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Nabokov, Vladimir - Speak, Memory - Hallucinations and visons

Identifier

004054

Type of Spiritual Experience

Vision
Hallucination

Number of hallucinations: 1

Background

A description of the experience

From Speak, Memory

As far back as I remember myself (with interest with amusement, seldom with admiration or disgust), I have been subject to mild hallucinations.  Some are aural, others are optical, and by none have I profited much.

The fatidic accents that restrained Socrates or egged on Joaneta Darc have degenerated with me to the level of something one happens to hear between lifting and clapping down the receiver of a busy party line telephone.

Just before falling asleep, I ofetn become aware of a kind of one sided conversation going on in an adjacent section of my mind, quite independently from the actual trend of my thoughts.  It is a neutral, detached anonymous voice, which I catch saying words of no importance to me whatever - an English or Russian sentence, not even addressed to me, and so trivial that I hardly dare give samples, lest the flatness I wish to convey be marred by molehill of sense.

This silly phenomenon seems to be the auditory counterpart of certain praedormitory visions, which I also know well.

The source of the experience

Nabokov, Vladimir

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Science Items

Hypnagogia

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Inherited genes
Relaxation

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