Do you see constant, unstoppable images when you close your eyes?
June 13, 2013 10:19 PM Subscribe
Is there a problem with having constant vivid visions happening when one closes their eyes? Have you heard of this before? What's it about?
posted by namesarehard to Grab Bag (18 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
A friend of mine recently told me that since childhood, whenever he closes his eyes, he sees vivid visions and images - figures, animals, nature scenes, etc. But really clear images. Not, like, splotches of color on black, or impressions of whatever image I saw right before I closed my eyes, or even the occasional geometric light show, like I seem to see.
He also told me that at a recent meditation retreat, when he was in physical pain and feeling emotionally frustrated and exhausted, the images became darker and darker, and extremely violent and disturbed at times. (He didn't want to give me examples for fear of disturbing me, it sounds like, and only mentioned things like 'snarling wolves,' though from the sound of it, it got much, much scarier and led him to wonder if he was going to snap). When he found a way to meditate in a different way (actually, in a way that relaxed his attempts to not see the images), they returned to their more regular, pleasant nature. He says this is usually quite pleasant and interesting for him, even though it is literally every time he closes his eyes.
I guess my questions are: 1. do other people have similar experiences? 2. Is this worrisome? Should I be worried for my friend? It's not psychotic, as he's fully aware these things aren't real. 3. What could be the underlying mechanism here? Some overactive visual system? Any visual system neuroscientists in the house?