Friend: How is memory recognized or brought into the Now? Just now as I woke up, it seems that I didn’t remember the address of the place where I live? But then all of sudden a thought arose without me thinking about it with the correct address.
Reply: Memory arises as images and as bodily sensations. There is a seeming continuity to the images that arise in memory. This continuity is usually attributed to the object. That is how come the objective world is imagined to be real.
What is overlooked is that the continuity does not belong to the form, does not belong to thought, does not belong to the images.
The impression of continuity is due to the uninterrupted quality of consciousness. It is the uninterrupted nature of consciousness that leads to the impression of continuity that we mistakenly attribute to the world.
Friend: Just as a dream? In deep sleep? But it seems memory helps in a way or it leads me to the believe the I am this person?
Reply: Yes. In the night dream, the continuity of the dream is due to the reality of the dreamer, you. In deep sleep, there is the pure awareness.
But in the night dream, the world and body are absent and become virtual. Thus, in the night dream, the continuity of the world and body are more fluid and less set in stone as compared to the waking state.
Memory does not lead to the belief that you are a specific person. Memory is made out of thought images.
It is the belief that you are the body mind that maintains the impression of personhood.
Once that belief thins out, the impression that you are a person also thins out. Memory will continue but will be void of the impression of a continuous person.
Continuity belongs to what is eternal, it belongs to the reality of consciousness.
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