Synesthesia, Perception and the Energy Healing Practitioner
Connor MH and Connor CA
Published on: 2021-12-05
Aim: The purpose of this study was to see if the rates of synesthesia in these energy practitioner populations are different than in the general population.
Materials & Method: Tellegen Absorption Scale (TAS) is a widely used questionnaire to assess openness of an individual to experiences that are perceived as absorbing and self-altering. It incorporates a reliable synesthesia scale. The TAS Synesthesia Scale consists of true/false answers on questions 10, 17, 25, 26, 27, 30, and 33. True answers are an indication of synesthesia.
This data was collected from three studies N=124
Study 1: Baseline Testing of Energy Healers N=20
Study 2: Testing of Energy Practitioners taking Level 1 & 2 of Reconnection Training N=46
Study 3: Water, Imagery and the Reconnection Trained Practitioner N=58
Results: 41.19% Question 10 - Textures (such as wool, sand, wood) sometimes remind me of colors or music.83.44% Question 17 - Different colors have distinctive and special meanings for me.
52.73% Question 25 - Sometimes I can change noise into music by the way I listen to it.
86.46% Question 26 - Some of my most vivid memories are called up by scents and smells.
66.86% Question 27 - Some music reminds me of pictures or changing color patterns.
62.38% Question 30 - The sound of a voice can be so fascinating to me that I can just go on listening to it.
Question 33 - I find that different odors have different colors.
Conclusion: Ramachandran & Hubbard found that synesthesia in the general population range from: 1 in 200, or 0.5% to 1 in 2000 where Baron-Cohen, et al. found a rate of 1 in 2000. Energy Practitioners reported synesthesia type experiences at a rate of 1 in 3 in this study. This is a significant difference.