This longing is deeply seated within every human being; it is the eternal seed of our true destiny and purpose - imparted to our spirits at birth by God our eternal father.
DÃÂ©jÃÂ vu moments are moments where this seed of eternity comes to the fore of our consciousness; it 'reminds' us of something we have forgotten. But what it is can't be put into words albeit the depth in which we feel it, but strangely at the same time it is a fleeting moment, like trying to remember a dream before it vanishes from our consciousness completely.
Once this 'reminding' of the eternal comes to the surface it feels as though we have 'been here before' or are 'having this moment in time again', because in eternity there is no timeâ¦ there is only the ever-present moment. So the past, present and our future longing of that eternal destiny collide into one single moment. We are sometimes reminded of the feeling of 'home' a home that we have all somehow forgotten about.
This state of the present moment is most often felt in childhood. When our hearts and minds aren't tainted by what 'adults think' or by what grown-ups know as 'reality'.
So when we have a DÃÂ©jÃÂ vu moment, it is a 'remembering' of not only our eternal home, but also of those moments in childhood where we lived in that innocent state of bliss of being totally 'in the moment' and not having a care in the world â which I like to call the glory realm, and it is these moments we have forgotten about.
Children live in a constant state of wonder... A state which we lose and we grow older and our own self-awareness makes kick in. And it is this state that causes children to be in a perpetual state of amazement, surprise and excitement with the world; this is also where 'play' comes from - another joy lost as we transition into adulthood.
As we grow older, losing this state of wonder and awareness of the eternal both in and around us causes a certain type of sadness in us, most often subconsciously.
This is why DÃÂ©jÃÂ vu moments are usually tainted with a certain kind of melancholy... About what we as adults have lost. This loss of wonder, of losing grasp of our true origin and therefore our true destiny and purpose has caused man to create many things in the world around us; great buildings, supreme enterprises and a whole myriad of industrious wonders, all in an attempt for us to again find our purpose and significance in the world.
While there is nothing wrong with these things in themselves, one can't help but wonder... would we be better off playing in the sandpit with our friends? Knowing of course that God loved us to our very core and that he has our eternal destiny safe in his hands.
Maybe this would cause a deep seated peace within us, to know that God was all around us, in all we feel and see? And as children even in the love of the friend opposite us? The one helping us to build the moat which surrounds our magical sand castle made of sticks and sand?
Tim Everton is a youth worker and child carer from South East Melbourne. In his off-time he pursues graphic design, photography and enjoys the beach and seeking out Melbourne's next best cafÃÂ© latte both in equal measure.
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