Happened continuously for a few months during a period of my life when I was having a spiritual emergency, and most of the time when I'm in an altered
Not saying these were nothing but hallucinations but it was definitely tied to how conscious I was. Like that moment before you fall asleep where
reality and dream start to mix (hypnagogic state).
I experimented a lot of times with meditation and drugs to try to make it happen at will, and it almost made me lose my mind. Here is what I found
Basically hallucinations are not as much about seeing or hearing things that don't exist, as much as giving them a different significance than you
For example you could see an animal, and due to psychedelics you could "feel" like you understand how the animal feels. Your brain will then interpret
this, because of the altered state of consciousness, as the animal literally talking to you. You will "hear" the animal talk, but in fact it's your
brain distorting your idea that you can understand him.
I experienced things similar for months, also seeing strange people telling me mysterious things and suddenly disappearing, but also synchronicities,
messages from the TV or radio, strange experience like mind over matter or prescience. With all the accumulated experience I now have the necessary
feedback to understand what was actually going on, and which isn't very different from what happens during a lot of altered consciousness states
(drugs, meditation, schizophrenia, psychotic break, ...).
These experiences taught me that I shouldn't take them too seriously has it was mainly me playing trick to myself through my brain, and that if you do
take them too seriously they can lead you through the rabbit hole, to the wonderful world of full-blown insanity.
It was still extremely impressive as I was incapable of distinguishing these things from conscious "real" reality, AKA what we experience during our
daily lives when everything seems normal.
But I did talk to a lot strange people during these experience, "angels" and "demons", telling me things about me like they knew me, stalking me
sometimes (when I was afraid), or radiating love and bliss (when I was feeling well). I could also do the same and tell people things about themselves
that made them feel either really uncomfortable ("how does he know this?") or really thankful and happy. I could even sometimes have prescience about
things that would happen a bit later.
It was definitely cool to experience all this first hand, especially for someone who loves to investigate the paranormal, but it was also
psychologically exhausting and shouldn't be tried for too long because insanity is basically that state when you can't control it anymore.
All in all, I learned a ton about myself and strange, paranormal, bizarre experiences, in that they were almost ALWAYS colored by my state of mind of
the moment, influenced by what I knew or believed, and basically nothing more than "how do I interpret the things I see and hear" AKA my mind toying
Almost never did I learn something that I didn't already knew or believed, it was basically 100% of the time me projecting thoughts unto the world and
these thought becoming real in my mind.
It still feels mind-blowingly "real" and now I can totally understand how other feel when they experience the similar, and also how insanity works
from the inside (which is the same mechanism but going overboard). That's why the line between genius and insanity is so thin, because altered
consciousness under control can give us insights we would never have thought of while normal, but at the same time if it becomes a thing that does not
stop, it becomes impossible to function properly in society and to tell the objective reality from the projected one.
But yes, I met my fair share of strange and mysterious people telling me freaky things and doing seemingly impossible things (and sometimes I was even
that person for others), the mind is really a fascinating thing
originally posted by: duesprimusvictorimmortali
to them they are just going about business as normal their perception of reality is different from ours.
Pretty much, that's exactly how I felt and probably how I looked for the external observer. Similarly, when I met such people, it was pretty clear
they were in some sort of altered consciousness too.
edit on 14-5-2014 by SpaceGoatFarts because: (no reason given)