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Monday November 1, 2004: Maintaining Balance:Vision versus Hallucination

           

              If you have an intense, out-of-the-everyday-world experience, how do you know if you're seeing an hallucination or an actual event from another dimension?  For starters, don't get excited over any experience connected with chemical ingestions. Pretty pictures, strange realities, but totally worthless. If you think you may be experiencing a biochemical imbalance, it's harder to connect it with a specific cause in your environment, but you should be aware of longer periods in your daily life where your body has not felt optimal health and your thoughts have not seemed clear and rational.  Seek out medical help and correct any underlying conditions before trying to analyze any experience not connected to everyday reality.

             Try comparing the impressions carefully to your mental states immediately before and after the visionary experience. Even in my most active periods, the actual visions or experiences of other realities had sharp lines of distinction separating them from normal everyday perceptions.  One minute my thoughts were clear and sharp, then I'd find myself in a different state of awareness (and it does feel different), then back into normal, rational thought patterns.  If your mind has been drifting, if you've been moody, if your diet and sleep patterns have been off-kilter, then you don't have to discount the entire experience, but approach it with skepticism.

          Start with an awareness of your mind's ability to create its own realities. The possibility that you are seeing a vision from your own imagination or from a chemical, biological imbalance is a good thing to keep in mind before you go drifting into other realities. Never plan your future around visions and never consider visions the most accurate answer until you have thoroughly examined both other explanations and the realities that exist in your everyday life.  Other dimensions should never be used to escape insecurities and problems within the everyday world.  Balance begins with responsibility.    


       On the other hand, I believe it foolish to brush all psychic or mystic experiences aside as imagination or hallucination.  When you wake from a dream where you've been floating in a vast ocean surrounded by sharks, it's easy enough to realize you are safe on dry land.  That doesn't mean the dream reality is invalid, only that its reality does not bear a direct translation into this everyday world.  

       Other worlds may deal with symbolic realities.  To cast aside this part of the dream state or any other world would be throwing away wisdom that lies beneath the waking consciousness.  Sort these events for relevance, just as you sort the barrage of information and events that pass through your everyday life.

       Symbols are a powerful way of communicating with both our own subconscious and with other dimensions, but let's move one step further. Suppose I read a fictional book and that book moves me deeply. Do I say that what I have just experienced was real?  Of course I know the characters and events are not in my life.  They were invented from another person's imagination.

       That does not invalidate my emotional response.  Because I have been touched so deeply, in some small way that experience becomes a part of my life.  It changes me, opening my mind or my heart to seeing life differently.  Isn't that the value of reading?

       I would be a fool to say that the experience is invalid because the book was a fictional creation or because the book is merely a series of pages with words upon them, or because not everyone who reads the book gets the same response.  It would be ludicrous to assume the book affects me more powerfully only because my mind is somehow less stable than the minds of those not moved.  

       To invalidate the experience is unrealistic.  Whether it's an actual experience, a fictional reality created in this world, or parallel realities from other dimensions, perhaps these experiences have their greatest value in touching a part of me that needs to be awakened.

       If I experience something in another dimension it's not important to expend energy trying to prove if it was on this level of reality or that, if it was within or outside of myself.  Indeed, it's often a waste of time.  If the experience moved me, then I should be looking at why it moved me and what I can learn about myself or my reaction to the world. The emotional impact is almost always more important than the experience itself. 


       Perhaps some may consider that a markedly feminine approach but I stand by it.  The bottom line of any reality: the emotional impact of an event and how we deal with the event or the reaction is far more important than the experience itself.  This holds especially true when you begin stretching your awareness over multiple lifetimes. 

 

Posted on Monday, November 1, 2004 at 05:01AM by Registered CommenterThe Skeptical Mystic | CommentsPost a Comment

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