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How can I change the color of my eyes using my mind?
January 18, 2010 8:32 AM   Subscribe

How can I change the color of my eyes using my mind?

Okay, not really. But kind of. Though I have a healthy sense of skepticism, I have an even healthier sense of curiosity.

In about 2003, I came across a website that discussed how one could change the appearance of your eye color (to others) using visualization techniques.

All I remember is that the website had a black background and a lot of text and links. The whole website was about things like astral planes, and visualizations, energy, etc.

My google-fu fails me once again. Does anyone have any idea which website this is? Could anyone point me to any related information?

Thanks!
posted by DeltaForce to Grab Bag (20 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
I can't help with the link, but this sounds absolutely batshit insane.

If you want to change your eye colour, I think you can get tinted contact lenses. They may not be free, but it would certainly be a lot quicker than trying to change them with the power of your mind. Thanks for making me laugh though!
posted by jaffacakerhubarb at 8:53 AM on January 18, 2010 [5 favorites]


Your mind chooses what color clothes you wear. Your shirt color, in particular, affects the perception of your eye color (and provides diffuse reflected light of the appropriate wavelengths).

I can change my eyes from very blue to greyish blue by choosing my shirt color. My (brown eyed) wife can make her eyes look much darker by wearing a black shirt.

There are prescription medications that can permanently turn blue eyes brown (as a side effect).

Anything else is going to be nonsense.
posted by rr at 9:16 AM on January 18, 2010 [3 favorites]


Google has a rich and surprising number of options on the topic. Here's one. I Googled 'changing eye color with the power of the mind.'

They all seem to deliver the crazy you're hoping for.

Here's a sample comment:
ok so am trying biokenesis as a substitute for teeth braces. i dont even have an idea of how to start, what to meditate on or work on. Also i would like to learn telepathy.

And the inevitable:

can i make my penis long using that?
posted by A Terrible Llama at 9:24 AM on January 18, 2010 [9 favorites]


Well, rr, eye makeup is not nonsense. Changing your makeup and hair color, like changing your shirt color, can change the color one's eyes appear.

DeltaForce, if you ever have a chance to see preserved human eyeballs or human iris laid out on a tray, you'll learn they are very much a specific color and there's nothing outside of disease or damage that will change it on a living person.
posted by Lesser Shrew at 9:33 AM on January 18, 2010


Your shirt color, in particular, affects the perception of your eye color (and provides diffuse reflected light of the appropriate wavelengths).

What rr said. My eyes can appear darker and more green or blue depending on what I'm wearing. If you want to change the color of your eyes, pay less attention to bizarre psychic nonsense and more attention to your wardrobe.
posted by elendil71 at 9:33 AM on January 18, 2010


Just to be clear, I understand the skepticism as I am skeptical myself. I am not actually asking how I can change my eye color with my mind. That really was more of a tongue in cheek comment. I am simply curious about this information as I find it interesting.

I am also aware of color contact lenses. Which I don't want because I am perfectly happy with my eye color and am not really interested in changing it (with my mind, or otherwise).

Again, I am just curious and looking for some fun, kind of kooky, information.
posted by DeltaForce at 9:33 AM on January 18, 2010


Though I have a healthy sense of skepticism, I have an even healthier sense of curiosity.

Unless you mean "curiosity" in the sense of "being driven to marvel at the nonsense that people with absolutely no understanding of basic scientific concepts can put out," I would suggest that your sense of skepticism is not as healthy as it should be.

If you're "curious" to know whether this can really work, let me put your curiosity to rest right now: no, it cannot. The power of your mind cannot change the pigments in your irises.

I suppose you could hypnotize some people into believing your eyes were a different color than they were, but only 15 percent of people are very hypnotizable. Also, it would be a giant waste of time--the colored contact lenses would be a much better solution!
posted by Sidhedevil at 9:35 AM on January 18, 2010


The Mythbusters explored this in one of their hypnosis shows. Didn't work.
posted by Netzapper at 9:37 AM on January 18, 2010


Crying makes my hazel eyes brighter green, and doesn't seem to be just the contrast with the redness. Really sobbing creates the most effect, bit even getting misty-eyed seems to make a difference, though wetter eyes do seem deeper colored.
posted by theora55 at 9:39 AM on January 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


I appreciate your answers. But again, I would like reiterate that I am not looking for people to tell me that it won't work. I wasn't asking if it works or not, I was simply asking if people knew what this was. I don't mean to sound rude, and I really do appreciate you taking the time to answer, but telling me how it is all nonsense is not what I am looking for.
posted by DeltaForce at 9:40 AM on January 18, 2010 [2 favorites]


You're looking for glamour spells. Google that term and you'll find tons of resources, perhaps including the original website you seek.
posted by divabat at 10:00 AM on January 18, 2010


Mine normally hazel eyes turn a shade of blue when I'm incredibly happy. It's bizarre, and I didn't believe it at first, but it kept happening with a particular person. Good luck on your search :)
posted by june made him a gemini at 10:06 AM on January 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


There's an eyelash growing potion on the market called Latisse that states in the disclaimer that it may cause permanent increased brown iris pigmentation.
posted by pseudostrabismus at 10:53 AM on January 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Don't think I'm not totally skeptical about this because I am, but I can sort of imagine how it might work. I mean, there are melanocytes in the eyes, though I don't know how much they work like the ones in the skin. Plus people's eye colors change during pregnancy and with age anyway. I doubt you could think yourself up a tan, though.

But blood plays some role in the coloration, and it seems possibly reasonable that you could be hypnotized/learn to change capillary dilation in, say, the cheeks. But I also don't know if whatever achievable variation would produce a noticeable color change.
posted by cmoj at 11:04 AM on January 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


But again, I would like reiterate that I am not looking for people to tell me that it won't work. I wasn't asking if it works or not, I was simply asking if people knew what this was.

Then let me suggest that saying "Does anyone know of links to websites that talk about people changing their eye color through the power of their mind?" might have been a better way to put it than "How can I change the color of my eyes using my mind?"

The answer to the first question is "Here are some websites"; the answer to the second question is "Unless you're using your mind to order colored contact lenses, you can't."
posted by Sidhedevil at 11:07 AM on January 18, 2010 [5 favorites]


[few comments removed - OP has been clear about what she is looking for at this point, please keep answers directed that way, thanks.]
posted by jessamyn at 1:44 PM on January 18, 2010


I apologize for not being clear, but like I said, the changing the color of my eyes with my mind comment was tongue in cheek. Hence the "Okay, not really."
posted by DeltaForce at 2:16 PM on January 18, 2010


The straight dope had an article on this that I read about long ago, and apparently involuntary changes in eye color happen with some frequency in adulthood:
[The] Louisville Twin Study, which rated color change on a scale of 1 to 15. Researchers concluded that changes occur in 10 to 15 percent of Caucasian adults. On average the changes were slight, about two or three notches [of eye color].
You can read more about it here. I've also heard about vegan's eye color becoming lighter as time progresses, but I always figured that was straight propaganda...
posted by ayerarcturus at 8:20 PM on January 18, 2010


Maybe this one:
Change Your Eye Color - Hypnosis
Maximize those Gorgeous Eyes - using HYPNOSIS!

While you're on the site, visit the session list and stop by the paranormal section. There are some special items there. You can Develop ESP, Balance Your Chakras, Astral Travel, Tune in to the Universe and Uncover Your Past Lives. Good times.

If it makes you feel better, I knew you were kidding in your original post.
posted by 26.2 at 8:20 PM on January 18, 2010


Just in case anybody is curious about changing their eye color, NewColorIris purports to do so. But be careful - you'll see this video there, but you won't see this one or this one or any of the many other rebuttals of the service.

I love the biokinesis quote though. I might have to use that somewhere.
posted by etoile at 5:59 PM on January 19, 2010


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