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The Ganzfeld Effect And How To Build Your Own Device



The Ganzfeld Effect

Anyone who is trying to learn how to meditate or is interested in experiencing an altered state should try The Ganzfeld Effect.

Historically, Arctic explorers were the first people to describe the effect. After they gazed into a frosty field of snowy white, they reported experiencing a form of snowblindness.

Upon further research in the 1930's, it was discovered that when people gazed into a featureless field of vision (a Ganzfeld), they quickly and consistently entered a profoundly altered state.

When Ganzfelds have been tried by experienced meditators, they have described the effect as instant meditation. This is not surprising, since most forms of meditation require you to focus your attention on a spot, flower, mantra, etc.

While traditional meditation can take many years of practice, a Ganzfeld works for most people in a matter of minutes. (Some researchers have claimed to also have tested the effects of Ganzfelds on psychic abilities, and have found a statistically significant increase in test scores.)


The Effect Described

When someone is exposed to a Ganzfeld, they often experience a progression of effects that can be described as follows:

  • All color drains from your field of vision
  • The size of your field of vision oscillates
  • You "see" a swirling Kaleidoscope of colors and with practice
  • You completely ignore your vision as you us your mind in an extremely focused way

People have reported using Ganzfelds in the following ways:

  • Instant Meditation
  • Self Hypnosis
  • Astral Journeys
  • Past Lives Regressions
  • Psychic Abilities
  • Guided Imagery
  • Creativity
  • Relaxation
  • Self Healing & Improvement

Building The Ganzfeld Device



  1. 1 ping pong ball
  2. pink, yellow or blue marker or water color
  3. Instructions:
  4. Cut ping pong ball in half (each half will cover one eye)
  5. Color outside of ball evenly


Sit or lay in a well lit room.

Place over your eyes.