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September 19, 2008 at 1:08AM Bizarre sensations

Every so often, my senses seem to go all screwy. I’m not sure what causes it, but it’s happened to me since I was a kid.

The first thing I notice is that I’m lightheaded, but my arm feel heavier. My arms and legs feel cooler than usual and have pins and needles, and I’m more aware of the shape of my hands; my sense of bodily proportion feels off.

My field of vision feels inflated, so I can see more things to the left and right of my head. But it’s distorted, so everything looks much bigger and farther away than it actually is. Unlike normal, I’m actually aware of the difference in sharpness of the area my eye is primarily focussed on almost as it it’s not flitting around to build up the whole scene as much as it’s meant to.

I really wish I knew what exactly causes this, but I’ve never found out. The feeling is not entirely unlike that of a trance, but it’s not the same feeling as flow, which I get when I’m deeply involved in work.