[Excerpt from TT: 2001-12-06]
[MaryBV] How does centering affect memory?
[Michael_Entity] ALL Centers have their form of Memory in storage and retrieval.
The Intellect stores and retrieves memory in the form of Thoughts, Ideas, and is Visually interpreted.
The Emotional memories are stored and retrieved in the form what are commonly understood as Feelings, Emotions, and are Aurally interpreted.
The Moving stores and retrieves its memories in the forms of Health, Activity, and are Sensually interpreted.
Each Center does affect how events are remembered; especially in the mixture of the Centering with the Part.
The Intellect affects the memory with its level of beliefs and justifications; the Emotions affect memory with its sentimentality and attachments; the Moving affects the memory through its levels of vitality and productivity at the time.
For each of these examples above, they are only part of how each Center may affect memory, and those factors always stem from the PRESENT (retrieval), not how or what was stored.
Each Center is involved in Memory, of course, but the habitual Centering will affect how a fragment’s memory is used habitually.
Each Ordinal Center is referencing memory of the current lifetime and physicality. If more information outside of that realm is required or resonating, it is then drawn through the Higher of that Center. The Instinctive Center is the communication medium between the Cardinal and Ordinal.
Since the Instinct/Assimilation is usually maintaining the task of protection of the body, most memory filtered there is decidedly fearful or not. This is why most long-standing memories are either decidedly joyful or painful.
We can continue to extrapolate on this topic, but we will ask if we are answering your question appropriate to your intent.
[MaryBV] Well, I should have asked also how the role plays into this, but that is probably a topic for a whole discussion.
[Michael_Entity] The Roles play little part in how memory is used or affected, since each lifetime sets a new design for the body and the Body/Personality is the tool for memory. The Essence’s choice of Overleaves is the most direct impact. Since Time is not a factor for Essence, it does not have the need for “memory” as it is experienced on the Physical Plane.
[MaryBV] I see, so what accounts for smell/taste, etc., in memory?
[Michael_Entity] Every Cell and Atom in your body has the ability to “remember,” which means it has the ability to re-create. When the Personality or Body calls on a memory to be reconstructed, it will call on these minute parts of self to participate. It is of no mystery that you can recall a scene in a movie, which is Visual, but it is no more a mystery for the other senses to have that ability to reconstruct, as well.