Top 9 Ways that Memory is Subversive

by Mark Votava

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Often times the mind is disconnected from an embodied experience of our spirituality.  It seems that the intellect gets the most focus in our Western ways of life far more than the body does.  I am coming to see that the mind that fosters the memory for an imagination within us is so important in our embodied experience of love, grace and humility.

There are so many memories that have become helpful for to remember who I am.  I am talking about my true self without all the fabricated illusions I have created within me.  The true self that is deeply connected to love, compassion and empathy.  My memory is a powerful tool to help me to become an embodied expression of love in the world.

There have been seasons in my life where I have forgotten who I am.  In these seasons, I usually become cynical, depressed, isolated and frustrated with everything.  I spiral down into an amnesia of hope, life and peace.  When I integrate my mind (memory) with my body (an embodiment of love) I start to live again.

Recently a friend of mine died.  And the memory of his life and legacy has inspired me to reimagine everything that is valuable to me.  Death and funerals have a way of stirring the imagination through grief to find what is authentic in life.  When I think about death, it always puts me back in touch with my authentic memory that inspires what is truthful in the midst of my experience.

Here are 9 ways that memory is subversive.

1. It is dangerous to the status quo

Memory is subversive.  Memory can be dangerous to the status quo.  Memory is life-giving to us individually and together collectively as the body of Christ.

2. Cultivates imagination within us  

What is the body without the memory of the mind?  If we did not have minds to remember, we would be dysfunctional.  Memory infuses the mystical imagination.

To have a memory of the beautiful is a powerful practice in the parish.  Our reflection and rest holds this memory within our souls.  We cannot function without our memory. 

3. We live within our depths

We need our memory.  We need to remember the divine mysteries all around us.  We need to remember the divine mysteries within us.

4. We become our true selves

We are all called to memory.  All of us are called to memory in the place we inhabit together.  The memory cultivates the mystical imagination within us.  The memory calls us to be ourselves.

5. Calls us to an inner revolution that is decentralized and organic

The memory calls us to reimagine.  The memory calls us to love, grace and humility.  The memory is calling for an inner revolution that is decentralized, organic and subversive.  The memory can connect us to authenticity and honesty.

6. We experience all of life as sacred

Our reflection and rest directs our focus toward God and the sacredness of all of life.  We are called to rest in God.  We are called to a memory of reflection in the place we inhabit together.  God’s rest is our abundance.

7. Puts us into a posture of living

God’s rest is our strength.  God’s rest is our identity as the body of Christ in everyday life together.  Our reflection and rest puts us into a posture of living.  Our reflection and rest puts us into a posture of listening to our local community.

8. We depend on God

Lynne M. Baab writes, “…our rest indicates that we depend completely on the God who created and sustains us…” 

9. We remember each other

God is the one we remember through each other.  God is the one we remember through the parish.

Is an authentic memory important to you?