A peculiar vantage point
There is a vantage point at the end of time and it’s called deja vu. From this omniscient vantage point, you survey at once all the happenings which are disguised by time. This French phrase, deja vu, which translates to ‘already seen’, has become the best way of describing that very peculiar phenomena.
The experience of deja vu can sometimes leave us with an eerie and otherworldly feeling. But the phrase itself deserves its place in global phraseology because it’s so perfect a description of what it is in truth.
Now, as with everything in our dual universe, there are always two fundamental and opposing schools of thought. Views around Déjà vu are no different. There are several theories revolving around the activities of the temporal lobe—brain stuff. These theories branch out into sub-categories centered around memory, dreaming and split-perceptions.
All the existing déjà vu theories however, boil down to two fundamental premises or assumptions. The first is that brain begets awareness and the second is that awareness begets brain—this is the modern battle of material science vs. metaphysics.
Unsurprisingly, this blog assumes the latter of the two premises—awareness begets mind. The very simple reason for this position is that awareness can exist outside of the body. There’s been an overwhelming number of cases on near-death experiences and deliberate out of body excursions documented in human history. This suggests that the complexity of awareness isn’t confined to the body—the apparent home of mind-brain.
Life, the universe and everything we have come to know is all a question of awareness. Everything is awareness in a very literal sense. What does that mean? It means that the only thing that exists in reality is awareness.
Everything else is a product of or an emanation from awareness. In other words, everything in the universe is an out-pouring from consciousness. The source of life itself is awareness. Life-ness or beingness is not a thing of tangible form—in the same way, our thoughts are intangible and immaterial.
But what does this have to do with déjà vu?
Here’s where it gets even more spooky. There is only one awareness, and that awareness is you. You transcend all time because time itself is within you. In the first few lines of the Corpus Hermeticum, a great question is asked.
It goes something like: which is greater? that which is moved? That which moves it? Or that in which it is moved?
You are “that in which it is moved”. As all things move through time, so all things move within you. You are not the thing which is moving through time as your association with body would have you think—strictly speaking you are all three; moved, mover and moved-in, but that’s for another time.
Now and again in this experience of body, we are momentarily transported into our true perception through the déjà vu phenomena. It’s always such a tantalizing experience of near realization when it occurs—which is what gives it that eerie feeling. For that brief moment, you step out of time and become “that in which it is moved—omniscient”.
Déjà vu then is a brief and spontaneous awakening to the fact that time is a dream, and that in reality, you are stood at the end of time, waiting for the part of your mind which is dreaming to catch up to that one timeless consciousness—which the French call ‘jamais vu’, the never seen.
To put it another way, déjà vu, or the already seen, is the total experience of jamais vu, the never seen. Each of us is that never-seen who experiences the already-seen. The closest we get to the never-seen is what the French also call ‘presque vu’ or the almost seen—that feeling you get when something is at the tip of your tongue.
But why so close and yet never seen? Simple, you cannot see your eyes but you know you can see. It is the seeing of things which confirm that you have eyes. In the same way, déjà vu is how we know we are omniscient and timeless.
That vantage point from which déjà vu occurs is where you’ve always been. But where is the fun in playing the game of life from that vantage point? From where everything is known all of the time? The answer is not much. So it is that we momentarily confined ourselves to bodies and forgetfulness.
So now, every time you hit hard times, and no matter how many dark nights of the soul you encounter, always remember that you made it in the end—because you’re already there at the end of time. This is the meaning of “this too shall pass” and what déjà vu moments teaches us.
The purpose of this article is not to change your mind. It’s to encourage you to contemplate the big ideas you’ve come across on your spiritual journey—so that you can debate them and find your own meaning in them. I cover more subjects in my new book The Pocket Book of Little Big Things. Subjects like God, energy, sex and death are discussed much in the same approach to encourage your own inner contemplation.
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