Learn to Memory Dive
Updated: Aug 29, 2019
1) Take a deep gasp of air and close your eyes. As though you were diving into a pool, about to go underwater.
2) Let any memory come to your head.
3) As soon as one does 'resubmerge' open your eyes and breathe out.
Write it down or dive again.
How does that work? What if I don't remember anything?
You will. When you jump into the void, you will panic and think of something. But you should take a sharp gasp and scrunch your eyes. The shock to your body can you put into a different state of consciousness. Taking calm breaths will bring you to a slow point of rest or frustration. You need to physically and audibly commit.
The reason for 'resubmerging' as soon as you get a memory is to prevent you from ruminating. We're learning to have a new experience with memory.
It is harder to get lost in your head if you keep returning to your sense of sight and surroundings; the boundary between real life and memory becomes more distinct if you are going from light to dark, to light again, rather than getting lost.
It is possible to have a 'blank' dive. Where you don't remember anything on the beat after you close your eyes. This more commonly occurs in group settings where there is some level of performance anxiety, it's normal.
However you will have still 'disturbed the water'. And you may find a memory begins to bubble up to the surface after you open your eyes. Some people find a memory might surface before the 'dive' action. Or by listening to other people recall their dives, they remember something.