Question: "What is the spiritual significance to a dejà vu experience?"

The term dejà vu was coined by a French psychic researcher named Emile Boirac. Dejà vu, or paramnesia, is an experience which means "already seen," and describes the feeling of having already experienced a situation previously. When experiencing dejà vu, one is struck with feelings of familiarity and strangeness, which can make one feel that the situation has truly happened before.

Approximately two thirds of adults claim to have had a dejà vu experience. Dejà vu experiences have been connected with medical conditions, such as schizophrenia, epilepsy, and anxiety. No one really knows what causes these episodes, although psychologists have also come up with theories, such as stress and internal hidden conflicts. Some believe dejà vu is the memory of previously forgotten dreams. Still others associate it with psychic abilities, prophecy, or past-life experiences.

The Bible gives us examples of those who likely experienced something similar to dejà vu, such as through the gift of prophecy (see 1 Corinthians chapter 14). A dejà vu experience could be the result of God revealing certain things to a person before the event occurred, but the experience could also simply be the result of something occurring that is very similar to an event in the past. The event triggers the memory, causing an "eerie" sense of familiarity. Rather than being a spiritual issue, dejà vu is likely a simple and harmless physical one.