Do you experience déjà vus? I get them quite often though less frequently nowadays. When you see or experience something and think “I’ve experienced this before” even if it never happened, that is called a déjà vu. It has a compelling sense of familiarity, accompanied by a sense of eerieness. Something that your mind can’t explain yet is very sure of.
Like once I met a professor in the staircase and had a talk with him. Then I had the feeling that I had this experience already. Exactly at this place with the same professor and the same words exchanged. I was so sure. There are many other instances of déjà vu I have experienced as a child.
While scientists have tried to explain it as a neuronal anomaly, many believe déjà vu to be a pshycic ability. Many have related déjà vu to astral projection or even reincarnation. Time is a dimension too but we can’t time travel. If our minds could sometimes move across time then explaining déjà vu would be quite easy! In the movie Matrix, when Neo (Keanu Reeves) experiences déjà vu in the Matrix world – seeing a black cat crossing a threshold twice over – Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) becomes certain that there has been a change in the coding of Matrix.
70% of the normal population experience déjà vu at least once in their life. My medicine book tells me that people suffering from temporal lobe epilepsy experience déjà vu very often. This probably indicates déjà vu has something to do with how our nerves function in the brain. Some drugs too can initiate this eerie feeling.
The opposite of déjà vu is jamais vu. I have experienced this too few times when I was very young. I kept uttering a word in my mind repeatedly and then started to doubt if the word really existed. A definition of jamais vu will be something like this – a person momentarily doesn’t recognize a word, person, or place that he/she already knows.