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I have created this fun-filled blog to promote the awareness of Synaesthesia by sharing many real life fascinating stories about my children’s synaesthetic experiences such as tasting words, smelling voices, and seeing music. The topic can be foreign to many people. I hope my blog will open up a door for people with curious minds to learn how synaesthetes, people who have synaesthesia, perceive this world, to experience some incredible or unusual perception, and to appreciate how different human minds work.

Let’s start our Synaesthesia Discovery …




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  1. I was struck by lightning when I was approximately 16. I lost almost all of my memory before the event. I still get flashbacks from before the strike triggered by sights sounds, smells and such. The flashbacks always come to be in such vivid detail, but if I try to remember later it is again lost to me. My perception of everything had changed, as did my personality. I was often told I was a completely different person.

    One day a few months after the strike my grandmother bought me need for speed high stakes for the PlayStation. I remember playing it and enjoying it then Callista started playing in game. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aTT7hcVpN8) I could see the music, I was staggered and confused. Lost in the moment I slowly released I was crying. Not only could I see the music but I could feel it! I was inside awe. I was staggered by a profound sense of connectedness, oneness, understanding, godsmacked, how I can only try to describe as how one would feel seeing earth from space for the first time. This extremely profound sense of awe and optimism. I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t tell anyone out of fear. I thought it was some kind of seizure at the time.

    A few days later I stopped into an audio shop to look around. They had Animusic playing on a TV in an large room to test various sound systems and the like. I was watching it to no real effect other then enjoying the video until high voltage came on. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c34VVVLCmeg) I was lost in it for I don’t know how long. I could see the music and it was accompanied by the same staggering emotion. This profound sense of awe. An employee eventually came to me to see if I was ok. Apparently I had been crying loudly and embarrassingly distracting costumers. It was a very embarrassing and confusing experience. I have never felt so alone.

    Over time grew to be able to control it to an extent. There are very few songs that can really disable (for lack of a better word) me like that any more. A songs effect tends to weaken somewhat over time as well. It leaves me with this feeling of having a profound gift that I can never share or even describe. I then discovered synesthesia, that I was not alone. There were others that could see music. There were others who felt sound! I have yet to find anyone who has only a specific emotional reaction as me or anyone who has sound>visual>emotional synesthesia like I do, but I cant help but think I am not the only one. Is it normal (I enjoy the irony of using that word) to only have one emotion involved in a synthesic experience? Why do only very specific sounds and songs trigger it? I still have so many questions and so few answers. But at least not I don’t feel alone anymore. I want to help spread the understanding of synesthesia. For example this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIsCs9_-LP8&t=4s) is the same effect some music has on me. I hope they know what synesthesia is.

    Thanks for reading my long winded ramblings. I hope someone can learn from my experiences.

  2. I’ve experienced spacial sequence synaesthesia as long as I can remember but have only just found out what it is , so am enjoying reading up on others’ experiences. Enjoying your blog :)

  3. Howdy! I simply would like to offer you a huge thumbs up for the great info you’ve got right here on this post. I’ll be returning to your web site for more soon.

  4. Even though I’m only fourteen myself, I love seeing other people’s synaesthetic experiences. It just makes my abilities seem more, you know, real.

  5. Thank you for talking about this…I have waited 45 years for a name for what was happening within my brain…now I am seeing that there are a LOT of us…

  6. Looking forward to reading more about this amazing ability and your lovely family! Do you think the people colours might be related to auras? xx

    • Great to hear from you Margaret. I think what you said about aura is right.

      He doesn’t see every player in colour, only players of his team, his brother’s team and his dad’s team. The more he likes a player, the more intensified a colour is. It’s relatively common for synaesthetes to have stronger syn experience to things they like or dislike.

      I look forward to sharing many more stories with you and others. Hope you and family are well!

  7. This is a really interesting site, I find the whole concept of Synaesthesia fascinating so I am looking forward to reading it regularly.

  8. I first discovered synesthesia while studying the life and work of American composer Amy Beach. This led me, by a circuitous route, to write a children’s book which will be out from Penguin in September, 2013.
    THE GIRL WHO HEARD COLORS by Marie Harris; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. I’d appreciate any mention you could make of it. Thanks! Marie
    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-girl-who-heard-colors-marie-harris/1114559655?ean=9780399256431

    • Thank you Marie! I will be keeping an eye on the book publication. I will add a couple new pages to my blog including recent/new publications.

  9. Hello,

    this is just a note of congratulation – having your own blog is a brilliant idea.

    Hope all is well with you.

    Best,

    Simone

    • Thank you for your support Simone! I am excited! I will be refining the blog site next few weeks to add more features and colours.

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