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I've decided I can't bring myself to outright appropriate "subliminal" like I've been doing. It always felt... icky, to be honest. I just couldn't think of an appropriate alternative.

I've been the word "subliminal" to describe experiences of which one is fully conscious, but ones which are experienced by what some may deem the astral body. They're akin to experiences of sensory phenomena, but don't produce sensations which are as potent as sensory phenomena, usually. I also use the word to describe entities perceived in this manner, like G/gods and spirits.

The problem with that is, of course, that it goes against the accepted and, well, right definition "subliminal". A "subliminal" experience is something below the threshold of conscious experience. It's something that is affecting, however only because it produces adjunct conscious phenomena. The subliminal cause of these adjunct phenomena typically remains a mystery.

So I need a new word to accurately describe what the hell I'm getting at, because it matters, dammit! Ideally I want the word to be a prefix + "liminal", because "liminal" is so appropriate. I'm thinking "dialiminal", meaning something which dwells around the proverbial edge, and basically exists on both sides of it. Something which exists across the boundary between consciousness and the subconscious depths.

I'll have to think about this more. Anyone have any suggestions?

Edit: I also don't like the word "astral" for use when describing these kinds of phenomena. It's one of those words with too much baggage.

Date: 2012-09-26 07:57 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] coffeevore
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Hmm, yeah... I've been struggling with how to verbalise certain things like this.

For example, sometimes I "see" a hint of something that, if I look again, I don't physically see. It's as if I physically saw a blurry dark spot, but only when I wasn't looking directly at it or asking myself whether I saw anything there. It was definitely coming to me as if it were a real visual impression, but if I use the typical focused visual scrutiny that one uses to purposefully determine whether something visible was showing or not, the visual impression disappears. (And I think I know what it is, and it is definitely there, but just not normally visible.)

I'm not sure if it's truly sub-liminal, because it's not like this thing is just too small to see, or my vision is too poor, or anything. But I don't know what it is. Perhaps it reflects the wrong wavelength of light for my eyes? In that case, it probably would be sub-liminal. But perhaps it's rather that I didn't receive any visual impression at all, but rather some other impression that my brain translated as visual because it wasn't sure how to get the impression across to me. In that case, maybe it would be more dia-liminal? (I'm not even sure how to tell. I didn't call these things here.) Or do you think that, by nature of their being a visual/scientifically-accepted-five-sensory* perception, that makes them more of a sub-liminal type?

* I really need a more succinct word for that, but I mean "the five senses that not only does everyone admit to, but scientific evidence recorded by them tends to 'count' in people's estimate." There are others that everybody admits to having, such as a sense of direction, but somehow those don't count those in the basic five that people always talk about? idk.

I basically don't have a good way to verbalise "I saw something but didn't actually see it, but it definitely left an impression on my eyes, but it wasn't the kind of seeing that actually stood up under my attempt to look at it." =D

Date: 2012-09-26 06:05 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] spectrum_x
Yeah, I've been struggling on how to describe my spirit experiences, since newcomers to my blogs might misinterpret that I physically experience them, when I write "Malphas says", I really mean, I sensed Malphas communicating to me through empathy and telepathy...but that's too much of a mouthful.

So I need a disclaimer page, explaining my useage of words, that when I mean "X spirit says", I don't mean them communicating in a verbal manner. What does the prefix dia mean?


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