What is synaesthesia?
The gift to perceive different sensory impressions in various ways simultanously is called synaesthesia.
That gift is something wonderful. Especially if, as it is the case with me, you can see the sound of music in its colours, shapes and structures, which in turn dwells in its own, for each music individuell different musicroom.
The sounds are also of varying nature. Thus there are sounds which stick to a fixed position while others move around in the musicroom resp. come and go.
The sounds present themselfes vividly together with colour, shapes and/or structures which in turn are different to each individual sound. That also applies to their movements. Some sounds for instance are like scraped up at their surface and you can see into their depth. Inside these they also present colours and structures and can also have a movement.
Music is a independent animate world. It is like an cosmos of its own.
Again and again its worlds are adventures which I yet again experience all new. Fascinating for me is, that each musicroom is not only a room like the universe we know. It rather consists of colours which are moving. Each sphere is infinitly and fades out into the nothing. At one time these colours of the sphere are moving like dark grey at its surface glittering wind, at another time a part of the space also appears like transparent, translucent firm panels through which you can see into the room behind it. There are many different shapes and colours of the musicroom, as well it is with the sounds.
Synaesthesia not only expresses itself by seeing colours while listening to music. It is much more diverse than we can imagine. Usually synaesthetes report to bear or perceive only one or two synaesthetic experiences. The most common synaesthesia is the viewing of colours with letters and numbers.
But it occurs also that several impressions are perceived, which not solely coincide with the viewing of colours. Among others these experiences resp. impressions can express themselfes for instance in a way, that the person concerned can, when viewing at a person who in turn is being touched by another person at the arm, feels just this touch at the own arm even though actually not being touched at all.
It also occurrs, that smells can present itself colourful as well as vividly. For instance the smell of darkpurple buddleia is not only just a smell. It rather assembles of a room and a structured colour, which dashes into the room from the left and additionally has offshoots to the right and left. The smell is illuminated by an imaginary source of light from behind you so you can clearly see the up- and down-movements in whos valleys it reflects darker than at the hights.
Besides that tastes can express themselfes vividly. As for instance somebody sees the taste of marzipan in steep hillslopes which reflect metallic red at their tops, as it is in my case.
Additionally I can perceive taste in colours. Therefore the taste of nougat is not only vivid but moreover it moves in harmonic greasy light rotations at the beginning. Then suddenly it ascends vertically upward where it turns to a heavy coppercolour and cuts inside my throat. Then it drops away shallow to the right and fades out into the nothing.
It is the diversity which makes synaesthesia so interesting in the first place and should get an especially high attention in our every day live.
Once more let us think about what we are perceiving.