Is hallucination normal

Is Hallucination Normal?

Is Hallucination Normal?

Is hallucination a normal part of human evolution? Did we all, or nearly all of us once hallucinate? The answer is most likely yes. The human brain is built easily to produce auditory or visual hallucination. A small electrical charge stimulating the only connective tissue between the right and left-brain lobe produces that effect for the majority of people.

We’ve always imagined that the people of five to ten thousand years ago were just like us. When that doesn’t make any sense. Have we not changed at all in ten thousand years? We didn’t start writing our own history until about three thousand years ago. One can assume that we started perceiving what we did and what happened to us as meaningful to record, but only when we were able psychically to regard ourselves important as individuals. At least the kings who recorded their history must have thought so.

Before that time it’s very likely that we had not yet achieved the critical mass of internal psychic parts to be able to experience ourselves as entirely separate and unique individuals. Hallucination is perfectly designed to offload portions of ourself, and our experience that we couldn’t yet integrate into a whole person. Hallucination projects large portions of our feelings, desires and intentions onto some other, who then acts out some part of ourself. Or more often speaks in an audible voice that commands what we wanted to do in the first place, but couldn’t carry it off without this external authority.

We called such voices the gods, and built myths connecting us to them and their apparent purposes. We felt banished from the Garden of Eden and God’s oft-spoken presence when we’d eaten sufficiently from the Tree of Knowledge to become willful, self-conscious individual creatures. No longer hearing the voices of our gods we sought still hallucinating people called oracles to hear and speak to them in our behalf.

Explore this and other psychology ideas by visiting This article is extracted from THE GOD CHILD-ABANDONED, a nonfiction book.


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