As someone who once suffered severe spontaneous painful/traumatic memories/flashbacks, which seemed to get worse with time, I stumbled onto a remarkable memory management technique as I was responding one day to a series of reoccurring painful memories/flashbacks in the middle of the day, one after another. My spontaneous reaction/gesture quickly become an exciting discovery.
After making a somewhat animated gesture, I was instantly able to re-file my distracting spontaneous painful memories, and after only a few days of performing/utilizing this new technique periodically throughout the day, I discovered that I was basically “cured”, and no longer suffered from distracting and unwanted painful spontaneous memories. I am now of course anxious to share and attempt to quantify this discovery with others.
My conscious mind, which I have nicknamed “the mental desktop”, was the area of invasion by my spontaneous painful memories and negative thoughts, and clearly where important daily decisions and basic thinking are done. I began to visualize spontaneous memories/flashbacks as files that have fallen out of their folder from the memory system of the subconscious, onto the desktop of the conscious.
It occurred to me that distracting memories, besides causing deep sadness, created a disorganized mental desktop, which would be much like a disorganized/messy home when one’s own “stuff” can cause anxiety, of course not because your own stuff wants to hurt you, but because it has not been put away where it belongs, and is simply in the way.
Using further visualization, I began to think of the past in terms of an energy path behind each individual. Clearly our experiences are processed in the “present”, by the conscious mind/mental desktop, and then filed within the memory system of our subconscious.
Apparently these memory files stored within the subconscious mind are actually managed by the conscious mind/desktop, as it became obvious that the conscious/mental desktop is responsible for and has authority over the subconscious/memory filing system. So when negative thoughts and/or bad memories appear spontaneously, or “fall out of their file” onto the busy desktop, they would simply need to be re-directed back where they belong, filed appropriately & literally behind us.
The stored energy that is memories, seem to behave like naughty children who must be managed and sometimes ordered to get back in line, into their appropriate and safe place.
I also noticed incidentally that spontaneous negative memories and thoughts can be triggered by an inactive desktop, indicating to me that staying busy is also important.
Instructions for memory management technique
When painful memory or negative thought spontaneously appears on the mental desktop, do the following:
1 – Point straight ahead (towards the mental desktop area which is directly in front of ones face/focus area) with two fingers, palm up.
2 – Aggressively, but with a little finesse, motion the memory or thought/energy mass to the back, over your shoulder. The subconscious will take it from there; both the subconscious and the memory/thought itself, know exactly where this memory belongs. It will now be removed from the area of responsibility of the desktop
It is amazing to note how fast the mind can re-file a memory; memories can be re-filed as quickly as they appear. It is also apparent that the subconscious is there to support the conscious, and turns out to be actually no match for the authority and ability of the conscious mind to prioritize the desktop.
This technique may take repeated motioning of memory files back into their appropriate files for several days; interestingly I found this technique to be extremely empowering and actually fun; I can truthfully say that I actually missed having to do this as often, as the flashbacks subsided and quickly found their permanent place within my subconscious, or dare I say, found out whose really boss.