I'd love it if someone could explain what a phantom shift feels like as I'm currently not sure if I actually get them or not.
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That does sound like a phantom shift. It's a matter of feeling it, even if it's just in your mind. They don't feel exactly the same as physical features, but your brain tries to fill in the gaps for you. They're usually a bit insubstantial, but noticeable.Also, I sometime feel like I have longer fingerlike claws (or should have) even though I obviously don't. As in, they're completely just in my head but I can move them like I can other appendages and then it's very frustrating having real life not reflect that and nothing happen. It's like how when you consciously move your arm muscles, you expect your arm to move except obviously my claws can't move since they don't exist My fingers also feel all weird and tingly when this happens.
That's really interesting as I feel like I'm kind of both. I feel like my more vampiric mind for lack of a better term is always integrated into mine and that my vampiric nature is always present. But that sometimes it is far more than others (usually corresponding with Thirst and strong emotions) which I guess would constitute shifts.I am of a different type of shifting. I'm always shifting, so I don't know what it's like to not be shifting at any given time, which is what made it hard for me as well to realize what it was.
That's a brilliant point. I do tend to brush it off as just tricks of the mind which I guess doesn't help things. I will make a point of being more open to it.It's definitely harder to identity if you don't really see it spiritual, I believe, because if you view your kin-ness as spiritual, your mind is already geared towards visualizing that sort of alteration in awareness. Whereas if you are psychological, you tend to just brush it off as a random sensation, or errant thought.
Okay so I spent the past ten minutes trying this. I haven't fed in over a week now so my nature has been leaning more towards the vampiric side lately and I've been feeling my weird fingers like that I'll day. It is like I mentally on some level feel surfaces, or at least that my brain expects to feel something in a certain way and so fills in the blanks. Like when I run my hand against the wall without actually touching it, I feel a sense of roughness, feeling all the individual bumps, and almost hearing the scraping noise as my nails run against it.I used to disregard it, but I now now that's what I'm feeling. The next time you feel your vampire fingers, try imagining what they would feel like. How would your wall feel different if you had those fingers instead. If that thought is distinct enough to conjure actual feelings then you just might be feeling a phantom shift.
At least, that's how it is for me. *Shrugs*
Oh, I see. I guess I was taking it a bit too literally and expecting it to be every bit as real as actual physical limbs rather than like an after impression or a feeling.That does sound like a phantom shift. It's a matter of feeling it, even if it's just in your mind. They don't feel exactly the same as physical features, but your brain tries to fill in the gaps for you. They're usually a bit insubstantial, but noticeable.