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clipped from an old post from years ago:In general, "Memory" can be defined as "a structure that has a tendency to last": even ropes and metals have a degree of 'memory'. Some kinds of rope tend to coil and tend to want to recoil to that shape if it is taken away. This and other inclinations to hold a shape, (other shapes too) vary from rope to rope. The same with metals. I understand that there is even a type of alloy now that, once shaped at high temperature, tends to want to keep it. Once cooled, you can pound it, roll it, scrunch it all up, but drop it into hot water, and: Foop! It goes back to it's "original" shape.
In computers, memory is held in the shape of a set of "ones and zeros". Google up the word in conjunction with some others, (philosophy, study, structure...) and see what you find.
When it comes to the memories of former lives, there are a whole slew of reasons that we have a hard time fetching them up. I know there are at least six. Let's see how many I can recall from, um, memory.
First off, that former life was a long time ago. Assume a person is 25 now. If he is trying to remember something from a former life, presumably that would be nearly, at least, 30 years ago. Take a moment and ask yourself what were you doing even TEN years ago. Do that now.
...It's not going to just pop up. You are going to have to dig for it, especially if you go back ten years to the day. So that was reason 1: It's so far away in time.
A second reason is a signal-to-noise type thing: The reality of 'now' is so much louder than the reality of then. Put another way: for the same reason that we can't see the stars during the day: the sun is so bright as to reduce them to invisibility. A person can get a practical feel for this: There are times when Venus is very bright, and also widely separate from the sun. During this period, which tends to last a month or two, at some point the moon will come rolling along fairly close to it. If you get up early, you can get a solid sense of where Venus is relative to the moon, its horns, etc. You can actually keep an eye on it as the sun rises, and sure enough, if your eyes are pretty good, you will be able to spot it even later in the day. Fishing up other life memories has the same feeling of remote reaching as does this Venus-viewing.
A third reason is that the fundamental structures of experience can vary radically from life to life. For instance, in your last life maybe you were an eskimo. Reports tell us that they commonly have over a hundred words for what we call 'snow'. Great differentiation in a concept (or feeling, etc) tends to encourage a strong focus there, and reduce awareness of other alternative foci. If in this life you are a Jamaican businessman, that snowy life is simply not going to be "conceivable" to your present awareness, though if you were to visit snowy lands, a warm, if spooky, familiarity may meet you there.
A fourth reason is that it can be positively distracting: Maybe you were a fanatical musician: 120 hours a weeks you pounded the keys and wrote music. Your whole life you did nothing but eat think and sleep music. Well enough and good, but in this life, you really want to broaden your horizons and might incarnate tone deaf.
There are also negative distractions (5th reason). Maybe you spent a life as an opium addict: The whole of the personality then was subjugated to this behavior. Nothing else mattered. Maybe the next life after that there was an attempt to beat it afresh, but it failed. So now, several lives totally away from that are in order as the self develops fresh personality fragments that together, later in the future, will be able to beat this problem. But to try to meet it head on now would only result in further frustration, and maybe even disaster. So remembering that life would be, for now, like taking poison.
Yet another reason related to above, but different, has to do with shock, and things like it. Many people have suffered violent shocks in past lives. This life is about this life: You have to do a lot of growing and develop a very solid "spirit" before you can revisit the time when you returned home and found, for example, your family, whom you deeply loved, murdered and skinned.
Still yet another reason, related to the snowy reason, is habits of thought, or habits of psyche. The thoughts a person thinks (feelings felt, actions acted, etc.) tend very much to be as peas in a pod, apples on a bough, or a passel of kids from the same parents: all unmistakably alike and related. Thoughts constructed from other minds and even other selves can be sort of like trying to get bubbles of oil to mix in with water. Um... say a person in this life is extreme 'right-brainy'.... a wind-blown artist type. In other lives they maybe were extreme left brain types... accountant, book-keeper, lawyer, etc. Thoughts from those lives might feel like mosquitoes to an artist.
And finally: many lives, and large tracts of almost every life, are distinctly unmemorable. Turning the soil. Rooting for grubs. Trying to keep warm and dry. Avoiding the mother-in-law, etc. .... endless studies in tedium.
But here, a little shinier: Last night on coast-to-coast AM radio program there was a psychiatrist, with the loftiest credentials, Dr. Brian Weiss. 3 hours worth of tales and instruction about hypnotic regression to past lives, generally for therapeutic reasons. You can listen to it here http://www.cjob.com/other/audiovault.html
(NOTE: this is no longer available at that site, but you can listen to Dr. Weiss on youtube)
Set the date for 11/11/09, set the time at 00:00 AM, (then 01:00, 02:00, respectively, for the further program segments), and listen up! It was a live radio show, so at the top of the hour there will be some news, and in the first hour the interviewer George Noory has some news segments and a couple quick guests before he gets to the main guest. It will be there for a couple months, so about till the second week of January 2K10.