Close your eyes, and gently press on your eyelids for a few seconds.
What did you see?
If you are like most people (as most people are), then you were greeted with a visual fireworks display of neon green sparklers and clouds of fuchsia that sashayed across your visual field. Maybe these were intermingled with turquoise rings and the sorts of white splotches of light that typically linger in your eyes after the flash of a camera.
Those are all called phosphemes, which are types of Closed Eye Visualizations (or, CEVs). Believe it or not, when you experience CEVs, you are hallucinating.
Now, let us pretend that, instead of pressing against your eyelids, you simply sat there with your eyes shut. Additionally, let us imagine that the room in which you were sitting was pitch black. If you had managed to stay awake, what would have happened?
At first, not that much. You might have initially noticed that the darkness behind your eyelids did not appear to be pitch black, but rather, more of a smokey grey. This is a color called eigengrau, which means, “dark light,” or “brain grey.” Despite its appearance, this smokey grey eigengrau is pitch black. It appears to be lighter than that because our brains have a hard time figuring out how dark something is in the absence of contrast. (If we could pluck the stars and the moon out of a black sky, its color would seem to shift to that very same eigengrau.)
However, as you relaxed, the brain grey started to come alive. Pixels—probably purple—popped and crackled like the white noise from a borked TV screen. (On a side note, I think I just fell off of my stilted word choices and borked my head. 😆)
Next, those pixels started to expand and contort themselves into the same types of phosphemes that you saw after you pressed on your eyelids.
If you had an unusual ability to relax and concentrate, the phosphemes slowly morphed into clearly defined shapes.
And those shapes became scenes.
Any further, and you would have seen some rather odd things when you opened your eyes.
So, What’s the Big Deal With CEVs?
Right about now, you might be wondering why I went through the trouble of cataloging for you the many types of Closed Eye Visualizations. Well, this is because they are my next experiment.
“But, Philosophical Bunny, what about your Polyphasic Sleep Experiment? I thought you had finally found a sleep cycle that worked for you, and you were going to post updates, and do the—”
Enough of that, already! First, the level of performance that long-term polyphasic sleepers exhibit is much higher than the sluggish torpor of individuals who have missed a few days of rest…but it pales in comparison to the performance levels of people who have been consistently receiving a healthy eight hours of sleep. Second, sleep clears out toxic chemicals from the brain, and I don’t wanna screw with that. Third, I felt like crap, and life’s much too short to feel like crap.
Now that we have gotten that out of the way, here are the abilities that I am hoping to gain from Project CEV:
- To willingly produce and control CEVs that are visual, auditory, and emotional (in the third case, this means prompting myself to feel particular emotions).
- To use those CEVs to have more effective meditation sessions.
- To use them in conjunction with memory techniques, like the method of loci.
- To use them to enter into Wake Induced Lucid Dreams (WILDs).
- To use them to accomplish a range of other tasks, including creating artwork, ignoring pain, visualizing routes while climbing, and mapping out complex systems.
- To generally have a fun time and learn more about the inner workings of the mind!
I’ll try to keep this blog up to date with descriptions of my progress and any discoveries that I make. Hopefully, other people who are interested in toying around with CEVs will find this information useful and those who are only here to learn will find it intriguing.
Your friendly philosophical bunny