Deja Vu is simply remembering something from your past that you may, or may not have experienced
This should make no sense at all. However, this mystery happens every day in the lives of people, and it is definitely for real.
When you remember something that is familiar to you, you know it is real. But you can’t remember if you have, or have not seen or experienced this before.
Deja Vu is present in all of the five senses. Sometimes, you can remember something from years earlier, and know beyond any doubt that you experienced what you remember. For example, consider the sense of smell. When you return to a place where you have not been in years, perhaps a certain smell will arouse your memory. Then you suddenly remember that certain smell that you have not thought about since the last time you were there. If this happens to you in the near future, ask yourself the question, “How many other things are stored in my brain that I do not remember?”
Is This Really Deja Vu?
Deja Vu is a strong recollection that an event you are presently experiencing has been experienced in the past. This means that you feel you have experienced it, but are not exactly sure. Sometimes you are sure that you have had the experience. In this case, the mystery is, remembering something that had totally left my mind. This is Deja Vu because something that was stored in your brain that was totally forgotten has suddenly been remembered. How many other things are stored in your brain that you can’t remember?
Deja Vu doesn’t happen that often, but when it does, it’s very overwhelming. Here’s another example. When I was 30 years old, I visited new Orleans for the first time in my life. Some friends took me to the famous Cafe Du Monde, a coffee stand on the banks of the Mississippi River that serves the French Market Coffee and Beignets. Suddenly, I remembered having been there before. But I knew, beyond any doubt, that was impossible.
This was a specific situation. But there are other Deja Vu situations that are not as specific. At times, we remember things from our past, but we don’t know if they really happened. Sometimes, we don’t specifically know what the event was, and the circumstances surrounding the event. We just know that something important happened, and then the mind becomes a complete blank. The mystery is, we can’t pin-point exactly what it is. Sometimes, this comes in dreams, but this makes it even more mysterious. Other times, these feelings are generated by something we see, hear, taste or smell.
Why Do We Remember Things that Never Happened?
Jerry Falwell once said that there is not a computer anywhere in the world that can do what the brain can do. At the time we are born, the brain already has information stored in it. We don’t remember when we first arrived on this earth. When we were old enough to think, we were probably wondering how we got here, and where we came from. Therefore, the ability to know that we are here, even if that’s all we know, is a very strong indication that the brain is already fully functional.
At the time of birth, the information stored on the brain is memory. But a new born infant has not experienced anything that could be remembered. Where does the memory come from? The answer to this question is really quite simple. We have inherited this memory from our parents, grandparents and ancestors. Through heredity, a baby has received certain traits, such as, eye color, hair color and most important, brain cells. Many of these brain cells contain memory. This is why people can remember things that really did happen, but, did not happen to them. No one knows for sure how far back in time this memory goes. But don’t be surprised if someone tells you that he remembers the Battle of Gettysburg in the Civil War. This may be far-fetched to others, but very real to the person who remembers this event.
Deja Vu is one of life’s many mysteries. We may not ever know the answers. If you believe in the afterlife, hopefully all of the questions will be answered some day.