And so it’s psychologically more conducive to liberation to remember that the thinker, or the feeler, or the experiencer, and the experiences are all together. They’re all one. But, if out of anxiety, you try to stabilize, keep permanent, the separate observer, you are in for conflict.
Now, that’s not a very good idea. It’s more that memory is a dynamic system, not a storage system. It’s a repetition of rhythms, and these rhythms are all part and parcel of the ongoing flow of present experience. In other words, first of all, how do you distinguish between something known now, and a memory?
Actually, you don’t know anything at all until you remember it. Because if something happens that is purely instantaneous – if a light flashes, or, to be more accurate, if there is a flash, lasting only one millionth of a second, you probably wouldn’t experience it, because it wouldn’t give you enough time to remember it.
How is this? Because memory signals have a different cue attached to them than present time signals. They come on a different kind of vibration. Sometimes, however, the wiring gets mixed up, and present experiences come to us with a memory cue attached to them, and then we have what is called a deja vu experience: we’re quite sure we’ve experienced this thing before.
But the problem that we don’t see, don’t ordinarily recognize, is that although memory is a series of signals with a special kind of cue attached to them so we don’t confuse them with present experience, they are actually all part of the same thing as present experience, they are all part of this constantly flowing life process, and there is no separate witness standing aside from the process, watching it go by.
You’re all involved in it.