Are you a Synesthete?

Long ago I had heard of the phenomenon of Synesthesia but at that time I did not look into it too much and then recently I was speaking to a friend and I explained to him how I feel certain emotions when I watch the rain, how I want to laugh laugh and cry when I see a flower blooming or gaze at the full moon, how I see numbers and letters in colour and that they are attached to certain colours and how when I see pictures I sometimes hear music. Stranger still, I can also have certain tastes in my mouth depending on what I touch. He suggested to me that I may have Synesthesia and this piqued my interest and I decided to look further into it.

What is Synesthesia?

The word ‘Synesthesia’ comes from the ancient Greek σύν syn, “together”, and αἴσθησις aisthēsis, “sensation”. According to ‘science’ estimates of the frequency of synesthesia range from 1 in 250,000 to 1 in 2,000. People with synesthesia are 6 times more likely to be female than male but personally, I do not agree with this.

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According to Psychology Today,

Synesthesia is a neurological condition in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway (e.g., hearing) leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway (e.g., vision). Simply put, when one sense is activated, another unrelated sense is activated at the same time.

Yet for me all of these things are related and maybe they are for you too.

Also according to Synaesthesia-A Window Into Perception, Thought and Language,

We identify different subtypes of number–colour synaesthesia and propose that they are caused by hyperconnectivity between colour and number areas at different stages in processing; lower synaesthetes may have cross-wiring (or cross-activation) within the fusiform gyrus, whereas higher synaesthetes may have cross-activation in the angular gyrus. This hyperconnectivity might be caused by a genetic mutation that causes defective pruning of connections between brain maps. The mutation may further be expressed selectively (due to transcription factors) in the fusiform or angular gyri, and this may explain the existence of different forms of synaesthesia. If expressed very diffusely, there may be extensive cross-wiring between brain regions that represent abstract concepts, which would explain the link between creativity, metaphor and synaesthesia (and the higher incidence of synaesthesia among artists and poets).

If your mind hasn’t become scrambled egg after reading this paragraph (like mine did!) it is basically saying that in non synesthetes, there is a disconnection between the senses whereas with synesthetes, which ‘scientists’ class as a mutation, senses are cross-wired (connected) with each other which results in seeing colours or healing music or having certain tastes develop in the mouth when we see numbers and letters or touch certain things. If you are creative then you are more likely to be a synesthete.

As soon as I learned to write I began writing poetry and still until this day I cannot remember my poems by heart. The words used to and do just fall into my head and I would write them. The same thing happens when I am channeling and while I am writing down the information I am thinking/hearing, I am seeing vivid images and scenery in vivid colours.

As I mentioned, I have always seen numbers and letters as colours and each one feels like they have a personality or archetype. For example, the letter O or the number 0 appears as black and it represents, for me, a womb and has a motherly energy. The letter B is blue and feels like a charging essence. Sometimes the colours change but the energy remains the same. I am also able to envision images with my eyes open. If someone is describing a place to me I automatically see it taking shape in my mind. I can see the woodgrains on the door frames and my reflections in the mirrors.

I admit that I had to laugh at their use of the word ‘mutation’ as I believe that all beings are gifted and beautiful. If I am a mutant then so be it! Believe me, I say this with a lot of mirth.

So, after researching this subject I came across the Synesthesia Battery test and I decided to do it and not surprisingly I scored high as a sythesnete. You can perform the test HERE but I do want to warn you that it takes around 1 and ½ hours to complete and you have to give personal details about yourself. If you still want to test yourself, give it a go 🙂

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