This has happened once before. Sitting in the same chair, alone, writing out a cheque. The numbers in the top corner ran across my mind as I read them, and I'd read them already. Then I woke from a strange blackness, surprised to recall nothing at all, to find Brian asking me if I was okay. Bar a grazed knee from hitting the table leg on the way to the floor, I was fine. Shaken, but fine. This time, four years on, he watched it happen.
I mentioned déjà vu to him before my head lolled back, eyes wide open, and I tumbled onto the tiles. Once down, I kicked out a couple of times 'like a dog in its death throes' as he put it, before coming round.
"What happened?" I asked, waking from a dream. People had been present in that second brief encounter with loss of consciousness. Some communication had taken place but I couldn't hold the memory, it was gone in seconds.
To our amazement, Temporal Lobe seizures are a known thing, and one of the 'auras' (the medic's term for a precursor to the event) is déjà vu. Another, apparently, is an extreme feeling of joy or fear. Replace 'joy' with Love (you know how much fear can be generated in using that word), and you've got the polarities of instinctive emotion.
According to Health Cleveland Clinic, a brain in seizure will "simultaneously activate two circuits in the hippocampus. One circuit monitors our ongoing experience of the outer world. The other retrieves past memories. The simultaneous activation compresses time between the two brain functions, causing us to “remember the present,” or experience déjà vu." (Full article behind the picture above).
That's saying, in so many words, you've got a brain engaging with dual causality, and that is, in my book, big potatoes.
Quantum biology is a new field of science that looks set to investigate quantum processes in the brain. Those fortuante enough to engage in such studies will doubtless take a double-take at this phenomenon in among the ready harvest of microtubules and quantum coherence. Experiencing deja vu before blacking out has to rank highly on the list of interesting territories and I hope more elucidation will come forth from their projects.
Certainly this is very much a case of switching off and switching back on again, which was quite possibly essential for me at the two points on my world-line in which this has occurred, 2015 and 2019. Like all mental maladies labelled as bad things, this could have significant consequences in accelerating the learning curve. Thus, even if it's a bit fluffy, I'm happy to link the picture above to its point of origin. Enjoy....