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Update on Baby Memories

May 23, 2006

Here are two comments from recently-published books that seem to corroborate the legitimacy of infant memories.

In the book, “The Mind of Your Newborn Baby”, Dr. David Chamberlain makes this observation:

“To determine the accuracy of what persons remembered about birth, I worked with pairs of mothers and their children. For research purposes, each of these had to be capable of hypermnesia (especially vivid and complete memories), and the children had to be old enough to speak easily about the details of birth.

His conclusion?

“Research I conducted with ten mother/child pairs indicates that birth (and infant) memories are real and reasonably reliable”.

This information comes from Chapter 8 “Memories that Match”

Another book, “Beyond Trauma” is devoted to helping trauma victims get at the roots of their pain. In Chapter 13, Victor Volkman, a Lutheran hospital chaplain, concludes that many of his patients have had significant and verifiable memories not only of their infancy, but also of their pre-birth experience. He followed up on several of these and verified the information with the parents. He also describes a situation with several of his trauma patients where they experienced the Voice of God speaking to them as a preborn infant, and that the Truths spoken during that time brought healing during their later trauma.

All of this is more than fascinating. Though not that many people will revert to these kind of memories in Theophostic sessions, it is reasonable to assume that some will, and that we can be assured that many of them are accurate.

However, the accuracy of the memory is not the key quality in a Theophostic Prayer session. It is not the accuracy of the memory we are striving for, but the meaning the individual attaches to that memory. Because Theophostic is not looking for villains or reasons for bad behavior (as if we were making excuses), the memory itself is just a container. The individual who goes back into the memory feels the pain of the memory because of the lies, vows and clutter that may be found within. This is true also of pre-birth and infantile memories.

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6 comments

  1. Okay, so I’m having more trouble with this than I thought. Are you sure??? Is it possible that people are creating a memory to go with a feeling or a story that they over heard as a child. Perhaps a telephone conversation that the parent assumed the child didn’t hear or wasn’t “old enough” to understand? I suppose wether the memory is true or assigned, if it is a vessel that holds pain it is still something that needs to be dealt with and can be healed but I am having a really hard time with this.


  2. Perhaps all of us have a problem with this concept. We are so conditioned to believe that memory is completely a cognitive function that anything outside that idea really rankles. I know it does with me. Yet, the hard evidence is building more and more that people accurately remember things that are “pre-cognitive”.

    TBM, you asked if it is possible that people create memories to go with feelings or remember things they overheard. Of course that is possible, in some situations. But with many of the stories, there is no possible way this could have happened.

    There are several biblical precedents for this as well. Perhaps the most outstanding example is when the baby inside of Elizabeth leapt for joy at the presence of the baby within Mary. How can that possibly be? Also, how is it possible to be filled with the Holy Spirit in vitro? Yet, the Bible is clear on both of those accounts. We are told in several places in Scripture that God “knew” someone in their mother’s womb. The word for “know” refers to intimate knowledge that comes from interaction. How does God interact with an unborn infant?

    So much we don’t know, yet our intuitive selves knows it is real.


  3. Mike, what you’re referring to in scripture (according to my interpretation) is a spirit response rather than a cognitive function. Are you saying that these memories stem from the spiritual experiences prior to the brain’s physical ability? Or that the braing ability is there but misunderstood? Ohh, this is deep!


  4. TwoBoysMom, that’s exactly what I’m saying. As in the previous blog entry, memory is not just a cognitive function, but a combination of spirit, mind and brain. As Dr. Lehman says, mind and brain are not the same thing.


  5. “As Dr. Lehman says, mind and brain are not the same thing”. Are you comparing apples and apples?? This certainly is not comparing apples and oranges! To try and argue that the mind and brain are not the same…you can’t do that. Tell me how one exists without the other?


  6. I never said that one exists without the other. I was just quoting Dr. Lehman who said they aren’t the same thing. They interrelate a lot…but there are differences. Perhaps it would be easier to say “soul” instead of mind. The soul and the brain are not the same thing. The soul is differentiated from the brain. The soul can pick up things before the brain is fully developed. That is what these blog articles are all about.



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