At some point, EVERYONE experiences deja vu in their lives. Have you or anyone you know ever said, "Oh, my! I just had a deja vu! I wonder why!" There are many speculative thoughts on the subject, but there is no clear and certain explanation as to exactly why we have this experience.
The term déjà vu is French and means, literally, "already seen."
Those who have experienced the feeling describe it as an overwhelming sense of familiarity with something that shouldn't be familiar at all.
There are many scientific, metaphysical and even some medical explanations for the unique experience we call deja vu.
SCIENTIFIC & PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACHES
Psychologists who study memory point out that we have memories for things that have happened to us, and also memory for where we encountered the things that happened to us. That memory for where we encountered information is called source memory.
There are two ways that you can recognize that you are in a familiar situation:
One is to retrieve the previous situation from memory. For example, you might visit the town you grew up in. When you go to an old school you went to, you might remember a class you took and know that you had been there before.
But, you can also just get a feeling that you have been somewhere before. This feeling of knowing is related to knowledge about the source of a memory. So, when visiting the town where you grew up, you might pass the library and feel that it is familiar without remembering ever going there.
The experience of déjà vu involves having that feeling of knowing in a situation in which you are experiencing something totally new.
A paper by Anne Cleary, Anthony Ryals, and Jason Nomi in the December, 2009 issue of Psychonomic Bulletin and Review suggests one factor that leads to the experience. They had people study a number of drawings of scenes. Later, they were shown a number of new scenes and were asked whether they had seen them before. Some of those new scenes had a similar configuration to ones they had studied earlier, but all of the objects were different. For example, during the first phase of the experiment, people might have seen an alley between a fence and a building. Later, they might have seen an alley between a train station and a train. In this case, people often felt that the new scene was familiar, and participants often reported a strong feeling that they had seen the new scene before.
The metaphysical community has a certain school of thought that the experience of deja vu relates somehow to past life memories. In certain circumstances, this is accurate and correct.
The soul can bring memories and impressions from one incarnation to another.
TWIN FLAMES & PRE-BIRTH MEMORIES
Twin Flames all carry pre-birth memories that are often more clear and meaningful than memories of their present lifetime. Twins also occasionally experience deja vu, just as everyone else does. There is a book entitled, 'Cosmic Cradle,' with which I am very familiar. These stories described in the book reveal a long list of people who actually carry with them, very clear memories from BEFORE they were born, including of being in the presence of God, and making their soul choices and decisions for this lifetime and incarnation. I, too, experienced that exact same memory and am grateful for Cosmic Cradle's existence because it gives explanation and closure to the fact that I've carried these pre-birth memories with me throughout my lifetime.
Not all of us can remember as far back as before we were born, and because those of us who are Twin Flames are in their 3rd and final incarnation, we bring with us these gifts of memories of making our soul choices and being in the presence of God to better assist us on our Journey and through our Divine Mission and Life Purposes.
Deja vu, however, is different from the pre-birth memories that Twin Flames carry. Deja vu is simply a general description of the sensation of having experienced, seen, tasted, etc., something we know that we have not yet experienced before now.
In the majority of deja vu cases, it's simply the brain telling us that we have, in fact, experienced a certain number of series of events or aspects of a certain situation -likely very similar to this one -at least one time before.
I carry both pre-birth memories as well as experience deja vu. Some say that we carry memories at a soul level, which are activated when we connect with and meet a Soulmate or our Twin Flame. All Twin Flames, at least the ones I know, do claim that they felt a genuine sense of soul familiarity when they've met their Soulmates and especially when they've met their Twin Flame.
Sometimes, one can experience deja vu as flashes of a sort of dream state which quickly fades into emotions, lights and colors. The most intense aspect of this amazing experience is the sensation of knowing that we have experienced this in the past, even though we know we have not. Just as you can smell or sense the people who used to occupy a room, deja vu impacts our memories in a similar way.
Have you ever experienced deja vu?