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Oliver Sacks - Donald Fish has scary hallucinations

Identifier

001579

Type of Spiritual Experience

Vision
Hallucination

Number of hallucinations: 1

Background

The symbolism is personal in this, although he may be seeing a mass of general symbolism, we cannot tell

A description of the experience

Oliver Sacks – Hallucinations

While …hallucinations are only occasional with most people, they may occur frequently in some, as is the case with Donald Fish, an Australian man whom I met in Sydney after he wrote to me about his vivid hallucinations:

I wake from a calm sleep and perhaps a fairly normal dream with a shock, and there before me is a creature that even Hollywood couldn't create. The hallucinations fade in about ten seconds, and I can move when I have them. In fact I usually jump about a foot into the air and scream. . . . The hallucinations are becoming worse - now about four a night - I am now becoming terrified of going to bed. The following are some examples of what I see:

  • A huge figure of an angel standing over me next to a figure of death in black.
  • A rotting corpse lying next to me.
  • A huge crocodile at my throat.
  • A dead baby on the floor covered in blood.
  • Hideous faces laughing at me.
  • Giant spiders - very frequent.
  • Huge hand over my face. Also one on the floor five feet across.
  • Drifting spider webs.
  • Birds and insects flying into my face.
  • Two faces looking at me from under a rock
  • Image of myself - only looking older - standing by the bed in a suit.
  • Two rats eating a potato.
  • A mass of different coloured flags descending onto me.
  • Ugly-looking primitive man lying on floor covered in tufts of orange hair.
  • Shards of glass falling on me.
  • Two wire lobster pots.
  • Dots of red, increasing to thousands, like spattered blood.
  • Masses of logs falling on me

The source of the experience

Sacks, Oliver

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Cone

Science Items

Hypnagogia

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Relaxation

Commonsteps

Hypnagogia

References