Hyo Jin Moon February 11, 2007 7:00 am Belvedere

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Rev. Andrew Compton is the MC. All welcome Hyo Jin nim and offer a bow.

Hyo Jin nim bows to the audience as he approaches the stage.

Good morning!

Another week has passed.

For most of us a couple of thousand things happened last week. I guess we have to prepare ourselves for the next level.

Let me ask you a question: Do you have more good memories or do you have more bad memories when you look back on your life? (Good.)

I guess it’s up to you right?

(A small boy sitting next to his mother on the front row says "bad memories" and the room is filled with laughter.)

You’re just a kid, man, I don’t think you’ve lived yet.

(Hyo Jin nim is amused.)

OK, at least you’ve got an opinion and you’re honest.

(The laughter finally dies down.)

I guess that memories are the building blocks of the thing that we call intelligence. If you look at the animal kingdom, memory is a survival mechanism. It’s very, very important. Animals have a greater acute sense than we do because they have to survive based on that. Memory is very important. Right from birth they have to learn how to survive to catch prey and find food sources, navigate from point "A" to point "B," all that depends on memory and their life depends on it.

For us, too, memory is very important because that’s pretty much how we build our lives. If you don’t have many good memories, I guess that you have to build them to find it somehow.

So are there some things that we can rely on to help us achieve that end? Yes, according to the promise from heaven we have the greatest capacity in terms of storing memory, a capacity beyond just the building blocks of intelligence. There are all sorts of diverse applications of the intellectual capacities that we have to do the things that we want to do beyond what you see in the animal kingdom. So how would you create a good memory if you don’t have many? That’s why imagination is very important and creativity is very important. Because everything that you want to do after you have reached a certain stage where you have a basic building block of creating your greater self, because you have learned, you have memorized how to speak. You know how to read, how to write, how to do basic things. What you need to do is…

You have to plan. You have to plan your future. You have to envision yourself ten years from now. Let’s say you’re a twelve-year-old kid or barely a teenager, middle school, whatever. You have to envision yourself ten years from now, twenty years from now.

It hasn’t happened yet. You don’t have it in your memory, but you can store those mental images that you’re creating about yourself. It might not be true at the moment in physical form because it hasn’t been manifested yet however, that image that you see of yourself perhaps one day, if you do the right thing, if you are persistent and you do what it takes to get there and keep at it, perhaps the image of you that you have stored in your head when you’re a sixth-grader, ten years from now, twenty years from now, thirty years from now, will come true.

All the stuff we store, I guess we store it mostly for some reason, but some things we don’t even think about it, we just store it. And some times it just comes up. Sometimes it can be helpful, but if you are not careful it can also harm you. Because most likely if you store certain things that you are not fully in control of you are going to create something not nice.

Now let’s say that you have to love somebody. You have to love your parents. You can’t hate your parents. You have to love your siblings. You can’t hate your siblings. You’re going to be with them forever. There are many things that make a relationship work and sometimes you have to work at it. And it’s not one way; it’s always both ways. And there are things that can sometimes get in the way of building a greater relationship. How do you go about achieving a greater relationship when certain images or certain memories always get in the way?

There are so many people who I do not know personally out there walking around on this planet. If I make judgment based on one casual image that I perceive in a moment then that would not be good.

So it is with my siblings. The only memory I have of intimacy with them is Heung Jin. We shared the same room until I reached my teenage years. Other than that there is too much age gap, so I don’t know these kids except when they were very young. That’s the only memories that I have of them.

What I see now, in