Sunday, November 6, 2011

What is Déjà Vu?

The main thrust for writing my first novel (not yet published) is that déjà vu experience and what would happen if you took the trouble to follow where it led.

We have all some experience of a feeling, that comes over us occasionally, of what we are saying and doing having been said and done before, in a remote time - of our having been surrounded, dim ages ago, by the same faces, objects, and circumstances - of our knowing perfectly what will be said next, as if we suddenly remember it!” (Dickens in David Copperfield - chapter 39)

The term déjà vu is a French term meaning, “already seen.” It can be a fleeting or an overwhelming sense of familiarity with something that we have no recollection of; something we have never done before. Often the experience is striking in its clarity and detail but difficult to recapture or recount. As much as 70 percent of the population reports having experienced some form of déjà vu.

Swiss scholar, Arthur Funkhouser, makes the distinctions that déjà visite, already visited, is one phenomena and another phenomena is déjà vecu which means already experienced or lived through and a third is déjà senti, already felt.

Apart from a medical condition like temporal lobe epilepsy, when déjà vu can occur just prior to a temporal-lobe seizure, there is much specualtion as to how and why this happens.

Many parapsychologists believe it is related to a #past life experience. And others point out there is a distinction between déjà vu and precognition. In déjà vu we feel the sense we have done this before and are now doing it again. Whereas in precognition, we see something (in a dream or vision) that then comes to pass exactly as seen and felt. I think in some instances they could be the same, the difference being that during déjà vu we don’t remember that we had the prior dream and so we’re left with that familiar feeling of having experienced it before.

What do you think? Have you experienced #déjà vu or #precognition?

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