I’m sure a lot of you have gone through this. It might have happened to you like it did to me, one day you were fixing your hair looking at yourself in the mirror and then this strange feeling drops into you. It takes holds of you being but you don’t really know what it means. You start looking at your physical self and in a way realizing. This is the capsule I’m in. This is how the outside world perceives me, or so I think. Now that I’m older I can recognize what would happen back then. If it’s happening to you, then you’re probably on the right track.
You can induce this feeling by meditating for 30-60 minutes, and then, directly afterwards, intently/intensely staring at yourself in the mirror. Initially, the mind might label the experience as an ‘out-of-body’ experience, but in fact it’s more than than. It’s an ‘out-of-phenomenal-reality-altogether’-experience. You realize that who/what you are is utterly and inexplicably (to the space-and-time mediated or mediating mind) beyond any form or shape. That you see, but cannot be seen, because you are not an object (of perception). This can reveal, in a glimpse, the immediate and undeniable empty nature of everything and everyone, the inward dimension that is unimaginable and irrevocably mysterious.
Kant called this the noumenal.
Oh my god what just happened to me, I was just at work, I took a break and when I was in the bathroom I found myself looking into the mirror and it was as if I couldn’t imagine who I was. I didn’t recognize myself being me. I was so overwhelmed I had to go sit in a stall and lean against something. The first comment describes it perfectly. Why does this happen?
Yes, i really wanted to post that too, just like everyone else i had that too.. But what the real question is, have we a soul that connects to the body or is everything an illusion created by the brain and are we literally in the brain.. Impossible to know but thats what i think about when evyone around me is on their mobile phones ;)
I’m only 13 and this happens on a regular basis. Usually a few times a week. Whenever it happens I feel kind of scared and overwhelmed like I need to sit down and when it happens in school, people ask me what’s going on. Once, I was even sent to first aid because I was so dazed with the realisation that I am being and a person with thought and feelings and a life and I could end it all in two seconds. Is this normal?
I think you just described paranoia, if it hasn’t happened to you I don’t think you would be human. Any form of thinking about how others perceive you is a waste of time. Getting to a place where that’s not important is a better place. I should preface by saying, though, that if there is a reason you should worry about what other’s think a personal change may be in order.
I had this realization when I was 8 years old sitting in the back seat of my dads sedan looking out the window on my way to church. I remember thinking as I looked at the passing corn field “Who is it that is looking through these eyes?” Being as young as I was, I heard my mothers voice in my head telling me I was being silly. But I never forgot that moment.