Smelling Colors, Tasting Light, And Other Quantum Superpowers You Might Have

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Yes, you!

In the recent article, An Impeccable Sense of Taste, Lydia Ruffles shares “What it's like to live in a world where light tastes of smoke and the number nine is cheeky and a bit shy.”

Synesthesia is the name for Lydia’s superpower, where various perceptual senses seem to blend or crossover from one to another.

In her case, she tastes words and colors (e.g. fluorescent light tastes like nasty smoke, to no surprise to many of us energy sensitives). She feels sounds and numbers. Emotions are seen as colors, so she definitely sees auras and likes “green” people. Sounds are seen as geometric shapes like rectangles or triangles. And she notes how some see time as space, she sees the punctuation in the chatter of conversation.

While all of this crisscrossing can be hugely irritating in its intensity, like when people are chewing really loudly, Lydia also admits that her synesthesia can make her feel even more alive. Especially when she gets lost in the delicacy of a beautiful painting.

Say what? A number has a personality? The colors in light have taste?? “No way!” you may think.

But yes, “way!” I would say.

And Lydia is not alone. While estimates widely vary, according to Psychology Today, five folks out of one hundred may have co-mingled sensory perception. And so far, they have documented over sixty types of synesthesia. 

Scientists who study it have ruled out hallucinations because the sensations are so consistent. For example, for a particular person, a certain sound is consistently a reddish shade of rust, the number three is always pink, and the word truck is routinely blue. But most are still mystified as to how this happens.

A quantum superpower?

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Quantum physics may indeed shed light on what is happening. Among others, physicist David Bohm and neurosurgeon Karl Pribram compared notes quite often in the late 1970s.

Their chats led to the holographic theory of perception, a theory based on quantum discoveries about light (e.g. particle-wave duality, where light acts as both particle and wave; and, we humans are made of light photons), and the invention of the hologram, a 3D projected image of light, like Princess Leia in Star Wars.

What? Whoa! Let’s back up a bit.

Hear me out on just three key tidbits we now think we know about light and perception that helps us better understand how crossovers in perception, like with synesthesia, are indeed possible according to this theory.

1. For one, light itself is really a bundle of whirling energy waves, dancing through space at various speeds we call “frequencies”.

And physicists studying the body tell us that we humans are made of a kaleidoscope of such incredible light they call “biophotons”.

In nature, we can observe white light as a whole, or see it broken up into its parts, aka the colors we see in a rainbow. We see color, like in the sky, depending on the different kinds of stuff in the air and the way it scatters or slows down light. Each color is part of a unique frequency band of vibration. In the rainbow, red is the slowest, and violet the fastest end of the spectrum.

Plus, not only does a frequency band of energy radiate a color that we can see (when it’s in the visible light portion of the electromagnetic spectrum), it also emits a characteristic sound. Each bandwidth of sound is like a particular channel on the radio; tune to a particular frequency band, and you’ll hear that channel. Newton way back in 1704 made a correspondence between the rainbow of colors red to violet, with the musical notes D to C.

For a person with synesthesia, therefore, they might see the sound pitch of D as red, or the note G as green because their radar taps into the visual aspect of the frequency band more than the sound aspect.

2. Perception comes back to these frequency bandwidths of energy...

...and the way our cells seem to act like antennae, that is, receivers/transmitters of energy waves and the information that they carry, like “WiFi”, according to findings by Pribram and others.

Color and sound are just two examples of the “information” (carried by the energy WiFi waves, not in the brain hardware) that is detected through our senses by our antennae cells.

With sight, three types of light receptor antennae in our eyes help us see three bandwidths of color…yellowish green, cyanish-green, and blue.

For sound, our inner ear is designed like a musical instrument, receiving and transmitting sound vibrations depending on their location and makeup. These vibrations are transformed into the electrical signals that communicate with the brain to help us recognize them as sound.

With synesthesia, various things could be happening … with the unique design or structure of the antennae radar hardware within the eyes or ears themselves, for example, or at the level of the brain processor hardware, or at the level of energy signal reception or transmission. Lots for us to explore for sure!

Now here’s where it gets really interesting.

According to Bohm and Pribram, the universe is a giant hologram, and the brain is actually a “holographic processor” of energy or light frequencies. This is so cool, so hang on as I explain this last point about light we are made of!

3.The word “holographic” refers to the way we now realize that we are made of holograms of light … multiple arrays or harmonics of light (envision a piano keyboard and its many octaves).

And the defining thing about a “hologram,” in this scientific sense, is that within each part or “particle,” lies access to the whole of information… through these frequency or “wave” wifi aspects of light.

This means that we have access to all the information in the universe! So what’s a little cross sensing in the context of something this big!!

And each tiny little atom or cell has full access to the information in the whole of the body through these energy waves that continuously hip-hop in and out. No wonder, when it’s healthy, the mind-body communicates so harmoniously…the heart with the brain, the brain with each organ, really from head to toe. Each talking to one another through the language of energy waves.

The brain’s job, as a holographic processor, is to transform all the perceived information it can (coming from outside the body as well as throughout the body) into the more electrical and then chemical forms of energy and information that the body better understands.

But the vastness of it all is truly over our heads! Our radar typically can’t detect all of that and nothing beyond our tiny sensory range of frequencies. And thank goodness for that or we’d all be really too overwhelmed to function!

However, someone with synesthesia could have such amazing radar that it can detect much more of these signals, and, in multiple formats.

Given that light radiates many qualities at once (our color and sound examples are only two), it makes sense that each of these qualities can be picked up in the format liked best by this person’s enhanced perceptual antennae.

Even “personality” qualities of the number nine, which truly emits an energy signature just like any “thing” else out there, according to physicists. Or the triangle shape of a certain sound, as validated by the science of cymatics.

So what’s a gal with synesthesia to do?

1. Know you are not crazy!

Each “particle” or bundle of energy and light out there really does radiate all kinds of information in its “wave-sphere,” which serves as the energy fingerprint at its core and distinguishes it from every other thing out there. Consider yourself as gifted with a more quantum superpower, because you are!

2. Realize that it all boils down to being an energy sensitive.

Not a weak thing, but on the contrary, a super detecting talent. Dogs can smell cancer that we can’t. You can taste color and feel the energy pattern emitted by numbers! It’s only a matter of time we find some cool scientific use for your talent!

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3. Refocus.

Meaning if someone is chewing really loudly, your sense of hearing is turned up. To turn it down, refocus on a different sense that seems to currently be more at a background volume. As you do, it will turn up, and sound will naturally fade in your awareness. What you focus on grows, when it comes to perception.

4. Since you are an energy sensitive, you have to set energy boundaries that the rest of us may not have to set.

No wonder energy sensitives tend to be introverts … having nothing to do with shyness, but everything to do with closing the door to others’ energies at times so you can get rid of the excess.

After a long day of working around others, energy tech equipment, energy light emissions, and all that, if I were you, I’d want to come home to a clean and tidy house. Minimalism in décor likely would serve well. And for anything in the house, I’d want to make sure it radiated a soulful energy. Natural materials more often feel soothing rather than abrasive. Water elements tend to feel cleansing.

Many of us energy sensitives love the feel after a cleansing rain, and we tend to enjoy a nice bath to wash away the day. You may also want to check out some energy healing classes.

There are many schools, so see what forms tend to call to you… whether clinical qigong, Barbara Brennan’s, Healing Touch, or another.

The nice thing is you’ll meet other energy sensitives with whom you can share your stories, and learn to channel, literally, the energies which you detect so well!

Valerie Varan, MS, LPC, NCC is author of Living in a Quantum Reality: Using Quantum Physics and Psychology to Embrace Your Higher Consciousness. Call her at 303-547-8327 for spiritual life coaching. Follow her quantum adventures into holistic wellness at Facebook or at ValerieVaran.com.