A Gut Feeling

Or a Sneaky suspicion! Even Deja Vu!

Repeating StairwayHave you ever felt like something was going to happen, and even have an idea what that “thing” is? I felt like that yesterday. Only the play of the day I simply knew something was going to happen. Not surprisingly, it did.

Some people have this same feeling about things and, like a self fulfilling prophecy they make it happen. They think, “Something bad is going to happen today, I don’t feel good about this.” It often relates to something negative, like having a wreck. They become super cautious and fearful about the day, and as I have seen it happen they are often the perpetrator of their own fear.

I would much rather wish that something good is going to happen, and feel like I am helping to make it happen!

Jesus spoke of how we can spot the signs around us and know what the day portends.

And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed. (Matthew 16:1-4 ESV)

Intuitively, we read the signs around us and based on experience, lore, or history, or even the instruction of our elders, we comprehend the possibility of specific results.

For me, it’s like reading the traffic flow around me, and based upon nearly 2 million road miles I comprehend the possible reaction to conditions and react accordingly.

However, there are often surprises along the way. Life doesn’t happen in a predictable pattern, and we are stunned by the results.

It’s like waiting on particular news, and how we respond to the news is a surprise. Or expecting something will probably occur and flowing with the even as if it was planned. As a result for both of these situations, our awareness of results, actions and reactions expands so that we can handle additional future experiences will flow differently.

What we experience often prepares us for how we handle the future. One researcher suggests this is how we often get the feeling of deja vu. Wikipedia describes it like this:

Déjà vu, from French, literally “already seen”, is the phenomenon of having the strong sensation that an event or experience currently being experienced has been experienced in the past, regardless of whether it has actually happened. The psychologist Edward B. Titchener in his book A Textbook of Psychology (1928), explained déjà vu as caused by a person having a brief glimpse of an object or situation, before the brain has completed “constructing” a full conscious perception of the experience. Such a “partial perception” then results in a false sense of familiarity.

Yesterday, I felt the experience in several events. I simply “knew” something would happen, while on the other hand I was “suspicious” that something else would happen. It was enjoyable to expect something to happen, and have it work out!



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