I've been giving a lot of thought to how to approach solving this problem. At first, I thought about going the scientific route -- figuring out what memory and consciousness is exactly, and trying to work with it on that level. But who am I kidding? I wasn't a scientist in my previous life. How could I turn into one now?
Especially considering the relative lack of maturity of online research in this day. You guys are still searching by text indexes, there is no AI in the systems to group results by category, no global IDs to give you a sense of the qualifications of the author, and the engines don't accept plain text questions. It is frustrating, to say the least.
In any case, due to my lack of education, and the lack of resource, whatever caused this is not going to be explained by science. I think I need to go a different direction. Something more along the lines of spirituality/meditation. At this point, I have to suspect that a higher power has caused this to occur. Maybe if I ask nicely, I can get them to give me a hint or two.