from ShaktiTechnology Website
in clinical and spiritual terms
Some people search their memories for dreams that might have been like the present. Others think that the experience is what happens when things from past lives emerge in this one. Both notions are impossible to prove, disprove, or (until recently), investigate.
The belief that its about past lives is a matter of faith. The idea that it has to do with dreams is less a matter of faith - only a few people claim to recall past lives, but almost everybody remembers some of their dreams. Some recall a lot of them.
The theory of reincarnation that is most consistent with modern brain science (Algorithmic Reincarnation) predicts that no memories are passed from one life to the next. What is transferred is a set of signals that reflect states of consciousness.
Memories don't need to go along. Memories are state-specific.
We can have experiences in one state of
consciousness (like when we are drunk, for example) that we cannot
remember at all when we are in another. States of consciousness
provide a much more direct way for someone to select how they will
behave than remembering past behaviors and comparing them to present
This means that in the moment when
someone is experiencing déjà vu, its easier for them to create a
false memory than it would be normally. In fact, during moments of
déjà vu, one's consciousness has unusually direct access to
long-term memories, and the brain processes that allow us to
If we explain it
in terms of past lives and dreams, we are giving ourselves
explanations that can't be proven. Or proved to be false. It will
boil down to a matter of faith.
I have spoken to some professional psychics about this, and one of them said that he could tell the two apart, but that it took him some time to learn the difference. I asked him what the difference was, and he said that it was an 'energy.'
That's not really enough to help
understand what the difference was, but enough for us to know that
there might be one.
When these are all doing their normal thing, in normal states of consciousness, the feeling that 'something' is going to happen will only come up when we are thinking about the future, worrying about it, anticipating it or making plans for it.
The sense of the past will only come up
when our memories have been triggered in some way.
When you step into the street and see a car speeding towards you, and you instantly freeze in terror and jump out of the way, that terror is the amygdala at work. Present. Here and now.
The amygdala also recognizes expressions, the expressions on people's faces. When we are talking to someone, we can recognize their expressions and change the way we are talking to them just as quickly as we recognize danger.
Words can often seem dangerous to the one hearing them.
Phrases like these need instant, appropriate responses, and the amygdala is specialized to provide them.
For example, one function it participates in, the maintenance of the sense of self, is repeated 40 times per second. Each instance of the self is able to manifest a new emotional response, but only if circumstances have changed. Every 25 milliseconds.
In fact, the duration of the 'present'
in neurological terms is so brief that we don't experience it so
much as remember it.
We know this because problems with the hippocampus, often lead to severe short-term memory problems. It helps us to stay oriented in time. There have been a few people who have lost all hippocampal functions, and they are unable to remember anything that happened after their brain problems began.
a linguistic species, and an intensely social one. We relate to each
other through words. We have conversations. In order to do this, we
have to be able to remember what people say to us. We also have to
be to think about it long enough to be able to respond to it. We
have to remember what we have just finished doing in order not to
have to do it again.
Once in a while, though, there can be too much
communication between short-term and long-term memories. When this
happens, then the present can feel like the past.
Its the opposite of déjà vu. Instead of feeling extra familiar, thing seem totally unfamiliar. In this case there is too little connection between long-term memory and perceptions from the present.
When a person is in this state, nothing they experience seems to have anything to do with the past. They might be talking to a person they know well and suddenly they person seems totally unfamiliar. Their sense of knowing the person, and knowing how to relate to them simply vanishes.
A room in which
they spend a lot of time suddenly becomes totally novel; everything
seems new. Details they will have seen a thousand times suddenly
There is nothing frightening about déjà vu in itself, but it can happen that activity from the hippocampus. can spill over into the neighboring structure, the amygdala, which is a highly emotional structure.
it gets into the one on the right, the emotion is going to be
unpleasant, most likely fearful.
Why not start with a psychologist? Because Deja vu is highly symptomatic of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE),
and its misdiagnosed more often than not, usually as schizophrenia,
but also as bipolar disorder, and several others.
TLE also has a much wider range of possible symptoms than other disorders. While most seizures of this type (called complex partial seizures) begin in the amygdala, they spread into other structures, and there are quite a number of them.
The list goes on...
There are also a variety of personality changes that can happen,
as well. Proper diagnosis is going to be a problem, with so many
The two best known ones are,
...both Buddhist practices.
I'm not saying that people who have déjà vu a lot should become Buddhists, only that these two Buddhist practices are well suited for those with frequent déjà vu experiences.
There are times I've thought that Jesus might have been close to these practices when he said to "be still and know".
The more often Déjà vu happens, the more likely a
person will be able to stop their ongoing mental processes, and just
be in the present. Déjà vu is an experience that won't go into words
very well. When its happening, a person can still speak, but the
phenomena that will demand their attention is that sense of the
If some one wants to use the experience to enhance their spirituality, they are three things they can try.
During meditation, the person should pretend that déjà vu is happening right then. With practice, the familiar sensations should appear, and then they can stop paying attention to the 'past' and go into being 'present'.
happens, their meditation practice should acquire something new.