For a long time until recently, I was ignorant of what I could describe as that which I felt when it seemed I’ve lived a particular experience in the past. I never really could describe my experience as déjà vu for a long while because I hadn’t really figured the whole freakiness, not even to the extent of terming it.
Déjà vu, as universally recognised is a feeling of an already felt feeling. At the point of experience, it’s as if two things are happening at the same time. It’s the French version of “already seen” ; a sensation that is characterized by familiarity.
Déjà vu could happen as a result of a temporary disorientation in the hippocampus, a part of the brain responsible for sense of direction and new memories, according to scientists. This disorientation could be as a result of stress, and anxiety as these two causal factors have been linked over time with déjà vu.
Consequently, Déjà vu could stir up a feeling of fear in the person experiencing it because, this part of the world, being quite superstitious, has its way of bringing up the metaphysical aspect of things that are considered naturally weird into limelight. Imagine someone who is totally, obsessively in tune with his/her spiritual headlights, listening to you say that you have seen a momentary, particular scene and lived it, because you can literally feel a replay of that exact experience in your head. Imagine?
Anyway, it’s nothing to worry about neither is it as a result of a chronic sickness or an outright spiritual problem. Although, déjà vu has been discovered to be evident in people who experience seizures, that doesn’t mean it’s a case that needs to be settled spirituality.
Infact, Déjà vu occurs in upwards of 70% of people and considering from a surreal point of view, its simply a confirmation of the lessons and the blessings which you may have subconsciously envisaged in the past. Therefore, kindly cut the psychological make up of humans some slack please!
To further convince you that it’s not as spiritual as your fragile thoughts may whisper, you may want to see what Dr Chris Moulin, in deciphering déjà vu and making sense of memory, said —
“Déjà vu is just your brain fact-checking that information”
“It’s a sign that something’s going on that’s healthy. It’s like a check saying hey hang on a minute,”
“It’s something that checks the familiarity system doesn’t run away with itself, that things don’t get too familiar or that you have strange sensations of familiarity when you shouldn’t. If you didn’t have déjà vu and if you didn’t have this fact-checking mechanism then you’d be in real trouble because you’d never know whether what you were remembering was a real memory or not.”
©Nympha Chinenye Nzeribe