It’s not like in the movies
Well, yes actually. But it’s not like in the movies. There is no dreamscape or soft focus images appearing before us. There is no vision of God. There is no voice in my head whispering to me in a soft but clear voice that sacrificing a little child will save the unrighteous.
If you are imagining that is what happens to us, then perhaps you need to spend more time in the real world and less time believing anything you see in the movies. After all, only a crazy person would believe the entertainment media would have factual information.
It’s movement in the edge of my vision,
I divide my hallucinations into the visual ones, the audio ones, and the scent ones. Yup, I really do get scent hallucinations.
For the visual hallucinations, I don’t see any images. What I get is the sensation of things moving in the periphery of my vision, or out of the corner of my eye. I’d look around to see if someone was approaching, or if the dog was coming to be petted, but there would be nothing there.
or an unclear voice just past the edge of my hearing.
For the audio hallucinations, I tend to hear what sounds like voices in the distance talking, but I’m unable to hear the actual words. This has often led to to the amusing situation where I’ve shouted out to the other person in the house to find out what they asked me.
And of course they would say “But I didn’t say anything.” Which usually degenerates into a “yes you did, no I didn’t” argument. Since I might do this two or three times in the course of an evening, you can end up with an annoyed housemate / partner.
It’s particularly noticeable if the house is quiet or I’m alone at home. Then it can make me nervous because it sounds as if someone else is inside the house or just outside. Though now that I have dogs with big teeth, I don’t worry about this as much.
Or a smell that follows me around.
The smell hallucinations tend to be the most vivid. A typical situation would be that I walk past a garbage truck and get a whiff – eew! But then, as I continue walking I still continue to smell the stink, strongly enough that I may look down to see if something got stuck to my shoe. The smell can continue even when I walk inside and completely away from the source.
The hallucination is usually about an nasty smell, but it doesn’t have to be awful. I’ve had the scent of peaches or apples follow me around after walking past a stack of them or eating them. More rarely, people’s perfumes trigger it, and I look around to see if they are in the vicinity.
It’s not ghosts. I ignore them.
The hallucinations don’t last very long – usually for a time period measured in seconds, and they stop once I start paying attention to what I am actually hearing or seeing. The smells can last quite a bit longer, but still less than 5 minutes.
The audio and visual hallucinations don’t convey any words or images – it’s more of a sense of sound or motion, an auditory or visual twitch, as it were. They’re essentially harmless and I’ve learned to stop paying attention to them.
It’s not ghosts.
I generally don’t tell people that I hallucinate or hear voices. No matter how I might phrase it, it always comes out sounding wrong, and I get the “you’re kooky” look.
Real images or words. Go and see a doctor.
By the way, if you do happen to have hallucinations where you see actual images or hear actual words or songs, it’s time for you to go see a doctor or a neurosurgeon.
UPDATE: Article to be revised.
It has been brought to my attention that my experiences are not the only ones, and the others have more intense and real feeling hallucinations. This article will be updated with the additional information soon. Please hold.