Rod Stewart and Déjà Vu

A couple of weeks ago I drove an hour and a half north to Janesville, Wisconsin. I didn’t go alone, I took my road companion of many years — Rod Stewart.

We jammed along Route 14, passing farmhouses on both sides of the frozen trek as the sun pierced the early morning sky. Crossing the border he asked, Do you think I’m sexy? Well, of course I do!

Arriving early for my appointment, I was shown to a waiting area. The ambience had a distinctly cool, futuristic feel to it that triggered an immediate sense of Déjà Vuthe sensation that what’s currently happening has been experienced in the past.

This, however, was like Colette Baron Reid’s book, Remembering the Future. This experience hadn’t happened in the past, it happened in the future, yet I was remembering it…

This is an untouched photo, straight from my iPhone. Eerie, isn’t it?

Mouth dry, heart accelerating, my now-clammy hands eased earbuds in as Rod’s stony-throated voice assured, I’ll stand by you, won’t let nobody hurt you, I’ll stand by you. I hit the “repeat album” button just before I was asked to remain perfectly still and a contrast agent was injected into a vein in my left arm.

As Rod and I drove home together we both wondered out loud, Have you ever seen the rain coming down on a sunny day? And came to the conclusion that, An old raincoat won’t ever let you down.

What was your last sense of Déjà Vu?

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
— Laurie Buchanan

Discovering the Seven Selves     Life Harmony

© 2013 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved

44 thoughts on “Rod Stewart and Déjà Vu

  1. Hoping your procedure was something ordinary and that you are doing A-OK now, Laurie. Can’t recall a particular moment of deja vu recently, but it’s often an awesome feeling when it happens. It feels like we’re part of a bigger Universe for a moment or two, and we sense the interconnectedness that we are a little more. Happy Tuesday to you!

  2. Also hoping your procedure was pro-active. I often experience déjà vu when I am in a very relaxed state and in unconditional acceptance of what is. In this state of acceptance past, present and future all blend into one. I lose the trance of manmade time and temporarily experience eternity. There is a sense everything being familiar and a recognition of I have known this before. Because from my soul perspective I have known it before. What I am remembering is the oneness and unity of all that is. Absolute truth, love, peace, no separation. From that state there is really nothing to remember because the soul has never forgotten. Gosh….I just can’t help myself from going deep 🙂

    • Irma – I apologize for the late response to your comment, I just now found it in the spam folder. “Absolute truth, love, peace, no separation. From that state there is really nothing to remember because the soul has never forgotten.” Well said. Well said, indeed.

    • Kim – I passed with flying colors. (And trust me, this was one of those butt-crack-of-dawn drives with Rod and I singing at the top of our lungs. One of us was slightly off key, but I won’t mention any names)…

  3. Hi Laurie,
    Sending love and hugs and prayers for healing. Rod really IS sexy! There is no place I can think of where I wouldn’t want him there too. 😉

  4. Laurie, I’m so glad all is well. The injection is the tipping (over) point for me, literally. Embarressing after all these years. Rod is always good company 🙂

    I know the sense of déjà vu you talk about. One clear memory is driving through San Fransisco for the first time, back in the early 80’s, and having a wave of shivers and recognition, feeling/knowing we would be living there one day. It seemed very far fetched at the time and was soon forgotten, but here we are today.

  5. Laurie, I have had a pretty good run with incidents of Deja Vu, very few of them earthshaking but as simple as the turning of a page in a book and knowing that I’ve read that page before, taking a turn in the road and knowing I’ve been there before. Not as in physically but in time. Knowing that I have lived this moment before and that I am reliving it in this particular window in time. It’s always a surprise, a time-warp jerk of the mind, leaving me slightly bewildered and looking for signs of something stupendous about to take place….it never does, I just read the book, go on down the road, and let it slide. I do wonder why such insignificant events would make such an impression my memory, the memory of that which has not yet happened. Then it is mentally filed with other like items in the brain file labeled, “UFO’s, crop-circles,ghosts and ESP” things to ponder later or will eventually be answered when ‘All will be revealed’. Thanks for such a cool posting and I’m glad to know things are fine.

    • Sandi – I love how you said it, “Knowing that I have lived this moment before and that I am reliving it in this particular window in time.” That’s a great descriptor. And “time-warp jerk” – yes indeedie!

  6. In the movie “The Motorcycle Diaries,” when Ché Guevara first explored the ruins of Machu Picchu, he wondered, “How is it possible to feel nostalgia for a world I never knew?” I often get that same kind of déjà vu feeling when I read the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy and once when I was in a stave church replica at EPCOT. But a remembering-the-future déjà vu hasn’t happened to me yet – that must have been quite a sensation, Laurie! (Happy to know everything checked out, health-wise…)

    • Barbara – You piqued my curiosity so I watched a 2-minute trailer of “The Motorcycle Diaries” on Blockbuster and then immediately logged into our library’s website and placed a hold on the DVD. Not only does it sound like a great story, it’ll be a great way to practice my Spanish (thankfully it has English subtitles).

      While on the library’s website, I also placed a hold on the first book in the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy you mentioned: “The Bridal Wreath.” I’ll follow that with “The Mistress of Husaby,” and then wrap it up with “The Cross.”

      You’re a FONT OF KNOWLEDGE – thank you!

  7. Hi Laurie

    I have been having deja vu experiences since I was a small child.
    The last one about 5 days ago, standing in the kitchen having a conversation with Ailsa, and knowing exactly the sequence of events to come – lasted about 3 seconds.

    I am highly intuitive, and I have learned to trust my intuitions in most situations, and my meta intuition say that deja vu is just our mind’s ability to predict working overtime.

    Nothing profound has ever occurred as a result of these deja vus, and some of them have left powerful emotional associations in my brain – like one I had at about age 8 driving through Hunterville in the North Island. I still get a strong emotional response whenever I drive through that town.

    Glad your check was all clear.
    The sooner we get antibody specific checks for breast cancer the better, the stats on using xrays are that they are almost as likely to give you cancer as they are to pick up one that is dangerous in time to do something about it. It is a marginal technology (but great for broken bones); though very profitable because of the high usage in cancer screening.

    There is that profit motive again – working against our real interests, as it so often does!

    • Ted – It comes to me as no surprise that you are highly intuitive. In addition to being a brainiack (my term for “off the charts brilliant”), you’re one of the most right-brained (creative) AND left-brained (logical) people I know. Further, you use it all toward building a better world for all of us. My hat is off to you!

      I don’t know about deja vu being a byproduct of our mind’s ability to predict working overtime, or as another reader said, a result of a “mini stroke.” All I know is that it does, indeed happen. And every time it’s happened to me it’s been interesting, if not absolutely exhilarating!

      (I, too, am glad that everything was clear. I much prefer an MRI or thermography to a mammogram. In fact, I refuse to have mammograms anymore)…

  8. What a great post and written so poetically. I’m so happy to hear you are healthy and well (but whoa – that photo of the lights with your iPhone is crazy! SO futuristic and a perfect visual description of your deja vu experience. I’ve had them, too – though can’t recall any earth-shattering ones. They do catch you a bit off guard, don’t they? Here’s to a happy, healthy 2013.

  9. Now I am going to hear Rod Stewart all night in my dreams. I am super glad you got the all-clear signal, Laurie. I have this suspicion about deja vu — I think that we maybe plan some things ahead of time or we at least dream them and when they actually occur, well, there’s that deja vu stuff. A second theory I have is that there are times when our consciousness is actually moving ahead of our physical bodies so our minds are actually experiencing the event while our consciousness is observing it as already a past event. As you can tell, I could go on and on and on about this . . . anyway, it is good to know you will be around for a while longer!

  10. I have been there done that many times. Hope it is just for a check up ? I have been traveling with Paul Simon recently. I do not have any Stewart

    I am waiting right now. Will come back and read this again.

  11. Wow Laurie, that trip with Rod Stewart was priceless!!! We definitely have some serious Rod fans in this house!!! Deja vu is applicable to daily routine, and while I would just as well favor some changes, I am more than happy with continuing what goes right each and every day! The positive outweighs the negative, so why complain? Ha!

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  13. Good to know as I read through the comments that all is well with you my dear Laurie. I have no recent Déjà Vu to report though I did like riding along with you and Rod Stewart for the morning 😉

  14. Laurie if you, Rod and I ever squeezed into the cab of a pick up and hit the road before daylight…. Well, let’s just say it would make such a good story that we would never tell a soul. We would have to make poor Rod swear that goes on the road stays on the road 😉

  15. I appreciate what you are saying regarding ‘future’ Déjà Vu, Laurie. I often experience the real life situation of something I have ‘known’ or have dreamed or have had a vision of. Even though this can happen quite regularly, it never ceases to give me that ‘Oh’ moment…!
    I’m pleased to read the procedure was a ‘routine’ one for you; although not pleasant, I’m sure…!
    Rod’s latest songs have me remembering many wonderful memories of day’s gone by… And yes, he’s still sexy…! 😉

    • Carolynpageabc – I’m glad you resonated with what I was saying in this post, thank you for letting me know 🙂 In addition to his earlier work, I also love Rod Stewart’s more recent “Great American Songbook Collection!”

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