Someone asked me this week:
‘Is it normal to have dreams that sometimes have a precise moment, that happens exactly the same in real life, almost psychic?’
The answer for me is almost all the time! However there’s a lot that goes into a moment, a déjà vu, and what makes any two things similar albeit the same. So what features makes something identical? Let’s go through a few one at a time.
THE RAW FEELING OF DÉJÀ VU FOR NO APPARENT REASON
I will have an article up here soon that will explain more about the workings of the brain and hemispherical functioning, and how both left and right brain, and our senses combine to create our reality; there’s a lot of philosophy, neuroscience and psychology behind it!
What seems obvious is often the external or more literal features that appear in a dream, like say the room, the people, particular objects. So many things you dream about appear in every day life, and vice-versa. It makes sense that your mind mimics the sensory input, conditioning. There’s linearity, analysis, words and numbers, plenty of ways to make the logical connection between some common thing, and your current experience. Which is why it can seem very interesting when it works the other way around.
For now though, I’m telling you to throw the logical out the window.
The key that gives you that déjà vu feeling is more often the feeling within the dream and moment itself. Déjà vu has it’s own unique feeling and quality. However you often need to look deeper. Is the there an underlying premise such as fear, love, awkwardness, or happiness, or something else?
Often it’s a feeling that ‘triggers’ that similarity or déjà vu, then beyond that you can sometimes see the more obvious, like an object, or sound, or something else. If you focus on the first thing you recognise, say it’s a person or a plant; you’re going to lose the essence of that feeling. Risking the chance to figure out just where that memory or feeling is leading.
There’s a concept called verbal overshadowing, and that’s if you focus on writing something down or describing it, you’re less likely to remember its essence later on. This what happens when witnesses give descriptions of criminals: those who write a description get ‘stuck’ with the words, they can have more trouble recognising the criminal, than another witness who merely had a look at them! This is relevant to these déjà vu moments, as when you think, name, or rationalise the similarity – you may push away the very thing you’re finding familiar!
** Please note this does not make a dream diary a bad thing, as this helps you learn your patterns, common symbols, and to enhance memory of being in your dream state. This is just about how to work with these moments – as they are happening! **
So back to my point about the feeling of a déjà vu:
The feelings and similarities a déjà vu will emit are usually produced by the right side of the brain. This side rules the imagination, feeling, space and wholeness – all of the abstract and less logical stuff. If you find yourself in a moment where you find no logical external clues or triggers, the feeling is going to completely contain your answer. There may very well be a trigger, but unless you work out the feeling, you won’t learn anything from it. Establishing a feeling in that moment means you can feel and look deeper again later, too.
I’ve often had answers ‘pop’ out of nowhere in this state, and sometimes recognising the feeling is enough. After a while, once you ‘lock in’ that feeling, you can begin to see what else is logically occurring. It may very well be you had this feeling in a similar setting, or the last time you saw a particular person.
If you can focus on and capture the abstract or feeling, when it comes time to work out the logical aspects or the external trigger, you will have a very powerful long-term omen and symbol for you to recognise. You’ll probably find also its particular people/places/objects that keep re-occurring.
Now… of course there’s the other side of a déjà vu, where you instantly recognise the external objects, people and similarities, and you know your trigger.
OBJECTS TRIGGERING DÉJÀ VU
Say you do see an identical item in your day-to-day life after dreaming about it, there’s a few ways to look at it. Again, I say focus on the feeling. Ask yourself what else went on? If you felt happy in the dream, that’s a great omen to have trust in your current situation. An uneasy feeling means perhaps you should approach what is currently going on in reality with some caution. It’s likely that the dream was giving some insight into how to treat this real situation.
If what you have seen is an object like some ornament, animal etc, this also means, watch out for the next time you see this object. If you felt panic in a dream when you saw a glass vase and you spot it again, be careful – or at be least inquisitive! If you see a feather in a dream and felt safe and uplifted, see it as a sign to relax a little. How you treated the object, or how you felt about the object, is key to how to apply it to your current situation.
If you see a place in a dream that you don’t recognise it, and suddenly you travel to that place, or walk down that same unknown street, it can be a very exciting feeling! It’s a sign you’re in the right place, but also again, try to remember how you felt in the dream or what happened. Treat this scenario similarly – or if you think it all went horribly wrong, proceed with caution!
PEOPLE IN YOUR DÉJÀ VU
For seeing how people work in this context, please have a look to my article about ‘How to figure out what people mean in your dreams.’
So as much as dreams are such a mental investigative process, people only care to remember them because they primarily make you feel something! So don’t’ forget to ‘feel your way’ when you’re trying to figure them out too… and of course your life!