Accessibility of Memory


Reference: Scientology Processes (Part 1)

This exercise helps practice mindfulness with respect to memory. The student may feel that a memory may be there, but then he determines rapidly whether that memory is accessible or not.

In this exercise the student reads an item from a list to see if it triggers a memory or not. If a memory comes up, he acknowledges its presence and looks at all the physical perceptions it contains.

If no memory comes up, he understands that the memory is not accessible at that time. He does not force the mind, or interferes with it in any way, to bring the memory up. He trusts the natural processes of the mind to provide him with the memories.

The exercise gives the person some familiarity with the Discipline of Mindfulness.


EXERCISE: Accessibility of Memory

PURPOSE: To recognize and respect the accessibility of memories.

PREREQUISITE:  Always go back to Discerning the Environment if you are having trouble doing this exercise.

GUIDING PRINCIPLE: The Discipline of Mindfulness


  1. Focus your attention randomly on an item from the following list. Contemplate it to see if it triggers a memory.

  2. If a memory comes up, acknowledge its presence and view the physical perceptions connected to that memory. Then see if there is another memory connected with that item.

  3. If no memory comes up, then acknowledge that memory is not accessible at that moment. Focus your attention on another item from the list.

  4. When there are several memories triggered by an item, then view them in the order naturally suggested by the mind.

  5. When a memory comes up that is too introverting or upsetting then go back to Discerning the Environment to extrovert the attention.

  6. Do not interfere with the mind. Let it carry out its functions in the most natural fashion.

  7. Do this exercise for at least 20 minutes. Then end it off at a good point.

The List:

  1. You were happy.
  2. You climbed a tree.
  3. You ate something good.
  4. You received a present.
  5. You enjoyed a laugh.
  6. You helped somebody.
  7. You threw a ball.
  8. Something important happened to you.
  9. You played a game.
  10. You jumped down from a tree.
  11. You won a contest.
  12. You laughed loudly.
  13. You met someone you liked.
  14. You flew on a plane.
  15. You were at a beautiful place.
  16. You jumped into a pool.
  17. You enjoyed a beautiful morning.
  18. You went for a walk.
  19. Somebody teased you.
  20. You sat in a coffee shop.
  21. You danced with joy.
  22. You raced with someone.
  23. You completed something important.
  24. You were pleasantly surprised.
  25. You met somebody after a long time.
  26. You were caught in a rain.
  27. You heard a thunder.
  28. Someone smiled at you.
  29. You played with a pet.
  30. You held someone’s hand.
  31. Someone picked you up.
  32. You were spinning around.
  33. You read a good book.
  34. You felt breeze on your face.
  35. You saw a beautiful flower.
  36. You smelled a rose.
  37. Somebody called you.
  38. You were in a play.
  39. You sang aloud.
  40. You watched a movie.
  41. Your team won.
  42. You rode with friends.
  43. You visited a beautiful garden.
  44. You played in water.
  45. The weather was stormy.
  46. Somebody gave you a hug.
  47. You liked somebody.
  48. You slid down a slide.
  49. You ran toward someone you liked.
  50. You enjoyed beautiful weather.



In mindfulness, the basic tool is the discipline of mindfulness. Apart from that a person is basically interested in the physical and mental objects that form up in the mind.

Physical objects in the mind are copies of physical objects perceived from the environment. Mental objects in the mind are distinct thoughts, emotions and efforts that can be clearly identified.

Mental computations are allowed to occur as automatic free associations in the background. The person does not get involved with the computations.


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