I’m going to try my best to describe this but I don’t really know how.
Lately, I’ve been living in a state of perpetual Deja Vu. I feel like I am one fraction of a moment ahead in time, but at the same time following a set path. Its as if I was reading a book I have already read, i know what is coming up, at least vaguely.
Its as if I am stuck in a set path that I’ve seen a few times before…
I predict things a moment before they happen but not enough to be significant to anyone except me. Like a vague memory of what is about to happen in a movie i seen years ago….
Anyone know what to think about this? It has been bothering me for some time. Frankly, it is freaking me out.
@alex, I have done some study, that Deja Vu is linked to epilepsy in the frontal lobe, it may be triggered by a number of factors but commonly electromagnetic stimuli, power sources and things like view screens of T.V or computers may be responsible.
@alex, I’ve been having a similar experience, ever day or two for the last two or three months I have these moments where I think I am experiencing something very familiar. As if it’s already been destined or seen, it is as though I am watching myself.
I take it to be positive, what ever it may be. I have been making some changes and perhaps these changes are in accord with my ideal path.
It might mean this is a time in your life when there is an important decision to be made that could perhaps involve some kind of spiritual awakening. I remember something similar happening when I first started doing kundalini meditation and having OBE’s.
@alex, I’ve actually had a story bouncing around in my brain for a few years now where the main character is living in a perpetual state of deja vu, although I haven’t ever really hammered out the details.
The entire feeling around deja vu itself is so interesting and unique, the idea of living like that 24/7 and how it would effect someone is hard to wrap your head around. So the fact that you’re actually experiencing that is fascinating to me.
@alex, Does it become less intense over time?
I have been having Deja Vu quite a bit lately, not really in the past month or so but before that a lot. Anyways, it seemed to get less and less intense sometimes, depending on the experience. It was almost like I was “used to it”.
@alex, Weird. I’ve been getting extended periods of deja vu recently as well. A few hours at a time here and there. If I start to freak out about it, it’s not a nice experience. Focusing on my breath when I’m freaking out a little helps massively. The key is to not think of it as scary and just go with it. It eases off for me after a while of doing this. You’re not going crazy, don’t let yourself think are.
@trek79, I agree that that’s really interesting. I have read that migraines and epilepsy can be linked. I’ve had migraines and déjà vu throughout my life.
@alex, The [rational] theory of deja vu is that the two hemispheres of your brain are always in communication, but in the instance of deja vu, one of them processes things a second or less slower than the other. While one has already processed “Hi my name’s Jon” the other half is just processing it, and communicating it over. As if its happening both in your head, and externally, at the same time.
I believe this to be the case with deja vu, and in actuality, it can get really crazy. Sometimes even nuttier shit can happen, as I believe happened to me. Where I would have this whole scenario be played out in my head, and all of a sudden it happened. And then I realized I had a dream of this exact moment. At least it felt like that.
Like a guy comes to the door, and rings my bell and I open it and say hello?
And then this deja vu feeling comes on, but its a resurrection of a dream I’ve already had! I already answered the door and said hello? to this guy in my dream last night!
It started happening so often and so frequently I started to question my sanity. I started to question if I was dreaming in any given moment or if I was awake.
Then it occurred to me that it was this deja vu – I was so stressed out at the time, my stress was manifesting in this miscommunication in my brain, creating the false idea that I had a dream about this earlier. The only reason I believe this to be true is because I never remembered the dreams before any of the deja vu happened, only after. So in the moments that it was happening, I was literally creating the feeling that I had had a dream about this previously!!
Then I blew my brains out. no just kidding, but it was a messed up time indeed!
@ijesuschrist, That makes sense as to why it’s been happening to me more recently, as my work has been somewhat stressful. I asked to get demoted though, so that shouldn’t be a problem much longer. It will be interesting to see if the déjà vu subsides.
@siantastic, The only after effects I still get from that time are when I have a dream, unless it was immediately upon waking up, I will have no idea when I had the dream.
If I did not have the dream within 5 minutes of waking up, I usually won’t remember it for some time later, and then, invariably, I have no inclination when I had the dream. Perhaps it was last night, but usually it feels like I had it months ago, if not a year ago. But, in all rationality, I know that I must have had it the previous night!
But deja vu is rare for me now, as well as the creation of dreams that didn’t actually happen.
@ijesuschrist, That dream thing has happened to me in the past. That doesn’t really bother me, just because dreams are weeeeeird anyway. And I actually kind of enjoy déjà vu, just not in such large chunks of time.
As uncomfortable as some of the shit my mind has been up to is, I find it all ridiculously fascinating.
@siantastic, Oh yeah, sorry I didn’t mean to imply it made me uncomfortable, or maybe you didn’t mean that. It’s not an issue, and I found it really interesting as well.
But at the time when I was stressed, the possibility that some of my conversations of the day previously actually hadn’t happened and were a dream was a bit confusing, and only added to the imbalance in the head at that time. But deja vu I really enjoy. Its such an interesting feeling, most definitely!
@ijesuschrist, Lol, no, didn’t mean to imply that…I just meant compared to the long term déjà vu…which does bother me slightly :)
And yeah, when the dream thing happens it can fuck with my shit a little. I’ve started conversations with people carrying on from conversations which have turned out to be from a dream. Thankfully the people around me are pretty understanding, so it’s usually just funny.
Thats what I’m feeling in a way.
@ijesuschrist, I’ve heard of this before and I thought it was possibly that. But the coincidences are too real. I don’t always make it up after it happens, but before it happens almost like I have foresight. Like guessing what a person will say before it happens. Sure, speech patterns and all of that kinda dictate what can happen next in a conversation, but that can only go so far. I don’t know, maybe I am making it up? I have been under a lot of stress afterall, it could be waht you’re saying.
Plus I’ve read that “zoning out” is a normal epileptic event in the brain that happens to nearly everyone, and those have been happening a lot, so perhaps this is just another sign of the stress on my brain?
@alex, The thing when I thought I was ‘predicting’ things, was I really couldn’t. When it was coming on I really tried and realized I would be half a second behind whoever I was trying to predict, if that makes sense.
Even though it felt like I could predict what they were saying, I couldn’t actually do it.
@alex, For me foresight and this déjà vu experience are different. The déjà vu feeling just feels ‘off’. I don’t know it’s hard to explain. When I have actual foresight it is clear and I don’t question it. I usually express it too, not knowing it is foresight.
Just yesterday I walked into a room where my boyfriend was and said ‘it’s because you’ve been eating shit’, and without a beat he said ‘I wonder why I’ve been farting so much?’. Yup, some pretty deeeep conversations in my house :) Anything which may feel like foresight, if it can’t be confirmed by others present I tend to take it with a pinch of salt. The whole thing frustrates me somewhat, because as far as I know, the science behind it is still weak, and I like science. So that’s why I only focus on the experiences that I know for sure are 100% authentic.
When you talk about zoning out, is this close to what you experience?
That’s what happens to me if it gets really bad, and it’s terrifying when it’s in full force.
I have been meditating a lot more since it reached it’s peak last week, and it has helped immensely. It’s really important that you try and tackle whatever stress has lead to this.
@siantastic, that isn’t what I am experiencing but intriguing nonetheless.
I mean my brain shuts off for a moment and my eyes become fixated on one point. Sometimes I don’t think anything but sometimes I’m kinda laughing at myself because it is just funny how it works. I think everyone does it, but constantly its a little weird.
Hi there, really interesting to read these posts.
I have experienced deja vu before – short snapshots in time and generally doing repetitive tasks, at work for example. That makes sense to me.
Last week I had an extended episode that lasted 30-60 seconds and it really unnerved me.
The length if time was one thing but the situation was so far from normal for me – I was having dinner with some people I had very recently met whilst travelling on an island in belize. I knew exactly what I was going to say next when the bill was being discussed then as we rose from the table I knew exactly what I was going to be asked by one if the people in the group.
I did not like this at all and it made me feel like this day was significant but for something bad not good.
Has anyone experienced similar? And what are your thoughts?