Many years ago, I went to sleep after ( as far as I remember ) an ordinary day. During my sleep I dreamt of walking into my local record shop and walking up to the counter to see an old friend(Lee Burridge) listening to records behind the counter. A scene that used to be pretty regular a few years before. Subsequently, Lee had moved to Hong King, to follow a soon to be, very successful DJ career.
The next day I made my daily trek to the very same shop. I walked in and lo and behold, exactly has I had dreamt, there was Lee. In the very same position, same clothes and exactly as I had seen in my sleep mode.
Rather than being freaked out, I thought this super cool & told him I had dreamt about him being there the night before.
I’m not sure how well he took it, but we passed that moment and chatted a bit, listened to some more tunes and departed in good spirits to go on with the day.
I remember feeling a sense of De-Ja-Vu as I went I to the shop and from then on realised that the De-Ja-Vu phenomena was little more than a memory of a future thought or premonition.
I’ve had chats with people since then about this and it’s safe to say, I’m pretty much alone in my thinking. Although it’s still my opinion and it makes more sense to me than an ‘anomaly of memory’ as described by Edward B Titchener in his book ‘A Textbook of Psychology’ from 1928. In which he describes it ‘as caused by a person having a brief glimpse of an object or situation, before the brain has completed “constructing” a full conscious perception of the experience’.
To me this sounds like a bit of a cop out, and has as less evidence than my theory. At least in my experience anyway.
I also feel that my ability to foretell or pre-experience in this way, has been lost. Either by the over use of drink to put me to far under in a sleep environment, to remember anything of this nature. Or, that I have been contaminated by an intake of various narcotics and poisons over the years, which have rendered this ability dormant.
I am going to make a concerted effort to clean my mind and body, so that I can again realise these skills and learn how to best utilise them for the good of me and my surroundings.