Are You Seeing Faces While Meditating? (Possible Explanations)

Seeing Faces While Meditating

Have you been seeing faces while meditating? If you have, I don’t doubt you want to try and figure out why you’re seeing faces and what this means.

What Does It Mean If You’re Seeing Faces While Meditating?

It’s always hard to interpret the different visions you may be seeing while meditating. There are various reasons for seeing certain images – such as faces – and the answer can vary from person-to-person.

Generally speaking, however, if you’ve seen a face it’s believed to mean either of the following:

Your Subconscious Mind Is Sending You a Message

Our subconscious mind is where we store all of our memories, skills, habits, and other things we don’t need to access on a daily basis.

Meditation is one of the most effective ways to engage with our subconscious minds.

This is one of the reasons we are able to change habits, the way we think, and make deep-rooted changes to how we feel and operate through meditation practice.

One of the effects of engaging with your subconscious mind is that you may see, or even feel images and experiences you have locked away in there.

You don’t have control over what your subconscious mind is doing either. You do have control over your conscious mind, which is why you can choose to focus on these visions, or not.

So, you may just be recalling images of faces stored in your subconscious mind. Whether or not your brain is trying to send you a message or if it’s just random is a much-debated topic.

I think it’s best answered by you. Did something come from the faces you’ve been seeing? Can you relate it to something in your life?

You’re Experiencing Pareidolia

Pareidolia is an interesting phenomenon. It’s defined by Merriam-webster as:

The tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern.

What this means in simple terms is that your brain is telling you you’re seeing something that you recognize or can relate to that isn’t really there.

One of the best examples of this is looking at clouds. Have you ever played that game where you look for clouds that resemble something?

Like you’d see a cloud that looks like a car. Yet, someone else would see a dinosaur?

If not, you should play this game, it’s fun. It’s also the perfect example of how one person can see one thing, and someone else another from the same shape.

Visions during meditation are not uncommon. So, having a random vision appear to be a face could simply be a case of your brain seeing it as a face.

I know this doesn’t help if you’re sure you think you saw a family member’s face, a friend, or someone else you know, but it just might not really be them.

Related Seeing random images while meditating?

You’re Activating Your Third Eye

Youre Experiencing Pareidolia

The third eye is an often controversial, but always fascinating topic when seeing visions, colors, or other imagery happens during meditation.

In Hindu, the third eye is often depicted as a large eye in the middle of the forehead.

This happens to be where the pineal gland is located, which is where the science behind the third eye comes from.

When you see certain images during meditation, it’s believed that you’re activating your third eye also called the mind’s eye or inner eye.

The benefits of activating your third eye range from being able to connect with a “higher” power, bringing all of your chakras into alignment, gaining “enlightenment”, and other spiritual things.

This is a deeply personal and profound experience. If you think you’re activating your third eye it’s best discussed with a meditation teacher if possible.

Do You See Visions When You Meditate?

Have you been seeing other visions while you meditate? I’d love to hear about your own meditation experiences if so, just drop me a comment below if you can.

Seeing visions is a positive thing. It’s demonstrating that you’re achieving a deep meditative state, which is great.

It doesn’t often happen unless you’ve been practicing for some time. I know it took me a year or so before I really understood how to quieten that monkey mind chatter and keep my focus where it needed to be for long enough.

If you’re interested in learning more, I’ve written up some posts covering some of my experiences on this topic.

Please feel free to check out seeing a baby while meditating. Or, seeing an eye while meditating for more on what it means to activate your third eye.

In Summary

If you’re seeing faces while meditating it’s a good sign. Try not to freak out or panic. Also, don’t focus on these images while they’re happening, just let them be.

You’re right to look for reasoning and any messages in these visions. I hope the information in this article will help provide you those answers.

Good luck with your future meditation practices!

Related Check out my favorite guided meditation apps here if you want to try some of the best free meditation materials.


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Image credits – Header Photo by Peter Forster, cloud image by Daniel Páscoa on Unsplash

6 thoughts on “Are You Seeing Faces While Meditating? (Possible Explanations)”

  1. I have been “seeing faces’ since I was in grade school. I’m 67 now so it has been a long time! They are never someone i know and are quite varied and detailed, some look like they are talking, but i can’t hear them. They have always been “black and white with a greenish tint a lot of times. and pass by quickly, usually 5 to 20 viewings. Two days ago things changed dramatically, My 1st vision was not a person, but a room and in full color and it was beautiful all wood and very ornate, i remember being aware and surprised by the colors while I was meditating. After the room came a procession of faces and people and they were all in full color also. I can never try and look at them closely they tend to fad away when I do, so I try not to concentrate on them and just let it happen. I can’t wait to try again and see if I still have “a color TV” or a black and greenish white one…

  2. Yes I can see lot’s of faces, eyes, clouds,colors, blue portal that don’t end not just seeing I can feel all this things that give me goosebumps while meditating that goosebumps start with my Brian and I can feel in end of my toes, I don’t know what that mean but after meditation I open my eyes and go outside I can see beautiful nature and it’s like they saying me its how feel “peace”
    It’s just inner peace I can feel .
    My English is not good but I can try

    Thank you

    Thank you

  3. Paranoic critic method is more in line with the meditation I practice. Hours daily. It has help me become more self aware. I am a photographer of patterns and have a large collection of patterns/natural sculptures in nature.

  4. While meditating I saw a video of myself. In this video I was on a payphone on the street and I looked upward and was staring at me watching myself. I know how it sounds but that was my experience. I felt such a calm come over me. I pray everyone can achieve calmness and be at peace. Blessings to all.

  5. I have seen many things. Some before I even started to try to mak it happen. I’m still not sure how to mditae as far as the tools, because I just lay in bed before going to sleep and try to see. Mostly it is stars, moon nd pkanets coming forward then back again. I opened my eyes, looked at the cielibg and saw more than when eyes closed. It was like a shower of stars falling on me. Closed my eyes again several times, but every time i opened my eyes it was still happening. The last one i had was a delivery man, blue shirt with a red badge necklace. I received a delivery the next day and was not expecting one. The ladt face i saw looked tobe of an african American or an olive skin man, round face and i could even see the pores on his face. I could hear him mumbling, but i couldn’t make out what he was saying. So frustrating, but cool none the less. Some colors are so bright, like a green leaf up close and a fly dies on it. I’ve seen a neon sign in stick figures either meditating or at a campfire and a white dove flew over them. I sometimes see things so far away, i can’t believe i can see it so clearly. I would love feedback because i have no where to go yet to get ideas of what this is.

  6. Earlier today I was doing mindfulness meditation for about 20 minutes, and all of a sudden I saw some random face that looked like it was in a black and white show but with a greenish tint appeared, and I was so surprised that I stopped for a minute. I looked it up and theres this thing called a hypnagogic hallucination. Im pretty sure thats what it was.

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