Learning to See (Eyes Closed)

Most of us don”t bother to check out what we”re seeing when we close our eyes because we think it”s just going to be a bunch of static or we think that whatever appears doesn”t matter.

That”s what I used to think until I started  looking  at what popped up when I closed my eyes. It definitely wasn”t static and it did matter.

There were images, and they had meaning, and if I paid attention to them, they actually gave me useful information, information that I couldn”t get with my eyes open.

I”m not the first to find treasure behind closed eyes. The Ancient Greeks in their wisdom created a blind prophet named Tiresias who was famous for clairvoyance, (which literally means clear seeing and is defined as being able to see things that are hidden to the eye).

Tiresias” blindness goes to the point that when you look  with closed eyes (and Tiresias” eyes were permanently closed), you get the deepest truths. In first century play Oedipus Rex, Tiresias knew the truth when everyone else, including our hero, Oedipus, was clueless.

Fast forward 2,000 years, and modern science also has an interesting take on inner seeing.

Contrary to what most people think about clairvoyance, science is discovering that seeing with inner eyes is not just some kind of magical thinking, but may actually be  a process we are already using but just not aware of.

For example, in a clever experiment, a Dutch neuroscientist named Beatrice de Gelder plotted brain activity of people who had one blind eye. She blocked their good eye and discovered they could see people”s facial expressions with their blind eye. Yes, you got that correctly, deGelder”s experiment showed that people were accurately sensing people”s facial expressions with their blind eye, although I should point out that they weren’t aware of it.

Equally interesting was what was going on in the brain when this inner seeing was happening. De Gelder found that some of the brain activity was actually in the brain”s visual cortex, the same place images we see with our good eyes are processed.

This discovery puts clairvoyance in a new light. Instead of hocus-pocus, clairvoyance may simply be an expanded  awareness of a process that we already  use.

De Gelder”s study is just one of hundreds focusing on clairvoyance. Daryl Bem, who the New York Times described as one of the most respected social psychologists of his generation, published a ten year study  showing that ordinary people are not only telepathic but able to sense the future. Naturally the study was panned by the mainstream press because there”s a long-standing taboo in mainstream reporting  on anything related to extrasensory perception.

But, as science is beginning to show, this capacity is not supernatural. It”s biology.

I discovered clairvoyance  for myself years ago when I first began practicing meditation. I was sitting eyes closed in a meditation class when I suddenly got a vision of a 12 week old fetus floating in one of the student”s wombs. “Wow!” I said, without thinking, “I see you”ve got a baby in there!” It was true and although shocked, she admitted it. But she”d been keeping it a secret. I”ve since learned to keep my visions to myself unless asked.

After that first inner vision, I was hooked.


At the time, I was graduating from the Harvard School of Public Health. I had been a prime candidate for an illustrious public health career. But I threw it all away to get really good at seeing profound visions of people”s lives. And to use this ability to help people see inside themselves. And to be able to predict climate change better than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

I wanted to expand the visual capacity of my brain, and I wanted to understand how it was possible that humans could do this. I also wanted to teach others about it.

So I did, and I have.

The hundreds of accurate predictions on my website all came from inner visioning. The insights I get on clients” lives when I give private readings also come when my eyes are closed.

In the right hands, it”s a worthy profession.

About the Author:

Jeanne Mayell is a professional intuitive and author who gives private life readings and offers tools to help people develop their psychic abilities. In 2015, Mayell was named by Coast to Coast AM radio as one of America’s most gifted Tarot readers. Holding Master Degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an MA in Counseling Psychology from Framingham State University, and published in The Atlantic and other national journals, she is not only a gifted intuitive, but brings an academic and intellectual perspective to the world of psychic readings and intuition training. Sensing that an era of profound and accelerated change is upon us, Mayell has been teaching people to expand the intuitive gifts we are all born with. In this way, we will be able to navigate the coming changes for ourselves, our families and others. She teaches classes in Tarot, Prophecy, Positive Psychology, and mindfulness — all ways to find inner guidance. Mayell has also worked as a health writer (Atlantic Monthly, American Health Magazine, and EastWest Journal), and was the Massachusetts Medicaid Director, a policy analyst for the City of New York’s health and welfare programs, and a research consultant on national health and welfare programs. She has co-authored two books on health and welfare and is currently writing a book on intuition and the Tarot.


  1. Elvis Mejia 11/14/2018 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    This is a lovely post. I find myself in the brink of my awakening. Ever seeking the love and light of the most divine. Sacrificing all that I want for the bare necessities of my being. To help others is to help myself and I am giving it all I got to open my heart to the one most above. I just want to be free of my subconscious boundaries and spread thy bread and wine. Life is just great when you dont hate and steal. Always wait and heal.

  2. Andrea 10/13/2016 at 9:23 am - Reply

    I started doing this yesterday and I saw the word overcome (then it changed to the word come very quickly) and today I saw the numbers 3 and 9 listed as 3-9 as well as a small pair of hands over a ball of light. How can I find out the meaning of this? Thanks

    • Jeanne Mayell 10/13/2016 at 11:10 am - Reply

      Andrea, Thank you for sharing your experience with inner seeing. Although it seems you had a positive, reassuring outcome, I want to be careful in giving you my interpretation without doing a private one on one reading with you.
      So take my interpretation as secondary to anything you feel about your vision and it could change if we met privately.

      My take is this: that the small hands over a ball of light are a positive affirmation that you, especially your inner child – your childhood self, is receiving and transmitting divine light through your hands. It affirms that your hands can transmit healing light to others. It also affirms that inner visioning and greater mindful awareness is healing any childhood wounds or that your innocent child self is able to take in healing light.

      The word OVERCOME and the 3-9 sequence could refer to a process of three to nine months that it will take for you to overcome whatever you feel in your heart you need/want to overcome – some kind of childhood wound perhaps. Or that you were wounded from ages 3 to 9. (These multiple interpretations are why I’d need to do a private reading on you to understand further what it might mean). But you could explore these issues on your own.

      It could also refer to the world, if you are someone who cares about helping the world. To look for a 3 to 9 month shift in overcoming blocks to receiving light for the world. Likely it refers both to your personal self and the world.

      All in all, you had a wonderful very positive message!

      In the future, stay with your visions when you are having them. Breathe and keep your focus, and open to any other messages or feelings coming to you with that vision. Do you hear words or have thoughts, or secondary visions? Do you feel good, bad, indifferent? Is there a feeling of love or warmth?

      Usually spirit is positive to neutral, even humorous, rarely angry or ugly. At worst, the attitude of spirit is somber or compassionate, as in the image I had of an angel standing on the Inaugural platform next January 20 staring out at the crowd. (That’s listed in the post Latest Psychic Predictions for 2016, 2017, and Beyond). Learning to see visions is something that improves with practice. — JM

  3. jeanne mayell 06/02/2016 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    I got this this comment from David W: “I find it both curious and comforting that ‘conventional science’ is beginning to investigate and attempt to explain all matters psi, however they are manifest. An understanding of these capabilities and capacities will revolutionize science and society. With this understanding, our species will realize it’s full potential. It will form a past-present demarcation more significant than any development that preceded it. We will become a new species altogether.”

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