The hallucination ability
Psychiatrists consider that if we percieve things that don't exist then we suffer from hallucinations, we are sick, we must make binges of psychotropic drugs to heal the brain
I sometimes have visual, audible or tacile hallucinations when I'm emotionally overwhelmed. These hallucinations don't bring about any panic feeling because I know that they are mere images, sounds and sensations, generated by my brain and tacked onto reality. It's like a computer that superimposes digital pictures into a real-time movie. Is it actually a disease ?
The brain generates sensations based on stimuli originating from outside. For instance light strikes the eye, the incoming signal is interprated, the brain makes an image according to the received data. What prevents the brain from generating images based on internal stimuli ? From a purely physiological point of view it is possible, the symptoms of schizophrenia proves it. The schizophrenics have hallucinations because they generate sensations from a signal beaming from the inside.
What if everyone generated sensations from internal and external information ? Maybe it would be hard to function as a community. We would never agree on anything because we would each perceive what we want or what we believe.
Therefore we can assume that the generation of sensations from an internal stimulus is a normal ability of the human organism, which is inhibited in order to fit into society. Communication is indeed easier when everyone percieve the same thing, at the same place, at the same time.
If we accept this assumption then we can infer that hallucinations are not pathologies. The people who have hallucinations are just waiving a social inhibition. The ability to materialize internal information is thus set in motion.
That's when a confusion creeps into the meaning of the phenomenon.
When someone is in a dramatic emotional state that jeopardizes the integrity, some mental barriers can be broken down. If the rendering of internal stimuli is not inhibited anymore then the person perceives things that don't exist objectively. The eyes actualy see images that only exist in one's mind. The ears distinctly hear dialogs that only exist in one's head.
Experience shows that the social inhibition sociale is only waived during severe crisis. We then make the mistake of believing that the hallucination is the symptom of a condition, when it is an attempt to resolve the crisis. We gulp chemical substances to stop the subjective perceptions. What do we do to solve the true problem, namely the emotional crisis ? If the real problème is not adressed then psychotropic drugs intake is nothing but a runnaway, for when the body get used to a substance it is required to switch to another one. This merry-go-round can last for a whole life, a hell of a life by reason of the countless side effects of the drugs, of which some are debilitating, some are irreversibles, others are deadly in the long term.
Let's make a more daring assumption.
If one is perfectly able to discriminate between the perceptions originating from the inside and the perceptions originating from the outside then why keeping the social inhibition ? The perceptions originating from the inside could provide a pure and direct access to the subconscious, whithout resorting to techniques which alter the level of consciousness, like guided imagery or hypnosis. Far from being symptoms that deserve eradication, hallucinations could on the contrary become a powerful tool to facilitate the internal communication with complete mindfullness.
I feel like the testimonies of psychologists Eleanor Longden and Arnhild Lauveng confirm this hypothesis. These two women have suffered from crippling visual and audible hallucinations. They have succeded in recovering mental serenity when they became aware that the images and sounds they were percieving, were carrying messages coming from their own subconscious, concealed anxieties that needed to be expressed. Once they accepted to take a closer look at their hallucinations and to understand their intimate meaning, their pathologies gradually disappeared. Today they consider that they are completely cured.
If it's true then why keeping on systematically inhibiting the hallucination ability ? It is the seriousness of the crisis that prompts the subconscious to disrupt the perceptions, in order to express what we want to suppress. An hallucination is like a peaceful or a violent demonstration held by the subconscious in the body to protest against the censorship imposed by the dictatorship of the conscience. Faced with this inner unrest, is it wiser to resort to repression or to dialogue ? Should we sent the riot police or the mediators ? Should we destroy the hallucinations with chemical blows or analyze them to uproot the uneasiness ? Besides why waiting for a crisis to break down instead of thinking ahead ? Could we foster and master the hallucination ability to communicate voluntarily with the subconscious before it's too late ?
We can legitimately wonder why it is mandatory to sedate our vigilance in order to communicate with our own subconscious. Why such a mistrust between the subconscious and the conscience ? Aren't they part of the same body, working together to keep it sane and safe ? Is the subconscious denied free speech ? I think that the miscommunication lies somewhere else.
We consciously think with words. I'm quite sure that the subconscious is unable to handle words. So how do they communicate with each others ? I think that they usually get in touch throught moods, feelings and emotions. Sometimes we feel bad for no reason. Maybe the subconscious is worried about something. Sometimes we feel bad and we know why. The subconscious necessarily gets the message even if it cannot fully guess the underlying reason. But if a situation requires more than a foggy impression then the subconscious can use any part the body to reach the conscience. It can generate itching, contraction, heat, stroke, shivering ... even illness. It's not always easy to guess what these sensations mean.
When bodily signs are not enought then the subconscious generates images and sounds. These messages also need to be decyphered because the subconscious surely relies on analogies. It first recalls the sounds or images related to a given emotion to select the most striking of them. Then it broadcasts these items on our eyes or in our ears, hoping to trigger the same emotion, with a greater intensity. Usually the broadcasting occurs when we sleep, we call it "dream" or "nightmare". Unfortunately when we see and hear unreal things while we are awake, we indulge in panic, we want to get rid of it, the subconscious increases the intensity of the broadcasting, we are more and more scared, the subconscious screams louder ... and the vicious circle leads straight to the nearest mental institution.
If this pattern actually unfolds within ourselves then welcoming, improving and controlling hallucinations can be a highly efficient mean for our conscience to communicate daily with our subconscious. Being aware that our brain is nothing but a big computer is all it takes. Just like the electronic one, our biological computer is able to mix analog and digital content in real time, to provide us with a meaningful and personal vision of the world. This vision doesn't have to be 100% compliant with reality. Above all we need it to be relevant for us. Leading a serene and harmonious life requires us to know what unfolds outside AND inside of us. Therefore it makes sense to agregate both data streams on a single monitoring board. We use the eyes, the ears, the nose, the tongue and the skin to sense the world. So the subconscious should be allowed to access those devices to ensure the consistency of our inner communication system.