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  1. Any action is recorded in our memory, and even an unconscious action is recorded as an action that happened. Consciousness, in a sense, is a recorded sequence of events recorded by brain states. Every action that happens inevitably affects everything that happens to us in the future. And our entire life is nothing more than a consequence of the set of stimuli and reactions that we experience from moment to moment.

    Since a person is born without any experience, the first years of his life inevitably affect the rest of his life, because every event of the first years is the basis of all further behavior. Events that happen, say, at the age of 30 no longer have such an impact, because, first, they are suppressed by earlier experiences, and secondly, their perception is distorted by the conceptual structure of thinking that is formed under the influence of earlier experience.

    What I wrote above is more of a supplement than an answer to the question. However, I believe that what has been said needs to be very well thought out in order to understand yourself, your needs and opportunities, as well as find ways to solve personal problems.

    But back to the question: why can't consciousness be returned to the old configuration after this consciousness has received a new experience? Answer: because this very possibility contradicts biological nature, i.e. in the life of an animal (even if it is a human) there is not and cannot be a situation in which such a “trick” would be justified from the point of view of survival. Another thing is that in human life there are events that it would be better to forget, and the memory of which has an extremely negative effect on the subsequent life, but for the survival of the whole species, it would be more expedient to sacrifice one mentally crippled individual than to endanger the entire species.

    However, if we turn to the experiments of a neuroscientist, Professor K. V. Anokhin, we can find a potential possibility of such a purposeful rollback of the system by the method of memory erasure. The experiments were conducted on rats, but there is a high probability that this can be used in humans in the future. The essence of the experience, if you do not go into details, is as follows: :

    The rat is trained to react in some way. For example, after a beep, a rat gets an electric shock if it doesn't move to another part of the cage. After several repetitions, the rat remembers that after the signal it is necessary to leave and then the electric shock will not follow. After that, the animal is injected with a certain substance that blocks the protein responsible for transferring memory from short-term to long-term. Although the rat already knew how to respond correctly to the signal, after some time it learns this reaction, because the reaction was not translated into long-term memory, i.e. it was not preserved as an experience.

    However, we don't know how it works inside consciousness. If you put such an experience on a person, the result may be different, because human memory obviously works not only with images and sensations, but also with abstract concepts that can be easily remembered using a sequence of words, and, even in the absence of real experience, a person can change his behavior depending on what he knows in theory, i.e. a person can learn

    On the other hand, according to neuroscientists, memory records not only specific events, but also the way they are perceived, and when recalling long-past events, we are not able to restore the perception that was at the time of this event. Instead of restoring the old perception, we reconstruct a new perception of the old situation, and in this way we in some sense overwrite the memory.

    Based on this, it can be assumed that an event that somehow negatively affects our mental state can be rewritten, as it were, if for some time we remember this event in detail in great detail, but at the same time, with the help of our imagination, distort the memory to such a point that the negative color of the event changes to neutral.

    For such a purposeful” reprogramming ” of your memory, you obviously need at least 3-4 weeks of regular internal training (you can call it meditation in a sense), because this is the time needed for new connections to sprout and strengthen between neurons. A greater effect can be achieved if these mental exercises are carried out after sports or a cold shower, because the neuroplasticity of the brain increases under the influence of a stressful situation, and learning new experiences in this case occurs faster.

    I tested the above method of changing my memory on my own experience as an experiment. I can safely say that after 10 years, it is very difficult to remember exactly what part of the experience I changed, because everything seems to be a real memory, although I know for sure that some of these memories are formatted.

    By the way, it is precisely on the basis of everything that I have written that we can be sure that psychoanalysis as a technique has grounds to be working, even in spite of its dubious reputation in scientific circles.

    The answer turned out to be so long for the reason that it is not clear from the question for what purpose it was asked, so I tried to reveal the essence in as much detail as possible.

  2. I know for myself – if you REALLY NEED it, that is, the brain is aware of the need for something, it will lead you to it in addition to your consciousness. It's just that events will turn out so that you suddenly get what you wanted or what you secretly wanted. Or suddenly solved a difficult problem. But here you should remember two sayings, one by Al Capone: “Be afraid of your desires, they can come true” and Indian wisdom – in time you will have everything you wanted. But you won't need it anymore.

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