Level Two: Active Memory

Beyond the awake, material mind is the active memory, the first level of what is commonly called the unconscious. The awake mind can reach into the active memory to recall stored information that we have learned, but do not need to access at every waking moment. We are not always aware of what is stored in our active memory, but we can recall this information fairly easily, sometimes through a process of discursive thinking. There are also things that can provoke our memory, like a particular smell or the content of a conversation with someone that “re- minds” us. Through the prompts that activate our memory we can often recall very specific information, but we must also remember that our active memory is not a depository of objective truth, and the information that is stored frequently wears a mask created by the self-preservation mechanisms of the ego.