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Healing Memories | Physically Spiritual

Updated: Oct 21, 2021

Is a memory just a movie in our heads, or, is it more than that? Memories are a record of our full lived experience, but it is not a perfect recording of the past. This episode explores what memory is and how to change our relationship with the present by renegotiating our records of the past.

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Headings

2:30 - John 14:26

7:30 - External & Internal Senses

11:00 - Explicit & Implicit Memory

15:30 - Epigenetic Memory

16:30 - The Evolutionary Purpose of Memory

18:00 - Trauma and Memory

24:00 - Renegotiating Memory

26:00 - Re-Traumatization

29:00 - Finding Safety

33:00 - Praying with Memories


FIND A PRACTITIONER

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner - https://directory.traumahealing.org/

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute -https://account.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org/directory.html

US Association for Body Psychotherapy - https://usabp.org/Find-a-Therapist


Notes


John 14: 26 - “The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything and remind you of all that [I] told you.” https://bible.usccb.org/bible/john/14


The Hebrew word for “male” is word זכר (zakar) which also means “to remember” or to consciously review - https://biblehub.com/hebrew/2145.htm and https://biblehub.com/hebrew/2142.htm


Anamnesis (from the Greek word ἀνάμνησις meaning "reminiscence")

In Platonism -> pre-existence of the soul, recalling the forms - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anamnesis_%28philosophy%29

At the Mass - Anamnesis - in Eucharistic prayer, but after consecration

Making present - https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/index.cfm?id=31792


For an introduction to the external and internal senses see “The Powers of the Soul” by Aquinas 101 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2_t7nW6MZQ


Explicit and Implicit Memory - https://www.verywellmind.com/implicit-and-explicit-memory-2795346

Epigenetics - Physically Spiritual 11 | “Every Cell Remembers” - https://www.becominggift.com/post/every-cell


For an entertaining and interesting introduction to the inaccuracy of memory see Revisionist History Season 4 - http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/24-free-brian-williams


For an introduction on how trauma affects memory see https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/beastly-behavior/201605/trauma-ptsd-and-memory-distortion and for a full treatment of the subject see Peter A. Levine Ph.D., Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic Memory, October 27, 2015. - https://www.amazon.com/Trauma-Memory-Practical-Understanding-Traumatic/dp/1583949941


The results of the 9/11 Flashbulb Study are more nuanced than I recounted in the episode. After one year 63% of respondents were accurate about details and only 40% accurately recalled their emotions. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/911-memory-accuracy/


Somatic Experiencing - https://traumahealing.org/about-us/


Renegotiation of Memory

  • Practice Presence - Build a habit of safety

  • Self honesty - Don’t push yourself - less is more

  • Titration - little bit by little bit

  • Approach the memory, find safety holding the memory

  • Work with a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner


The Science of Safety - Physically Spiritual 12 | “The Tiger in Your Inbox” - https://www.becominggift.com/post/every-cell

How to Find Safety - Physically Spiritual 20 | “God’s Presence and Your Body” - https://www.becominggift.com/post/gods-presence


For an introduction to the basic science of safety and practices for finding safety see Rebekkah LaDyne MS SEP, The Mind-Body Stress Reset: Somatic Practices to Reduce Overwhelm and Increase Well-Being, March 1, 2020 - https://www.amazon.com/Mind-Body-Stress-Reset-Practices-Well-Being/dp/1684034272


FIND A PRACTITIONER

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner - https://directory.traumahealing.org/

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute -https://account.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org/directory.html

US Association for Body Psychotherapy - https://usabp.org/Find-a-Therapist


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