By: Jessica Jung
Call it an extreme case of déjà vu, or maybe even question my mental state for a second, but I am not crazy and I don’t believe in psychics. For over a decade now, I’ve been very inaccurately trying to explain whatever it is that’s been happening to me. My go-to explanation is usually that it’s a feeling of déjà vu because that’s most relatable to others and makes me seem less creepy and psychotic.
While this type of experience doesn’t happen often enough for me to joke that I’m psychic (I promise, I’m not weird), when it does occur, it creeps me out every time. If you’ve ever seen the Disney Channel show, That’s So Raven, you’d know that the eponymous character is indeed psychic and has frequent visions; she’d foresee an event, and surely enough, at some point in the episode, that premonition would become a reality. Well, that’s the closest that I can ever get to accurately describing what happens to me, just on a much less intense level.
It primarily happens in my dreams. For example, I’ll dream (or foresee) that a conversation or an event will happen that doesn’t usually occur in my daily routine. The moment will make sense in the dream and typically involve people I know, but will also be unique enough that it couldn’t happen in just any moment. The creepiest part is that I never know when these dreams will become realities, and sometimes I don’t even get full moments—I’ll get snippets or just a line of a conversation and need to wait for them to happen. There are times when these events don’t happen until weeks later, while some occur the next day.
I can’t always think of examples when people ask for them, which, of course, only lends to the argument that I’m insane. (I’m not!) But like I noted earlier, it’s almost like a sense of déjà vu, which is why I can’t remember them after they happen. Once that moment passes, the experience and feelings pass along with it, so I can no longer recall which moments of my life were initially parts of dreams. All I know is that these experiences typically occur when I’m interacting with or talking to others because I always end up pointing out how the moment feels like it’s happened before. That’s usually when the other person gives me a funny look and questions my mental stability.
However, after doing some research, it turns out I’m not the only one who experiences these feelings of déjà vu. (I always thought my mom was lying to make me feel better when she “understood” what I was trying to explain.) According to this site, precognition is not completely odd in nature, and it frequently occurs in one’s dreams! Even better, the site claims that we all have psychic abilities. It just happens that some peoples’ abilities are heightened. See, I told you I wasn’t insane. Maybe you just need to learn how to better tap into your abilities so that we can foresee the future together.