An Interpersonal Experience Staring at a Black Wall - a theory
I have often compared staring at a black wall like staring into someone’s eyes for a prolonged period of time. Regardless whether you believe me or not, such an experience is intense to say the least as it takes you into another psychological dimension. A dimension so hard to comprehend, you often end up being speechless before you can gather your thoughts on this experience. Let me sum it up by the situation getting weird and weirder as you prolong the stare.
Staring at a black wall for a long period of time is a form of disconnection – a disassociation with reality. It is often an out of body experience that is absent any reality as it has been very difficult to explain to others. This disassociation or detachment from reality can best be summed up as an unrealistic phenomenon that is filled with the imaginary mindset of creativity, visionary perceptions and full fledge hallucinations as your eyes plays tricks on your mind and what you really see. Since there are no other sensory adaptations made, it is a deliberately induced deprived state of mind. One has said that in order to have light you must have darkness. Darkness is what brings out the light. The blacker the wall, the less light you see regardless how well the room is lit up.
Staring and just focusing on the black wall, gives you a chance to become disengaged with reality and allow yourself to use your imagination to a higher level. Words come to mind to describe the reported changes. Morphing different shapes and colors from a black wall is not unusual. There are no limits to what the mind can create under such conditions as the experience us surreal. Facing the black wall, you may see faces, shapes of persons or animals or even your own face.
Much like staring at the clouds, your imagination takes over and the dark wall triggers dark ideas created by hallucinations rather than imagination. I have stared at the black wall for periods over ten minutes and as long as 30 minutes. I can tell you I have seen white dots on a solid black wall as well as other colors and shapes as the prolonged stare creates new shapes and forms. I can’t describe the conditions as they are mostly mind created or psychological in nature and since I am not an expert in the human brain, I cannot explain this. Some speculate that staring at a black wall induces a form of sensory deprivation.
Since I have also tried this with a white wall and experience nothing except the usual imaginary thoughts associated with looking at nothing but white surface, I can compare the two experiences as stark contrasting and different. So does the color black create this deprivation of your senses? How does the mind react to this trigger of darkness? Dr. David Spiegel of Stanford University explains a similar process of staring at another person as a psychological disconnection of our environment. A total separation of realities as the mind is reflecting back with some intensity that creates hallucinations. What we are imagining is created by what we see of ourselves and builds on the preface that there are imaging features triggering the conscious and subconscious thoughts inside your head.
Like a mirror, but black in surface and non-color, the image created first reflects your own image as a genesis of the process and escalates into hallucination with time attached. However, in this case, the mirror is not black thus it does not project back reflections of the environment This leads us to ponder time and space again, we are talking time and space – a commonality on many phenomenal events in our human and scientific worlds.
Some have explained that the hallucinations produced during interpersonal staring can bring to full consciousness certain subconscious beliefs or "non-integrated" parts of the self. Disconnected parts of the self -- which are usually projected during delirium -- may be integrated into consciousness. Therefore, if you choose to stare at a black wall for a prolonged period of time, you might be able to stand-in, or assimilate the same integration of your mindset and create a similar pathological circle of confirming a “reality” that is exclusively called an unconscious projection or a similar state of mind of the early stages of schizophrenic behaviors.