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A diffrent view of deja Vu

Updated on May 26, 2012

What is Deja Vu?

I vividly remember being nine years and having Mrs. Keeny, my third grade teacher at the time, rushing our class onto the stage as we prepared for the opening number of the choirs Christmas musical.

While everyone was getting settled into their designated places, I recall the beginning of a strange feeling which I had never experienced before. As the curtains began to rise, I looked around and was certain that I had been here before. Somehow, some way I had already had this experience, in this exact same place, with these exact same people. Then, as quickly as the feeling had arrived, it was gone, but not forgotten.

Years later I was taking a walk on the beach with my much older cousin. I once again experienced this odd feeling. As I watched the tide roll out, with visions of the pier in the distance, I was certain that I had been here before. This time however the feeling was not as fleeting, and I decided to share the thoughts with my cousin. She gave the feeling a name; Deja vu is what she called it.

She sat me down, pointed to the indent between my nose and upper lip. She then shared a story which I still cherish till this very day. The story tells of a special meeting with an arch angel who gave us a few sneak peeks into the book of life. After showing us the book, the angel places her finger under our nose, makes a shhhh sound, and has us promise not to tell what we have just been witness to.

By placing her finger under our nose she leaves a heavenly indent to remind us of that meeting, and our promise. As we get older we forget all about this glorious meeting, except for those rare moments of Deja vu.

The term déjà vu was coined by French psychic researcher, Émile Boirac (1851–1917) in his book L'Avenir des sciences psychiques ("The Future of Psychic Sciences" The term is French, and when translated, it literally means, "already seen." It is the feeling of certainty that one has already witnessed or experienced a current situation.

I have only been privileged to Deja vu four times in my life. I have had the honor of speaking to people who have been witnessed to this feeling hundreds of times. I have also spoken to some who have no clue as to what I was talking about because they have never had the experience.

Studies have shown that as much as 70 percent of the population reports having experienced some form of déjà vu. The highest number of incidents seems to occur in people 15 to 25 years of age than in any other age group. There are currently more than 40 theories as to what déjà vu is and what causes it. Theories range from reincarnation to glitches in the Matrix. The experience of déjà vu is usually accompanied by a compelling sense of familiarity, "eeriness" or "strangeness".

Something which I find very interesting is that Déjà vu has been firmly associated with temporal-lobe epilepsy and can occur just prior to a temporal-lobe seizure. People suffering a seizure of this kind can experience déjà vu during the actual seizure activity or in the moments between convulsions. Déjà vu occurs in individuals with and without medical conditions. This leaves much speculation as to how and why this phenomenon happens.

There are many psychoanalysts who attribute déjà vu to a simple fantasy or wish fulfillment. I could not disagree with a theory more than this one! Someone cannot have a fantasy or wish for a familiar location, person, situation or feeling. When a déjà Vu event occurs it's an event that we have never experienced before, but yet feel as if we have.

I’ve given much thought into the Arch Angel story through the years. After reading many books, and studying under some pretty wonderful teachers, I tend to believe more in the angel story than the psychoanalysts theory. One of my favorite authors Neale Donald Walsch says that "You have nothing to learn, you have only to remember". All human beings are born with the wisdom of the universe imprinted on their DNA and everything that you will ever need to know, you knew at your birth.

If you have ever planted flowers or trees, you know that all the information that a plant needs in order to grow is contained in its seed. It did not have to go to school to learn how to grow. It merely grew. In order to grow it used the information locked inside its cellular memory. We as humans are no different. When we are born unto this planet we hold everything in our DNA. No one teaches us to grow, we simply do.

New York Times best-selling author Gregg Braden whom I highly admire is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging the gap between science and spirituality. Gregg has done some fascinating research leading to many life-changing discoveries. One of my all-time favorite books "The God Code" leads us on a journey of discovery into an ancient language—a literal message—hidden within the DNA of life itself. The book tells of a coded message which has been found within the molecules of life, deep within the DNA in each cell of our bodies. Regardless of race, religion, heritage, or lifestyle, the message is the same in each cell of every woman, child, and man, past and present. It is called the God Code.

They say that a soul cannot arrive at absolute awareness in one lifetime. It is the accumulation effects of many passages through the life cycle that will eventually take us to our souls Completion. I believe that life is a journey, with the destination being "Home". The final home destination is the blissful reunion with the Divine. I also believe that all roads lead to home. No matter which direction you take or which road you follow, you cannot fail to get home.

If we truly have traveled down this road before, then it would only make sense to leave ourselves signs along the way in case we lose ourselves. Like a hunter alone in the woods, we mark our way in order to never lose our way back home. Perhaps Deja vu is one of those road signs which we have left behind as a mark in order to remind us.

Stop and take a close look at the yellow ribbons and the markings on the trees. Pay very close attention to the markings and the footprints on the ground. If you stop to look at them closely enough you might come to realize that they are yours.


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    • Maddambutterfly profile image

      Marie V Stephens 5 years ago from New Mexico

      Thank you Kenja for stopping in and leaving your beautiful comment. I could not have put it better myself.

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      Ken Taub 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Carefully, somewhat lovingly, stitched together by a beautiful soul.

      Researcher Jordan Gaines said: "A different theory states that déjà vu is a fleeting malfunctioning between the long- and short-term circuits in the brain. Researchers postulate that the information we take in from our surroundings may incorrectly shortcut its way from short- to long-term memory, bypassing typical storage transfer mechanisms. When a new moment is experienced—which is currently in our short-term memory—it feels as though we're drawing upon some memory from our distant past."

      A similar hypothesis suggests that déjà vu is an error in timing; while we perceive a moment, sensory information may simultaneously be re-routing its way to long-term storage, causing a delay and, perhaps, the unsettling feeling that we've experienced the moment before."

      While there are long-term and short-term memory portions of the brain, and they do "cross wires" sometimes, and this is likely a correct scientific summation, consider this: flowers blooming are no less wondrous because we understand the mechanisms of their flowering, and our knowledge of light, refraction and atmospheric conditions does not make the colors of the breaking dawn any less magical.

      Understanding something in its component parts, or in steps 1 through 6, does not kill the miracle -- it is just rational explanation; important but not final. So I like the angel touching us under our nose story very, very much, and not just because it is tender. I like it because it talks directly to our childlike wonder and to our souls --which are infinitely larger than our brains.... Nice, M. Butterfly, very nice.

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      PennyCarey 5 years ago from Felton

      Great hub, very interesting.