9 . What becomes a memory to live on in future and history ? Countless actions seem to be executed on autopilot. Further analysis shows that many actions require a balanced coordination from the senses, muscles and brain. Repetitions of routine actions ensure they are seemingly executed by themselves. You know what will happen and what the consequences will be.
The right extent of concentration leads to a perfect sequence. These actions involve a motoric memory, which is clearly long-term based, but which is lost in case of muscle and/or brain degeneration. The same ‘trick’ is repeated time and time again. Only in case of extremely routine actions, such as monotonous work or housekeeping chores, it is executed subconsciously and hardly imprinted on the brain.
They lack a socio-emotional aspect, which ensures a personal element is attached to the action. This emotional experience usually happens in a context of human contact, or of nature and art. An observation expressed in code receives its value in smell, sound, vision, touch and emotion through human contact, nature and art.
This emotional value can be positive, negative or neutral. Neutral experiences can be transferred to the long-term memory by reading, studying, practising and personal interest.
Big impressions, both negative and positive, are remembered because of the extra charge that is attached to the number code. Previously stored and emotionally charged codes are read and scanned during sleep.
The intensity and positive or negative emotional value are screened in dreams as to their usability for the long-term memory. When the threshold value for intensity is exceeded, the subjective memory will be passed on to the long-term memory. If the threshold value is not reached, the event apparently is too insignificant to be remembered.
The long-term memory spans a lifetime. The earliest memories are stored deepest and therefore cannot be easily retrieved. The world changes, as do the stimuli a human being experiences. Stimuli, or number codes, that correspond with memories, or number codes, from the early years become rare. They are not lost, but they are more or less snowed under.
Similar memories, or number codes, can dominate the original code because they may carry different emotional values. Consequently, memory is a dynamic phenomenon, open to new impressions. It is hard to imagine an absolute memory can exist.
Patterns of behavior and thought in the human brain keep on changing during the course of time and memory stimuli are labelled differently. What used to be important, can now have no value whatsoever. What used to be important, and has been stored in the long-term memory, is no longer remembered due to changed circumstances and thinking, unless the individual is suddenly confronted with a picture, face or quotation that brings forgotten memories to life.
A highly charged memory, both positive and negative, can be relived in dreams. Usually, in dreams the experiences of the recent past are screened as to their usability for the long-term memory. Positive experiences could refer to feelings of love or sex. Negative experiences usually get a stronger imprint because of their emotional charge.
Nightmares could be a consequence. Thus, experiences of abuse and violence can make deep cuts and cause feelings of fear and disturbance. The phase of dreaming serves to restore spiritual balance and stability. A person should carry on with their life, even after extremely traumatic events. In dreams the emotional charge of the codes, or memories, is reduced.
In this context, ‘time heals all wounds’ is an apt saying. By reliving traumatic experiences in dreams it is possible to suppress the memory. It is a protective mechanism in order to repair spiritual damage. In a demanding living and working environment a disturbed person is less capable and more vulnerable. This suppression mechanism helps people to pick up their lives purposefully and effectively, despite memories of painful and traumatic events.
Man’s lifetime spans various stages, during which a lot changes spiritually as well as physically. The body grows during a rather long start period, after which it fairly quickly ages and declines. Spiritual emotions change accordingly. What used to be very important, can be of no consequence ten or twenty years later.
Preferences and human behavior change and shift in time. Without any doubt this affects the long-term memory. Memory stimuli are labelled differently, because different matters are deemed important and preferences shift. It now seems as if these dynamics cause past times to become obsolete.
Labels attaching subjectivity have changed. Retrieving events from a long time ago becomes harder. Very early memories apparently become obsolete or seem to have ended up in the subconscious. The subconscious is not a separate memory component, but is a location within the brain that serves to store less important memories. In the animal world concepts like instinct and primal behavior are used.
Reproduction and defence are striking examples of these concepts. Apparently, every animal absorbs this hereditary behavior without any learning process. This type of memory comes from past selection processes.
Behavior successful to survival is passed on to next generations. This happens by interaction between genetic codes and number codes, which were materialised in genetic DNA codes through repetitive successful behavior. This is an evolutionary process, etching successful behavior in DNA codes that are reproduced and saved for future offspring.