Déjà vu is a French word meaning "already seen or seen before." The term was coined by a French psychic researcher, Émile Boirac (1851–1917) in his book L'Avenir des sciences psychiques (The Future of Psychic Sciences). Déjà vu is described as an overwhelming sensation that a current moment in your life had already been experienced in the past, but not in this incarnation. Meaning, this feeling of familiarity about a certain situation was not an experience you can recall in this current life.
If you are like me, then you have also had times in your life where you experienced this feeling known as déjà vu. This sensation has happened to me many, many times in my life, to the point that even today at 41 years old as I write this, I still experience these incredibly familiar moments often.
This familiar sensation that you and I feel internally must come from somewhere, but where? How can we feel in our bones or blood that we have seen something before, or been somewhere we know we have visited in the past, when in fact we haven't in this lifetime? These questions have been pondered upon by some of the greatest gnostics, philosophers, and researchers that the world has ever known. I believe that someday very soon, modern science will verify some of these theories that I will briefly explain below.
Some researchers erroneously believe that déjà vu is some type of mental disorder. Sigmund Freud stated that these experiences are the consequence of repressed desires or is spontaneously reminded of an unconscious fantasy. While others claim that this feeling is the result of the memory of dreams, clairvoyance or some type of psychic, or prophetic spiritual abilities. Some of the greatest scholars ever like Plato, simply call this a simple case of reincarnation. Modern experts on this topic like Dutch psychiatrist Herman Sno believed that déjà vu provided insight into the functioning of both the normal and abnormal brain, and that memories are stored in a format that is similar to that used to store holographic images.
My personal experiences with déjà vu over my lifetime would have me agree with both Plato and Herman Sno.
Plato had said that déjà vu is an actual real memory of events that took place in a past life that proves the theory of reincarnation and now modern science is validating Platos' theory. However this type of feeling is not called déjà vu. This is called déjà vécu which is French for 'already lived' and also déjà visité meaning, 'already visited.' All these different French words to describe this gnostic sensation of familiarity are getting rather scientifically technical and confusing which I feel is unnecessary because these words all describe the same thing that is happening within our bodies.
In Platonism, it is said that when something is "learned," it is actually just "recalled"; and that knowledge is innate with the goal of recalling memories is to get back to true knowledge. In Meno, Plato's character (and old teacher) Socrates is challenged by Meno with what has become known as the sophistic paradox, or the paradox of knowledge:
- Meno: And how are you going to search for [the nature of virtue] when you don't know at all what it is, Socrates? Which of all the things you don't know will you set up as target for your search? And even if you actually come across it, how will you know that it is that thing which you don't know?
The message in this story is simple. Learning is paramount in gaining knowledge that will then help in the recalling of memories from a past life in order for you to reacquire knowledge you once had to then evolve as a soul by searching for more knowledge. All the while, as you walk your path in life and in this pursuit of knowledge, you will naturally relearn old teachings that will help you signify that you are on the right path and also easily acquire new teachings that expound on the previous lives teachings. Hence, the true evolution of the soul is occurring.
One of the world's most respected gnostics and thinkers, Carl Jung had experienced déjà vu in the 1920's while on his first visit to Africa. This feeling had occurred when Jung was on a train and he had seen a tallish, brownish-black figure who stood motionless leaning on a spear looking down at his train as it made a turn around a steep cliff on the way to Nairobi. He writes;
"I had the feeling that I had already experienced this moment and had always known this world." Although this world and this man were something alien to him, he saw the whole thing as perfectly natural. He called this a recognition of what was "immemorially known."
One of the world's most renown reincarnation scholars and past life expert author, Dr. Ian Stevenson and other researchers agree with the theory of Plato, and have also claimed that some cases of déjá vu could be explained on the basis of reincarnation. Dr. Stevenson has written books on reincarnation where he relates several cases of déjá vu to people in his studies that were said to be reincarnated.
In Dr. Stevenson's book, Children who remember previous lives: a question of reincarnation, he explains his thoughts on this subject;
The experience of de ja vu should not be regarded as a sign of mental abnormality. Many clear-headed persons have had the experience. These include, among others, the novelist Charles Dickens (1877, p. 37) and the poet A. E. Housman (Graves, 1979, p. 166). Neppe (1983) has published a comprehensive review of the deja vu experience.
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!
In the past it has been very difficult to replicate the déjà vu experience in clinical settings in order to properly study this subject using science. However, recently modern research is starting to give us a clue to explain what déjà vu may actually be, by recreating this sensation using both hypnosis and neurosurgery. I believe that the information we are discovering today, our ancestors had actually already known about in the past. Ancient clues told in legend and carved in stone indicate that like modern science today, are leading us researchers to our brains and also our DNA. These subjects I have written about many times before in past articles such as, Ammon’s Horn, Amon – King of Gods and Lord of Thrones and DNA Gnosis.
In my next article on this subject, I will help bring to light the modern science that I believe will someday soon prove that of this phenomenon known as déjà vu. I believe like Plato that this is really just the recalling of memories from past lives which reside within our DNA, that we then process using our minds which then creates a chemical firing in our blood and brains. This subsequently creates a vibrational intuitive sixth sense that we can actually feel on our skin or in our blood wich gives the sensation we know of today as, déjà vu.