Adjusting Memory's Mechanism
There are many things mortals need to remember and others they prefer to forget. If memory's mechanism seems maladjusted and a human being cannot recall what he should remember, or if he is plagued with the recurrence of unhappy thought pictures of past events, this condition can be healed through prayer. There is a law of God that will heal amnesia, remove a mental block, and restore memory, or else enable one to bring under control thoughts that one feels would be better forgotten—whichever adjustment a case may seem to need.
The divine Mind is omniscient. This Mind holds safely within itself its own ideas. Not one true thought is ever lost or even temporarily forgotten. Omniactive, omnipresent, omnipotent Mind is always intelligent. Thoughts are continually unfolding in this Mind in orderly sequence. Mind is never absent, but is invariably present, alert, strong, and true. No haziness or dreaminess obscures the clarity of Mind's consciousness of its ideas. They are sharply defined, each with its own purpose and importance, held in the divine memory by indissoluble bands of love and vividly discerned.
Since man is the manifestation of immortal Mind, he is endowed with the faculty of infallible memory. This faculty can never be lost or become dim, and is never ill at ease, plagued by unhappy recollections. Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "If delusion says, 'I have lost my memory,' contradict it. No faculty of Mind is lost. In Science, all being is eternal, spiritual, perfect, harmonious in every action." Science and Health, p.407;
One who grasps the beauty and grandeur of God's creation will always love to remember. He will have no problem in holding in conscious thought the ideas he has previously received from Mind. They will be etched in consciousness as with "the point of a diamond." Jer. 17:1;
Memory is a precious gift from God, Mind, to man. From Mind, divine Love, emanate thoughts of love, which in their turn produce harmonious events, beautiful experiences, happy memories. No trivial or ignoble thoughts proceed from so grand a source as Love, omnipotent Principle, to hover accusingly in consciousness and remind one of wasted opportunities and misspent effort. Mind, Truth, holds no bitterness, no sadness, no regrets. All that truly exists or occurs in true consciousness is grand. It is worthy of remembrance and can never be lost.
Whatever in human thought is discordant, disturbing, of unhappy memory, does not emanate from divine Mind; therefore it is not true or permanent but as ephemeral as a dream—and as easily forgotten by one who is willing to admit its unreality and let it go. Mrs. Eddy writes: "Whatever obstructs the way,—causing to stumble, fall, or faint, those mortals who are striving to enter the path,—divine Love will remove; and uplift the fallen and strengthen the weak. Therefore, give up thy earth-weights; and observe the apostle's admonition, 'Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those which are before.'" Miscellaneous Writings, p.328;
Christian Science shows, then, that the understanding of divine Love can adjust the mechanism of human memory—whether it is operating sluggishly, forgetting when it should recall, or too imaginatively, bringing to consciousness images of mortal thought better forgotten. These thoughts have in truth no more substance than dreams and should be allowed to fall into the oblivion from which they came. Christ Jesus said, "Let the dead bury their dead." Matt. 8:22. Human will is often inadequate to bring about this burial —to unclasp the hold of mortal mind on its own false images. But the recognition of God, Love, as the only Mind and creator enables one to classify the ugliness of the past as a shadow and then to consign it to oblivion as one who has awakened from sleep drops the memory of a dream when he recognizes its unreality.
Since the divine Mind is omniscient and man reflects the qualities of Mind, the age of a human being is no argument for a loss of memory. Memory is immortal, not subject to the brain. Matter does not make conditions for spiritual ideas, nor time impose a penalty. Mind is infinite. Its capacity has no limits. All that exists in Truth is eternally in divine consciousness and forever present. Every individual man and woman reflects the capacity of the omnipresent, creative Mind. Each can claim the capability to know all that he requires to know at the moment he needs the knowledge.
Memory improves in human experience in proportion as the individual claims and cherishes the immortal faculty that Christian Science is showing he possesses by divine right. Perfect memory is a spiritual bestowal to be valued and utilized. A person who treats carelessly such a precious gift may lose his conscious grasp of it and become forgetful, absentminded, senile.
It is never too late to have a lost memory restored—to prove that Mind is ever present and memory always clear—for in Truth it is never lost. Man is eternally at one with omnipotent Mind, and manifests its qualities forever. Knowing this, the wise children of this world claim and utilize to the utmost the mental faculties they truly derive from God. They love to remember because they recognize all true objects and events to be the manifestation of divine Love. They exercise and will develop their God-derived faculty for remembering, and aim to demonstrate the infinitude of immortal memory.Naomi Price