I’m wondering if any of you have any experience with very vivid, consistent, but ultimately-benign visual hallucinations?
My girlfriend has been seeing colored auras around people her entire life. Initially, I thought she might have some rare form of emotion-color synesthesia, but then a few months into dating, she divulged that she also sees humanoid-shaped “entities” that are made of the same slightly transparent colors as the auras, except they are “filled in” without a human to surround. They move like humans and communicate with her telepathically. She doesn’t “hear” them speak, but instead communicates with them through the colors somehow. She tried to explain it to me once and said “imagine a piano where all the keys play colors and the colors represent words.”
A lot of her family & friends are new agey/spiritualist types and believe she has extra-sensory psychic abilities. They’ve asked her to be a medium in the past to talk to dead relatives. It wasn’t until she was 20 and went to a therapist for ADHD symptoms that she was tentatively-diagnosed with schizophreniform, with the anticipation that it would turn into a full diagnosis of schizophrenia, disorganized subtype within 6 months. However, she doesn’t experience any classic paranoid hallucinations/delusions. These “entities” aren’t out to get her or telling her to kill herself or burn the house down or stab her boyfriend, etc. They’re actually kind of boring. I asked her to point them out when she sees them and let me ask them questions and translate their answers back to me. She’s fully aware that her mind is likely projecting these things, but she’s indulged me. To date, I’ve interviewed 3 of these “entities” and none of them say anything threatening. They can’t affect reality. They don’t want to hurt her. They’re just sort of bored with their existence in this “ghost realm” and have vague memories of their previous human lives.
Has anybody ever heard of anything like this? Is it likely that they’ll remain harmless forever? She calls them “white noise” and she pretty much ignores them. She’s been seeing them since childhood.
Thanks for reading!