Three Big Misunderstandings About Memory
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To unravel the mysteries of memory, scientists have designed studies that show where it is located in the brain. Everyone thinks they’ve got it figured out. Yet, as one author put it, “The more we learn about memory, the weirder it gets.”
I believe that’s because the researchers are looking only at physical storage. They dismiss the energetic counterparts of the brain and so miss the bigger picture. Without this knowledge, it’s impossible to know where memory is stored, how it functions, and what its purpose really is.
This has led to three big misunderstandings about memory.
Misunderstanding #1: Memories are Stored in the Brain
From an energetic perspective, memories are stored along a range of vibrations that begin at the brain. Beyond the brain lie its energetic counterparts which exist in the emotional, causal, and mental bodies.
A memory includes emotions, thoughts, images, and beliefs, plus their associated triggers, such as certain scents, sensations, tastes, visuals, and sounds. Memories are like holograms and comprise vast amounts of data that portray a near replica of an experience. Every significant action, thought, and emotion is recorded.
The brain alone simply doesn’t have the storage capacity for all this information. If the brain tries to retain too much, memory begins to fail, thinking gets cloudy, and a person can lose perspective. Ideally, memories of significance—ones that we need to draw upon again soon—remain in the brain. Those we don’t or won’t need right away are moved to the causal body. Causal storage capacity is nearly limitless.
A healthy causal body stores memories where they need to go. Certain ones are stored deeply and behind secure doors. These are the memories from which we have gleaned all the lessons we can at this time. Or they’re the ones that have caused so much pain, we simply must set them aside in order to get on with our life. Later, when we’re stronger, we can go back and revisit them. No door is ever locked.
Other memories can be stored in cubbies that have no doors, or whose doors remain ajar. These are the memories we need to reference and have direct links to the brain.
Yes, memories are stored in the brain—but only some of them. Remove certain brain cells and you may sever their connection to the causal storehouse. But the memories will remain in the causal body, as they are a person’s legacy.
Misunderstanding #2: Memories Exist Along a Timeline
Another misunderstanding is that memories exist along a timeline. The ones from the distant past are farther away than ones formed yesterday. The timeline concept is constructed by the mind, which likes to see time linearly. The past is well laid out, the present a mere spot on that line, and the future vast and invisible.
Closer to the truth, the causal body surrounds us in an all pervasive “now.” The relative distance between you and a memory isn’t time, but necessity or desire. Distant memories tend to stay close if they still hurt, or if we enjoy them or continue to give them attention.
A healthy causal body allows memories you no longer need to be stored where they belong, far away. The ones up front are those you need to access daily, or that involve issues not yet resolved. These are also the memories you want readily available. A healthy causal body keeps them so.
Misunderstanding #3: I’m Certain it Happened This Way
Another big misunderstanding is that memories are set in stone. The truth is, memory is flexible. Whereas an event may consist of certain indisputable facts, your perception of what happened is unique. It is a mixture of emotion, plus visual and sensory input, mixed with other memories evoked by the event and the thoughts it aroused.
Your memory of the event will vary from the recollections of others who witnessed that same event. It must, because everyone perceives things differently. Moreover, your perception of what happened can change.
Researchers tell us that a memory changes slightly each time we recall it. The memory is altered once again the next time we remember it. Every time we think back on a past event, our brain constructs different neural pathways. This is physical evidence that memory changes each time we use it. Because emotions are tied to memories, they get reshaped too.
Mystics have always known that as we grow spiritually, our vibrations rise at all levels. This includes the vibrations of our emotions, thoughts, and memories. As this upliftment occurs, the coarse memories of traumatic, violent, and negative events shift. With forgiveness and a greater capacity to love, our recollections of these types of event will change. We’ll see them from a more positive viewpoint. All things are seen as opportunities rather than obstacles. The victim becomes the blessed.
It’s our choice to see the memory in a more positive light. Positive memories support a positive life experience.
A healthy causal body is flexible. It allows us to see the benefits, positivity, and spirituality behind all events—even the hard ones. Even the ones we’re most certain about. It allows us to revision the past, see it newly, and benefit from the new perspective.
A healthy causal body knows that it doesn’t matter which version of your past you choose. So why not recall something more positively? Every version of your past will give you important learning experiences. That’s what memories are for. No matter what, you’ll get the lessons you need to learn. Life always gives you exactly what you need.
So spend some time today remembering—and let yourself remember newly!