this myself...my doctor said I just had an overactive imagination when I asked him about it. I don't buy it.

When I close my eyes, I see very clearly the last image i looked at. if I stay still, the image does too unless I hear someone move(footsteps, ruffle clothes, etc.), at which point a black human shaped blob comes into the image in whichever direction the noise came from. If there is say a window that I noticed before and I shift to the window(my eyes still closed) the image shifts as well- towards the window- but theres a blinding glow where the window is rather than bearable sunlight.

It is very different when I wake up however. When I wake up all I see is a black field with an extremely bright light in the distance. sometimes I feel like I can "move" towards the light. the closest I ever got I realized it looked somewhat like my eye with a blinding fiery glow around. (I say mine because I don't know anyone with a pattern in my eye like mine.)

Like I said....my doctor didn't believe me....not many people do.

Hunter_L said...

Something I left out- this doesn't always happen- but in same places I see thousands(I think) of hazy figures- almost as if they're made of mist. It doesn't happen often- but when it does, there's a LOT of people.

cody said...

Every body says the same things, they see faces of all ages and all emotions. Its like 2:30 in the morning and i was having these same experiences. Ive had them all my life so i decided to look it up on my ipod touch. Alot of times during the day ill see faces in different paterns the face are male female old and young, but they always have a blank expression. I am so glad i decided too look this up. Email me if you have experiences such as these or you see multiple faces at night or you have found more information on this subject.


davidpierce94@gmail.com

Nickname unavailable said...

I'm glad I found this, I thought I was a bit crazy and was going to talk to my doctor about it.

I see many "things" changing from one thing to another. Many of the "things" I see I've never seen before and sometimes they're rather scary looking. Usually they are in faded colors but sometimes I get can see bright colors with a dark background that remind me of pictures of galaxies and such, but its constantly moving.

The "things" don't last long, maybe a second or two, but I see new ones every time I close my eyes. My boyfriend thinks I'm crazy, but at least there are other crazyish people too! I wish I could share what I see with people, its quite amazing and beautiful at times.

I really wish I knew what caused this though. Too much imagination? :)

Thanks for reading and making me feel less crazy!

Cat

Max said...

This article is about when your eyes are closed. However i noticed that people also speak about the stage before sleeping in a dark room, with eyes still open.

When I was a kid I used to see dots in the dark, like the black and white dots on some non-working channels on televisions. After a while these dots became 3-dimensional. It was like toys were coming out of the dots. They were flying around the room and I could almost touch them.

I still see the same "test-screen". But now I don't see any toys coming out anymore. Instead I see waves of darkness coming up. Usually these waves start covering my sight and sometimes it feels like they are persons. I don't like this idea very much so I tend to ignore it and fall asleep.

These experiences vary however and I think it has to do with my environment. I have lived in different places and each place seems to carry it's own sort of energy field. (my feeling says that it has to be some energy-thing). Some rooms create swirling tornado's of dots where others are quiet and peaceful.

But ontopic.. actually what i see with my eyelids closed I can't tell you what i see. I never really cared about this. Besides when I was working for a farmer over 10 hours a day... lol... ik kept seeing the flowers i was working with everytime i winked

very interesting subject and experiences of other people by the way. Will come back tomorrow to read more!

Anonymous said...

It's just your eyes ajusting to light.

Anonymous said...

When I close my eyes i am in a crowded room like a bar and people are walking around, so much detail.. people look at me and look like theyre trying to talk to me sometimes. but i cant talk back.. its actually starting to scare me and i cant get to sleep right now as it is freaking me out.
it happened briefly a few months ago and happened to me again today.

if anyone can help or sees anything similar email me! rockaddus@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Im so glad I found this blog. This has been happening to me for the past few weeks. It had never happened before, although I used to see images, photo pictures, visions that moved before.

Now I see things when I am feeling really relaxed. Usually laying down or if Im sitting in a car I can see the same things. During the day, I only see them if I have my eyes closed, but at night I can see them eyes closed or open.

First it'll start off with an eye looking at me, then maybe a red dot and this will be replaced by complete blackness and loads of what looks like, glowing white stars all in my vision. They will keep moving and flashing everywhere, and Il start to make out outlines of people or things. I have seen loads of tiny faces (all about 1cm wide) just all bunched together looking at me. Soemtimes they carry flashlights and these lights are moving round as though the people holding them are moving their hands in a circular motion.

I have seen a shadow of an old man bent down next to me and can always sense people around me.
Often my surroundings change and Im somewhere else even though Im lying in bed. Alot of times, the bedroom seems to open by itself and I can see out through it and theres always loads of people standing around it. When I switch the light on though, the door is always closed.

Also if I get up during the night, as Im coming back to the bedroom in the dark, I can see my arm moving in front of me, although its black and everywhere in the room is too dark to see anything. But its kind of like I am not seeing my own arm, as though theres all this energy and its someone elses. I dont really know, I cant explain it.

But its very interesting though and these things ive been seeing have been happening every day since a few weeks ago

Anonymous said...

Also if my bf gets up during the night I cant see his arms or anything, its only my own

Leone A said...

I have been seeing colours when I close my eyes in a black room for years, the colour usually is one colour only, it starts usually in the middle and spreads outwards, in brilliant colour, disolving into blackness only to reappear and repeat this process. The colour is never the same twice in a row. Though the colour is brilliant. I have also had this experience when meditating during the afternoon with my eyes wide open. In day light it looks like a cloud the has a brilliant colour in the center and it bursts outwards, disolves and reappears, I have followed this around the room with my eyes, but this was during meditation. My sister died recently and when I closed my eyes I saw all the colours you could imagine, streaming past me, more vibrant than they look to the naked eye. Since then I have not had my usual strong colour experiences when I close my eyes of a night in a dark room. It is only just now starting to happen again, I must say I have missed the colour, this having been happening to me for the better part of 25 years. I am glad its back.

Anonymous said...

I have experienced some interesting things during the last couple of years when I have closed my eyes at night. Often pictures will just start flickering - mostly paintings. The paintings are like nothing else I've ever seen before so they're not memories. I'm not sure if this is entirely accurate but, on average, I feel as though I have seen as many as 100 paintings per 'vision'. Sometimes I will see faces - usually devious looking men with pointy noses??? Other times I will see a house on a hill and I will travel towards it and go inside. I'm definately not asleep (I often have lucid dreams and this experience is completely different). When I want it to stop I just open my eyes. It always happens before sleep and sometimes in the mornings.
I have noticed though that this tends to only happen when I'm stressed/busy at work and not when I'm relaxed (on holiday).

sharnz18 said...

recently iv been experiencing vivid images and yellow and red infra lights with my eyes tightly closed.my eyes feel glued shut and my mind wide awake with my eyelid black as if im looking into another world.i have been seeing faces but not long another to describe the faces.its kind of like those kelidoscope things where the images changes then turn into one big vivid scary red demonic face staring right into me...all of this is with closed eyes.i open my eyes to make it stop then try to think other thoughts.i find it really hard to get to sleep because of the things i am seeing.do i have sum kind of disorder or something?????

sharnz18 said...

recently iv been experiencing vivid images and yellow and red infra lights with my eyes tightly closed.my eyes feel glued shut and my mind wide awake with my eyelid black as if im looking into another world.i have been seeing faces but not long another to describe the faces.its kind of like those kelidoscope things where the images changes then turn into one big vivid scary red demonic face staring right into me...all of this is with closed eyes.i open my eyes to make it stop then try to think other thoughts.i find it really hard to get to sleep because of the things i am seeing.do i have sum kind of disorder or something?????

nhking said...

All the previous entries of faces and shapes is pretty much the same experience for me, but I know that's my memories and tiredness playing games to press me on towards sleep so I take it with a grain of salt.
The only thing that bothers me is when this electric jolt occurs behind my eyes when closed and a quick snap of light comes and fades away. This may happen a few times a night or just once, but not every night. It usually happens about 10 or 15 minutes after I turn off my light and sorta wander in thought in my bed and then *crack*.

Anonymous said...

This comment below pretty much is the same as my experiences except the faces i see constantly change thier appearance/features as i see them.They seem to be more of the animated type as opposed to real people.I agree it can be entertaining,and often thought it would be handy for creating new characters for movIes etc.No drugs,or alcohol either.

QUOTE:

When I close my eyes and am in a relaxed state (but not sleeping and fully aware of my surroundings), I see images: faces, people, things....these images are very fluid and in a constant state of change and rechange (like oil). Its actually quite entertaining. But what is this phenomenon and why do some people have it while others dont? Anyway, i really got a kick out of stumbling across this discussion. Thank you! :)
the tiny mouse

Anonymous said...

hello!
i don't know how old this thread is but here goes it. I'm so happy i found this site.

i had a really bad fever last christmas and saw open and closed eye visions of people who weren't really there. Ever since then i have noticed that when i meditate for less then a minute i can create closed eye images.

These images are always of well detailed unknown faces. They look like they have been drawn or outlined using a pale green pencil, they tend to turn to face me, move their mouths as if to speak and then move towards me getting bigger and then disapear. what i can't get over is how detailed they are, i have come to the conclusion that they must be images taken from strangers that i have made eye contact with within the day.

it's strange but fun. Are there any websites around that can explain why this happens?

cheers Emi.

Anonymous said...

I’m so glad I found this site. I too, have had visions. Not a lot lately, but I know why. My ones started last October (2008). It was at night, no drugs or alcohol involved, when I closed my eyes they were there. Faces, places, etc. The only way I could stop them was to open my eyes. But it was late at night and I was in bed. I started to get really scared as they were so vivid. It then plunged into an experience that lasted for about 5 hours that changed my life. I had another one in February this year (2009) which was equally overwhelming.

One thing, I saw faces of old men, like portraits of 18th/19th century men, drifting by. Some were moving their mouths as if trying to speak to me. Not long after this, I stumbled across some literature and low and behold, there were the faces, which changed my life even more.

I’m not going to go into more detail here in an open forum, but if any of this touches any of you, please get in touch.

I would love to talk to anyone serious about this, especially the person who described tingling fingers etc.

Cam_1000@hotmail.com

gin said...

I to for many years have experienced seeing faces objects people etc with my eyes closed. at the same time a man and woman start to talk to each other and have a conversation.

what is this does anyone have a clinical result about it.it is very frustrating.tanku

Anonymous said...

I cant believe it,I dont tell to many people about my experiences,when I close my eyes,I see all kinds of colors,but everytime there different,and sometimes there going so fast in every direction I cant even make out what they are,I also see faces,and they change all the time,I dont see there bodies,but they are usually older men with beards and mustaches,from like early 1800's by the way they look,they star at me,and its wierd because its like my eyes arn't even closed,there right there,and they will star at me and then turn and move away,they just float away till there gone,and one man will transform into another sometimes,but I dont talk to them,when I started hearing little voices I would try to avoid them,I really thought I was going nuts,lol. At times like last night,not all the time,I get images of demons or something,and like last night I couldnt even sleep,everytime I would dose off,they would appear,and I remember hearing them,but I cant remember what they say,I always see dark shadows out of the corners of my eyes,even in daylight,I even hear people talking sometimes that arn't there,but they are trying to have conversations with me,when my Grandfather died in the 80's he came to me that night and talked to,he said he was going home,and he loved me,he said I would be alright,and he would always be here,and that we would be together again,see he was my dad,I didnt have one and he was my world,then my husbands grandmother passed last year,and I was sitting watching t.v,it was so crazy,I was wide awake,and she talked to me,like she was right there,afterwards,I was really worried,but she told me to write down what she said and so I did,and she wanted me to give it to some of her family and scared to death I did,but I asked her to leave signs when she came,and well she has plenty,the same thing everytime,a feather,I dont know what to think sometimes,I wish I could open myself up more,but I dont know how,and im so tired of feeling like im crazy,i am so relieved to have found this site,please anyone with any advice,or any solutions or anything,I beg for your help,I need my sanity.

Anonymous said...

My experiences started about 2 years ago. At 68. I don't recall having them earlier. They are mostly of my family, only thier head and most of the time a side view of them sleeping. I had one this morning. I "saw" my husband kissing me and then I saw myself asleep,at least I hope I was asleep and not dead. It started with seeing my Mom "asleep" She has been dead for over 25 years, then I started seeing my husband about a year ago. He passed away last June. I hope other people have seen themselves too. It does worry me.

Lea said...

I discovered in 4th grade that when I closed my eyes and looked, really looked, as if my eyes were open, I would see random images, pictures, people, cars driving along roads I didn't know. I could always see these things if I looked. Lately however, when I try to go to sleep I have what can only be described as a slideshow, images one after the other, very quick, of people I've never seen before doing average everyday things. It's very weird and serves no purpose that I can understand except to make it almost impossible to fall asleep. I had a sleep test done for apnea, but they said I did not stop breathing, they said that my mind does not shut off yet they wanted me to wear the c-pap, which proved impossible and I don't see how that could help with brain function. I've never told anyone about this because it sounds crazy to me.

Anonymous said...

When I close my eyes all I can see is total darkness for 5 or 6 minutes...
But after those minutes I start to see anything I want. If I want to see my family, I see them right in front of me, and the image is as vivid as if I was with my eyes wide open.
It's just like looking at them in reality.
Usually when I'm tired, sad or just bored I close my eyes and start seeing the things that make me happy or amused.
But sometimes, and I don't know why this happens, I see something and the image doesn't dissapear,even if I think of something else.

Evertonfc said...

When i go to sleep at night and close my eyes and all i can see it black (Obviously) and like fuzzy colors, Well all of a suddon them fuzzy colors turn into random peoples faces and then they fuzz out and turn into other random people but ive never ever seen these people in my life ?
Sounds crazy i know but I'm worried.
Anyone suffing from the same thing ?

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April said...

ive done this forever: i am fully awake and i close my eyes i see different pictures of things. i usually write them down and draw a sketch of what i see. this one happened about 15 minutes ago....a woman or angel raises in the air and extends her arms to the ground and gives something to these ant/people (its not too clear so i cant tell) and they turn and scurry towards fields of wheat. then it ends. it lasted about 30 seconds or so. thats the usually how long they all last. i guess im wierd or something lol it happens often. when i close my eyes and its not an image, its usually black and grayish stuff swirling around....so what is this? lol

Patrick said...

when I'm drifting off to sleep and then for some reason i don't get there and I open my eyes I see this black orbish mass more like a ball. I don't no what it is. One night it was red. Most of the time it's black.

Anonymous said...

when i close my eyes i see places houses people i have never seen before, but i have now started to see some really horrible scary things you would expect to see from a horror movie, people with bloody faces half missing etc, it really scares me and i got to the point i was too scared to turn of the light and close my eyes. I was begining to think that i was abnormal as everybody i have spoke to about this didnt know what i was talking about, i feel relieved that im not the only one, but could somebody shed some light on this as to why this happens. many thanks Anita.

Anonymous said...

When I close my eyes it is dark at first. Then I see people, places, and objects at random (irrational and unrealistic things that I have never seen before). I also hear things but not with my ears. The images come and go so fast that I can't remember exactly what I saw. Sometimes it is very clear and other times very vague. It is sort of like flipping the tv channels every few seconds. I never know what I will see. I have done this for about 20 years.

Jeff said...

when i close my eyes i do see things the best way i can descrive it is like some kind of a colorful static similar to a tv except not grey its dark colors of red and blue and green its like a fuzzed colorful static. sometimes i see a blotch of something floating across my eye.at night when i shift my eyes i can see white flashes that sometimes come out of no where and startle me a bit. in the daylight sometimes i look to the sky and can see little transparent bubbles floating around...

Anonymous said...

when i stare at myself in the mirror for a very long time everything around me begins to turn dark and objects in my outer vision become bent and twisted and seem to melt my face starting back at me becomes very mean looking tho i can feel my face perfectly normal but the reflection of me has flaring nostrils always appears to breathe heavily and looks "dead" or zombie like kinda green and pale looking. in one instance i could see its arm begin to reach out i felt mine perfectly still but wanted to reach out too and kind of snapped in to it agian and when i looked away i saw the face had not changed in my outter vision and when i focused on it, it was like somethign shook my entire body and everything was normal and i was shocked.

Anonymous said...

Came across this site when trying to determine if difficulty in remembering names is related to the ability to "see" faces with eyes closed. Was hoping to find some studies done using MRI showing whether different parts of the brain were used by people when they see only black, in color, or actual pictures with eyes closed. Have any such studies been done?

As for my own experience -- normal mode depends on lighting, but usually black, grey sometimes with greenish tinge with little squiggly things - either dust or floaters, I suppose. I can bring up pictures, but it takes some effort and they are never exactly like I would be seeing with my eyes open, although there is color in the pictures. Have on occasion seen various light displays with oncoming migranes.

Also what I would find interesting would be if the people who see no images are people who have a lot of "chatter" going on in their mind and the people who see images are those with little to no "chatter".

Sarah said...

Wow! I never thought this was so prolific. I've always seen people when I close my eyes - not many, usually only one or two at a time - and they are quite detailed. I've seen some people recur, and they've even sometimes aged in that period. Recently, however, things have changed. I've had the odd premonition dream in the past (all of which have 'come true') but now it seems I'm having premonition eyelid visions, as I like to call them, in addition to the random folks. For example, my younger brother found out his girlfriend was pregnant a few weeks ago. Before he told me, I had an 'eyelid vision' about a male infant with dark wispy hair and eyes shaped like my brother's, only slightly brighter and more gold-tinged. I've seen my own future child in dreams, but I knew this one wasn't mine. Two days later, he told me he was expecting, and that he'd dreamed of his son, and proceeded to describe the child I saw to a tee. Last week, I had just gotten into bed and closed my eyes (I wasn't nearly tired yet, let alone about to fall asleep) when I saw a large blue A move into my field of 'vision'. I had this feeling that it was related to my nephew, and lo and behold, my brother told me a few days ago that they were planning on naming their son Aiden (assuming it does, in fact, turn out to be a boy). I read through the comments, and I don't recall seeing anything quite like this - has anyone else experienced this? These precognitive 'eyelid visions' began at the same time as some other (what I can assume are) energy-related 'senses'.

keddie said...

I don’t know if I'm normal or not that's why I tried to google about seeing visions with their eyes closed. When I've read some of the blogs here I just found out that mine is kinda weird and different. Since I was four as far as I can remember I could see visions: people, landscapes, things and etc with no particular connection to me at all. It's like I'm watching a movie over my head, sometimes its like on a screen and sometimes it seems like I was actually there.
Sometimes it’s clear sometimes it’s not that clear, depending on my ability to concentrate and my mood. I never give pretty much attention about this coz i thought it was just normal. Even when I just closed my eyes for a second I have a 3D vision over my head, sometimes even in a bright area I could still see dark visions and even in dark area I could still see bright visions.
When I closed my eyes I saw people that I've never encountered in my life or know nothing about them and places that I've never been to or thought about. Sometimes when I think of a person, place or thing they appear and then suddenly scenes changes or move. To me this has been part of my life and I thought it was pretty normal but when I start asking my friends what they saw when they closed their eyes that's when I start to wonder why I have this. There are times that my visions are kinda related to what's happening to the current events in the world earthquakes, flash floods, shipwreck, plain crash, war and etc. There are even instances that I saw a vision of a woman jumping on the window, a man lying on a floor in his shower room with blood all over or some kinda disturbing images that I've never seen in a movie. I'm not psychotic or anything. In fact, I pretty much enjoy and happy with my life. I've got lots of friends, I have a family and I don't think I want to think and see this images but I do. Can somebody explain this to me?

Charlie said...

The first time it happen I was in fourth grade, in class and i closed my eyes for 3 seconds and a picture of girl in a blue dress sitting on some stairs outside of her school appeared in my mind. I had never seen her before and it has had nothing to do with my life. It happened a couple other times, one was an old man in a den surrounded by books and sitting in a rocking chair. Again having no significance to my life. These visions stopped shortly after they started I think partly because I didnt welcome them & shut them out of my mind as soon as they popped in my head. I also used to get very hot while i was sleeping and when i woke up everything looked very far away and small. Things even felt in perportion to how I was seeing them when i touched them. All i had to do was put a cold wash cloth over my head & once I cooled down I was fine. This hasnt happened in a while either but it did last longer then the visions. I think it was more of a mild hallucination to over heating. I also used to have de ja vu, i know its fairly common but I knew what would happen next once the de ja vu started & i havent heard of very many people having that kind of experience. I'm 20 now and i still wonder about these things. Did it happen because I was more open minded as a child? Or was there a medical diagnosis to it? I recently seen a black spherical shape floating past me, like what some people call spirits. Is there something wrong with my mind or is my uncounsiousness pressing a real 6th sense in varied ways, & trying to find one I am excepting to?

Anonymous said...

When I close my eyes I see three worlds/planets-not sure spinning and then I see blue light -and people living in one of them with the sky that is totally blue

Anonymous said...

When I close my eyes I see three worlds/planets-not sure spinning and then I see blue light -and people living in one of them with the sky that is totally blue

Anonymous said...

when i close my eyes it;s very peaceful but i see 2 very vivid beams about 6 inches round and about 2 feet high i also hear the sound that surges make very weird...

Anonymous said...

When I was sixteen I had some paranoral phenomenom absoluletly clear as day happen to me. I dont like to talk about it but I am very strong in the sense that it will never happen again. I refuse it and take control and focus on light and positivity. Now in my mid twenties I am glad to say it never happened to me again and wont. Because I refuse it. When you allow yourself to see things its like a quija board you let it in. I think some people or some ages are more susceptible but none the less you have to fight it and refuse it- ignore it. dont befriend it or egg it on or it will manifest eventaully in some way. Dont court hallucinations. Dont look for it and it will go away.

Anonymous said...

I am happy to see that some people here see the same things like I do.

I started see things 15 years ago after I tried the technique of attempting to get OOBE's (I never really made any success except 1 time that scared me a lot LOL). It's like a door that went open and never got closed again, I kinda like it and would like to get "further" to be able to maybe do something nice or helpful in some way of it.

When I close my eyes in a totally dark room I can see me arms and fingers in front of Me, I can also see the structure of the room and on one occasion I walked through a totally darkened war-shelter (the lights is not working there) formed like a U and I could se the walls and obstacles unregarded eyes opened or not.

Sometimes when I close my eyes I see light red fog all over.

Sometimes I see the actual room lightly distorded, sometimes I see the room with completely different interior and things paintings on the walls and furnitures and stuff, like someone else is living there.

Sometimes I see the universe with stars and planets.

Sometimes I see pictures of places, people or just erratic stuff.

When I was a child I was "told" in my dreams things that was about to happen later on and I remember it like it was some non-earthly intelligent thing telling me this.

If someone know what this is and have any idea how to get "further" or "use" this for something please email me.

Sorry for making this post so long and sorry for my english.

Thank's to everyone sharing here.

ohmmeters@hotmail.com

Halle said...

Well. It varies. And it's quite bizzare. Sometimes I don't see anything but almost a shroud of black. But then, more and more often now, I see people. Things. Places. Sometimes places I've been to, people I've seen, etc. And I've even seen a place that I had not been to yet, but visited in about a week. That was perhaps the most bizzare. But sometimes, I see people and places I've never seen or experienced; some happy, some scary. Occasionally it's just people together, smiling or just relaxing. But other times, I see other things. Like, an ocean and a blonde haired girl. Or, sometimes, violent things. Whatever it may be, it can be scary. Usually, they only last about a minute at the most, but can even be just a flash or two. I'm not sure if this helps, but it's my own experience.

argonette said...

Wow. Years ago when I first started having this happen, I searched but found nothing. Let me explain what happened to me. When I would look at any solid colored surface, e.g. bathroom sink, bedroom wall, computer screen, mp3 player screen, etc., I would see what appeared to be several video vignette of people doing different things. It was quite disturbing. It hadn't happened for quite a while, but recently (and less frequently) started again. Now, the images seem less frightening/disturbing. It was the strangest thing, though. All I had to do was to look at any solid colored surface and I would see the same exact set of images every time...

Anonymous said...

My daugher sees a flash purple light and feels her body is sinking & at times her arms shake..I an concerned for her health!!!

Anonymous said...

Strangely enough, like some of you have mentioned, I too see very vivid faces, although very scary. The faces of tortured souls. Faces that have white eyes rolling back and blood dripping. I assumed it was because I was living in Colma, CA (more dead than the living). But I often see them directly behind my eyelids like as if they are being projected on a movie screen. I don't have bad thoughts, or even want to imagine these things, but they appear. I used to draw them too.

Anonymous said...

I have had many experiences like everyone else has. When I close my eyes I start to see either neon blue or bluish purple lights or images. Last night I tried it in my room while in darkness and it worked with my eyes open. When I focus in, I see hundreds of stars as if I am flying through the universe itself. If I really concentrate It seems as if I can travel through it at an accelerating rate til I see 1 tiny blue spec of light. Through my studies of this I have heard that this light is called Kundalini energy. The secrets of who you are and why you are hear on this earth will be answered if you can reach this light. Proper eating, prayer, and meditation will speed up your vibration to become in sync with your mind, body, soul and the earth and will help you to reach this.

Renee said...

I saw two faces flash before my closed eyes for the first time in my life this month. Both were old men, both appeared in black and white. I saw only their faces, like a portrait. One was rather wrinkled and had a stern expression on his face. The other one, which appeared a week later, looked quite different, almost like a male relative. He wore a jaunty hat and scarf and seemed to wink and smile a bit at me, then disappeared. Both images were extremely sharp, realistic and three dimensional looking.

The only reason I can imagine this happened is because I was suffering from a sinus infection and was having difficulty sleeping. I'd lie awake with my eyes closed but not be able to fall asleep. Something must have been different in my brain when I had the infection to make this happen. If not for this website and the internet in general, I surely would have thought I was going insane!

Jesse said...

This is a cool discussion! i never really thought so many people had similar things as i do. Maybe its something natural, caused by brain fluctuations that everyone experiences on a certain degree. Or it could be some "sense" that can be strengthened. I watched a documentary on how asian monks that have meditated for years can grow their energy field around them. It was tested with one of them in a MRI type machine or like electrodes connected. As they meditated they grew their "force field" stronger than any other test subject they tested. Cool huh!

I remember a few years ago while trying to go to sleep, i saw a faint fog like image. Like a faint white fog. I then tried to test this. I concentrated to try to visualize a horizontal line. It took a few seconds but i was able to do it. Then, I wanted to see if I could "will" it to spin in either a clockwise or counterclockwise fashion. It took some concentrating but i was able to do it. Other images like a circle or triangle are i lil harder but can be done if I relaxed.

I'm just really curios if this is a visual/maybe physic ability that can be trained. Could it be used to talk to the dead, or to see events that are happening in the present/past. How cool would it be to train yourself to see in another room before you enter. Well anyway, we are just getting the technology to decode the brain, and maybe we'll figure this out in the next decade!
-Jesse L.

Jesse said...

Just found something on wiki that might be of interest called Closed-Eye Hallucinations.

Jesse said...

@ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Closed-eye_hallucination

Eric Schwitzgebel said...

Thanks, Jesse, for the comment and the useful link!

David said...

I see faces when i close my eyes and sometimes they change as I'm looking at them. I don't recognize any of them.

Anonymous said...

When I close my eyes, i see a very bright red, and it turns darker and darker until its a very deep red with dots. My eyes start shaking, and even when I try to close them shut, my eyes open by themselves. What does this mean?

Anonymous said...

Interesting discussion. For the past two days I've been recovering from a dangerous five-day alcohol binge and what I'm seeing when I close my eyes are as follows:

1) Very bright, vivid, and moving images of hundreds of emails I've received. They scroll up just like on a computer screen and I can stop the scroll and read the contents of the email. Some go back years from people I've long forgotten. They are perfect images and scroll up extremely fast.

2) A super fast flashcard succesion of hundreds of signatures from people I know and many I don't.

3) All kinds of moving icons twirling around, extremely rapid succession of arrows, hands, shapes, and company logos.

4) Extremely fast succesion of moving images of all kinds of things--zebras, book covers, lots of text I don't recognize.

5) This one blew my mind---I could see a planetarium presentation I went to earlier this year in it's entirety. The entire star map, the laser pointers to stars (extremely bright), moving images projected on star map, I could even see the Exit sign on the door. When the presention ended it started over.

6) And this one was scary...when I closed my eyes I saw exactly what was in front of me. I almost fell down in the shower when I closed my eyes to shampoo my hair because I forgot that my eyes were closed.

Oh yeah, and I'm also hearing sirens, voices, my cat's meows, the door knocking...all not there according to my father. When I turn on the fan or air conditioner, I hear a woman's voice singing a song I've never heard before.

This has been a really weird and painful detox, but I learned that there are tons of things in my mind I had no idea existed. Photographic images that are ordered and flip by at incredible speeds. No more drinking for me.

- Greg

Anonymous said...

i see stars like things....i can control them....and when i think of some one in my family i can see their face generated by the stars...but i cant say whether its 3d or 2d ...never seen anything like it,,,and when i think of a shape it appears in front of my eyes generated by the stars,\...+im not crazy

Happier said...

I came across this blog because I googled "with eyes closed seeing black and red"...it took me here. For years, I have been seeing "molecule like things" floating around me. With my eyes closed, I will see dark and then bright red with black like spider webs filling it in. I also seeing round shaped blue. I have seen sparkles of rainbow colors with eyes open and which followed me down a hallway on the wall which eventually encircled me completely. I can look at objects and see images of people.

Audrey said...

When I close my eyes I see faces. Sometimes they are suspended almost like a totem pole and they are young, old, in between, wearing hats and having hair. Mostly, there are only a handful I can see. There are a few that seem creepy and will overcome the other faces. Seldom, I can also see objects like buildings or see a human image hovering around my bed, sometimes, more than one. This happens alot and sometimes I feel fear but other times I am curious so I keep looking through my eye lids.

Angels.Dreams said...

I am exhausted due to this waves that comes infronta my eyes closed, i have been searching on the internet if anyone experiances this weired thing. its interesting to look at but at the same time scary. which i stop my self lookign at them by opening my eyes.

lately i can see them when my eyes are opened. freaking me out!!

i can draw how they look like and post it on the site if anyone need to see what i am talkign about.

Angels.Dreams said...

my visual weirdos are more similar to the ones the person"Genius" is describing.

i dont get them all the time but sometimes.

i got a question for all others who get these visuals

- Are you under stress for sometime?
- Does any of you suffer from sleeplessness due to stress?

i have a feel that they may related to these visual (or the other way around)

Anonymous said...

Often throughout my life, when my eyes are closed, I see a small circle of light with a dark shadow that spins steadily around it. It probably takes about 2 seconds for it to make a complete revolution. I'm pretty sure it goes clockwise. It's sort of like a searchlight going around and around except the center is the light and it emits a dark shadowy beam. It is not an after-image because I have seen it upon waking in a dark room. I don't believe it is an eye problem because I am only 32 years of age, I have seen it since I was a young kid and I have excellent eyesight. It is not something I can consciously bring about. When it happens, it happens.

Recently I have been getting acupuncture and during today's treatment I briefly saw it while my eyes were closed. This time, though, I realized maybe it could be a spinning chakra. I had never heard of chakras before I started acupuncture so had never before come to this conclusion. In fact, I had never really given much thought to it at all except to note that I see it from time to time when my eyes are closed.

kate said...

I do not agree with the more clinical point of view at all. I have seen these faces for over 60 years. We all seem to see them in the same fashion. I feel there are connections that cannot be explained which is not at all clinical, but feel it is of a spiritual nature. Those who do not understand or have not experienced these visions would rather just explain it in a way that makes them comfortable. I compare these visions to a young child of the age of three or four that is able to look at a photo of group of men from 1789 and point out his or her ancestor – naming them – and claims that this person is their friend and playmate. There is nothing clinical about the unexplained or “life after death” experiences shared by millions of people in this world. We share a gift that is not to be mocked or explained away, but rather stirs our physic abilities and our curiosity to know more about the unknown faces we see. There are never two the same as we gaze into their eyes and see their soul. They float into a continuous moving collage and enter from left to right, right to left, top and bottom, front to back, and extremely close. So close, that our eyes, almost become their eyes and their lids begin to close in slow motion as they fade to another. True, they are without expression, yet peaceful. We view every wrinkle and detail of their face as they pass through our minds eye ever so slowly. What message do they bring to us, and if they spoke, what would they say?

Rustyn said...

Sometimes when I'm trying to sleep and my eyes are closed, I'll be thinking and pondering about this and that and then all of the sudden my vision will be populated with red flashes that seem to fill up the expanse of the regular darkness that I see when mine eyes are closed.

Kristian Quintero said...

When I close my eyes I can see this undescribable object way close to me. It is something that is hard to describe. I also see my self when I close my eyes but what my reflection does is weird. Think of it this way; when you replay something on a DVD it does it over and over again, and when you have a CD that skips it repeats the three to five word sentence over and over. That is what I do when I close my eyes and see myself. It's my refelction that does that. It is extremely weird. Another thing is that, when my eyes are closed, I feel like I get pushed back and forth like those paddle ball toys. The ones you hit back and forth that have a string attached to the paddle aand the ball. It is a very odd experience, and this is something that happens 3 to 4 times a week..

Steph said...

Hello my name is Stephanie I'm 16 years old and I have the weirdest experiences, I see things happen in my head in a faint light maybe 1 time every couple weeks, and I had a feeling the other morning on my way driving to school as if there was going to be a car accident that day on that road. Right before the bell rang to release the student from school there was an announcement telling student to take another road to a bad car accident. But when I have these feeling & vision they come with horrible headaches. But has any of you expierienced anything like this?

Eric Schwitzgebel said...

Migraine?

Anonymous said...

when i close my eyes and consentrate,i see little red and blue dots and after a few seconds,there are waves and waves of them

Anonymous said...

My first "eyelid vision" occurred yesterday, & has continued. I closed my eyes for a moment & there was my late husband's face looking like he was right in front of me. For most of the day, this occurred every time I even blinked. Today, it's not happening as often, but is still disconcerting.

Anonymous said...

After my fiance died suddenly, I immediately started to have a number of things happen to me, but in order to stick to this topic, I'll skip to what I have seen. While completely awake, but with my eyes closed, I have seen faces, birds, many, many hearts (including the key to my heart locket), a UPS truck driving down a road (he worked for them), numbers, words (including the title of a love song that I then heard on the radio the very next day)....the list goes on and on. I see something at least once or twice week and have kept record of everything. Sometimes the images are crystal clear and sometimes they are more faint. They are usually in a yellow or pale white light (although the UPS truck was in sepia tones). I have seen things in color as well. Sometimes the things I see are realistic (like the truck) and other times, they are just almost like outlines of objects. I have absolutely no doubt that he is doing his best to communicate with me. Believe it or not.

Anonymous said...

I have had very similar experiences my entire life. I am 37 years old. The best way I can describe it is by comparing the back of my eyelids as a movie screen in sepia. Like most others have reported, I often see strange shapes that move from one corner of my field of vision to another. However, I often see active scenes of people, faces which are unknown to me entirely. Some of the scenes I capture are of people participating in some benign activity like eating at a table in restaurant or boarding a bus etc. Others are more pointed. I often see only a face (all unknown to me). In the past only a few occasions have provided a clear "video" with sharp contrast and clearly defined edges. However, after years of searching for scientific explanation in literature with no satisfactory results, I began to conduct my own experiements with the phenomenon with some pretty intense and sometimes scary results. I have found that under various light conditions, the images and shapes can be controlled and moved/retrieved as though my eye were a mouse and mouse pad. Try this: position yourself on your side, lying down with a lamp directly in front of you approximately 5-8 feet away. Relax and keep your eyes open for a minute or two (or until your body is completely relaxed). Close your eyes. As an image, or any obscure objects begin to move across your field of vision, focus your attention to the center of it and stay with it. As it begins to move out of view, move it back to center simply by focusing back to center. The image/object will reset to center. While this may seem like a useless trick, it was a very important discovery for me as it allowed me to re-examine images with a lot of detail. I have found a way to keep the image a few seconds longer allowing me to examine other details of the "video" or image that I would of missed had I allowed it dissapear out of view. Here is the frustrating thing; I have only been able to reset images to center only one time. after that they are gone. But the following is an example that may give you chills emphasizing why only one second glance may be enough. In one particular "movie", I saw a twenty-something female sitting at a table in a restaurant. The table was nicley set with flowers in the center with proper dish and utensil settings for two. She was alone. She was holding a menu with one hand and pulling her hair back with the other. That is all I got in the first pass as the "video" moved from the lower left of my eye to the top right. I reset/moved the "video" back to center and focused on the menu she was holding. I was able to read the menu. The menu consisted of a list of peoples names in two columns (not menu items). I was able to get the first three names (first, middle, last). I got up immediately and wrote the names down. I was completely beside myself. I did not know anyone by these names. Only one of the three was a fairly common name except it came with a middle name. It took me a week to work up the nerve to google these names. Much to my relief, I found nothing other than the fact that in this big world of ours, there are people out there with the exact same names.

I have made a point to stay open minded with this phenomena and refuse (unlike others) to rapidly attribute this to mystical communication or messages with aliens or spirits etc. I insist on working with this on my own with out discussing with professionals of various fields as I am afraid they may quickly diagnose me with some dillusional disorder. In the interim I just think it is neat and interested in working with techniques I have discovered on my own to manipulate and interact with this phenomena. To avoid risk of boring you with something which may or may not still interest you, I will leave to you, to reply interest in hearing more of what I have found upon coreographing atmospherics, lighting etc. Dont worry, none of this involves drugs. I am an active duty Marine and proudly drug free.

Respectfully,

Erik

Eric Schwitzgebel said...

Thanks, Erik and others, for all the interesting reports! More details always welcome.

SSX said...

Found your blog while working graves last night and searching Google on my phone. I too have visual experiances shortly after I close my eyes at night.
My experiances have happened on occasion for as long as I can remember, I am 34 now.
Mine seem to be controlled as I have to look for them. Normally when I go to bed I shut my eyes and try to disregard any sensory input. My mind is the hardest to shut off as I think alot and my mind can wander.
However, if I focus on my visual input while my eyelids are closed,I have seen people, objects and places in great detail.
This happens moments after I close my eyes, again only if I want to look for them. I am fully awake as it usually takes me anywhere from 30-45 mins to fall asleep.
It does take some effort for me to find them, conditions have to be right. A little bit of light in the room, eyelids loosely closed .. I start by watching the floating white dots and even haze that is there.. always moving To find the visions(I'm assuming the dots are caused from stimulation within my eyeball from blood cells,pulse, fluid moving around ect..).
I have to pan around my field of vision (slowly) watching and waiting for these white dots or haze and I look for a rift or tear in the darkness for lack of a better word. Once I find it I can zoom in and focus on what is inside. It does not take up my hole field of vision and these tears start at less than 10%...very small, But after zooming in my field of vision becomes larger, up to 50%. What I see is always random, never familiar, and always in motion.. it is not an image, and not as bright as normal vision, the sharpness is there, plenty of definition. but it is darker in color. Pretty much like having sunglasses on.
Usually by the time I have focused and zoomed in enough make out facial features or detail (depending on what I see) the sight is gone and I look for the next one. It lasts no more than 5 seconds with the last second being in greatest detail and focus. Then I can start over or just go to sleep, usually the latter as its frustrating that I cant hold on to the sight.
This is more vivid than a dream, yet no audio, I have been able to control some of my dreams when lightly sleeping, just before I wake up..these visions I can not control. The only control I have over them is if I want to look for them.
What are they? I would like to know... it seems to detailed to be fabricated in my mind. I know where the white dots come from, and I have to sift through those to find this rift that opens up..im using my eyes and the muscles to find them.. and it seems as if my eyes are sending the data to my brain.
I wonder if a person who was blind from birth has experiances like this.. or mabe hears things?

Great comments on your blog, I will be following.

SSX

Anonymous said...

My experiences are much the same, i hit the pillow close my eyes, im not yet asleep i am still very much wide awake. Its all black then figure appears, not all at once its coming from a distance, the facial features become clear for a minute until it zooms right up into my eyes and leaves, another one comes same thing different person, could be male or female or a child. the weird thing is they dont have any legs, just a face chest arms and hands, they look lost ? sad ? they scare me not because they do anything scary but because i dont understand them, i dont know why they are here.

Anonymous said...

I've seen faces, scenes like I was at a certain place, a view like I'm looking at the stars. And I've even seen friends doing certain things, (thinngs kept secret but came out sooner or later). But these never just happen. When I lay down and close my eyes its something I can choose to do. I in no way believe its some psychic thing, 3rd eye, and definitely don't believe I'm seeing spirits or something. It has to be something to do with your own thoughts. But I've gotta say, it really happens to me when I focus on it. And the detail can be truly frightening. And like others, I can't believe pther folks are talking bout this.

Saharadust said...

Sometime when I rest my eyes and close them, after a few min a hole opens up and its like a portal or something cause around the hole is like a distortion but inside is a clear image of something as if I had my eyes open and I was looking around, and sometimes it's like looking through a peep hole in a distance and I focus on in and it zooms in, and I see through, and its like IM looking though a birds eyes gliding over the filed or forest moving fast and circling.
I also have my dreams of other times where its me but I have a difrent body and its a difrent era, one time I had a dream where I was being pursued and shifter into a wolf and then a bird, it was also a difrent era.
And a few days ago I had a dream of a future, it was always the past when I had these dreams but this time it was the future, and I felt like I was an ancestor of my family and in that time I was 13 and I didnt know war and there was only peace.

Anonymous said...

Different medications I take cause this as a side effect. One is Namenda. When taking Namenda, I see visions and instead of the usual "black" or "darkness" in my eyes that I see when I go to sleep in a full dark room, I begin to see silver flashes. Imagery, of people that I have thought of throughout the day. I haven't taken Namenda since. They put me on FanApt and this appeared to control this for a few years. But the symptoms reappeared. When I see those images they are typically of family members .. their pictures, then their voices, and they are being tourtured over and over and then I hear explosions in my ears and the images stop. Also, if I watch something pornographic, after going to bed, there's random "f*cking" happening in my vision, of people I have never seen, or bodies I have never seen before either. It lasts for a few minutes and annoys me. However this happens to me nightly. And it frustrates me. I get so angered by the experience that it makes it more difficult to fall asleep, because something kicks in like a defense mechanism and my ego starts getting out of control. I wish someone knew what this was and how to stop it. It's happened to me for 12years now. I don't consider it synesthesia, since I can't smell a color or hear a color or flavor or what not . But ever since doing GHB as a street drug I've had this experience. I also expermented with hallucinogens, such as Ketamine, and DextroMethorphinHydrobromide (Cough Syrup). I deeply regret this.

Anonymous said...

When I close my eyes I see flashes of people I've never seen before like this girl wearing red hoody looking at me and she looks sad. It is a lot clearer when riding in a car in the day light going past trees close your eyes and it creates a strobe light effect and I can see them more clearly. Still don't know what it means but it works.. lol. Also I have asked other family and friends if they do that to and I haven't found anyone that thinks that normal.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh...i have an intensely hyperactive mind. I see things very vividly.(past events and my own imaginings)not hallucinations. sometimes i see flashes of colors. more so "inside" my head" because it doesnt matter if my eyes are closed or not. these happen randomly it seems. My forehead feels very strange and sometimes it feels like im going to faint. It is annoying.

Anonymous said...

As soon as I close my eyes, I start seeing faces. Faces of people that I have never seen before, many of them. Always in black and white, exspressionless. They fade in and then fade out. All kinds of people.. young, old, black, white.... just many,many faces. I have often wondered what this means. Have been told it is an anointing, a very blessed and significant event that is handed down through generations.

Jack said...

Whenever I close my eyes I always see faces, and sometimes I see things such as mass trauma accidents such as RTA's. It's weird. The weirdest part about it is once it was as if I was in a car and we crashed, then as I opened my eyes I got a phone call from a friend saying he'd been in a crash, it skats me out really bad tbh. Faces, I can deal with, they're usually of people who have died, but still.

Anonymous said...

I too see faces and people. Sometimes they look nice and sometimes they look demonic. I am in my 30's and this has gone on as long as I can remember. The people seem to be moving toward me and come at me in a continous stream. I also see what looks like the star gazer screen saver. I am awake but my eyes are closed - I will then see a pin point of light that turns into what looks like a lot of stars in the sky. I f I focus, the stars seem to move at warp speed and I get the sensation of travelling forward and through them - after I go through the stars I drop into an image of scenery that I can best describe as being the negative of a roll of film. I do this often and have had many images come through. I now can move the image in a 360 degree way that gives me a btter idea of what I am seeing. Sometimes it looks like the inside of a moving car other times it's like a satellite image from way up in the sky. I am not on drugs and don not have mental issues. What the heck am I experiencing?

Anonymous said...

I closed my eyes to go to sleep, on closing them, I felt as if I was below something, like rocks or moutains, where I was below there was a reddish glow- it seemed as though I was hovering just before I was completely below. Above that there was a white light, it kind of came in from all over above- but it was foggy, and some parts very clear. I actually raised my hand to see if I could touch it, but noticed it would go away a bit if I just didn't relax- so when I very calm I saw figures or a skull, but then I was just surrounded by white, no more reddish glow... It literally scared me. what the heck does that mean. Why would I see that with my eyes closed??? I could see other objects, just seems liked old broken parts of something like a shed or door.

Anonymous said...

about two weeks before I saw that, I was in bed- I had on a necklace, it's a dragonfly, it cut the skin on my chest when I took the necklace off, it looks like a cross, and blood was dripping off it. It was so weird, I am not religious at all but something seems weird. Then the visions last night. I was completely awake-

AprilH said...

what i see is anything but black, i see lights then i start seeing images, these images have nothing to do with what i have seen through the day or watched on t.v. some of these images get very vivid, sometimes i'll see things that happen later on just like i have seen it. When i went to stay at my sisters i would see faces, some good and some not. i can't really explain the ones that aren't good besides demonic, my mood would change drastically to anger or sometimes what i see to very depressed. i know i sound crazy but i'm not. i wish i could just close my eyes and just see darkness, but that doesn't work for me.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes at night when I'm trying to sleep, I see colors and shapes moving about. After a while, they become more distinctive. They usually turn into a purple or green or red shape of a hummingbird or dragonfly. I know this because I can see flitting of wings. Sometimes they are four legged animals. I also saw some scary things that were more vivid, like a disfigured little boy and on at least three or four separate occasions, I awoke to find a dark, pointy spider thing above my head. It dosent bother me now since I have moved. But the most interesting experience to me is the image I saw of a woman. Nothing very distinctive, just her body shape and hairstyle and desk. I also saw a round man. That was a few months ago. Just a few weeks ago, I went to class for the first time and I had a deja vou moment. My teachers body I realized, it was the same body that I saw when I closed my eyes that night. Same with the round man, I'm sure he is my political science teacher.

Anonymous said...

I've had a few experiences. This was just recently, and I'm wondering if this has to do with supernatural things. Anyhow, I'm only going to talk about this one specific time of experience. I went to bed angry at my sibling and I was trying to go to sleep. I started falling asleep. Felt like I was going to knock into sleep right then, right?! But then, I felt a tingling rush from the back to my left neck(the feeling you get when you realize something supernatural is coming at you). I heard noises too and didn't open my eyes immediately. I was already feeling lazy cuz of my sleepiness(I was sorta dozing off already). I started seeing an image of a woman's face. The form kept forming clearer, I saw red lipsticks on her. It was almost as real as a photo in my closed eyelid vision. It forms the center of a skull and then "poofs" it's a face. And then for some reason, the face started to look like some kind of demon face figure(I've had other experience like this). Anyways, all this happening, I thought I could erase the image out but I couldn't, so I had to open my eyes. I opened my eyes a few times(kind of like a flashlight being clicked on and off quick), to realize the noises I heard was that of my sibling being on my left side earlier, and still on her laptop with some music on, right next to my left side lobe in the dark, but with her laptop screen shining out in the midst of it all. Now,when I kept blinking and shutting the eyes for a few seconds longer, the image(s) just kept on forming, didn't mention a word to my sister. I prayed, and said, "You know what?! I am not afraid, the Lord is greater." At that moment, the image(s) started disappearing. I tried to recollect the images if it was real afterwards because after praying, I didn't see the face(s) anymore. One thing I know is that, I did try to bring the image(s) back from some really lame reason, I was trying to figure out, how it came about, I don't know the face(s) or do I? But I wonder if this has to do with the attitude I had while dozing off and the electronic my sibling had on next to my left side, right by my ears, you know. Now my other experiences, I don't remember if I went to bed with a bad day or what ever day but I have seen people's faces: a skull structure turning into a persons face or creepy sorta looking monstrous face. Those times, I simply, open my eyes and shut for just a few seconds, and it subsides. Anonymous, I've read from and it sounds familiar to me too. Ha-ha. Interesting. -Hnh 10/06/2012

Jaed said...

When i close my eyes when i jump into bed (never happens at any other time)i see most of the time a white sort of haze that appears and disappears.

sometimes it's just a random 'shape' other times i see faces, cars and many other things

I've been very curious as to what is the cause of this, could someone please explain what this is?

sorry if there was an answer above, i didn't read many comments

Eric Schwitzgebel said...

Jaed: It's perfectly normal -- your brain at play when there's no well-structured input to regulate it!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm not quite sure of the reason behind this but I've been seeing visions for the past 2/3 weeks or so. When I close my eyes either to just rest or when I go to bed to sleep, the visions I see are angels, usually in the distance but perfectly formed with large glorious wings and always they are white. I don't feel scared by this, it actually fascinates me and I look forward to it. I would be very grateful if you could give me your opinion please, thanks :)

Anonymous said...

I've seen images for as long as I can remember. It can be faces or scenes or objects. I don't remember ever hearing anything although it seems that I do remember seeing people talk. Sometimes it comes to me by accident just before drifting off to sleep. However, often I intentionally try to see, having read about Edgar Cayce and his claim that we all have this ability. I simply close my eyes and allow my mind to go into neutral and wait for the beginnings of an image. Once I recognize the image as something it becomes much more well defined, similar to looking at clouds. However, it is never people or scenes frome my awake life. I've never been able to direct the viewing like Cayce could. Every time I've tried, I become more conscious and lose that special state of relaxation. I usually forget what I see, I'm positive I could describe out loud what I see at the time, but I've never tried to get someone to write down what I would say, mostly because what I see seems so mundane. I've assumed we all have this, it's just a question of whether you realize it before drifting to sleep and forgetting. In my online research it appears to be similar to a hypnagogic state, however I don't ever recall the paralysis that's supposed to accompany it. Anyway, I've never feared it and I actually attempt to develop the ability to stay in this semi-wakeful for longer periods. It's kinda cool. Direct follow up comments to Cayce Wannabe.

Anonymous said...

"closed my eyes again and after about a minute began seeing what looked like hundreds of blades of grass... as seen from a little bug... whipping back and forth... and I felt as if I was seeing this from my right eyes... even though both eyes were closed. They were black and different shades of gray... nothing real bright... there was so much movement it reminded of an infestation of bugs... but these "blades of grass" were just snapping back forth like whips... "

This is what I have been seeing when I close my eyes. It is very vivid, like I am seeing something that is actually in my eyes. It's not floaters, it is like it is growing on the edge of my eyeballs and all the blades of grass are like tentacles whipping around, almost like they are alive. I had trouble relaxing to go to sleep last night because they were so distracting. When I would open my eyes, I could see the "grass" all over my sheets and pillowcase (in the dark room). I finally got up for a little while and then went back to bed and it wasn't as bad. I keep wondering if there is some kind of microscopic parasitic stuff growing in my eyeballs.

Anonymous said...

My name is Madi I'm 16 and I see terrifying faces behind my eyes when I close them some nights. I know they are men but they don't look human. I feel like they want to hurt me and it is really scary. My counselor thinks it is rooted from my severe depression and anxiety. I know it happens to others and I hope it stops or gets better for them because it is a terrible experience and no one should have to go through it.

Anonymous said...

I'm a 33 yr old man an I've been have problems with seeing faces of ppl I've never layed eyes on before wen I close my eyes some time there naked an some times its just faces there so clear like I'm there with them but I'm not its a lil freaky at times other times I try to follow them but dnt get any were I see anywere from kids to adult to even old adults been Havering this problem sence I was a kid at first thought it. Was my imaganation but as I've hitting older they have gotin. Clearer an I've yet to find out y I c this ppl an in ways I don't want to see them some nights it keeps me up an then some nite after seeing then ill pass out an then see them in my dreams an don't understand y I can't help but think I may need some help serious help some. Are GD an some are scary to even look at keeps me up some nite I wake out of a very deep sleep in sweat litteraly soaked plz some one help answer these questions for a better understanding. Thx u

dietl said...

@Anon(Fri May 03, 08:23:00)
You clearly need help, but you won't find it on the internet. You need to find psychological help.
There is a reason your brain let's you see those faces, it might be because of a traumatic experience in your past or some kind of brain damage, but there are experts that need to find out the reason.
I don't know where you live but I'm sure a doctor could tell you where to find help.

I hope you find what you are looking for. Good luck!

Dietl

Eric Schwitzgebel said...

I concur with Dietl's advice. (Thanks, Dietl!)

To readers who see things without being emotionally unsettled, or who are only unsettled because they think it's weird to see things, I want to be reassuring.

To readers disturbed by what they see, I recommend counselling.

Alain said...

Im 14 years old and i very rarely have dreams. Its like 1 out of 60.

The nights that i go to sleep and dont have any dreams are very quik.

One second im closing my eyes and another second im getting up in the morning.

I think i need help because the dreams that I rarely have are about the world ending.

Please help, i want to have more dreams and less world-ending dreams

Alain said...

Im 14 years old and i very rarely have dreams. Its like 1 out of 60.

The nights that i go to sleep and dont have any dreams are very quik.

One second im closing my eyes and another second im getting up in the morning.

I think i need help because the dreams that I rarely have are about the world ending.

Please help, i want to have more dreams and less world-ending dreams

Anonymous said...

I've seen faces, people dancing, certain scenes and scenery. I read that someone said that seeing these images could point to multiple sclerosis or hypertension? Can you elaborate on that?

linkumalac said...

This particular image has only happened once. Started with wavy haze, appearing, than disappearing. Then ball shaped haze starting in the distance, getting larger the closer it gets. It stops briefly, then the middle opens up starting with a little tear, then fully opens up to a completely CLEAR view of what looks like a brain with wiggleing, worm like shapes. it then disappears, then starts another identical illusion, over and over again. Really fasinating, and have tried to get it back, but only once has it appeared.

Erin said...

I have had many of these same experiences. I saw one night the creation of the universe. Wide awake- sitting up- eyes closed. I was like- oh my gosh! That is how the term "seeing stars" came about. That phrase came from people who saw actual stars.

I have also had experiences in dreams, while awake, but usually in the drifting off to sleep state.

I have learned through time that many of these experiences come when my ancestors want to reach me. Sometimes they have a message for me. Sometimes they just want to comfort me. Sometimes they are just there.

One thing I know- they are real people and they want us to know them. As I've done family history I've had more of these experiences and they've made more sense.

Sometimes bad spirits interrupt a normal (if you can call it normaal!) experience and it can get scary.

I've been experiencing this for 16 years now. I have found the best way to chase them away is to pray to God and ask Him for light. Some have been so scary I had to tell them to leave out loud. I said- in the name of Jesus Christ, I command you to leave. They are afraid of that name and they leave. And then it's peaceful and sweet.

You may not believe me. All I can share is my own experience. These things are very real and not many are chosen to experience it. Those who do have a very special purpose in this life.

email me if you want- erincita33@gmail.com.

Erin


Jay Fyten said...

When i close my eyes at night I start to see faces images of people that I have never met before. It is very simular to a slide show. It is very interesting to watch as these people appear then to be replaced by a new image. It seems as if these people are looking right at me. It almost as if my mind is conecting with these people and i can see things in real time. Im not sure. Is it possible that people's minds can connect from a distance, people you have never met? Sometimes i will see a scene of someone harming someone else. I find these scenes very disturbing because i dont know what it means. Am i seeing something that is really happening or is my mind just playing cruel jokes on ? Does anyone have any answers as to why i see people i have never met?

Jay Fyten said...

I have the exact same experiences. When I close my eyes I am not yet asleep but I will see vivid images of people I have never met or seen in my life. It's almost like a slide show. Each image lasts about 1 to 3 second then replaced by a new image. Sometimes I see still images of someone harming another person. I don't know what this means. Sometimes I feel as if certain people are somehow connecting with each other from all over the world. Is there a possibility that all the people who see faces when they close their eyes are connecting with each other at the same time?

CATSTARR228 said...

I was born with charcoal black eyes,(on Halloween) They changed when pigment came in to green and blue; they fluctuate(lately I have taken pics with 1 blue and 1 green. no color contacts, and the only photoshop I use is an attempt to cover any flaws. I have bad vision -4.50, for some reason I see the smallest of lifes amazing designs, when not wearing my contact lenses. I also have for as long as I can remember, never been capable of seeing a visual image within my mind, I can't picture things. My mom said this is a strange process and she'd never heard of anyone else having the same issue. I believe I process information through some form of poetry mixed with numbers. This causes a little longer for my genius to awaken, So finally your answer: I have experienced color from rubbing eyes, and from looking into the sun; when blinded 4-real by light I can see various colors. When I was real small people would glow, I believe I saw their Auras! What you described dared me to blab about stuff I should keep to myself, until I find a shrink. I believe You may have experienced an out of body flight, I used to play through force sleep so I could feel better, when I was 1st discovering the ability. Especially while I slept and saw things I shouldn't have logically been capable of seeing. I know these weren't dreams because I trained myself to do it while awake. Be careful though I only stopped because I started to feel scared; as if a lost soul was trying to get in my vacant body, I thank GOD this comes with an alarm, but without having a low jack 4-sure I haven't been back since 25 years ago. It was fun, refreshing, so beautiful, but I only watched from above I never attempted to walk amongst the people I saw. I hadn't used any drugs and I was not with physically or mentally ill at any of the events were experienced!<3

Anonymous said...

I see green sprays of light mixed with yellow and red mostly. Some flashes of light in between pretty plain stuff. But last night I saw random peoples faces emerge and fade away never usually lasting more than a few seconds. I was extremely tired and worn out but could not sleep because every time I closed my eyes I saw DETAILED faces of people I do not know. One was a woman who was maybe sewing or cleaning something then she stopped and turned her head to look directly at me. So vivid and clear, then she morphed into a an older man who didn't seem to want me watching him. I promise I was NOT ASLEEP. Sometimes the people were actractive and felt "nice" but others were much "darker" with evil appearing morphing faces. So I think I may have also felt sleep paralasis as well for a very short time, but that's another story for another blog! I was and AM still completely freaked out.

katy hopkinson said...

This may sound a bit freeky, but when i close my eyes at night (only at night it happens ) just as i get settled i see a ladys face she seems to come swooping really close then i have to open my eyes as this really frightens me i have never seen this lady before

katy hopkinson said...

This may sound silly but at night when i close my eyes (only at night it happens ) i see a lady's face swoop towards real close so i quickly open my eyes as its realy freeky it scares me i have never seen this lady before and was woundering what this is or if anyone else has the same experiance.

Mimi said...

When i'm still laying in bed after a weird dream it's as though i'm flying through the galaxies i see clusters of stars and blue and yellow planets it's really a beautiful sight but today when I awoke i saw something after my trip in the stars it was more so a figure it kept yelling out I could see the sound waves but it kept fluttering right out of my vision before I could see if it was a person or perhaps an animal I couldn't hear anything only see.
This isn't the first time this has happened but I don't know i'm just curious if there's any meaning perhaps anyone else. I've seen faces too of strangers.

Tammi said...

I see faces people I've never known. Sometimes I see like a set on a play or something like that. But mostly faces. Sometimes these faces are very scary. But most the time the are random people. It seem to happen more when I eat dark chocolate. But I am awake and very aware that I am seeing them. 12 years ago, out of nowhere i had a bad bout of anxiety and after that my senses have all been more exstream. Nosie are londer, I can see someone fall on tv and feel it so bad I will half to turn away. I seem to know thing before they happen. But I can't control it. Wish I could I'd be rich.

Anonymous said...

I only see spirits in thngs, mirrors, chrome, windows, picures i cn also see whn i close my eyes. The darker the better. All kinds of faces n even demon looking beings.sometimes it actually brighten s so i cn see up close. Whn irealized it seems they lnow i see thm. Whn i cut my lights off its lije they get right in my face. I prayed and ask Jesus to plz send his angel n get rid of thm. Inbelievably i see a bright flutter of angelic beings appears n th light seems like attavk th spirits r gone n the angelic one swarms in tht atmosphere

Anonymous said...

I am a 54 female. I have been having daily close eyed visions for the past year. My middle child a son aged 23 was tragically killed in a car accident 2 years ago. A year after his death, I became desperate to 'reach him' and one day whilst meditating felt myself rise out of my body. I could see the blue cloudy sky. I floated in the sky and this began countless 'journeys' over beautiful scenery. I would often see shimmering portals and go through them to different 'scenes.' The 'being' took me to magnified parts of scenery eg blades of grass, bark on a tree etc. For a while I kept this strange experience to myself convinced my son was showing me an after life. Then I stupidly mentioned it to a counselor and she said I was having serious hallucinations related to complicated grief. Long story short, I was put on medication and this did absolutely nothing! I have kept this a secret. I see these vision every time I close my eyes. They have become more and more elaborate. I have also seen buildings, furniture, houses and slide shows of people I don't know. I too have see large eyes looking back at me. For a while I constantly saw people dressed in olden day clothes on blank walls. I do not feel afraid. I have decided to accept it, but I am yet to 'find' my son. Jane.

Callan S. said...

If you can keep a certain amount of skepticism, Jane, perhaps you aught to write down a log of the observations. It might be a kind of iconic speach - instead of words, images form the sentences.

Anonymous said...

Hey this same thing happens to me and it freaks me out I see faces and I can create litterslly anything I want when I shut my eyes I can see anything and itsso real. But sometimes objects and faces just pop up out of no where like I wasn't even thinking about that and it scares me lol idk what our problem is:p

Seeker said...

When I was younger I used to close my eyes, and there would be a starscape of red and green stars kind of like the Enterprise moving in Star Trek. I presumed everyone had this. For whatever reason, this doesn't occur anymore and it makes me a little wistful.

Anonymous said...

My experience happens randomly mostly at night when I am ready to sleep and out of no where I start having these visions (NOT DREAMS I STILL AM IN MY PHYSICAL BODY) with my eyes closed these visions are as if I was traveling (flying) almost at the speed of light through the universe I can see planets, stars, cluster it is infinite (space) and it is extremely beautiful full of life and there are so many different radiant colors it is actually breathtaking and a peaceful experience. What I still don't completely understand is some how once I try to open my eyes and I know that I have open them I still see these visions I get a little scare because now my eyes are truly open but all I can see is space and beyond and when I try to close and open them it feels like I am connected somehow either to someones mind or someone wants me to see what they are seeing there is a strange force and then out of no where I see a face but I focus mostly on their eyes mostly like I would describe a gray alien (big black eyes).. These visions are around 2,3 or 4 am and they happen I would say 2 a month on and off..I would love to see if anyone can help me understand my experience.. <3

Anonymous said...

Lol!! This actually just happed so I googled it and it brought me here..

Same thing when I close my eye hazey blushish haze that changes when I think about different things... never really noticed it before..

Keri said...

When looking through closed eyes I see black and white like I am going backwards through at downward spiral (dark to light, then light to dark). This has been happening to me since I took my Reiki Class. Today I actually saw snow in my vision. It is all amazing to me.

Anonymous said...

I searched "does anyone see purple dot when eyes are closed" just for kicks. I surprised at this phenom.isee a a bright purple dot; small but pulsates and is somewhat luring. It a calm and better than human experience.I think it's trying to convey .....? please don't call the guys in the white coats. love to all.

Kathy H said...

I was looking up why I have started experiencing this when I found this page.
So in the morning I do self Reiki and I have been doing this almost every day for two years. This week I have had this experience three times. This morning it progressed...As I lay there with my eyes closed I see stars just as if I am looking at the night sky. I'm not a star gazer and I'm amazed that I can imagine such a perfect picture. It seems closer in view meaning there is nothing obstructing my view...just the stars. This morning one star off to the right got my attention because it glistened bright then I watched it dim and become just another star in the whole picture. Then I saw this pearlish, pink, gray and teal colored swirl appear and it didn't really form up but it seemed like a moth shape then it swirled away. This happened three times but the last time it came from a blue sparkle that glistened and then dimmed the same as the former described.
I'm not a hypochondriac but I'm looking for a logical explanation and I'm hoping I don't have a brain tumor or something. LOL! Okay so now I'm going to read what others have written.

Anonymous said...

Ok so every time I close my eyes I see the most vivid images. They don't normally relate to anything but they are like entire stories and it isn't just flashes it's like every second that my eyes are closed I can see something. It used to scare me a lot and still some times does because after having nightmares or such things at night when I became frightened every time I shut my eyes to go back to sleep I see whatever my nightmare was about and it normally keeps me awake a lot. I see things when it's dark as well, when I was little, if I couldn't sleep I used to lie there with my eyes open because I didn't want to see what ever I saw when I shut my eyes but sometimes I could see it in the darkness as well and I was terrified because I couldn't escape. I'll give you an example, if I close my eyes now I see a troll walking up to the house with these massive beautiful bay windows and there is a horse down the side with a girl stood brushing it. This story would just carry on in images until I open my eyes. It kinda sucks sometimes, I can't get away from the things that I see and some of the stories scare me shit. For example, I might be in a room and find a body or something. I have found though that if I look right up when my eyes are closed it is the only area that is black with no images and when I look down again there is another story taking place.
Yeah I don't think this is normal but just thought I'd share

Anonymous said...

I have similar experiences. But mine appear to speak sometimes and change from face to face almost like a slideshow of short videos. When it's not faces it's bright colors in waves, and when it's an image that includes a surrounding location it's like a video with a rip of vivid picture surrounded by a slightly hazy image.

Anonymous said...

before I go to sleep I see faces around me. Just say I try to go to sleep at 12 no faces 11 no faces, if I'm up till 2am I always see faces if I'm still on my phone or laptop I still see them. One time I closes my eyes and saw a man leaning about my bed in a black hoodie I didn't see his face but I jolted up and looked at the end of my bed.

Anonymous said...

I myself have seen faces . Sometimes they lead to visions. I have been seeing jesus lately 100's of images of like his day to day life or something i dont know why. I have had visions of 2girls and a senior. All seperate and all are being held or abducted im actually out side there homes and can see inside when its happening and what there houses look like around them. One girl is being abducted one is being held in a place outside the home to the right of it and a senior is being held in a room captive so the family spends her money shes weak and sick . I have had flying visions that start with faces coming at me young old really old then colors flash by and im flying up high in down town chicago .i almost smash into a building untill i franticly told myself to go up and i did threw the shy clouds then i as in the old kingdom days with very scary dragons ,fires burning down a castle all along in this flight i start shaking as i am now remembering. Ive had more visions too. Have also had trouble with spirts. Knowing things before they happen. I can communicate by mind with people close to me. Wishes are granted for others alway wheni pray for them. I cant have any wants for myself in wishes. But i have gained from some in ways you dont expect. Its all a mystery but my daughtr has all of the above and more lol. Hipkitten1@juno.com

Anonymous said...

Since i was small i close my eyes and eveything around me starts getting small and big it feels like the room strinks i'dont know why ...what does this mean?

Anonymous said...

When you are on a comedown of mdma it's happened a few times where I tend to see things with my eyes closed but sooooo clearly it's as though I'm going into a different world through my eyes like its a whole different world with my eyes closed or not it kinda makes you feel a bit crazy and it can be kinda scary, with my eyes shut I've seen things that looks like whole room, and I'm in the room, and I've seen people dancing it's literally soooo realistic and visual it's always in dark rooms it's soooo vivid it's how it would look if my eyes were open

amy szucs said...

When I close my eyes I usually only see really scary clowns (I am scared of them) or I see just scary faces that are looking at me with these big eyes just staring at me like waiting for me to look at them. I would be up till 7 am because I cant fall asleep, but when the sun rises then I can sleep. Now I take sleeping pills and there so great because they actually block out the images behind my eyes. It use to be so bad, I would sit up crying because the images are so vivid it would scare me, like in a scary movie. I remember this one night a clown came into my eyes and he had blue hair , very yellow teeth and just this evil face smiling and mostly laughing at me like "hahaha I am scaring you", that is the night I woke up crying. Until my pill goes into effect i lay there and they are just all in my head. Also, when I close my eyes in the shower I see them. The weird thing is though if I tell the images to go away they sometimes do, and the faces turn to an expression almost like disappointed. It is really scary a lot of times. Ive told my mom about them but all she did was tell me that it is all in my head, which I know there not because it why would I want to think of those images? I have done some research and it said that these images can be caused by depression, which I think that I have.

Anonymous said...

Is it possible to get rid of these evil images cause it seems like its getting more vivid every time

Anonymous said...

That's exactly what I experince . Sometimes there's 2 or more people talking to each other but only see their mouths moving. Someone told me it had something to do with the 3rd eye. Anybody else heard of that??

Anonymous said...

The exact same thing happens to me. My husband thought I was crazy. I hate it when the people stare back at me so intensely . I was told this phenomenon had a connection to the 3rd eye. Anyone else heard of this?

Anonymous said...

This happens to me all the time with people staring right at me., also visions of people talking to each other. I've never seen their faces before. I was told this phenomenon had something to do w the 3rd eye. Anyone else heard of this??

Anonymous said...

This is Crazy, I was just looking up this subject to see if there might be a medical problem associated with this that I could be addressing.

I have had loads of odd things happen to me in my life surrounding this weird thing that happens to me when I close my eyes and just wait. But lately I keep seeing colors, like wavy clouds of mist that mingle around each other, greens, blues and sometimes the blackness in shades just Barely noticeable. Like an aurora Borealis in front of me or a Lava lamp but not so contained and not so solid.

when I am watching these things very clear thoughts come to me about problems and questions that have come to me during the day. Even other peoples problems. When I say very clear I mean that when I implement the solution that occurred to me it never fails. here is the kick in the ass though. I can't seem to pick them. I can't focus on something specific and get an answer.

some of the things I get answers to have not yet happened and that is what really freaks me out. and some things I see like that are not answers at all, they just happen. That happened more when I was a child though. The things i would see that were completely out of the ordinary and out of my control anyone eles's would just happen. This thing when I was a kid made my parents freak the hell out a few times and my mother cried like a Baby on more than a few occasions and told me to stop it. for instance I fell assleep on a very long trip, when I woke up in the van i told my mom ( I was 8 years old ) That I had a dream of tiny frogs, they were everywhere, there were so many it was very difficult to even walk to the house and they were clinging to even the house. It was an Insane amount of these frogs. we pulled up to a relatives house that we were going to visit very late that night. It was late so we had a short visit with them and I met them for the first time, my sister and I were told where to sleep and when we woke up the next day it was because my Mom was freaking out. the house we were in was covered in tiny tree frogs all the way out to the driveway. we were in the country and all but my great grandmother lived there her entire life and it had never happened before, she was just over 100 years old.

that is just one thing. many things like that happened but i don't want to get carple tunnel typing it all out.

Anonymous said...

This happens to me too, I can see the faces of the dead, and just recently I've been able to start seeing the torso and can pin point the entities, the other day, I just parked my car facing a field, and I saw the face and torso of a demon. Not only that, but I saw it standing right in front of my car. I was so freaked out, I ran into my house, which oddly it won't come near. I find it weird, what does stuff like this mean?

Cara Carson said...

Every time I close my eyes, I see myself walking through a lifeless factory with no lights, rusted equipment, and water dripping through the ceiling, wetting the floors. Then I hear the sound: it's as if you're taking a knife and scraping the tip against something rusted, but ten times louder.

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