Update on Baby MemoriesMay 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.
“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.