That means that by the time you’re staring blankly at the kitchen counter, or the bathroom mirror, or the car in the garage your brain has already moved on from the thought that led you in there.
What’s more, researchers say you’ve got to backtrack into the room where you had the idea in the first place in order to remember what you were looking for.
New research from University of Notre Dame psychology professor Gabriel Radvansky suggests that the act of passing through a doorway causes the mind to file away memories and prepare mentally for the new environment.
His findings were published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
“Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind,” he says. “It files past episodes of your activity in your memory banks.”
Recalling a decision or activity that was made in a different room just a few moments ago is difficult because it has already been filed and compartmentalized by a brain that wants closure.
It’s just one of the many tricks our brain uses to keep our life organized and reduce uncertainty. The brain likes to label our experiences and then file them away for future reference.
Anything that affects our survival is retrieved very quickly. And that’s because the ego wants to protect the ‘garment’ it’s wearing – and that would be our physical bodies which are the somatic vehicles that carry our brain around.
So, when we go from one environment into another the brain puts our past beliefs, thoughts, assumptions, and memories on hold for awhile and scans the new environment for signs of both danger and opportunity.
In addition to doorways, physical boundaries like gates, the place where carpeting meets hardwood floors, going from water to dry land or dry land into water, going from forests into meadows and vice versa are all examples of ‘event boundaries.’
However, there’s another ‘event boundary’ we’d like to talk about. It’s a spiritual ‘event boundary.’ It’s the introduction in consciousness of a high spiritual principle that causes us to leave a lower level of awareness (a mental room) and enter a higher level of awareness (another mental room).
What happens is most people retreat into their previous awareness instead of being open to the expanded awareness which comes with the new mental environment.
For example, here are some ‘spiritual event boundaries’ that cause people to retreat from a higher state of consciousness back into the embedded theology they grew up with:
You don’t have to die to go to Heaven – or Hell
You don’t have to settle for a literal interpretation of the Bible
You don’t have to pray ‘To’ an external God in the sky
You don’t have to be Christian to be saved
You don’t have to turn the Only Begotten Son into the Only Forgotten Son
You don’t have to be baptized with water
These ‘spiritual event boundaries’ you find in your mental attic may send you back into the basement (embedded theology). As you step into your higher awareness you may forget that you are a powerful spiritual being who has unlimited potential.
Once you get good at boundary management, whether it’s going through doorways, or gates, or from one level of consciousness to another you will begin to store in your memory banks an openness to change and adventure.
With this predisposition to openness you will not be tempted to retreat in the face of newness because your memory files will be filled with an openness for higher octave thinking.
The way to make that happen is to roto-rooter your thinking, being, and doing. That is grind out any negativity and self-doubt. Erase any unforgiveness, and fear, and guilt.
Grow past fundamental religious interpretations of scripture and see dogma for what it is – a spiritual lobotomy.
Roto-rooter any error beliefs, assumptions, prejudices, and biases out of your consciousness. Clear out the neural pathways that keep you feeling unworthy, unhappy, and unfulfilled.
Enter the room that is the biggest room in your house – the room for improvement. The house we’re talking about is your consciousness. And the rooms are current belief systems. Enter each room with your eyes wide open and with a spring in your step.About the author: Rev. Dr. Bil Holton is a metaphysician, prolific author, and dynamic speaker. Learn more by visiting him at www.TheMetaphysicalWebsite.com