Deja vu, is a term that was first coined by the French psychic researcher, Emile Boirac. Deja vu means ‘already seen’ – and is also called ‘paramnesia’. Deja vu is often used to describe the feeling that comes over you, when you are in a situation that you feel like you’ve been in before, but haven’t. It is a sensation that can be triggered by visiting somewhere for the first time. Or having a conversation with someone. This feeling can be incredibly strong, often giving people cause to stop in their tracks. They rack their brains to try to remember if it is something that has actually happened. And when they realize that it hasn’t, it can be very disconcerting.
So what causes deja vu? There are many different theories about why we experience deja vu. One scientific explanation for it, is that one side of the brain is usually ‘in charge’ of a particular skill. For example, in most people, the left side of the brain deals with language. One explanation for deja vu, is that there is a split second delay in transferring information from one side of the brain to the other. One side of the brain would then get the information twice; once directly, and once from the ‘in charge’ side. So the person would sense that the event had happened before. It is said also that this is more common in younger people, or when we are feeling particularly tired or stressed. Deja vu experiences have been connected with medical conditions, such as schizophrenia, epilepsy. No one really knows what causes these episodes, although some psychologists believe, that stress and internal suppressed inner conflict could be to blame.
Other theories that have been put forward, are that deja vu episodes are connected to the memories of previously forgotten dreams. Which does make sense, as some dreams leave a strong impression. Though as time goes by quickly receed in the conscious memory. Nevertheless I do believe that they are still held in the unconscious mind, where they stay, until something occurs to bring it back to the surface. Deja vu is also associated with psychic abilities.
It is believed that all things are made up of energy. Thoughts and emotions, particularly strong ones leave a strong energy signature. There are some places, particularly houses which have been the scene of powerful emotional exchanges, that hold on to these memories and thoughts, long after the original event occurred. Often these are sites that are reported to be ‘haunted’. When what people are actually seeing is a replay of the past, rather than a visitation of spirit, occurring in the present. People who are very sensitive to atmosphere and energy, may find as they enter a place like this for the first time, that they are overwhelmed by the memories and emotions of it’s previous occupants. If this happens, it can be difficult for some, particularly those who are new to their psychic gifts or are unaware that they have them; to be able to differentiate between their own feelings and memories, to those of the house.
There is a strong link between deja vu and past-life experiences. Many believe that this sense of having been somewhere before or a strong familiarity with something previously unknown. Is due to the individual having ‘lived before’ and the reason why a place seems so familiar is because in their past life they had actually lived there. There are many stories about people visiting a strange city for the first time, who seem to know exactly where to go or where something is, in a way that defies rational explanation. Of course there will always be those who will offer another explanation for this. A book that was read, about a time and place that we had forgotten about. Or a trip taken by us as children, when we were too young to remember, but on a unconscious level, that information and visual memory were stored away, waiting to be triggered upon visiting that place again.
Another theory about the triggering of past life memory. Is that Deja vu is how the ‘higher self’ reminds us that we are here for a purpose. That there are things we came back to do. As most people have very little if any past life recall. A deja vu moment, could be a pre-agreed signal, pointing us in the right direction, particularly if we have wandered off too far from our chosen life path. That person you meet who you feel an instant familiarity and affection for. Or even an instant dislike. All are reminders that somewhere on a soul level, this person has been brought into your life for a purpose. A lesson to be learned, a right to be wronged. Or a second chance, an opportunity to get something right this time! Have you had a Deja Vu experience?