By Lana M.
We place so much significance on our memory and on what we can remember. And society is always stressing that memory takes place in the brain, and thus when the brain ages, deteriorates or gets damaged, then one can no longer remember. But this is actually not the case.
It is a being’s ability to know and not-know, his ability to look at his own facsimiles, that is at play.
I used to find it fascinating that my former husband could recall long sequences of numbers with no problem – such as bank account numbers and long phone numbers. I seemingly could not do this, but I had no trouble recalling dates, which he seemed unable to do (no matter how many anniversaries or birthdays we had had together).
My mother has been concerned for years that she will end up with dementia, and now in her mid 70’s she has trouble grasping for familiar words, with a word on the tip of her tongue but seemingly not able to recall what the word is, or having a significant lag in being able to bring it to the front of mind. This worries her terribly.
In my auditing, over the years, I have found that my ability to know and not-know has been being rehabilitated (yes, including my capacity to recall number sequences). I know so much more about this life, and about prior lives. And I know about the future, and about the present. My concept of what ‘memory’ is has changed to a better understanding of what knowingness is.
I would love to know about other people’s experiences on the subject of knowing and not-knowing — on remembering and forgetting — on recall.
When auditing and training in Scientology, it is one of those areas that can often improve in subtle ways that we don’t routinely acknowledge, but it is one of just so many abilities that Scientology rehabilitates.
“It is a mechanism of thinkingness, whether one is postulating or receiving information, that one retain one’s ability to know. It is equally important that one retain one’s ability to not-know. Thought consists entirely of knowing and not knowing and the shades of gray between.
“You will discover that most people are trying not to remember. In other words, they are trying to not-know. Education can only become burdensome when one is unable to not-know it. It is necessary that one be able to create, to receive, to know and to not-know information, data and thoughts. Lacking any one of these skills, for they are skills, no matter how native they are to the individual, one is apt to get into a chaos of thinkingness or creatingness or livingness.
“You can look at any eccentric or aberrated person and discover rapidly, by an inspection of him, which one of these four factors he is violating. He either is unable to know or not-know his own created thoughts, or he is unable to know or not-know the thoughts of others. Somewhere, for some reason best known to him, in his anxiety to be part of the game he has shelved, lost, one of these abilities.
“Time is a process of knowing in the present and not-knowing in the future or the past. Remembering is the process of knowing the past; prediction is the process of knowing the future. Forgetting is the process of not-knowing the past, and living “only for today” is the process of not-knowing the future.
“Exercises in these various items rehabilitate not only the sanity or ability of the individual but his general capability in living and playing the game.” LRH, PAB 86, 29 May 1956