Déjà Vu or True Dream?

27 October, 2019
Q Salaam Alaykum. Sometimes, I have dreams and I see the exact scene when I'm awake. Is that bad?

Answer


In this counseling answer:

• Déjà vu is the experience of feeling like something happened before. Whereas, if you have a true dream, you will remember the dream quite vividly.

•  If you are actually experiencing déjà vu, you will want to pray to Allah (swt) to reveal to you the reason you re-experience certain particular events.

•  It is important that you determine what you are truly experiencing and then you can open up to Allah (swt) to understand the purpose of your experience.


Salaam dear brother,

No, these dreams are not bad. There are a few possible explanations for what you are experiencing. Ultimately, you will need to quiet your mind so that you can tell for yourself which kind of dream you are having.

If you are, in fact, seeing the future before it occurs, then you must pray to Allah (swt) and ask for guidance as to why you are given such knowledge. Allah (swt) comes to us in dreams with His (swt) guidance when it is time for us to go to a new level of spirituality, or when we are supposed to use our gifts for His (swt) purpose (e.g., helping others, facilitating the healing process of humanity etc.). If fact, we are all “psychic”; we all use senses beyond the five senses of sight, smell, touch, hearing, and taste. We are all connected to Allah (swt), for the nature of Allah (swt) is integral. Thus, we are all connected to infinite wisdom and that which is beyond the concepts of space and time. But we forget as we fall asleep into human consciousness and this earthly life. Some of us are more asleep and less aware of life beyond this earthly experience than others, but not one of us is less connected.

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For now, try to determine if you are having actual premonitions and true dreams, or if you are experiencing déjà vu. Déjà vu is the experience of feeling like something happened before. Whereas, if you have a true dream, you will remember the dream quite vividly. It will be one of those dreams that you cannot shake off. You will know that it is significant because the dream will feel powerful. You will have the sense that it is more than just an ordinary “processing dream”, like the ones where the eclectic day’s events and random thoughts are all mingled up into some sort of story – the usual dream. If you have a true dream, you will know that the dream is important before any event that occurs in your waking life.

Now, the one thing that déjà vu and true dreams have in common is the warp of space and time and the disruption of our experiencing space and time in a continuum. Remember, our brain is simply a bundle of neurological synaptic connections firing away different forms of energy; our mind is not “in our brain”. The mind creates the observer of our experience and plays a role in how we experience events in space and time. The brain, with the firing of energies, empowers us to translate our experiences into form because the brain is both form and unformed.

The unformed energy of the brain is processed through the neurological pathways, through a variety of biochemical and other processes with matter (formed) containing it as a vessel. This observer within the mind can monitor aspects of mind, but cannot seem to grasps the whole of infinite mind for it is observing itself. Thus, we usually experience life on earth in a sequential pattern, and this is why we are able to conceptualize our experience and function in this dimension. But, in reality, all of us function in a multi-dimensional existence; it is simply our awareness that is contained “here” in “space-time”.


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We sometimes experience déjà vu when we are feeling stressed because our awareness can jump from “place to place” within our conscious awareness. We often experience déjà vu as a child also. But again, this experience is felt after the event occurs (in this dimension of awareness), whereas a true dream would occur prior to the event, thus you would be able to write the dream down prior to the event happening.

If you are actually experiencing déjà vu, you will want to pray to Allah (swt) to reveal to you the reason you re-experience certain particular events. It is possible that you have an emotional or psychological, or practical puzzle that you need to solve, so you continue “revisiting” the event until you can get your issue resolved. This experience is much like having the exact same thing happens over and over again. The mind-observer stays in this one place of awareness so that the soul can work through the issues related to the event(s). Often, the events themselves have been created for the very purpose of working through and transcending a particular phase of spiritual growth.

So, it is important that you determine what you are truly experiencing and then you can open up to Allah (swt) to understand the purpose of your experience. I would be curious to know what events are occurring in your life and what you are dreaming about. Perhaps, you can write in again and describe the scenes that play out both in your dreams and in this “earth dimension”.

Hope it helps,

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About Maryam Bachmeier
Dr. Bachmeier is a clinical psychologist who has been working in the mental health field for over 15 years. She is also a former adjunct professor at Argosy University, writer, and consultant in the areas of mental health, cultural, and relationship issues.