Here is an interesting question that I have pondered lately. First, a little background.
I had a severe infection called Mastoiditis (an infection of the bone in your skull) which CAN breach the brain if untreated - luckily, it never got to that point.
A symptom of the infection is a change of the ofactory sense, sometimes permanent and in my case it has been reoccuring ALTHOUGH the infection itself has been at bay.
Interestingly, the way it works is that the infected fluids that fill the air pockets of the skull (yes, your skull is basically like a sponge which adds structural strength to it) and these infected fluids drip via gravity to the sinuses - which (if you have ever seen a drawing of them) are practically as big as your fist and of course they are on both sides of your face, behind your cheeks, eyes and you sinus sufferers know how painfull they can be: causing anything from tooth ache, nasal drip, sore jaw, light sensitivity and migraine like symptoms.
Back to the smell issue.
I have for three years now dealth with this reaccuring problem, my sinuses get impacted with fluids and I use Flonase and Clairatin to lessen the pressures. A big side effect of Flonase though is it can change or even delete your ability to smell things. In my case, it causes everything to smell like exhaust fumes from a car - so I tend to use the Clairatin and hope for the best, because the fume smell can stick around for days and I AM A BOILERMAN, I cannot work safely if I can not smell poor combustion, I could literally not smell a gas leak, not know if air induction fans (for proper combustion in furnaces and boilers were tripped, etc.) so I keep away from the Flonase unless I can no longer stand take the pain of severly clogged sinuses - which I like to describe as ballons pumping up behind my eyes trying to pop my eye from my head while I suffer something like a midiun ear infection like pain.
Back to smell (lol - sorry I'm not brief, I don't have that feature)
So lately, I have had this unique smell, although I have not used either product in weeks. It isn't an unpleasant smell, not exactly flowers either, but tolerable and definitly present much of the time.
Eerily, I know what the smell is (or so in my mind I do) it is the smell of the Cirque Du Soliel Circus (French Circus of the Suns) which I have tickets for in July in Philadelphia. I have NEVER been to the their circus before, never had anyone I know who has and obviously, NOT had the smell of the circus described to me by anyone whether in person, or online. BUT..... I know that when I go in July, as soon as I walk in, I will smell the same smell that has been haunting me.
Now, that leads to my question - we've always been told that our sense of smell is the most BRAIN TRIGGERING SENSE we have - it can bring back memories, trigger emotions, do many strange things including cause healing and declining health (this isn't my theories, I have heard many experts talk about smell and they all seem to agree that ofactory can promote healing if it triggers positive memories in the patients mind - and adversely cause slow healing if it recalls bad or horrific memories.
But I'm smelling something that I know I will smell months ahead of time, I feel it and can't explain it other than I'm getting this either as a warning or a message or some other reason that I'm to incapable to grasp.
So I think to myself, what other things can smell do? does it have the ability to travel through time (obviously to a person who recalls events when a smell triggers memory is "in a way" traveling time, if only in there mind) and isn't reality just a preception that EACH of us have, a preception that can be changed by medications (legal or street) or emotional events that cause us to ACT rather than REACT? It goes back to WHAT is REAL.
Many years ago, both my wife and I smelled what we both described as cherry pipe tobacco coming from the room below our bedroom - it could be smelled at the floor, was set aloft when the base-board heating kicked in, but was NOT smellable when we went into the room below the bedroom. Common sense then leaves us with to conclusions, whatever the smell was was either in the floor below the bedroom or possibly in the wall.
We smelled this for sever months, it then went away over night and strangely reappeared again about a year later for a few weeks and we have never smelled it since.
My point I guess, if I had to put into a sentence or two, can smells live on as entities, just as memories can or as spirits can to those who believe in those.
If you have read any of my stuff, you know I believe that we are Conscience Creatures living in a Physical body - I can only speculate why, but tend to think it is a gift from a higher power to allow us to experience the differences between the real us (the conscience creature) and the physical being that we walk around in for the life of our body. I could write volumes on what could happen to the conscience being after death (and my OBE Stuff) surely gives you a glimps of at least a few possibilities.
So, could smell be a conscience entity? It surely is thought to be the most primal of all senses and also the strongest. I wonder, when I walk into the Giant big-top at Cirque Du Soliel in July, what will I smell - will I be amazed that I nailed the smell, surprized that I did not get it, not even close - is it a warning that I'm not heeding and maybe I'll never make it to or back from the circus?
Just wondering what you Darkside Readers think.