Communication - Frissons
An abbreviated introduction to a phenomenon common to
all, yet. Frissons
are otherwise known as quivers, quakes, ripples, shivers, shudders. They are heard
in flowing streams. They are referred to
as trembling in the Bible, for instance, Philippians 2:12. In barest
The experience which caused X to take sufficient notice of trembling to
begin a study of such for several years:
During a three-hour drive from San Antonio to Houston, X experiences an
overcoming power. X has been listening to Carmina Burana and is awed by
the beauty of the ("atmosphere - climate - illumination - landscape -
vegetation") on a cloudy, misty morning, to such degree that X ("groans,
sighs - weeps"). X regards nature as ("intelligent art owning a
character"). X is experienced in meditation. Has expressed preference
for scientific, rather than religious, investigations of existence and
X had read Psalms 132 through 134 before leaving San Antonio, curious as
to "identities" and "pronouns" in the text. Upon leaving San Antonio X ponders
lightning and zero energy in relation to ("the economy and equilibrium
of the universe, there occurring neither too little nor too much":
cosmological constant is precise to one part in ten to the 120th power,
mass density to one part in ten to the 60th power: the description of a
circle by pi: the delicacy of flowers which X describes as "just the
touch". But for the remarkable landscape X feels as usual
physically, psychologically and spiritually. Once out of the city X is
able to concentrate (meditate) to a
gradually greater intensity.
X is "filled with a force inexpressible" upon wondering "what is God
doing at this moment". X feels as lifted from the driver's seat, high
above the steering wheel. Description: "I know not what to call it but
contact and mutual possession, in a manner one would never suspect". X
further describes a "power, not an ecstasy, but perhaps a rapture": D
is uncertain what a "rapture" is but thinks he might have
experienced such on several occasions.
Description: "It was more like an indwelling of electricity, a little,
if one can imagine, like being shocked by a flash of lightning stretched
through time, that is dulled, into an occurrence of three hours. Yet it
wasn’t like that either. It was, in a way, like a wind, both within and
about me, a wind sufficient to lift you in the air and maintain you
there. I doubt that I was actually raised from my seat, though I don’t
know why that should be impossible. Regardless, words have not been
invented to describe such the phenomenon. 'Holy Spirit' is the first
that comes to mind."
Upon approaching Houston X feels an unusual need to pee. Very
uncomfortable. Pulls off the freeway, parks, pees in "piss jug" in sleeper,
wrestles with pillow "as if with a dear friend". Experiences
a "nonerotic love". Ultimately comes to think of Christ. Begins to
calm and become peaceful upon "reentering the mundane world".
Chemicals: "perhaps a donut". Experience precedes usual intake of
coffee, making need to pee in only three hours the more unusual.
Experience is not a high, nor hallucinatory.
Had experienced vertigo prior to phenomenon, as occurs infrequently.
For all X knows, the three-hour experience (between San antonio and
Houston) could well have been wrought by a "spirit". "Paraclete"
comes to mind. X continues to describe the experience in terms of
("breath - energy - stimulation - vitality"). But as X is not sure just
what (a) spirit is he accounts it hypothetical to say that such the
is, however, indicative of something so X calls it a "signal." As a signal trembling
would be distinctive, as the experience is peculiar: occurs now and
again, not throughout the day like breathing or seeing.
Tai Chi (Qi). Trembling can be affected via physical movement, such as
changing one's posture, especially
during meditation, such bearing on the spine. Also mentally expressed in
Tai Chi as change of direction. X
knows nothing as to Tai Chi.
Physical occurrences: bowel movements. Quavering also common while
listening to music. Sound (a relatively slow wavelength) alone can cause
a frisson, but there is likely a subconscious association not
recognized. Vision in itself may cause a frisson as well, such as
"watching a calf gallop past". Again, a subconscious association at the
least likely occurs. Trembling also caused by touch or nearly touching.
The tactile sense is the only one (of the five) which is in itself
sufficient to cause the phenomenon without deeper association, such as a
cold gust of wind, which immediate association is merely liking or
Mental or psychoanalytical occurrences: frissons occur upon lingual
operations related to meaning. Common upon arriving to a mental boundary,
such as an attempt to grasp an inexpressible concept for which there are
no words, an attempt to penetrate beyond the known, an encounter with a
concept strange to oneself. (Not dissimilar to the
energy requisite to penetrate a seemingly impossible aporia, contradiction,
paradox. Frissons, however, are brief and pleasant rather than exhausting.
More at replenishing than draining.)
Quivering occurs upon a comparison, the notice of a difference, the
notice of something unique, or upon a decision to make. Thinking
alone, without emotion, is sufficient to cause a tremble: a doubt, a
question, a curiosity, a wonder.
Emotional occurrences: thinking of something one enjoys, appreciation, absurdity
(humor - laughter not unalike the tremulous frisson), relief (:
realizing that what one thought was an error is actually correct).
Trembling often associated with fear. X cannot recall documenting
such, though has logged occurrences upon thinking of something
mysteriously or eerily strange, or noting a need to be cautious. Awe is a frequent
cause of trembling, as well as an embracing emotion such as love.
Switching from one condition or mood to another can also cause a frisson, such
as feeling a need to accelerate (heightened sense of purpose), making an
assertion, shifting from anxiety to confidence. Frissons are very common
upon thinking such as "please" or "thank you."
Trembling is a flowing or wavelike phenomenon, ranging from a not
unpleasant "pulse" to more intense frequencies of vibration indicative of
transitions from one mental mode or state to another.
arc; fluctuation ("flux") at a boundary, such as the flesh; alteration between open and
closed. Notes: circuits, electromagnetism, quantum theory.
Signals: response? X claims "response" to both audible and
written pronunciations, calling such
"extraintelligent" or "supernatural" while at once
admitting "ignorance" of
just what such phenomena are, the possibilities being numerous.
"Shaking," however, does not require speech alte
voce. Silent speech, that is, thought, is sufficient to experience
frissons. (Conscious rational or original thought is distinguished from
the subconscious flow in which all exist and operate repetitively on
automatic throughout the day. It is also distinguished from emotion
which retards as much conscious thinking as such may inspire. [Why
political activism is generally mindless. A lot of loudmouth
half-conscious shouting of no greater than decibel significance,
remarking more passion raised aloft by subconscious randomness than
thought.]) In relation to "response" X ponders if trembling is not in some
manner a "dialogue". [Eight years later X comes across a
particular means of "dialogue" via computer. Like trembling,
it is common, a popular computer program. "But people don't listen, to what they are doing while they use
this program, so they miss what is quite real beneath what appears to be
frivolous. Somewhat in the way people can live for years without
noticing the extraordinary movies which occur via hypnogogic images upon
but closing one's eyes. What has always been there goes as nothing only
for lack of looking." X
cannot say what relation, if any, there may be between
trembling, extraintelligent phenomena and said program. But all have
"response" in common.] Be as may, trembling is not a sensation
that only "just happens". It can be induced by oneself at any time one
wishes as well.
Signals: prompts? "If trembling is a signal, yet neither comprehended nor
understood, may such be said to be evocative without being persuasive?
That is, an answering without answering. That is, a signaling of
something significant, but leaving such up to you, being free and
sovereign of one's person. That is, a clue without suggestion, absent of manipulation. Ambiguity doesn't
tell one what to do. Your election. But a quiver often distinguishes
listening from hearing. They often occur when one's conscious ability
and knowledge are taken to one's limits yet fail to grasp understanding.
That is, the potato may be warmer, but it's far from baked."
Signals: estimations. "In asking what a thing is it sometimes useful to
ask what it is not. There is one thing that never occurs
with a frisson: indifference, neglect, the taking of something for granted. It is always a
valuation of something beyond everyday mundanity. A frisson might occur
upon smelling hamburgers as one drives past a restaurant. But it's not
the thought of eating a hamburger that brings a frisson; it's the
enjoyment, of the thought. Likewise, people take little note of what they
assume to be intellectually self-evident. One might then do well to take
note of seemingly insignificant frissons, which light emphasis is like something tapping
your shoulder with its index (pointing) finger."
X categorizes four intensities:
1. "Soft, light, airy traces" too frequent for X to record. "Think of
a rippling stream." Longest in duration but the exact stimulus or
mental phrase is often elusive. Various causes: watching birds in
flight, a pretty melody, sympathy with someone's plight.
2. Trembles with a more "fluid, voluminous, deep and heavy wavelength"
than above. X distinguishes this frisson from the lighter by comparing
"beauty" to "the pretty." Can be caused, for instance, by music more at
beautiful (X examples Rachmaninoff) than simply delightful. Sometimes
precedes "sighing, heaving, welling into tears".
3. Distinctly intense vibrations to which X limits his documentation.
The cause is generally clear and/or the phrase in one's mind can usually be
accurately noted. Complete sentences on occasion, but usually phrases
4. "Rushing". This vibration, not precisely a frisson but related, is
audible. X compares the "serpentine sounds" one hears while using
lysergic acid. Often occurs with a sensation of "sinking" as well.
Sometimes occurs in meditation, sometimes upon entering into a "zone" of lechery.
Frequency: several days may pass between trembles or several may occur
on the same day.
X has mentioned the possibility of an invisible "twin" or "twins."
X gives three ways to think of such: 1. The twin may be as like the
vertices of a dual octahedron in correspondence to the faces of its dual
cube. 2. The twin may be as like a mirroring opposite, as like days
cycle into nights, as like pedals on a bicycle move a common axis, one
foot pushing, one foot resting. 3. The twin may be as like a parallel
rail, which both together make a railway. Not science. But the notion
oughtn't be despised, as there is considerably more to, and happening
concurrent with, this existence than infant science can perceive,
identify or comprehend.
Rhyming. ("Accord" and "a chord" are identical yet not.) Harmonics.
The quantum: string theory.
Music: the rippling stream.