We like to think of ourselves as unique beings and that our thoughts, feelings and actions are original. We want to conform somewhat to fit in but in our hearts we tend to think we are special and actually quite singular. To dispel that theory, just Google your thoughts and see just how many others have the same.
Just for kicks, I Googled a made up question about a numb little toe with a simultaneously numb left ear lobe. I was astonished at the hits. Who knew, those phantom symptoms are actually signs of a disease and that many people have them?
We may relate a story from our lives thinking it is ours alone. We hit publish only to find out that several others have been in that same place, felt the same and done the same with only slight differences. That is when we know we really are all more alike than different.
Mark Twain once stated that 'there is no such thing as a new idea.' Pretty sure this applies to experiences also. After blogging for 7 years, I believe.
So I am tossing something a bit weird out there as a test but will not be surprised if I am not alone. Pretty sure some of you either near or far have experienced a similar thing. I just Googled it and found there are several forums discussing this same experience.
I am referring to the eyelid slide show. This is something I do occasionally and always thought unique but it probably isn't. Since I have become aware of this mostly in the past year or so, perhaps it is a medication side effect.
I see people inside my closed eyelids. I can't do it in a totally dark room. I need just a wee bit of light or else I only see swirling shade of gray. However when there is a slight back light and I really look into my eyelids, faces appear. I can't just close my eyes for it to happen, I have to really look once they are closed.
The faces are just head shots in black and white and are as precise as pen and ink or pencil drawings. The detail is amazing. They are usually very attractive, of many different ethnicities and mostly young. They fade in and out of my vision wearing no expression. No two are the same.
I once thought I was seeing dead people--perhaps I am. They are not in the least familiar but are not frightening at all. I am always curious who will pop up next and will often strain to make them appear. Sometimes it just won't work and I see nothing at all. The slideshow is usually a fun surprise with out rhyme or reason.
When it does occur, it doesn't last too long for it seems to put me right to sleep after a few minutes.
Now my question is--am I a unique being (outside of those forum folks on Google) or have you been visited by the eyelid slide show also? Really curious.