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In order to be able to see how Memory fits in to the overall function of the Mind see The Model of the Mind.

For more details on why it is so key to spiritual experience see How spiritual experience works.

Memory is analogously like a big structured database.  The Greeks developed quite a well ordered description of the functions of Memory personifying them as 'gods' - see Memory and the Greek gods.

We build Memory by Learning.  When we are born we have no memory, but as we live we build up Memory by analysing our Perceptions.  Thus Memory and Perceptions are different but they are closely related - see Memory and Perceptions

Memory provides us with our model of the functions of the universe and a database of systematically classified facts to help us use the model and extract information.  We can thus simply use the model to extract data – information - or use it to get at the functions we have learnt.  So we may have, for example, a memory of the times of all the trains from Waterloo [facts], but also have remembered how the train system works [functions].

A more precise definition of memory is:

A model of those parts of the systems of the universe we have been able to understand, consisting of both the functions and the data structured as we perceive them to be structured from our observations”.

For a full explanation of the meaning of Learnt functions – see Learnt functions.

For a full explanation of the meaning of The Database of facts – see the Database of facts.

You will notice that memory and Perceptions are different.  Memory  is based on our perceptions.  If we are not very good at Learning, and have had limited Perceptions on which to base memory, our model of the universe can be almost totally wrong. 

What has been accumulated in Memory has a huge impact on whether we are able to get a spiritual experience thus I have provided perhaps a great deal more background reading to this section than the other sections.  The main areas I have concentrated on are the sorts of content we accumulate.

  • Demons - There is a certain class of learnt function that can be especially upsetting in spiritual experience – the demon – for more details see Demons
  • Personality driven data - Memory is built around Personality, not around the Higher spirit.   To understand this a little better see Higher Spirit and Perception  and also Higher Spirit, Personality and Memory
  • Natural and man made system models - We accumulate information about all sorts of systems during our life.  For more details on the types of model we may accumulate over time see Memory - Types of model in memory
  • Models archived or on the go - We may actually have conflicting models in our Memory.  For some background as to the types of system models we build for ourselves in memory – see Memory and Systems
  • Subliminal models - And for some background into the fact we can be building up picture of systems of which we were not aware - subliminal see Memory and Subliminal models
  • Emotion led model – for details on how emotion can almost govern what we learn see Memory and Emotion

Overall I want to get over to you how very little we know and how incomplete it is.  And how wrong it can be.

A good enough reason in itself for excluding it from spiritual experience. 


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