Saturday, 30 January 2016

Déjà Vu Sensations

There are many theories as to what causes déjà vu.

One holds that our "spirit" can actually travel faster in time than our earthbound bodies so it charges off into the future from time to time for reasons we can't explain.

Another claims that it's because we are reincarnated and old memories from past lives are seeping through into our current consciousness.

And then there's the parallel Universe theory that suggests our lives are always splitting off into different directions whenever we make big decisions and that at the point of experiencing déjà vu we are connecting with these parallel worlds.

All of which rather ignores the actual sensation of déjà vu that is simply joyous and mesmerising regardless of what it actually is.

Déjà vu experiences stay with us too, logging themselves into our memory banks where they can be withdrawn whenever those "déjà vu" conversations occur, usually over a few glasses of wine late at night!

"There's an opposite to déjà vu. They call it jamais vu. It's when you meet the same people or visit places, again and again, but each time is the first. Everybody is always a stranger. Nothing is ever familiar."
~~ Chuck Palahniuk

Top photo is a sketch penned by my friend Dianne in 2004 after she has suffered a stroke in 1999. She said it described how she felt when everything was muddled in her brain.

When Annemarie and I were in Norway in July 2010 and we stopped at this place for a short while, an eeriness came over me as I photographed this scene. I wanted to hop in that boat and paddle into the mist.


Christine said...

Interesting painting and it must have helped your friend to express herself at the time. I remember and love that photo, Norway is on my bucket list. I have had feelings of déjà vu from time to time not very often it is intriguing.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I bet you're a reincarnated Viking shield maiden!

Mike Smith said...

Great post, as always, Peggy. Although I have a feeling I've seen it before...

Big hugs from Scotland.

miruspeg said...

@Christine - I love that painting my friend Dianne sketched and use it quite often on social media to keep her memory alive. Dianne died in 2012.
Hope you get to go to Norway in the near future, it is one of the most beautiful places on this earth.

@Debra - Wouldn't that be exciting to be reincarnated as a Viking shield maiden. I like the way you think!

@Mike - Thanks for the big hugs from Scotland and right back at you.

BeautifulSky said...

...I think we've had this conversation before...

miruspeg said...

Ha Ha Ha BeautifulSky!
Yes we have definitely had this conversation many many times before, especially the parallel universe theory.
Looking forward to more deja vu moments with you my friend.

Lisleman said...

reincarnation - fun to think about but I just find it too hard to believe. The large world population increases don't make sense if everyone is reincarnated. Now that said, one of my favorite songs refers to reincarnation, "Galileo".
And then you had to bring up reincarnation
Over a couple of beers the other night
And now I'm serving time for mistakes
Made by another in another lifetime

I suspect deja vu is related to our dreaming. Consciousness itself is quite a mystery.

miruspeg said...

Hi Bill
I haven't heard the song "Galileo" by Indigo Girls until I looked it up on YouTube. I like it a lot!
"How long 'til my soul gets it right
Can any human being ever reach the Highest Light"

Deja vu and dreaming certainly could be connected. I am fascinated by the subject and embrace the sensations.

Manu Mohan said...

Hi. I stumbled on to your blog and I'm so glad I did. I was always curious about déjà vu but never really thought on the topic. Hoping to read more of your work. Have a nice day!

miruspeg said...

Hello Manu
Lovely to "meet" you. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Warm regards