“We see with the eyes, but we see with the brain as well. And seeing with the brain is often called imagination. And we are familiar with the landscapes of our own imagination, our inscapes. We've lived with them all our lives. But there are also hallucinations as well, and hallucinations are completely different. They don't seem to be of our creation. They don't seem to be under our control. They seem to come from the outside, and to mimic perception.
No, it's not like a dream. It's like a movie.
It's got colour. It's got motion.
You have thousands and tens of thousands and millions of images, or figments, or fragmentary figments.
…Quite elaborate hallucinations…
The notion is that if you see things or hear things, you're going mad, but these hallucinations are quite different.
Whether they are visual or vocal, they address you. They seduce you. You interact with them.
All the senses are involved.
Hallucinations are all-sense hallucinations, full of feeling, full of familiarity, located in space and time, coherent, dramatic.
One may feel oneself transported back to a time and place in the past.
It's only at higher levels that the other senses join in and there are connections with memory and emotion.”
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