Déjà vu: How the spirit reaches out across time and space

What is déjà vu? Is it repressed memories of times past, or something greater? Radio host and author Sandy Andrew offers a radical, spiritual view

memorysmallBY SANDY ANDREW — Have you ever found yourself in a casual situation when, suddenly, your consciousness flashes back to a memory that seems impossible to be valid?  After all, you have not experienced this situation yet, so how on earth could you have a memory of it?

This unique sensation is one our culture has labeled déjà vu.  But what is it exactly?

Is it a memory, a premonition, or just a confused state of mind?

In my case, I experienced déjà vu significantly for the first time when I was eleven years old as my mother told me she was not going to be living with my dad any more — they were divorcing. In an instant, I knew that I had witnessed this exact same scene before. But how could that have been possible? I never had an event in my young life that remotely resembled this in terms of a similar memory.

Like my discussion with my mother, most common experiences of déjà vu will happen while you’re, for example, chatting away to a friend in a restaurant, speaking about a serious topic, which results in you have a startling sensation of recognition. You think, “I’ve heard this before . . . but I couldn’t have.” You try to focus on the memory and it melts away. How this recollection can be possible is the question many people ask, and I hope to explain.

Can science alone explain the phenomena of déjà vu?

brainA French researcher, Émile Boirac (1851–1917) was the first to use the term “déjà vu” in his book, L’Avenir des sciences physiques (The Future of Psychic Sciences).

In recent years, déjà vu has been subject to psychological and neurophysiological research. One explanation of déjà vu is that it is not an act of premonition or clairvoyance, but rather an anomaly of physical memory from the human brain.

Recently published material from scientific research implies that the brain produces memories from the hippocampus region. A small section of this is called the dentate gyrus and is responsible for “episodic” memories which stores information that allows us to tell similar places and situations apart.

The dentate gyrus records a situation’s audio, visual, smell, sense of time, and other characteristics for the body’s future reference. When there is low performance from the dentate gyrus, the supposed memory problem of déjà vu occurs as the brain has difficulty in telling the difference between two extremely similar situations. In other words, the brain is not storing the lifetime memories well enough.

Apparently, as people age, déjà-vu-like confusion happens more often. It is also a frequent occurrence in people suffering from brain diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Let’s explore an alternative view

413_ancientstars1For many, déjà vu appears to go deeper into our psyche than brain oriented memories do. When you experience déjà vu you certainly can feel an emotional and unquantifiable sensation that is fundamentally different to remembering a lost memory, or sorting out information in your brain of who, where, what, and when an event transpired. Déjà vu just feels profoundly different than anything else we regularly encounter.

But, how can our human brains lose or distort memories of a foreign land, person, building, or tangible item that we have never seen before? And then, how can this distortion create an experience of a five to ten second déjà vu sensation where we experience very clear and concise memory flashbacks to our present surroundings?

The human brain holds memories and information, but only from this lifetime on planet Earth. Remember you reside in a dimension created of billions of other galaxies with trillions and trillions of star systems. And don’t forget your spirit (consisting of mind and soul) that most historical religious figures, from Jesus to the Buddha, have discussed.  I don’t believe that your spirit is devoid of all knowledge and memory, otherwise there would be no point to the eternal life if you retained nothing.

The relationship between spirit and déjà vu

My theory is that déjà vu comes from the spirit. It is a result of premonitions prior and during life on planet Earth. Your brain, which operates like the memory and processor for the human body, latches on to these pre-witnessed events and attempts to process them.

You can focus on a normal or forgotten memory when you recollect it. However, when you try to focus on a déjà vu sensation you can’t. Simply put it is because it is not of this earth . . .  and neither, fundamentally, are you. Déjà vu comes from the spirit, not from the human brain, thus the memory functions of the brain do not apply.

The recent scientific research and other historical studies into the déjà vu phenomenon have my utmost respect. I firmly believe that as humanity on Earth moves forward into the 21st century we have to fully embrace science and all of its incredible findings — good or bad. However, in regards to déjà vu, I do not feel that science has the definitive answer to explaining this phenomena.

So, it’s up to you to brainstorm, debate, and discuss déjà vu until you come up with the answer that makes sense for you. And Soul’s Code is the perfect forum to do just that!

sandyRadio show host and author of the Universal Learning Series, Sandy was born in the Scottish town of Paisley. Sandy’s previous article for Soul’s Code is Gut feelings guide us to our Soul’s Code.

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35 Responses to “Déjà vu: How the spirit reaches out across time and space”

  1. Is it possible that deja experience actually tuvey vu experience?

    • You ever wonder if deja vu’s are sign post along life’s highway to tell you that you are on or off the correct course and it nothing less than the destiny of one soul?

      Britt

    • I had a Deja Vu when i traveled to a place i never been too a different state. I was the passenger and a strong since of Deja Vu fell over me. I was around 25 am 39 now. I had at least three Deja Vu’s in my life. During this road trip we came to a part of a street and i felt strongly that i knew the area like i actually have been there before but it was impossible it was my first time there. The driver my best friend laughed but i then started to remember things that was impossible i knew locations to the exact before they came up i told him this so so restaurant will be on the corner a few miles up and it was i started to get goose bumps it was unreal. We got lost but i got us back on track right to this day i have no idea what happened and why or how i knew the area and never been there before. I had other similarities when i was 15 years old i dreamed of an event kinda of a nightmare woke u pin sweat my heart was racing. A few months later my father was driving me to work for the first time and we came to an area where Deja Vu fell over me the street we were on i could swear was in my dream and again got a bad case of goose bumps lol. This is all true not a story i would really like to know why i had these experiences.

      • Stanley,

        I completely believe you! I have had many Deja Vu’s and it hits me like a ton of bricks.

        Just goes to show that there is something more out there!!! We don’t simply live and die!!!

        Aside from Deja Vu’s, I have had premonitions, etc. one night, I prayed to God about my life. I had a 2 part dream that was different then any other dream i had….. That next day I woke up feeling different. That morning, the pastor preached on the 1st part of my dream, and that night… he preached on the 2nd part…. After the last service, i met him at his house and told him and his wife what had happened the night before.

        When I was younger, my mom, brother and little sister was at some water falls… I was in the water a good ways away from them and started going underneath… I reached my hands up and I saw an angel that reached down and grabbed me and placed me on the nearby rocks. I looked around and the angel was gone!

    • I dream about place, people, and numbers. I dream people and names of people I have never met before. I having been premonitions for as long as I was old to recall a memory. I have been having two recurring dreams since was very young all of my life. I don’t know what it means. Sometimes I think I have had another life because of how my clothing and my appearance surrounding of the dreams.

      I just wanted to share some of thoughts and dreams with you all. I have also experience deja vu on plenty of occasions.

      • Hi, Lukas here. Please tell me the dream. “Aurora” is a synchronicity for me so maybe I’ll have some knowledge or something.
        Thanks.

      • HELLO, I HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING DE JA VUE MY ENTIRE LIFE. I HAVE ALWAYS FELT THAT I HAVE A SPECIAL GIFT THAT IS UNEXPLAINED. I WAS ADOPTED AND ONLY ABOUT THE LAST 8 YEARS HAVE FOUND MY BIOLOGICAL PARENTS BOTH ALIVE, MET MY BLOOD SISTERS AND BROTHER, AND ALSO COMMINUCATION WITH OTHER BLOOD RELATIVES. MY ENTIRE LIFE I HAVE HAD LIKE VISIONS AND DREAMS AND THEN THEY HAVE CAME TO PASS AND I ALWAYS REMEMBER THEM. I JUST EXPERIENCED IT THIS PAST WEEKEND AT MY SISTERS WEDDING. I WAS IN A HOTEL ROOM WITH MY NEPHEW, MY SISTER CAME AND WOKE ME UP.I IMMEDIATELY REMEMBER THAT ALREADY HAPPENING. I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW THAT

    • i too what we call deja vu is an activity of the spirit but i think we limit it when we only see it as an energetic remembrance of a past experience. the oversoul is capable of precognitive action and occurrence and prophecy. Our beings and Spirit are multi-dimensional. we often “dream” the future then we witness it in present experience or maybe it was/ is something previous. Just as this moment i’m writing this comment someone in the future may dream this moment real in their present

  2. I really ENJOY the feeling of deja vu, and the only problem is that it doesnt happen ENOUGH to me.

    I’d like to think that it is a memory from a past life that left a lasting impression, strange to think that in a past life I may have experienced the same situation or was in the same environment as I am in THIS life…

    • I am online looking for an answer for the last 10 hours or more I’ve been having deja vu some times every minute to multiple times in a minute ! I haven’t had this experience before. Yes deja vu before but NEVER ongoing , its like a memory on my right side of my head trying to break through in movie form. I dont think its a seizure, its like there’s something I’m supposed to know , and its important. HAS ANYONE OUT THERE had this experience ? I feel elated and feel physically great and very electrical . Just want to tap into this other level, thats what it feels like, another level. Grattitude to all. Mimi

  3. Great article by Sandy!
    In fact, Sandy and I have met before! I was a guest on his radio show recently, Universal Learning. We spoke of business and spirituality. There is link on this page if your interested http://www.mickquinn.com/mick.quinn-audio.htm

    I think the article is very good. I experience deja vu on a regular basis. As with any study it’s important we take perspectives on it that includes the four irreducible aspects of reality, the subjective, the inter-subjective, the objective and inter-objective (I, We, It, Its from Integral Theory). Sandy covers two of them here, the subjective, and the objective (scientific). We must also include the fact that deja vus are culturally molded (inter-subjective) and the society (inter-objective) in which greatly affects our ability to express such phenomenal occurrences.

    One last comment… Sandy said: “I don’t believe that your spirit is devoid of all knowledge and memory, otherwise there would be no point to the eternal life if you retained nothing.”

    I ask here which ‘I’ is speaking. Small-self (ego) or Big Mind, Big Self (spirit). As those who have tasted non-duality, in meditation for instance, spirit is seen as self/Self, known to be complete full and always empty simultaneously. This is something the limited mind cannot grasp.

  4. Jacqui du Plessis Reply 10. Jul, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Personally I would have to say it’s a spiritual phenomena.. I have often had dreams of places or happenings and then a few weeks later I would have that experience in real life.. Usually small things like things people would say or places where things would happen…but it’s never anything major.. Just small things which are really insignificant but still carry enough weight to make me a believer… I’m a very spiritual person so I’d have to tie the origin of this phenomenan to spiritual routes instead of scientific ones.

  5. I agree Deja vu stems from spirit….
    I’m Australian but now live in Egypt and wow I’ve had so many Deja vu moments here, and many of those in reverse :)
    Also I’ve found as I live out some deja vu moments that I saw them previously in dreams many years previously but in this life time…
    I honestly feel that they help alleviate fear and help us come to a deeper understanding and sense of trust in both our own knowing and immortality!
    After all we are spirit wrapped in human disguise!!!

  6. I have an idea that it is more probable that it is alternate existing realities in parallel dimensions where that situation is happening and somehow they intersect or communicate or merge for a moment….I’m not really sure exactly what happens but it would make more sense to me that it has something to do with parallel alternate realities with your counterpart. According to quantum physics we have hundreds of parallel realities going on all at the same time.

  7. From my own experience and those close to me, De’ja’vu comes from spirit. I agree with Sandy. One could also describe the experience as tapping into Universal Mind either from past memory or a future occurance.

    Ever since the spirit fully grounded itself into matter, individuality/ego and a limited physical body, that which it freely had access to in the long ago past has been in most people absent. More and more people are consciously tapping into Infinite Mind as they evolve in consciousness, particularly during the present evolutionary cycle.

  8. I have been experiencing deja vous that last over 24 hours. I recall some dreams when I wake up in the morning. Then, exactly 6 months later, I live through exactly what I saw in that dream. What people are saying and doing. What I am thinking and feeling. What I will be looking at 6 months from now I see, at night in my dreams. I dream it first, then see it in my awakened state later.

    Deja vous in my experience is exactly that, ‘seen before’.

    Seems like many of us do it quite regularly.

    And then many try to explain it away, (as have I), because it does not fit in their current understanding of how the world works.

    Now I have many questions. How is it possible to ‘see’ something before it happens. And then watch it come true in real life. Is life just a recorded movie we are living through playing our part? Are we just saying our lines from a script?

    The pre-birth vision that many people are given and are remembering they had. Is it linked to the experience of deja vous?

    In my case, I can imagine reviewing part of the recording that I was given pre-birth just prior to living through the experience.

    Prior knowledge of events could come in handy in this experience.

    Of course, if it were possible, I could see why others who are not accessing this ability would try to convince you it is not real. It would seem to give you an advantage in the game of life.

    I Googled spiritual deja vu to find you.

    P.S. In a lucid moment I related to someone that these experiences seemed to be rooted in my DNA. It is who I am. Please email me with any insights.

    Kent

  9. Simply, a moment you have seen before your incarnation on Earth :)

  10. what he is saying makes sooooooooooooo much sense! the scientific answers just don’t seem or feel right at all. whenever i have dejavu it just feels so significant and meaningful, even though i don’t know what it could mean. it really feels like i’ve either dreamt, or had a premonition about that moment. but i can never recall actually dreaming the dejavu that is happening, and i’ve never in my life, actually relived a moment i had dreamt. whilst i may have relived similar things to my dreams, it doesn’t have the same strong feeling that dejavu does.

    so to me, the most likely answer seems to be that i had a premonition about it. that just really feels right. except, sometimes it sort of feels like, i didn’t have the premonition that long ago, so then, it sort of does feel more like a dream.

    osho said that you have experienced many things in your past lives, and existence goes around in a circle, so you are bound to get moments which feel like others, but to me that doesn’t seem right. it really does feel like it’s that specific moment you had ‘previously experienced’, and that there is something meaningful about that specific moment. also, to me, it doesn’t really feel like i’ve exactly lived that moment, but its more of a sensation that, i have dreamt it, or had a premonition about it.

    i would love to know whether it’s like supposed to be a good sign, or a bad one, but to me, my first initial reaction, is usually that it’s a good thing. that it means something profound, and is trying to tell me something. even though i don’t know what.

  11. I came across this article after searching for déjà vu in relation to birth experiences. I had déjà vu the entire seven hours I was in labour. I mean, I knew what the midwives were going to say, I knew what was coming with each contraction in terms of going in and out of déjà vu. Would love to hear if anyone has experienced similar.

  12. I had deja vu of me in an apartment in spain, months before the holiday… and ive never been to spain before, everything in my dream happened wen i got there, but it wasnt a matter of i couldnt remember the dream, coz till this day i remembr the dream clearly

  13. The longest deja vu I’ve experienced has been about an 1 hour. For me all things are connected science just haven’t explain what the spirit can experience yet. Every moment of ones life is trying to tell you something important no matter how small it seem. We are constantly receiving clues about the things we came here to accomplish. The goal to me seem to be to find your inner light. Like Buddha,Kwan Yin,Jesus and all the enlighten ones before us. To me deja vu is just another one of those amazing things we can all do,that words no matter how hard one tries just cant explain but must be experienced to even get a little grasp on. All things are possibly faith in ones self is whats needed. We all are God because we are all apart of God made out unconditional LOVE.

  14. i have just spent 3 weeks in norway and throughout my stay i have been experiancing daja-vu quite intensly..to the house im staying in to the People i am Meeting.to the conversations im having With these People… i have always experianced daja-vu on a regular basis but in the past months it has getting increasingly more potent.. i really do enjoy the experiance.. for me though i am constantly having the feeling of (i have done this all before) but it feels slightly different this time.. its as if this time round in this life i am more awake and aware.. perhaps in past lives we werent as awake and aware as we are now so we recognise and remember more of what we have done already and experianced already..i believe its apart of the awakening process, guiding us, reminding us that we are on a path and that this path leads us back to Our true selves..what is really cool about this is that this time we have the chance to do it better than the last.. we might not have accomplished what we were ment to so we relive Our life over and over until we acheive what we must.. its said that we live countless lives in each of the zodiac signs until we have learnt Our lessons in each of them..i feel at the moment that daja-vu is spirit based its a form of Connection to Our true selves and the universe.. Love God. Everything.. just continually Learning and growing..

    • I think it is also a way of saying that we are on the right track. I felt weird having experienced this before and now i am experiencing this again for many times one month after me and my boyfriend broke up.

  15. I felt weird having experienced this before and now i am experiencing this again for many times one month after me and my boyfriend broke up…

  16. I have been experiencing de ja vu since my aunt death. After that every single time i experience de ja vu, someone will be dead, what i mean by someone, i mean someone who is related to me by blood. Can I know why this is happening to me??? oh yeah, and don’t laugh, I can see ghosts too.

  17. I’ve had deja vu a lot like this one time I was at the skate park with my cousin michael and we were talking and he said something I can’t recall what it was but I said Michael I think I just had a deja vu because I remember having a dream about that exact day but the only thing is when I had that dream I haven’t seen Michael in 2 years and when I met him again he took me to a church and that was deja vu also like I’ve been in that church with him before but I’ve never stepped foot in that church so I’m wondering did I have a deja vu of the future?

  18. I have been going through this for a while now and it’s confusing the hell out of me. The more I try and reach out for help on why I keep having these things that I ‘ think ‘ I’ve seen before. Makes me feel weird or like I’m going crazy. People tell me I’m living in the past to much, or try and let it not bother you, but how do you not let it bother you? When you’ve pictured this before then, it happens😳 you know it’s kind of like a prediction. Kind of freaks me out, maybe worries me a little. Some people enjoy this experience other than me I don’t. Most I had are bad can’t tell if there thoughts or just good and some bad memories mixed up together making it seem like it’s going to happen. Can’t really tell it this is some sort of lesson I’m supposed to learn or it just try to tell me hey this shit is about to happen so watch out? I dunno we all got lots of questions but not a lot of answers. Everyone has their own perspective on how they see things and how things work. I’ve asked many people who’ve had this problem before but I guess it didn’t last long for them or they just never let it bothered them cause they didn’t believe in it. They say if you belive in it, it will happen. 😁 just dunno what to do about it anymore. Just want it to stop.

  19. Hey All

    Good write up & positive chat here in the comments, thank u!

    I’ve had deja vu twice in reality numerous times ie 1st run through is really the 2nd, then had it again; a 3rd time or twice in ‘reality. ‘

    Each time I’m physically present but can see myself & everyone else in the room from high up/floating.

    I’m generally very conscious of the reason or meaning behind the union itself & on the odd occasion, I’ve consciously changed the direction of the union – on a positive path with a better outcome than the previous result.

    Anyone else had had deja vu repeats in reality? I’ve not yet met anyone in person who has nor have I heard of anyone online either.. mind you it’s the first time I’ve asked?! I’d be interested if you have or if you know anyone who has please.

    Cheers!

    • Hunter you are not crazy. You may want to go to a neurologist because it sounds like what you and some others here are describing is temporal lobe epilepsy.

  20. I personally agree it’s connected with spirit. I believe in reincarnation, and that deja vu is like a little sign post indicating that you reviewed or planned out your life path before incarnating and that feeling is a spirit-level memory of seeing this moment before.

    I’ve had a quite a few interesting experiences where I have a strong feeling of deja vu but with the distinct feeling that something has changed or is different about the moment… I wonder if the fact that we still have free will to make our own choices, even though our lives have been planned out, we might still deviate from the path into other possible paths. Anyone else ever get that feeling?

  21. I have taken deja vu to mean a convergance of sorts. That we have variables in our decision making process, and when deja vu is experienced, our path is united and no matter past decisions, it is sign that you are right were you are supposed to be. I take it to mean I have made the right decision.

  22. My grandmom always said it’s something to be learned from these experiences, you just have to find out what it is. But lately I feel like I’m missing something. I’ve had dreams, seen things and deja vu for as long as I can remember. In 2000 I asked for my grandmom to remove this after my first love died and I dreamed of him for a year straight. Each night the same dream of him in a crowd not speaking but wanting me to follow him. Feeling panic and fear each night. But with my deja vu it came back full force the first time in years I remembered the whole thing. Waking up getting the kids ready for school, sending the older the out the door because they walked by their selves.getting my daughter in the car who was 2 at the time. Driving her to daycare and crossing the trolley tracks then being hit by the trolley. That morning I woke up and did excalty that only I stopped at the tracks and watched the trolley run the light by a margin. Which would have hit my car.

    These new ones I can’t figure out what I need to see

  23. dont know what to call mine! but i do have this feeling as if i knew myself when i was a baby…at times i still feel my mum’s touch on me while i was a baby…another incident was a dream i had that i saw someone and i greeted the person but the person didnt reply.still in the dream i saw my frnd and she was sick….sincerely speaking the next day just as i dreamt…i saw everything like a tap being played all over again…currently its no longer drwams i experience i can just sit and i would like see something beofre it happens,not like i know about it…right now am having a weird like am seeing myself in the future…and it does happen even if an watching a movie or reading or thinking..dont know if its okay or iys just my mind playing tricks on me

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