posted on Aug, 18 2008 @ 05:51 AM
From my understanding, the difference between being considered insane, or suffering from mental illness, and speaking about such experiences is being
able to tell the difference. When you experience this type of phenomenon, and you recognize that this is not a part of the physical world, then you
are considered sane. People who are diagnosed as having mental illness can not tell the difference between these types of experiences that most
consciously share, and the physical world we identify as reality.
I think most people experience these things, most just do not want to talk about it. In the Western nations, a big reason for this is that the
Catholic religion punished people who expressed these sorts of things as being witches. That is probably the biggest reason for this being taboo.
People need to realize that Europeans were systematically pushed away from the spiritual world by the catholic religion, and forced into the heiarchy
of the feudal system with the devine right of Kings. Even all forms of herbal medicine were forbidden. Seems to me that this was a horrible thing,
the way that the Catholic church killed spirituality in the Europe. Now that this supression has been lifted, we are starting to awaken once again to
our spirituality. Now of course comes a new religious wave from the Middle East. Sorry, but I see the parellels.
I have experienced most of the things that people talk about here. There was a time when I was experiencing so many clairvoyent dreams that I
seriously began to question my sanity, and finally come to the conclusion that if I could keep the two separated I was fine, and in fact this is what
I have read is the definition of sanity. This was from Bandlers books on NLP.
I have experienced hallucinations, those of feeling my pager vibrating when in fact it was not, and hearing my celphone ringing when it was not. From
my understanding these are very common halucinations. These types of experiences are very different, in my experience, from the experiences of seeing
images or hearing things when one closes ones eyes in a sleepful or meditative state. I also recognize the difference between standard dreams, which
tend to be black and white and move along nonsensical, constantly changing themes, and dreams that are in color and follow clear, life simulating
I remember there was a guy on the lecture circuit who theorized that our memories are not stored in our brain, but in some other medium, and that our
brains were only receptors to our intelligence. I guess you could look at our bodys as the physical aspect of who we are, and our spirits or souls as
being the intelligence. Personally, I think we are made up of three different forms, body, spirit, and soul, the body being the physical, the spirit
being the emotional driving force, and our soul being the intelligence.
One phenomenon I have been noticing lately, that I had not experienced before, that others have talked about here, that I find very unnerving, is
hearing my own name being called out. This experience is very different form the others. The sounds, voices, and images I recognize as something
that my mind senses separate from my body. The halucinations of my phone, as physical tricks my mind is playing on me, but this thing with hearing my
name being called out it completely different. This seems to be a strong physical manifestation, a sound that I actually hear, coming from the
physical world, even though I know it does not. It is a short burst, the sound of my name coming out of nowhere with a strong urgency. The voice
always sounds like the same voice.
In addition, for the last four years I have been constantly feeling that everything is going to change soon, for the better. This is a very strong
feeling, something is going to happen that changes everything, that our lives will be freed somehow of the current situation of everyday life that
seems so sureal to many people.
Thanks to the op for starting this thread, I really enjoyed reading everyone's contributions. Ningulilium, thanks for the Asatru religion, I did a
search, and it looks really interesting. Something new to me, although I read Norse mythology as a kid.