Dancing Through Time With Déjà
By James Donahue
Dr. Alan J. Brown, a Southern Methodist University psychologist,
is the author of a book tinkering with the esoteric: “The Déjà vu Experience; Essays In Cognitive Psychology.”
Brown may have been going in the wrong direction in his research
since just the title implies that the experience of Déjà vu is a psychological event and not paranormal.
We all have recollections of a Déjà vu experience. The word
means “already seen.” It is that eerie feeling that we’ve been in a place, or walked down a street, before
actually being there. It almost seems as if we are reliving a dream.
And then there is the opposite sensation, rarely talked
about, of having a feeling of being in a strange place even though we are in familiar territory. It also has a technical name:
In a review published by the Dallas Morning News, Brown
noted that the subject has not been carefully studied because the experience of Déjà vu always occurs unexpectedly, and is
so fleeting, that it catches us by surprise. To date, neither Brown nor his cohorts have figured out how to trigger this peculiar
“It gets all mixed up with parapsychology,”
the study of extrasensory perception and other psychic phenomena, the doctor admits.
In his research, Brown has revealed two interesting findings.
One is that unique appearing places and objects seem to be involved with Déjà vu more frequently than other places. Also younger
people experience Déjà vu more often than older people. In fact, the older we are, the less likely it is that we will experience
Brown says his book has stirred a great deal of interest,
especially on the Internet, and he receives lots of email. Some of the writers suggest that he is “poking around in
mystical territory and that he’ll never catch his quarry.”
Indeed, he won’t if he remains fixed in the paradigm
from which he works. To grasp the real significance of the Déjà vu and Jamais vu experiences, Brown might better shuck off
his Christian ideologies and cross over into the real world of the metaphysical where things are examined through the third
Suppose that we think of these events as real glimpses of
the past or future, things that startle our mind because they arrive at unexpected moments. It should not be surprising that
the younger minds experience these “looks” while the older brains, fixed from years of social brainwashing, shut
them completely off.
It has been said that little babies arrive with an awareness
of who they are, where they came from, and their prescribed purpose in this life. The tragedy is that the tiny and undeveloped
bodies they habitat are incapable of expressing this information, or even recording it for future reference.
Thus as children grow in the close-minded religious slave-driven
society we have created, they are quickly taught to forget this amazing knowledge. Those that have late flash-backs and unexpected
psychic experiences are usually punished so that they learn to never allow it to happen again.
Some believe that among these right-brain talents is the
ability of the child to travel out of the body and go visit himself or herself in either the future or the past. Young adults
may continue to do this when they dream. Thus the experience of having been there before is quite real. An out-of-body trip
into the future might create this very sensation for a person living in the present.