Down Memory Lane . . .

Down Memory Lane

You may have clicked on this post thinking yet another Old Man was about to reminisce about the “Good Old Days”.  But you’d be wrong. Hang on to that thought as you read this.

Memory + Thinking team up as Ego to create separation from the unfolding ‘Now’ so that you can practically function, navigate and compare notes in the Physical Space-Time Universe that you and Einstein see as real. Without that module, you can’t effectively operate here. And, as it is said, you can’t get there from here. ‘Here’ is all about separation; ‘There’ is undivided all beyond thought.

So, you start earth-life at the umbilical cord connected to the blissful Now, but quickly build up enough memory and processing power to become self-aware. You fortify the concept of ‘Me and Mine’ by continuously creating custom distances between everything that Ego catalogues under the Action- Reaction Library Banner Module. (I made that up.. don’t Google it).

From this process emanates your Reality. Could be Success, Failure, Love, Hate, Banker, Bank Robber, Bank Teller, and so on. To the undivided universe it’s just the ever unfolding Now. To you,  it all depends on how it’s catalogued. The separation / pain / anxiety / joy / judgement that you continuously feel is rooted in your manufactured reality; – Not even close to the actual connected universe of ‘What Is’.

On the down side, Memory Lane is one of the major filters that can keep you locked into a specific life frequency, for good or bad, in a ditch or a castle.  For example, if someone did wrong or right to you and you carry that into the meet and greet for every new individual you run across, you don’t actually see the truth or potential of any new experience as it could evolve, but rather thru the filter of your memory .

There are a million other subtle biases that you bring to the table when you try to carry your past into the ‘Now’ with the associated memory baggage.  You keep circling the same old drain as long as you choose to stay tied to that particular leash. It’s why you sometimes make very bad decisions by ignoring “What Is” and depend on the sketchy Memory Module to be your guide.

So what to do, what to do . . . .

  • Actually, it’s pretty simple. To summarize, we live in a world that we understand in physical separation, always moving forward in time, creating our Space-Time Continuum. You can revisit the place where you were born, but you can never go back because that damn time part has moved on. The Smart Physics Guys put this way: The entropy of the Physical Universe is always increasing.. (Google that). Now get over it.
  • Space-Time is a complex construct of your mind that is the sum of your filtered sequential memory from the time the umbilical cord was cut to the trees you walked around, cities you lived in, loves and hates you shared up to this screen you are reading now.  The creator of that “Reality” is called  Me, I or your Ego, but it is just your life memory strung together,  carefully stitched and filtered across your own timeline biases to make up the virtual idea of the self you love or hate.  It doesn’t and can’t  exist in the moment.
  • Try as you might meditate, your Ego can never quite get to “Now”.  It’s explicitly excluded from the holistic connected dance of the Universe that knows no such separation as that created by looking down memory lane.

What to do, you ask? …. Let go.

-the old man



Three Score and Ten later … what’s it all about?

The takeaway from 70+ years of wear and tear in wandering around the planet distills into three words: Less is more.  The kids say that it’s easy for me to say that now, having had a pretty good ride, all in all. Perhaps they have a point, but maybe not. It doesn’t matter for the purpose of this note.

From 20 on into the 40’s it was all about the money dream.  When that didn’t quench the fire and bring on Nirvana, it was about upping the game which included chasing power in its varied forms ranging from respect to influence to being the top dog in the penthouse suite.

Chasing the dream is one of those things that are guaranteed to keep your finely tuned earth-ego separated from what is. “What is” is never right or wrong, good or bad, yin or yang, or in fact, anything you can comprehend with your earth mind. It can never be part of your familiarity with Einstein’s Space-Time physics limited by the speed of light.  It’s simply Now, totally connected and unfolding without you or your thoughts on the matter.

In fact, every thought that arises as a “Me/Them/It-thing” is the very act that separates your world of disparate ideas from the holistic Now. The distance between your desire/regret for/of a particular outcome and “What is” will always be a measure of your emotional pain or joy. As long as there is a ‘You’ at the scene, there will be that pain, joy or separation which can be measured as the gulf between your desire and the “What is”. You can never know “What is” in your busy life of separation; all you know is always looking back with joy or regret, and forward with expectation, anxiety or fear.  So the takeaway tip for this navigation-free note is simply :

  • If you are fearful or anxious, desire something or other at this moment, you are ahead of the Now.
  • If you feel joy, regret or depression at this moment, you are behind the Now.
  • If you are lost in a beautiful sunset or in the middle of a perfect golf swing – there is no you…. Congrats! You have touched the hem of Now … that is,  until you remember how great it was/is and feel the need to tweet. The trick is not thinking at all… in which case you have arrived then evaporated into the experience and are free to go… priceless!

-the old man