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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"?

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)