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I am searching for a word to describe a past experience that is in itself unexplainable, but perceptually vivid in nature and true to the eyes of the beholder. In the first person tense and at first, I reached for 'dystopia', but;

noun dismal imaginary place

Doesn't work, because the reality is not being described as negative, nor positive such as its antonym, 'utopia';

noun ideal place and life

For example;

The experience was a true _ _ _ , far from reality.

You will have to forgive me, I can see how this question could come across as nonsense. I am open to constructive criticism.

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    Topia ---------
    – Greg Lee
    Nov 5, 2016 at 16:32
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    It seems to me that the term you're looking for is "normal". Or if you want something unfamiliar, without being either good or bad, try looking at antonyms of "deja vu".
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 5, 2016 at 18:19
  • @Harry My pleasure. Good luck!!
    – user140086
    Nov 5, 2016 at 18:38
  • You are describing a key tenet of Existentialism. I would read up on some quotes from Sartre's Nausea
    – K Dog
    Nov 6, 2016 at 21:21

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The answer depends a bit on whether the experience that left such a powerful impression was in your head or real; that's to say whether anybody else might have shared it.

An example might be the apparitions of the Virgin Mary experienced by the Portuguese shepherd children at Fatima in 1917.

Any of the following possibilities might apply, depending on context:

fantasy, mirage, hallucination, apparition, vision, spectre

PS: I was once among a group of people who saw an object in the sky that we could only describe as a flying saucer. We were simply awed.

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I will expand upon @RonaldSole's mention of vision.

From Dictionary.com:

vision: an experience in which a personage, thing, or event appears vividly or credibly to the mind, although not actually present, often under the influence of a divine or other agency [emphasis added]

This matches up well with the wording in your question:

"I am searching for a word to describe a past experience that is in itself unexplainable, but perceptually vivid in nature and true to the eyes of the beholder. [emphasis added]

Also, visions are unexplainable, as you mention in your question.

Vision could be perfect or out in left field, depending on your context.

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  • And if the vision lacks focus it could be myopia.
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 6, 2016 at 21:01

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