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Part II: Characteristics of An Active Memory

(posted: 04/30/2013)

Characteristics of An Active Memory

As a self-help resource I've tried to come up with some of the characteristics of an active memory.

Some clarification is needed to begin.

The definition of a memory, taken from, is "the mental capacity or faculty of retaining and reviving facts, events, impressions, etc. or of recalling or recognizing previous experiences."

The memories that I consider "active memory" are not the same as the ones you may at times reflect back upon, such as playing with your dog when you were ten years old, or other general memories that you may recall. Neither are most of the memories that come to you in a state of daydreaming and seemingly "active" memory. However, there are always the exceptions.

Here are some characteristics of an active memory:

  • You will often be able to identify an active memory by a feeling attached to it. For example, a memory that makes you feel scared, even though it is "only" a memory.
  • An active memory has the energy of the unknown surrounding it. You will feel a need to ask yourself questions surrounding an active memory. Many times the mystery of what you remember is actually an opportunity for profound healing.
  • An active memory can have a profound affect on your choices, decisions, and actions that you may not even be aware of, until now.
  • A common theme I find with an active memory is that it may have a direct impact on your belief of your "worthiness to have".
  • These active memories remain frozen in time until you heal them. It's as if, at the very center of who you are, these active memories are still alive within, recreating your past.
  • These active memories may create havoc and self-sabotaging decisions to foil your best intentions. In most situations you will either fall short of achieving your goals or end up with the opposite of what you really want. Frustrating, to say the least!
  • I'm a big proponent of positive self-talk. It will help you get through situations until you heal the active memory. On its own no amount of affirmations or positive self-talk can heal an active memory.

Depending on your specific active memory you may need to seek the help of a professional. You need to get to the source of your active memory in order to get to the other side.

Next time, Part III: Identifying Active Memories

Active Memories Series
Part II: Characteristics of An Active Memory


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