Déjà Vu & Sugar Packets

We were at a bar following Michelle’s performance in Cyrano de Bergerac at the Secret Theater in Long Island City.  I was done complaining about the bartender pouring my Jameson neat into a shot glass, and I’d moved on to using sugar packets to demonstrate my thoughts on déjà vu to Elliot, Becky, and Michelle.

“I can take these two sugar packets and drop them on the table,” I said, “and they will land a certain way.  Now, if I repeat this process and drop them again, because there are so many possibilities, it is unlikely that they will land in the exact same way.  But, assuming that everything is exactly the same – the setting, the position in which I hold them, the way the wind is blowing – if everything is exactly the same, why wouldn’t they land the same way?”

There are many theories concerning déjà vu.  These arguments include, but are not limited to:

  • One eye recording what is seen fractionally faster than the other. However, this fails to explain the experience when other sensory inputs are involved.
  • Temporal lobe epilepsy. People with TLE may experience simple partial seizures, or SPS, which do not alter consciousness and usually only cause sensations, e.g. déjà vu.
  • Cryptamnesia. This is when information is learned and forgotten but stored in the brain, so when something similar occurs it evokes the sense of déjà vu.
  • Or simply an abnormality in memory causing the brain to mistake the present for the past.

Parapsychologists believe it is related to a past-life experience.  I somewhat agree, and this is where the sugar packets come in.

So, assume that the universe is going to end one day.  Everything we know to exist – matter, energy, space, and time – will collapse in on itself or be swallowed up by a black hole more massive than we could ever imagine.  How it ends is not important, but rather what is significant is that when this happens, a new universe will slowly begin.  In my theory, this has happened and will happen again and again over an infinite number of years.

The sugar packets are the matter that starts the universe each time.  If the universe ends and becomes some sort of nothingness, I think that the nothingness would be exactly the same at each end/beginning.  Identical. The sugar packets would drop under the same conditions and land in the same way.  Therefore, a duplicate universe would be formed.

Déjà vu is French for “already seen”.  It is an overwhelming sense of familiarity with something that shouldn’t be familiar at all.  But maybe a conversation or an action feels like it’s happening again because it did happen, some trillions or zillions of years ago.  Humanity and everything before and after is on an extremely long loop.

This could also explain precognitive dreams (sometimes called psychic dreams).  For example, Sally hasn’t seen Bob in years.  One night, for no reason that Sally can find, she has a dream in which Bob appears.  The next day, she runs into Bob on the street.  This chance meeting could also be a phone call/email from Bob, or maybe just a mention of his name by a mutual friend.  Some would call this coincidence, and others would say that it happens too often to be so easily defined.

We have been here before, and our subconscious minds know what is on its way.

My supposition is not meant to discount free will, and it is not intended to recognize fate.  We simply make the same decisions each time around because along with our surroundings, we are unchanged.  We are captive in something miraculous.  Our bodies are bound to the same steps, and our minds bent on the same thoughts.  Whatever souls we have are committed to making the same mistakes over and over again.

I don’t often speculate about what our energy does in between each go-around.  Any amount of consciousness is debatable.  Maybe we all drink tea in the clouds with our dead loved ones, or maybe we lay dormant.  RLD and I spoke about it once.

“It’s like 1942,” he said.

I was confused.  “What do you mean?  I wasn’t around in 1942.  I don’t know what 1942 was like.  I don’t remember 1942.”

“Exactly,” he told me.

Still, I can’t change the fact that I often feel like I’ve been here before; I often experience déjà vu.

5 Responses to “Déjà Vu & Sugar Packets”

  1. Adam Says:

    Ah, or changing the pattern in its course. You can do that too. No matter how much we might argue,the set parameters of energy and matter are married to the will of ‘I AM’ (the Ego).
    One does not dominate the other infinitively, m’lady. They compete for dominance, but there is no trump card for either of them to play. Yet. May there be? Hopefully our universe will evolve to a state that allows a new dimension of paradigm, wowee zowee.
    Because you drop the sugar packets, the potential for another universe is created. And you did it several times, didn’t you? Talk about cheat codes, life is a role playing game that never ends. How we mimick. But mimickry is ne’er my forté, and so I’m very happy to be here when timewave zero hits. That’s Terrnece McKenna’s own baby, and occurs at the end of the Mayan calendar. You know , when the ‘world ends’. We can only hope that anyone scared enough to go psychotic’s world would end on or before that date.

    over

  2. Ashleigh Says:

    I dropped the sugar packets several times, but each time my start point was different. It had to be. Because of my surrounding and because I am human, I could not drop them in the EXACT same way twice. But what if I could? If everything was exact? Would they land the same exact way?… Maybe? Definitely? Possibly? :)

  3. Rona Says:

    I once read about jamais vu- the opposite of deja vu.

  4. johnny Says:

    You’re either way too pretty to be so smart, or way too smart to be so pretty.

    Either way, your blog is one of the most interesting I know of, and one of the few I bother to read when I see a new post. Keep it up, kiddo.

  5. Ashleigh Says:

    Johnny, you’re too sweet to me. I love it. xoxo

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