Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Naked deja-vu

I've got nothing today. I'm used up, and a temporary mess, but some sleep ought to provide at least ten percent cure. The other ninety percent I have to slog through somehow.

I want to know, though.

What do you think deja-vu is? What are you experiencing when you experience deja-vu? The most compelling explanation for this phenomenon I've ever heard was from a marine with whom I have a very unusual relationship. I want to know what more people think.

So tell me. Are you experiencing a change in the matrix? Are you catching a glimpse of what used to be? Are you having abnormal brain function? Why do we all know what it is, and yet none of us can really explain it well?

11 Comments:

At August 11, 2005 12:06 AM, Anonymous Jenelle said...

As a little girl, I experienced de-ja-vu on a regular basis. When I would ask my grandfather about it he would explain it as this...while you are sleeping (and awake also, it's just harder) you mind has the capability to free itself from the body. When this happens you are open to different "levels", or layers of time. Typically the brain takes advantage of this freedom by creating detailed unreal dreams, or "soap operas" as grandpa calls it. Sometimes though, it frees itself completely from the physical body, and even from this time, and propels forward in time to "check" on our futures. Even rarer is the occurance of being freed from the body but hanging around in present time, say for example, the time I watched myself sleep. My spirit was floating above my body. It was an amazing experience. As I get older, I lose touch with that part of my brain that can do it, resulting in fewer and fewer departures of mind and body. I can say I miss it terribly. Somehow it always made me feel good to be able to see my future, even if it was only a 2 second glimpse.
This explaination may not be right, but it always made sense to me, it felt right.

 
At August 11, 2005 1:14 AM, Blogger Greg said...

To me, déjà-vu as always been just a small snippet of something that I know I dreamed but don't realize it until that moment is actually happening. Nothing momumental or life-alering; sometimes just the person I see walking down the sidewalk tilting his head a certain way, and I know that I've dreamt that exact moment before. (And it happens frequently...for me, anyway.)

I don't believe it to be an abnormal brain function. It's some small aspect of clairvoyance, and everyone has it to some extent whether they want to admit it or not. But, the experience is different for each person. For me, it's a fraction of a moment in time. For others, it can be an entire sequence of events or possibly even a memory of a past life.

I don't know why it happens. There's so much about brain activity that no one understands. Maybe we don't need to understand this.

 
At August 11, 2005 1:32 AM, Anonymous chip said...

well, regarding what jenelle says about time: according to Einstein's relativity of time, time is actually an illusion. We experience this all the time, just that we don't quite comprehend it, since it's kinda hard to do so from our limited perspective on earth. Maybe this will offer a better explaination . And if there's no such thing as time, then, everything is happening right here and right now.

And do share the explaination that your friend offered. :)

P.S: I just found the website for the book you asked me about. The age of spiritual machines talks about the concept of time briefly in the book too.

 
At August 11, 2005 5:28 AM, Anonymous em said...

i had it the other day while putting a clean diaper into my purse- i know i never did that before... never had a baby or that purse- i think its actually something to do with memory and our perception of time- everything that will happen already is- we just can't tell because we are in it????

 
At August 11, 2005 8:25 AM, Blogger d.K. said...

Isn't Déjà-Vu a song by Dionne Warwick from the early eighties?

Deja vu -
Could you be the dream that I once knew
Is it you
Deja vu -
Could you be the dream that might come true
Shining through

 
At August 11, 2005 11:04 AM, Blogger Spenceman said...

I'm not really sure about the technical definition of deja vu but I know that sometimes I feel like I've envisioned the present moment at a time in the past. It's liked I've dreamed the future and somehow I'm able to recognize it.

Oh well, it's early and the caffeine hasn't kicked in yet. :)

 
At August 11, 2005 12:58 PM, Blogger Dr. Charles said...

where did you find this drawing? if it's yours i think it's fantastic. if it's not yours i think its fantastic.
deja vu - i used to get that all the time, and as a doc/scientist type i've been told that it's a brain loop misfiring type thing. i guess i believe that... the deeper meaning/precognition stuff would be nice, but i think that only happens in vague intuitive forms rather than graphic, visual realities.

 
At August 11, 2005 3:35 PM, Blogger Mr. H.K. said...

Great seeing you take the de ja vu thing and running with it!!

Weeeee.

Cheers,
Mr. H.K.
Postcards from Hell's
Kitchen

And I Quote Blog

 
At August 11, 2005 5:36 PM, Blogger Ethan said...

de ja vu to me always makes me think I have to redo something until I do it right!!

 
At August 11, 2005 10:12 PM, Blogger BG said...

I don't know how to explain it. It's when you feel like you've lived a certain moment before (or dreamed about it). The post deja-vu effect is usually longer than the deja-vu itself... you know, it's when you stop and say "man! I've dreamed about this!!! I've lived this!!! deja-vu, deja-vu, deja-vu!!!"

 
At March 22, 2007 1:45 PM, Blogger Morbid Angel said...

Deja Vu.. I've wrapped my mind around it a million times.... I've frequently have deju vu that I tell people about and month later or 3 months later it comes true.

I like the first theory the best about our minds and the power behind it.... another theory is in the realm of the afterlife we choose the places and the people and events we want to happen in our life... so the dreaming of it or the feeling of being there before is our way of knowing we're on the right path in life.

 

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