WHAT ARE THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND AND THE BRAIN?
Every experience leaves the brain altered.
The nerve fibres and the cells have gone into new stages of disposition for
certain excitements. This disposition may be slowly lost. In that case the
earlier experience cannot be reproduced; we have forgotten it. But as long as
the disposition lasts—it is quite indifferent whether we conceive it more in
terms of chemical changes or physical variations, as processes in the nerve
cells or between the nerve cells—the physiological change alone is responsible
for the awakening of the memory idea under favouring associative conditions. Of
course, someone might reply: can we not fancy that there remains on the
psychical side also a disposition? Each idea which we have experienced may have
left a psychical trace which alone may make it possible that the idea may come
back to us again. But what is really meant and what is gained by such a
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