Memory is key to our conscious development. Relationships between people and objects form into living narratives from our actions and imagination, as the mind rapidly compares memory with new experiences through the five physical senses streaming into an ever-present moment before our eyes. After-death memory works in exact same way, ensuring order in our living physical world narrative and the eternal realm beyond. Better understanding of the process will ensure direction and happiness.
Memory Necessary for Mind to Function
Memory is critical to the unfolding narrative of life lived. Without it we have nothing from which to build. It would be like a book where the first line is read and is forgotten upon moving to the next line. We would be living in an unrecognizable present with nowhere to go. Memory gives retention of what just happened in order to build and further the living narrative, from first memories through to the final moment.
Having this understanding of the necessity of memory for the developing of order and progression, we can better understand the nature of our greater self that lives before our physical birth and lives on after death. It is this same memory operating in same way that is in play and provides us with life not just during this present life but also in the spirit worlds and beyond.
During this life, we gather and retain information from the present moment and from dreams, beliefs and imaginations, all retained whether lived or imagined. And we quickly forget what is not useful to our present needs. Today I know what I ate at lunchtime but have no idea what I had for lunch three days ago. It is not time passing that fades memory, it is the usefulness of that memory to us now. I don’t remember lunch from yesterday but I do remember bringing the car to the dealer for servicing. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t know whether the car needed to be serviced, but my memory of yesterday’s lunch would be of no use to me today except if there was some additional element of worth like having had lunch with an old friend. Precisely, the mind remembers and can recall what is useful to it now in some mental or emotional way.
Physical and Afterlife Memory
This same functioning of memory is applicable to the afterlife. When we “die” we will find that we are in a different place, possibly somewhere we will recall having been before incarnating in the physical world. It is because we shed memories that are not useful or are perhaps even detrimental for the moment, and those long past memories can again be reclaimed when usefulness returns. Such memories are not lost, they are put in the mind’s “archives”.
An incarnational cycle is to the entity as is a single physical life to a person. Same memory applies. My inner sources say there are seven incarnations in a single incarnational cycle, seven personalities, and there are many incarnational cycles through the perpetuity of the mind. The entity retains and processes the result of each of the incarnational personalities, developing in the process into a more complex being through the emotional and mental experiences of the personalities. What more exists from earlier incarnational rounds can be accessed but is not readily in memory of the entity. It is for same reason as our birth to death framing, but the entity is aware of the beginning to end illusion.
We should strive to be aware that the eternal nature of the mind includes our prior before birth and to-be after death experiences. Through a careful awakening by study and through meditation, these resources will awaken to us. The truth first seems frightening, for whatever is not recognizable naturally brings anxiety. A gradual awakening brings familiarity with our higher natures and opens us to an awaiting glorious future.
About the Author
Arthur Telling has written numerous stories and articles on religion, philosophy, and metaphysics. His article, “A Different Jesus Message” appeared in the Nov. 2011 AMORC Rosicrucian Digest. Telling is author of nine books, including the untold stories of Cleopatra and Jesus, a newly released novel based on true events titled: “THE INCARNATION: Cleopatra’s Story of Jesus”. His website: www.arthurtelling.com and Facebook page “Philosophy for a Modern Era: www.facebook.com/philo30