SEEING WITH THE EYES CLOSED

Normally, when looking with closed eyes, we see little stars, or vague shapes, and streaks of light and colour, or sometimes a kaleidoscope image. This is the result of our habitual focused vision.

When looking in a panoramic way with the eyes closed – and especially at first by concentrating on an area of around 60° of the sidewards peripheries – we can see light all around, as though it shines in and out through the forehead, temples, and cheeks.

I experience this 'light all around' without any effort. To some extent it must be an optical illusion but it's as though i have eyes on both sides of my head like some animals.

I only have to close my eyes and look sidewards, and it happens. Try it yourself. Animals must know this sensation.

Second Eye-Lid – Eyes in The Back of Your Head
Many animals have a second eye-lid, which when dozing allows them to detect changes in light and shade.

Babies in the womb can distinguish light (and sound) through the mother's body – they turn to look at it.

And with closed eyes in darkness, when a light goes on behind, it is noticable from the light waves in the air.

So, i'm sure that animals when dozing, can distinguish light and shade changing behind them, and that in effect, they have eyes in the back of their head.

So, stretch your empathy and imagine how it might be for a duck or a horse to see light in and through their entire heads.

Spread The Light
Then, and this will seem totally unrealistic, but it happens so naturally that i must mention it. See how this sensation of light all around can spread to the neck, and then with a little time through the whole body. I have no rational argument for this, so i can only ask you to try it out.

I could argue that as every plant senses light – and our human skin, especially since it became hairless, is more sensitive than the stem of a daffodil – our skin must be able to feel light. But to actually see this must be my imagination.

However because it's so easy and natural and feels good and healthy, i can only imagine that animals would also have discovered this 'optical illusion', and sense it as a normal part of being alive, and use it for healing and in other ways i can only guess at.

Here is a dividing line.

A related experimental idea is

Looking with two eyes

A letter from Michael Heinbockel :
"I found a way to fall asleep very quick. I don‘t know why but it almost always works. ... I close my eyes and focus on the back of my lids. That totally stops me from thinking and having pictures in front of my inner eye. For more see Looking with two eyes.

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