You were schooled by monks in China? Holy crap that is cool.
@Zinjanthropos. Of course it's great to soberly link all your dream content with waking reality, and I applaud that.
However in my case at least some dream content is recycled
between dreams. For example if my dream wants a shopping mall, I have an archetypal floorplan built up from previous dreams: all the escalators, fountains, shops and such arbitrarily laid out. So my dreaming needn't stumble over where to place the elevators or washrooms. The specific floorplan is an arbitrary composite of malls I've known or imagined or dreamed before
; it's unique and consistent and usually irrelevant to the "plot" of my dream... that say, the escalator up is to my left and not my right. I'm sure you see how I'd get the feeling while dreaming in such stock settings that "I've been here before."
That isn't true déjà vu. It's similar in that I'll sometimes pause the dream to say, "Wait. I know this place..." and then that semiconscious part of me is scouring through memory, including memory of past dreams
, to place it. Meanwhile another part of me just wants to get on with the dream action of chasing the lion or some-such Jungian plot. These interruptions are most annoying when I was... having a good time... if you know what I mean.