My wife and I were having dinner in our favorite Mexican restaurant, there was a ballad playing in Spanish, which I neither speak nor understand.  Suddenly, I had this vivid memory of being in a bar in rural Mexico and drinking and feeling morose over having lost my one true love!  I remembered my life, my love and our relationship.  I began crying, because of that loss, and I couldn't explain what the hell was going on.  Fortunately my wife was sympathetic and didn't have me committed.  Has anyone had a similar experience?

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Comment by Helena on June 19, 2012 at 11:27pm

To be honest, I never liked Country music (except when Johnny Cash did Trent Reznor/NiN), and I don't go for reality tv shows.. but I found myself watching one that had Keith Urban in it. Still don't like country music, but I find myself wanting to go to his next concert!!

Comment by Doug Reardon on June 19, 2012 at 11:50pm

Sagacious Hawk:  I guess what I'm wondering is if these type experiences are what account for the "so called" religious epiphanies. 

Comment by Rich on June 20, 2012 at 12:25am

Errrr no, its called a vivid imagination. Its what gets the Westboro Baptist Church such a bad name.

Next time you take your beautiful wife out for lunch, treat her to some Thai food.

Mexican, pft.

Comment by Sagacious Hawk on June 20, 2012 at 12:57am

@ Doug: I agree that it is part of it. My dad likes to talk about a "vision" where he saw Jesus that he had during adoration (a catholic practice) one late night. He describes it as being so vivid that it was as if it was really happening. I'm certain he imagined it just as certain as I am that I imagined jumping out of a helicopter in Vietnam.

Comment by John Kelly on June 20, 2012 at 2:16am

I think you guys are doing too much guessing.  I think you should just say "I don't know what it is". I don't know if it comes from his mind, or external influence, or whatever.  But I would be least inclined to think it was a past life.  I am also skeptical of repressed memories.  Most of them can be attributed to therapeutic suggestion.   

I think it is something really interesting, but not beyond the brain to manufacture if the right part of it triggers that.  I once had what I took as a very vivid and sensory rich glimpse of God, although I found out later that it didn't make sense to believe he existed.  

I believed different things before and after the experience.  In the end, the evidence was so contrary, that even with that, I still found it unconvincing that it was truthful thinking to believe in either God or an afterlife.

Experiences similar to that are different from psychosis.  I don't know a whole lot about them, but they can be triggered through stimulation of the area of the brain responsible for religious experiences.  Not to say this was what happened, because we really don't know.

Comment by Helen Pluckrose on June 20, 2012 at 7:03am

I have experienced this a few times with music. I am quite an emotional person and oversensitive. Two times were very much as you described. 

The first time was when an Abba song came on a radio station I don't usually listen to and it took me back to my friend who died young of meningitis and loved Abba and played it constantly. The grief came up and overwhelmed me even tho I had worked through my grief and been remembering him with happiness for several years.

The second was after my daughter was born and I heard The Cure 'Friday I'm in love' and this took me back tosixth form college and the group of friends I had and how we were all so free and full of energy and the joy of life and I was slim and fit and attractive and I cried for about two hours feeling deep grief at the loss of that self. I had mild post natal depression and had put on weight and was tired all the time and a bit overwhelmed.

Frequently music will take me back to certain times. 'Little Miss can't be wrong' takes me back to my two best friends dancing on a table in a rock club and anything from Nirvana takes me back to a certain boyfriend and Tequila by Terrorvision takes me back to another and a particular camping trip. I have always thought this happened to most people but perhaps it does not  and its because I tend to be emotional. This was a particularly poignant memory for you tho. Powerful isn't it?

Comment by Dale Headley on June 20, 2012 at 12:34pm



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