There are times when I wake up in the morning (or after a nap) and for a moment have no recall of who I am, or where I am; a common experience for many people. This special moment is a good time to experience our “being” without identification with personality or history: it is freedom from the limitations of time and space.
How can we improve our memory to recall more facts and experiences? John Muir states in his autobiography “My Boyhood and Youth” that he memorized the entire New Testament and three-quarters of the Old Testament at a very early age. He credits his father for this ability, the result of frequent thrashings (whipped and spanked). He says the Scotch teachers of Dunbar (early 19th century. USA frontier era was probably similar) knew the relationship between the skin and memory. Everyone has had a traumatic experience that leaves a solid memory from the past. Today we know this power to memorize is the result of vasopressin (ADH antidiuretic hormone) secreted by the pituitary gland during traumatic events, such as being slapped, hit or whipped.
“Diapid” is a nasal spray of dilute vasopressin (ADH) and is available from your doctor by prescription. In ‘Life Extension: A Practical and Scientific Approach” Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw provide information about this hormone and its powerful effect on memory. Rather than frequent thrashings of the skin there is an option. This pharmaceutical, Diapid, can prove useful for memory activation and stimulation during intense study periods. I tried it and found it effective, when used occasionally, but not frequently.
Rosemary herb can be a very powerful memory stimulant. Grinding a very small amount of the fresh leaf with a little water, and then rubbing this solution into my scalp, after a short wait, past memories were activated in fine detail. I have not had success using teas or consuming the herb; a high potency shampoo might work.
There are luminous places in the wilderness that stimulate the mind to a fine degree, and activate memories.
I believe time “travel” into the future via dreams is possible (precognitive dreams), and occurs frequently for many people. However, memories of the future are lost upon returning to the present. Perhaps memories of the future are “tagged” or “tuned” by their very nature, for each specific time, and can only retrieved if they have a “tag”. On rare occasions a memory from the future does get back to the present, as it was not tagged, or the tag came off. In this case the memory of the future can have a significant effect on the present, such as an invention.
(c) Paul C Adams 2014 updated: 4-15-14