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The Pivotal Role of Memory and Consciousness

To understand the role of the memories within our genes and other energy systems, we may compare their operational modes to the workings of the immune system.

The physical immune system, in fact, works from MEMORY. To immunize from disease is to invite the immune system to create memories of defense against particular organisms so that, if attacked again by any of these same organisms, it will kick in its memories of how to cope with that specific organism to eradicate or minimize its effects.

Likewise, the manner in which we cope with and defend against threats in our life experience, real or perceived, are stamped into the memory banks of our souls, enhancing or casting a shadow over the primal memory of our beginnings. These memories are encoded into our genes, promoting trans-generational transference.

In so many ways, each and every human life is about CONNECTIONS, both those that are to our conscious knowing and those less tangible, but which nevertheless tie us to our origins. Too often we perceive our connections to be just family, friends and acquaintances, yet our deepest connections lie far beyond even to the beginning of time.

Feeling connected to family is extremely important to our well being. During childhood it is essential to the healthy development of body, mind and soul. If feelings derived from abuse, betrayal or torture become the predominant connections to life, these become the memories of the soul which then serve as templates for future thoughts, feelings and behavior. If on the other hand, experience has been loving, these loving memories serve as templates for the future.

Soul is an equal partner with body and mind, but is too often neglected as a role player in human behavior. Soul is said to be the repository of feelings and emotions and thus the spiritual part of the human trinity of body, mind and soul. It is the principal of life that comes from creation, as such it is that which connects us to others, gives conscience its life and ultimately that which ennobles us. Its function, then, is not only personal, but transpersonal. What we feed it and build it with is of obvious importance not only to the individual, but to society and the world at large.

In talking of memory and consciousness, we must put into perspective cultural and religious belief systems that are passed from generation to generation. They become part of the collective consciousness which then affects, if not determines, the value systems of society.

The importance of these belief systems, together with the importance of early experience, even before conception, cannot be overstated. It is from these beginnings that the belief systems, and thus the feelings and behaviors of our adult lives derive. They play a huge role in how we later perceive ourselves, the world and all that is external to us.

The great thinker, paleontologist and philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin described this profound truth in very simple terms: "The energies and memories of an observer change the nature of what is observed."

In other words, environment - in all of its parameters and their histories - creates these changes. Therefore let us now put memory and consciousness into the context of environment.

NEXT: Its Origins in Environment and Experience


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