Numerous books have been written about the mystery of intuition and déjà vu. So it is a tall order to comment on it in a blog. But, as usual, I have a theory! Surprised? If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you shouldn’t !
My first experience with déjà vu was when I was around 8 years old. I read a word that I had never heard in a book . It was rendezvous. I had no idea from the context what the heck a rendezvous was, so I asked my mom, and she explained the meaning of the French word to me. I was fascinated by it, having never really paid attention to a foreign language before. And then I heard it said on three different occasions in the next couple of days. Déjà vu.
To me déjà vu and intuition are closely linked. Why? Both of them access an area in our minds that science has not been able to penetrate. And I think they relate to the above story. An awareness of an event (or word in my case) that all of a sudden becomes meaningful. I think Déjà vu is when you have unconsciously noticed a place, situation etc, but it didn’t impact your conscious mind until it re-occurred in a meaningful way to you. Then, viola! You notice….and a feeling of “groundhog day” creeps over you.
I think intuition is similar. The subconscious notices massive amounts of information, not impressed on the conscious mind. Some people are just better at accessing this information, or more sensitive to it. I have had several “intuitive” moments, where I either dreamed something that happened later, or felt the “pricking of my neck” that something wasn’t right. Two of the most dramatic in recent years were both disastrous events.
Two days before my son was put in ICU for a terrible bus accident, I had a dream that he was in ICU. Psychic you say? Nope. For months the bus had a loud screeching sound when the brakes were applied. Long story short (the details are HERE so I wont bore you twice), I believe the increasingly loud sound over the prior days before the accident set off my dream.
When I built my home, I was the end of the subdivision for several years. One early evening as I was out in my yard, I noticed a construction crew in the field next to me. I experienced an overwhelming feeling of danger. And you will not BELIEVE what happened! To find out the details, the story will be coming out….soon!
The moral of these stories are that in both cases I knew there was something wrong. But I didn’t trust my instincts. I believe that God gave us instinct, or a “pre-programmed sense of danger”, to protect us. And in today’s civilized society, we don’t exercise this skill or, in my case, don’t trust it. My typical response to an internal alarm is, “Oh, it’s ok, don’t be paranoid”. And when I have spoken up (loudly!), especially when my bells ring at work, I am generally not listened to, and 8/10 times I am correct. Of course, there is a little experience added to that!
So why do some people seem to be better at “connecting the invisible dots” than others? I think it is related to how people process information. I know that my mind works on projects in the background. I am the type of person who has to have my subconscious mind figure out the details on a project before I can do it. And every now and then a detail of a project I know I need to create pops into my head. Another piece of the puzzle is in place. It is a passive process, but when ready, it all comes to my conscious mind and I can write it all in one piece. Most of my posts are like this. I will get an idea, write the title and let it ferment. When it is ready, the oven door rings, I sit down and write it from A-Z. Poems as well. And odd way to work, I grant you, and definitely has drawbacks with deadlines. But if I try to force it, the amount of time I spend on a lesser quality product is really not worth the effort.
I would love to know if anyone else processes this way. My husband thinks I am nuts.
What are your ideas on instinct and déjà vu?