I was watching a TV show where the main character was discussing the power of memory. The hold it has on us. How the most obscure memory from our childhood or something such as the smell of freshly cut grass can take us back and actually influence our behavior today. It is only our memory that can make us feel as we used to feel, at any given time, for better or worse. We use our memory “whether it happened or not” to transcend time, who we have become, and to obscure the damage of daily wear and tear.
It’s interesting to talk to people who have shared an event with you. In my experience we rarely have the same take on what took place. No matter, their memory of that space in time is just as powerful in it’s own way. If music or another sensory enhancer is linked to an event the hold it has on you is even more poignant. I just have to mention the words lilac, Lilly of the Valley, Spring, or show you a picture of these things for a powerful memory to conjure itself in your mind.
The memories we cherish most are the ones we remember with our hearts.
The actual events may be sketchy but we are altered and our perception of life forever changed by keeping certain memories alive. Knowing perceived through memory is where we tend to live.
No other creature is as affected by the past as we humans. For most of us our present is filtered through the stained glass windows of pain, pleasure, and richness, of years gone by. We cultivate, fantasize, and idealize people, places, and things to a point of distortion and distraction. We hold on to memories hoping to relive them. We long to feel those cherished feelings and reinvent ourselves once more simply by looking through the looking glass once again.
This penchant can be used to reinforce good behavior as well. Especially if you are in the process of major change.
Go back. Remember the way you felt. The music that was playing. The perfume you wore. The hand you held. How well you felt in your own skin. Feel the way you felt in your best memory of all. Keep it in mind. Act from this good feeling. Turn to it again and again. Use those happy memories to lift yourself up as the process of change trips you up and has you feeling lost. I believe in the power of now. I believe in the power of memory equally. We all have bags and boxes full of things better left behind. But if we can use our fondest memories to help fashion a better life for ourselves… why not embrace the past to move forward?
We send… Love, Light and Oceans of Bliss for the Highest Good of All.
And so it is!