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
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
- Self Healing & Improvement
Building The Ganzfeld Device
- 1 ping pong ball
- pink, yellow or blue marker or water color
- Cut ping pong ball in half (each half will cover one eye)
- Color outside of ball evenly
Sit or lay in a well lit room.
Place over your eyes.