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Thu, Mar. 24th, 2011, 04:02 pm
aurora_nebulosa: Christians with Synesthesia

How are Christians to understand their synesthesia in the context of their Christianity? Is there any biblical example of people (not necessarily with synesthesia) but with other unusual perceptions (un-related to spiritual ones? If so, were these approved of, disapproved of, or reacted to indifferently either th bye writer of a given book or by the "characters" within it? Should Christians understand their perceptual situation as a "disability" or as a "blessing"?

Thu, Mar. 24th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)


Thu, Mar. 24th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
aurora_nebulosa: Shameless Plug

Guys, hope you don't mind me making a "shameless" plug in addition to my question. I've recently created a community specifically for Christian synesthetes. c_synesthetes

Thu, Mar. 24th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)

It seems to me that the answer to the last question would have to depend on the effect of synesthesia in the individual's life. Mild synesthesia, such as I experience, doesn't really present me with any trials, opportunities to help others, etc.; it's just a way of perceiving the world. I can't really imagine a situation where synesthesia would present a struggle...maybe you've thought of some? I feel like I'm not really sure what you're asking. (I am a Christian, by the way.)

Thu, Mar. 24th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)

I think this is one of those cases where people try to find depth where there is none, try to make themselves more ~special~. I mean, REALLY! We have synaesthesia, we are no the X-men. It's just as mind-boggling as the ability to bend your thumb backwards or being able to roll your tongue. It's just an entertaining curiosity. Geez!

Thu, Mar. 24th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)

I am an X-Woman. ;)

Fri, Mar. 25th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)

There should totally be a special school for us to study our ~powers~ and protect us, since we're obviously such outcasts...

Mon, Mar. 28th, 2011 05:29 am (UTC)

I'm almost finished my hover-chair. Then watch out when I gather together my Brotherhood of Evil SINesthetes.

Thu, Mar. 24th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)

I...think you may be trying to read more into synaesthesia than there is to read into it.
As far as I've been able to determine, synaesthesia almost never has an effect (or a noticeable effect) on how someone behaves or interacts with others. Thus I don't think it would have been something the Bible's authors would have even noticed in order to make note of it, if it was something they would have considered note-worthy anyway.

Thu, Mar. 24th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)

I used to be Christian, but converted to something else... I had Syn then, and I still have it now. It's a multi-religious, multicultural experience that transcends borders and spiritualities. :)

Fri, Mar. 25th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)

True enough! I'm a christian with mild synesthesia. I don't think I ever thought about how it might relate to my beliefs before, but I guess it's no different from anything else that can differentiate each of us. Whatever we do, whoever we are, we should try the best to make use of our abilities (or quirks, as some might think of it) for God. How that specifically applies to synesthesia, I don't know.

I don't think of synesthesia as super-natural, and I don't think there are any references to it the Bible. I'm actually not sure it's really that big of deal, one way or the other. More of just an interesting quirk that some of us have. I guess I'm glad I have it? I don't really know what it's like not to have it though. I've always suspected it's a lot more commonplace than most people think.

Thu, Mar. 24th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)

I'm not sure Christians necessarily feel any different about their syn than anyone else. I enjoy my syn and would definitely lean toward calling it a blessing rather than a disability. But the term disability in itself is questionable, hence the sometimes debate of calling it "differently abled". A different experience in itself can be a contribution to the world.

Mentioned in the Bible or not..God created us all for our special purposes and our individual paths.

Fri, Mar. 25th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)

Good point there about us all having a purpose, whatever our abilities or disabilities (or simply, differences).

Fri, Mar. 25th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)

I'm responding as a Catholic. It sounds to me like you're reaching for meaning where there is none. As for actual Biblical references, I'm pretty sure I haven't come across any synaesthetic references specifically. As to the second part of the question, I'm not sure what you are asking.

Synaesthesia can be a blessing or a disability depending on the individual's experience with synaesthesia. Some people with music-->sight synaesthesia do consider it a disability, though because it's so strong that they cannot do things like drive when music is on. As for me, once I discovered that not everybody saw music, I considered it a blessing.

It may be of interest to you that Blessed (Saint, in some areas) Hildegard of Bingen had synaesthesia. Saint Cecilia is also said to have experienced synaesthesia. There is a lot of information about Hildegard, but not as much on Cecilia.

*Sorry for all the edits.

Edited at 2011-03-25 02:30 am (UTC)

Fri, Mar. 25th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)

Fascinating! Truly, appreciate the info! I'm wondering how others reacted to their various syns (ouch, ssly, no pun intended). Wondering if they were considered supernatural in some way. Also wondering if they themselves considered them supernatural, or if they thought of them, as we do, as a kind of "quirk".

Fri, Mar. 25th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)

I'm not sure. I do know that, personally, I have found that if a person's speaking voice is yellow, it's about 99% chance I'm not going to get along with them. I also have a friend whose voice goes from blue to brown if he is feeling unhappy. I guess it depends on how it works for the individual. For me, it can be advantageous.

Edited at 2011-03-25 02:47 am (UTC)

Fri, Mar. 25th, 2011 05:30 am (UTC)

I don't read Hebrew, so I'm missing a lot of stuff,
I do know there is a lot going on in the old testament prophets and
that only some one reading it in it's first language would get,
i.e. bone and tree branch being spelled the same(they did not use vowels).