This is a puzzling and fascinating thing.
I'm SO very sorry that your wife is having to go through that... it's rough stuff. She'll make it through, though.
Some personal observations on smells, memories and the "astral smell":
Odors and memory are very closely related: A whiff of a scent can bring flooding back so many memories -- ancient memories and repressed ones, and vice-versa. Revisiting a memory that includes a scent can bring the imprint of the scent to the front of your mind again; it can be so strong as to make you certain you are presently smelling it! In fact, apart from music, scent is the most potent sense for memory release - including memories from past lives - that there is and the two come into play together in most every instance where traumatic and wilfully repressed memories are involved.
In the astral realm -- the upper astral realm as well as the lower, "nightmare" realm, I have noticed particular scents which can't quite be accurately compared to anything of this world. On three occasions I can think of when, in a pensive and brooding kind of mood I have inadvertantly taken a nighttime trip I have, of course, found myself in the lower... and once you've been there it is EASILY distinguished from a simple dream. Then I must take proper caution and make my way back. When coming back into my body from these I notice a VERY UNIQUE SMELL, and to me this scent is not at all subtle, it's POTENT, yet it's a scent which nobody else who has been in the same house as I at the time has been able to detect, even in the slightest, at all -- except for one certain cat who sniffed incessantly at where I'd lay. I'd guess that the scent is really an entirely different manner of spirit energy that, within my brain, translates as scent, my limited human brain having no other way to classify and process it. There is another - and of course more pleasant and subtle, while far less lingering scent! - that I have noticed sometimes when returning from the upper astral realms and also after some very intense and productive Reiki sessions. I wish I could approximate it in description but I really can't!
Last edited by nightcat; 01-26-2005 at 03:08 PM.
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