Chapters in the Story of Consciousness – Lecture Series, Vol 36 . read
Memory much more than just recall
Each memory is unique, based on our personal experience, and each is based on our interactions with the outside world. New research suggests such experience-dependent learning not only archives those experiences but also helps shape our brain development and the way we process memories later in life.
The theory of cellular memories states that memories, as well as personality traits, are not only stored in the brain but may also stored in organs such as the heart.
The best way to understand cellular memories is studying cases of organ transplants. One of the more famous cases includes a woman named Claire Sylvia. In the 70s this woman received a heart and lung transplant from an 18-year-old boy who died in a motorcycle accident. After her surgery Sylvia had cravings she never had before like beer and burgers. After some time, she contacted the family of her donor and was in shock to learn that he enjoyed the same foods. She wrote a book including many other shared experiences with her donor.
Another case was an 8-year-old girl who received a 10-year-old girls heart. After her operation she began to have nightmares of a man trying to kill her. Her dreams were so vivid that she went to a psychiatrist who actually believed they were real. It was found that the donor was murdered and the recipient who had the nightmares described the man in such detail that the police were able to find the killer and he was convicted of murder.
Is cellular memory a real thing?
Most research points to yes. Yet a study published in the online journal eLife now suggests that traces of a lost memory might remain in a cell’s nucleus, perhaps enabling future recall or at least the easy formation of a new, related memory.
How does cellular memory work?
Scientists are beginning to discover that we may be inheriting much more from our grandparents than the contents of their attic. New studies suggest that some of our memories, fears, and behaviors are passed down genetically through generations from our ancestors. Your DNA contains a record of your ancestors, but you aren’t a carbon copy of any one of them. The mix of DNA you inherit is unique to you.
Why are childhood memories important?
Childhood memories are very important in our lives because it makes us remember what are usually, the best times of our lives. They shape our thinking and future. It is thought that when one has good childhood memories, they grow up to be happy individuals.
Some young children, usually between the ages of 2 and 5, speak about memories of a previous life they claim to have lived. At the same time, they often show behaviors, such as phobias or preferences, that are unusual within the context of their particular family and cannot be explained by any current life events.
In many cases of this type, the child’s statements have been shown to correspond accurately to facts in the life and death of a deceased person. Some of the children have birthmarks and birth defects that correspond to wounds or other marks on the deceased person whose life is being remembered by the child. In numerous cases, postmortem reports have confirmed these correspondences. Older children may retain these apparent memories, but generally they seem to fade around the age of seven. The young subjects of these cases have been found all over the world including Europe and North America.
The Division of Perceptual Studies, Department of Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia has over 2500 documented case studies over a 50-year period confirming evidentially the recall of children’s past lives.
“Dr. Tucker offers the most convincing scientific evidence for the fact that our consciousness survives physical death. And indeed, takes quantum leaps of creativity in the form of reincarnation. The model that Dr. Tucker presents opens a new vision of who we are, limitless beings that fill up all of space and time.” Deepak Chopra.
John Locke holds that personal identity is a matter of psychological continuity. He considered personal identity or the self, to be founded on consciousness memory, and not on the substance of either the soul or the body.
According to Immanuel Kant, we all have an inner and an outer self which together form our consciousness. The inner self is comprised of our psychological state and our rational intellect. The outer self includes our sense of the physical world.
Let me begin by talking about personality. My position has always been clear, we are an amalgamation of all of the major life lessons we have either acquired from our previous lives or our current life experiences. When we reincarnate we display those positive and negative attributes in our Personal-Reality which is our personality. John Locke holds that that personal identity is a matter of psychological continuity via memory. If he were able to include past life experiences which would include all memories of the soul, we would be in total agreement.
Immanuel Kant arrives at the conclusion we all have an inner and an outer self which together forms our consciousness. In peak meditation experiences we expand and clarify the inner and outer self and where and how to access those forms of consciousness. Ancient wisdom traditions also support this idea that we are not just our physical body and mind, and our purpose is the exploration of our soul which is the collective experience of each body since we came into form as human beings. This may include dozens, hundreds or more lifetimes.
To summarize: We live in both a physical conscious reality (PCR) and a non-physical conscious reality (NCR) that gives us access to everything within the memory of ourselves and the universe. The human body/mind is a form that has emerged from the stardust of a virtual reality that came into being through a Big Bang of consciousness which morphed into energy and then into matter.
This virtual interactive reality moved from consciousness modifying itself into multiple different forms or simulations that could interact within itself. The memory of all its experiences are expressed at the cellular level in all its forms. We belong to the simulation of homo sapiens, and we share our common memory in our simulation with the universe and every other simulation within this virtual reality.
In the PCR we are in the waking state of consciousness having experiences and creating memoires. We can access those at will to help us understand our lives and make choices going forward based on those experiences (see my blog on making good decisions).
In the NCR we can access the memories of our subconscious and our soul which is the collection of all of our past life experiences. We canalso access Existence Consciousness which is the larger virtual reality field I have referred to as the Akasha field that contains the memory of all things since the big bang, through its memory record. Note: I have a blog on the Akasha field posted.
We are our memoires. Our bodies contain cellular memory that gives us access to the next higher dimension of consciousness which is the accumulation of experiences of all past lives, that is our soul. The memoires of our souls can be connected with the memories of universe through Existence Consciousness or the Akashic field.
To evolve our consciousness to its highest potential, the shortest path in our dynamic simulation includes mediation, self-inquiry, and reflection that will lead to the greatest understanding of “Who Am I” and “What Do I Want.”
The greatest memory we will all recall one day is this, we are not in the body or the mind, the body and mind is within us, we are not in the universe, the universe is within us. When we are in space surrounded by stars and galaxies we are in the higher planes of the virtual reality universe within us. When we are in deep illuminated space and there are no stars or galaxies we have exited the virtual reality universe and entered the oneness of Existence coconsciousness. Our reality is always a construct in consciousness, even if it is just observing the awareness of Existence Consciousness as in deep sleep.