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Optical Excursions

When somebody handed this image to me on paper one day years ago, I thought it was a trick question. It came with instructions; you’re supposed to concentrate on the four dots in the center of the image for about 30 seconds, then close your eyes and tilt your head back. However, when I looked at it, it was pretty obvious to me that it was an image of the Shroud of Turin. Therefore, I really didn’t bother following the directions, as I initially thought I’d already figured it out. I knew that you’d close your eyes and see an image of the Shroud. I thought I was way ahead of the game and blew it off.

Days later I had an extra 30 seconds on my hands while sitting at the computer, and decided to give it a try. I hit the floor. Something very interesting happens to your optical nerves…sort of an optical echo. So rather than explain, let me just reiterate the instructions to you. The fact that it’s an image of the Shroud isn’t a secret. There’s more to it. Check it out:

1. Turn off all the lights in your room or office right now. Turn off the stereo. Close the door. Take the phone off the hook.

2. Scroll down so that the only thing in your browser window is the image (no text).

3. Concentrate on the four vertical dots in the center of the picture for about 30 seconds. Or more. A minute’s good. Let your mind go.

4. Once you feel like you’re beginning to hallucinate, close your eyes and tilt your head back.

5. Keep your eyes closed, and you will see a circle of light similar to that lingering spot you get after saying cheese into a flash-equipped camera. Keep your eyes closed….the circle will begin to dissipate. Keep your eyes closed!

6. Trip out.




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