17 Jun Seth and the NOW Influence of Memories
As your cells have their own memories, so the conscious mind has a more overt kind of memory. Your conscious thoughts act as triggers, bringing both kinds of memory into activation. Within your physical being then each joyful, expanding, traumatic and tragic “past” event lies indelibly written. In your terms this is your working material, the memory of your physical being…
—Seth, The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 632
We well understand by now that it is from our thoughts and emotions that our realities emerge; and that our realities are merely a conglomeration of psychological structures that give the appearance of past, present and future. But what does this mean even more concretely? That is, if there is no literal past and we exist in the moment point, what makes us think there is a past, and how does what we think about a supposed past organize itself into a force strong enough to influence our present and future?
First, what we experience in the Now carries a fierce intensity; and when the intensity starts to fade, the event is removed from our moment point and stored in a less intense form called a memory. But are memories only of the past? Not at all. Although less intense than a fully experienced event, when we project thoughts of the future and then release them, they become memories, memories of the future that we thought about.
And where are memories held? Certainly not in a linear past, since no such past exists. No, for physical beings they are instead held in our conscious minds and the cells of our bodies. As Seth tells us, our bodies and memories cannot be separated; it’s never one or the other, because one always reflects within the other: memories in non-time in our minds, the same memories in non-time in our cells.
Memories, actually any ideas, held in the mind/psyche and at the same moment in cellular comprehension, are free of linear time. That is, they are in simultaneous time, unstructured from any sort of time delineation and, therefore, free-flowing in no particular order—a point which will show its importance later.
Okay, so when the recollection of a “past” memory happens, it triggers both kinds of memories simultaneously. And, interestingly, the intensity of the original event, while much reduced because it is now considered past, still stays with us; not because of the memory in our mind, but because of the strength of it in our cells, which physically expresses as our old friend emotion. And should we care what intensity is reflected in our cells? You bet, because it will change our lives considerably if we understand it.
Let’s think about the logic of this for a moment and where it leads, calling up some facts from both this chapter and previous ones in this and the other two Living a Safe Universe books:
* We know that all probabilities past, present and future are in the field of probabilities in the spacious present, and as such are reflected within the designated sphere of action called Framework 2.
* We know that we highlight probabilities to be met by the intensity we give them; and intensity is defined by our emotions and also by the strength of unquestioned acceptance inherent in our thoughts.
* We know intensity, or unquestioned acceptance, is a prerequisite for any event, even for one as “small” as moving a finger.
* If the event has never before been experienced, and is therefore new to our moment point—our window into the spacious present—its intensity is freshly transferred to our cells.
* If the event is in the form of a memory, today’s cells respond via our neurological structure to the intensity of emotion within what we designate as the “past” event.
* That response—positive or negative—links that memory to our Now, because we experience it through cellular intensity now—not in a past or future.
* So the response emanating from our cells finds the initiating event in the field of probabilities and re-links it to our present. Not to a past that doesn’t exist, but to a present where we remember what we think of as a past that did exist.
* So, back to the chapter’s lead-in Seth quote where he says, “When the pulsation is weak, you call it past. When it is strongest, you name it the present, and one that seems to you not yet as strong as present, you name future.” What we’ve done by renewing a level of intensity within a so-called past event via our memory is to bring it alive in our present, not as a manifested event, but as a psychological event or structure. True, it’s not fully formed there again with the same level of original intensity, but it is nonetheless active. And since all psychological structure is acted upon by us, this weaker intensity within a remembered past event has to go somewhere, and “somewhere” is either into our future, highlighting events in the field of probabilities that hold a similar level of intensity; or back into our stored past, with its intensity not only intact, but perhaps even strengthened, depending on our thoughts and emotions of it in our Now.
* The emotional intensities of the past (i.e. of past memories), then, can only happen in the present. Cellular memory of our past, when recalled, helps determine our present and future, because its current Now intensity demands it. And that is why it seems what we call our past has control over us at times, playing out yet one more time in our present, and perhaps even our future, as different events yet with a similar emotional content.
Excerpted from newly published (June, 2014) Living a Safe Universe, Vol. 3, by Lynda Madden Dahl. Lynda is the award-winning author of seven Seth/Jane Roberts-based books. She is co-founder of Seth Network International, the global meeting place for Seth readers; published a quarterly magazine, Reality Change: The Global Seth Journal, for seven years; has produced numerous Seth conferences and been a speaker at many others. You are invited to become her friend on Facebook and on Twitter, and follow her at Lynda’s Seth Talk Blog.