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Hallucinations and Visions

Waking visions and hallucinations (whether visual, aural, tactile, olfactory). There are some daydreams, creative illusions, and borderline cases, for lack of a better place. The emphasis below is on non-pathological images conveying useful information--in short, like dreams. Many on this list turned out to show apparent extrasensory perception. Whether this proportion is true of hallucinations and visions in general, I don't know. But then the World Dream Bank is a repository for peak experiences; arguing these are specious because they're on the good side of normal and lack enough insanity to be a fair sample is like arguing music sites need more bad songs.

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BOOKSTORE ILLUSION: by Wayan; 560 x 680, erasable crayon 14x17", 1986?
I was in the Stanford Bookstore and saw this strange visual pun across the room... or did I?
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
CAPITOL REEF: by Wayan; 277K, 1996. Cartooned daydream of a mid-air (or is it mid-water?) orgy
News of a new national park fused with a science show on cleaner-fish spur a fantasy of dolphins, cats and...
CAUTION: FISH ORGY; MOCKS THE ANGEL MORONI, TOO
CHOCOLATE SPILL: by "Anonymous #8"; before 1963, a nondream time-glitch of a few seconds
The jug of chocolate sauce smashed on the tile floor, forming a dark pattern. Then the whole scene melted and, like a film loop, started again. I was terrified. I shouted "Don't touch it!" Screaming in horror I watched the sauce make its predestined shape on the floor...
CLAIRAGONY: by a Philadelphia woman, August 1951, a sympathetic heart attack with one crucial error in its ESP
I had a heart attack--but in minutes, it vanished! Then the phone rang. I knew at once my dying mother was gone. But...
DICK, HOW WONDERFUL: by Dick and his mother; during the Korean War (1951-54), shared telepathic hallucinations
As a man on shore patrol in Manila is attacked, he and his mother simultaneously see and hear each other...
DIVINE IMAGE, or, A VISION OF ADONAI: by Anna Kingsford, 1877/7/23, a waking vision
Gazing at the moon, Anna suddenly finds herself touring the Solar System and meeting all the planetary guardians...
CAUTION: MYSTICAL ECSTASY
DON'T DO THAT, MARION: by Marion; 1947, a two-way telepathic intervention?
I was planning my suicide when my friend a thousand miles away "Don't do that, Marion." Next day an airmail arrived...
SUICIDAL NARRATOR
DOUBLE DREAM: by "Anonymous #23 & 24"; before 1963, two clearly linked false-predictive dreams--but who influenced who?
Mother and daughter both dream Mum runs over a little girl. Next morning she spots the girl in the road and misses her. But bystanders seem not to see the child...
EGYPT: by AE (George Russell); 1890s?, a brief telepathic vision
I wondered where a friend was, and felt as if I were walking at night near the Sphinx. Months later...
F.I.P: by Dr A (c.1947), a Cambridge man (1960?), a London girl (c.1916) and a Midlands mum (July 1958)
Examples of inexplicable moods that appear (after the fact) to be reactions to future events...
HEADLINES: by "Anonymous #21"; 1942/8/4, 1954/1/1, and 1958/8/16, a set of psychic newsflashes
All my life I've had sudden visions showing violent deaths accompanied by headlines naming the victims...
I SEE'D THEY DID: by a Wisconsin 4-year-old; before 1961, a waking vision (clairvoyant? telepathic?)
He asked abruptly "Did Aunt Myrtle and Uncle Charles have a wreck with a train? I see'd they did..."
MAN OVERBOARD: by Sir Stephen King-Hall; 1916, a lifesaving premonition acted on
I was officer of the watch in the Southampton. I knew that as we passed an islet a mile ahead, a man would fall overboard...
MISCARRIAGE: by John Donne; 1612, a clairvoyant hallucination.
Donne, in Paris, was alarmed by a vision of his wife holding a dead baby. At that hour, in England, his wife...
PAT'S WARNING: by Pat, Allen and Gerry; 1947, a ghostlike warning from a living person--or her unconscious?
In Occupied Germany, Pat flags down two friends just before a truck crash. Only Pat was in England at the time. She sensed they were in danger, but...
PATCHES PAWS AT FLYING FISH-TOAST FRIENDS: by Sarah Silver; 120K, 2006/7/26, a hallucinatory image.
Patches the kitten, my alter ego, paws at flying fish who are also toast-slices...
PETE: by Norman, a soldier on Guam; 1944, either a ghost or hallucination with a lifesaving warning.
Pete warned me not to take the shortcut. Only after I'd turned the truck around did I realize Pete had died weeks ago...
THE POWER OF THE BUTTERFLY: by Lisa Gale Garrigues ("Cory"); winter 1997, a dream of flying, shapeshifting and spiritual advice.
When a flood trapped me in my cabin, I dreamed I met an old man who warned me to let my butterflies go...
PRIMAVERA: by Walter de la Mare; 1920s, a dream persisting into day
I dreamt the Goddess of Spring paraded by my house. I woke and leapt to my bedroom window, and there she was...
SCHNEIDER TROPHY CRASH: by J. Lloyd-Owens; c. 1931/8/1, an overwhelming premonition
As a newsreel showed a Navy flier for the Schneider Trophy Air Race, I felt a violent shock and said "He's going to be killed..."
THE SHOP SPILLED OVER: by AE (George Russell); early 1890s, a telepathic vision
I closed my eyes at work and saw an old man and a red-haired girl in a shop. My workmate was writing a letter home, and I asked...
STEPHANIE GODOT: by Wayan; 1994/12/14, a waking comedy of two dreamworkers.
My unconscious sabotages a lunch date with my friend Stephanie. The tricks get weirder, till...
SUMMONING SHADOW: by Jo Equinity; 2006. Three meditative paintings apparently cause a miracle.
I had to sell my horse Shadow, but I missed him so much I painted my love for him. As I finished, a strange impulse led me...
TRIGO: by Edith L. Willis; 1929/6/4, an induced automatic-writing prediction (profitable, too)
In an idle moment I held a pencil and asked the air who'd win the Derby. 'Trigo' meant nothing to me, but was listed at 32 to 1, so...


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