Surely I’m not the only one who was stupid once.
I was in high school at the time. I’d had crushes on other girls before, but this was different. She was perfect, she was the one, I just knew it.
Looking back on it, I was wrong – no surprises there. If, somehow, we’d ended up together, we both would have been miserable.
We didn’t get together, thank goodness. Yes, I’m grateful my biggest wish at the time didn’t come true.
At the time, since it was my biggest wish, I couldn’t stop thinking about her. And so I kept seeing her everywhere. She was the woman driving that truck, she was the background character in that movie, she was behind the counter in some store three towns over…
I was smitten.
I was also hallucinating.
It sounds like such a dramatic thing. Most of us associate hallucinating with mental illness or hardcore drugs.
But we all do it.
Some of us more than others, and sometimes more often than others.
It’s like that Ben Stiller movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about a mild-mannered man who has an intense imagination. He loses himself in vivid, dramatic fantasies all the time.
But surely daydreaming isn’t the same as hallucinating, right?
Hallucinating is about seeing (or hearing, touching, tasting…) something that isn’t there. At the extreme end, that includes everything you think of when you imagine someone freaking out on a bad trip.
It also applies to things you can control and dismiss with a thought – like daydreaming.
Even if you focus, you can still hallucinate. Your brain doesn’t see the world for what it is – it’s doing its best to make sense of a chaotic storm of electrochemical impulses. You don’t see the sky – you see a blue patch with patches of white where, historically, the sky has keen.
Speaking of patches of white, this is why you see shapes in the clouds. Your brain is constantly trying to figure out what it’s seeing, so you look at a cloud and can also see a face and a dragon.
Or a camel and a whale.
It’s how you can hear your name in street noise, taste something you haven’t eaten in years and see a smiling face in two dots and a line.
This is how a healthy brain works. If you go bushwalking and almost step on a snake, then every stick looks like a snake too. Your thoughts prime themselves to expect more snakes and, hey, you’re better off seeing snakes everywhere than overlooking a real one.
You might be wondering how you can use hallucinations deliberately.
Not just experience them, but use them to enhance your life.
I cover that in Everyday Hypnosis – one of the 19 modules in this training program.
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