The brain is built to be a storehouse of sense impressions and emotional impressions. The brain is built as a storehouse of memories. Any new experience in a person’s life is automatically brought in contact (though the sense or emotional impressions by which it is received) with all other similar sensed or felt the experience. Our responses are built upon our memories. Remember, this process is not “thinking” but feeling. This feeling process occupies most of our waking time.
We have a choice.
Will we allow ourselves to function on the basis of how we feel or will, we consciously direct ourselves regardless of our feelings. Will be acting or react? Will we gain dominion over ourselves and our circumstances or will we simply react to the situation? Will we become the victim of our senses? If so we are limited to our structure as a structure.
To be the masters of our structure we understand that we do have a choice to be in control of our structures or to unconsciously allow our structure to function on auto-pilot.
Our success or failures in life depend not only on our circumstances but the use of fortunate circumstance to advance beyond the negative environmental situation. This comes only with conscious directive thought. How seldom do we have the courage to take the time to think, when we just allow ourselves to easily fall back into the luxury of negative emotional reaction instead?
That same nervous system, which permits the absence of conscious direction, a good deal of the time, also permits conscious directions all the time. Our storehouse of memory was intended to enrich and prompt thought, rather than serve as a flood-gate for an emotional reaction. However, by allowing our nerve pathways to become used to emotional reaction, we are setting up a habit that will be very hard to break. Conscious Direction can be called upon at any time by putting forth effort – A GREAT AMOUNT OF EFFORT – for it must suppress the old senses/memories/emotions. This choice is always available and is our challenge to make use of our potential power.
Many people will say, they are dependent upon events which occur around them. These people will tell you that memory is the basis for all action and reaction. And that memory is determined by environmental events and situations and relationships.
What comes before the memory? Memory has to have two conditions that it needs to exist. It must have a recording surface to etch upon, and it must have an emotional involvement sufficient to form the acid for that etching process. Memory depends, upon the individual structure and individual reaction. Individual structure means a different recording surface. An individual reaction means a different intensity of emotion in different structures. If the SENSE IMPRESSION of the moment fails to emotionalize the person completely enough to trigger emotion, they will not remember that incident. Only those incidents which totally involve the individual will by emphatically etched upon his memory. Memory depends on structure.
Since the individual’s basic structure determines the kind of reaction they are likely to have, it also indicates the kind of memories they are likely to have. By understanding their structure, and being able to anticipate the kind of situations that are going to release their emotions, they can change the course of their usual pattern, by calming their feelings and avoiding the etching of a memory, that would provide upsetting to them later. If an individual can determine and control his memories, how can they be at the mercy of the stimuli (environment influence) which “Causes” them? We can control our minds, we can control our memories, and we can certainly control our external circumstances. Even at the times when “things seem to be completely beyond our own control” (such as in fire, flood, catastrophe, etc) we still have the power to direct our own actions and reactions within the seeming limitations of the circumstance. If we can only keep control until the circumstance passes (as it will with time) we can rise above our emotions and direct ourselves as positively as possible.
Freud said, “That man has spirit was always acknowledged. That he has instinctual drives, too – that’s what you have to tell him again and again.” That man has an instinctual drive, however, man has never lacked for knowledge. Each life is spent in a rather amazing digression from its purpose and its possibilities in just such instinctual lines. But that man has a spirit – a spirit that can free him from his instinctual drives – that is what we must tell man again and again. And this brings us back to Personology. (the study of Personology – personalities and physical traits by Robert L. Whitesides)