Being involved with the paranormal one hears a substantial amount of weird and wonderful stories. The following article is both thought provoking and bizarre. See what you make of this.
I watched a really interesting programme on Discovery UK Health recently, one of those satellite programmes that one flicks through when trying to look for something else. The programme was entitled, ‘Transplanting Memories’.
I’ll tell you what; this was a cracker of a programme. It was all about people who have transplants, be it a heart, liver, or something else. Then after a short period of time, those people suddenly crave for something, be it a blackberry pie, bitter almonds or indeed want to take up a sport like baseball or basketball. Things that they have never been interested in before! The programme featured a number of top medical authorities and people who have experienced the phenomenon known as ‘cellular memory’.
So, dear reader, can memory ‘survive’ in people’s bodily organs, and, when transplanted into someone ‘new’, somehow give those memories over to the ‘new’ recipient? It’s a fascinating concept and something that gives rise to many an inquisitive thought.
One woman on this TV show who received an organ transplant had a strange dream in which appeared a young man who spoke to her and related certain things which later checked, proved to be true! Not only that, the final words spoken by this young man in her dream, were the actual words etched on his tombstone, something that she could never have known until she finally traced the donor’s family who confirmed all that she said.
Another lady, who had had a transplant, suddenly had a passion for karate, something that was certainly not in her agenda before. Of course, people can go through life not being interested in karate and then for one reason or another, they may wish to take it up, whether they have had a transplant or not.
I’ve always held the belief that ‘some’ alleged past life regression where people claim (for instance) to be a 17th century seafarer under hypnosis, may not necessarily have been seafarer in a past life, it could just be a ‘genetic memory’ of one of their ancestors, a memory of a great great grandfather for instance. Some genetic disorders can be passed from generation to generation, so the concept of ‘cellular memory’ may not be that strange. DNA is basically the human tree of life and every human being stores the ancestral DNA history within them of their father and forefathers.
UFO abductions that surface under hypnosis may not necessarily be real either, they could be the result of what’s known as cryptomnesia, where the mind has forced a memory back to the deepest recesses of the mind, be it from something that was read in a book, magazine, or seen on a television programme. A good ‘for instance’ was the case during the 1960s where a Finnish psychiatrist Reima Kampman, related the story where several schoolgirls seemed to recall past-life experiences, but under hypnosis it was ascertained that they had remembered reading of the incidences in books as children.
Cryptomnesia is the retention of unconscious memory of information learned through normal channels. Information that was previously learned and is consciously forgotten may be indefinitely stored within the subconscious. If it were not for cryptomnesia the human mind would always be cluttered or overloaded with basic random information.
The conscious mind doesn’t always recall all daily information and the individual will swear that ‘in no way’ is their claimed UFO abduction or encounter, something that they have read in a book. They’ll tell you it’s real. However, as I say, the ‘subconscious’ mind stores all and they may have forgotten that UFO book they read 15 years ago, which comes into play under hypnosis as a scenario that they believe happened to them.
So when under a good hypnotherapist, the subconscious memory starts working like some state of the art computer processor, a Google Search Engine, if you like, where it will try and find the answer, or as in our Google ‘mind’ search analogy, come up with some matches which at least come close to, or relate to the issue in hand.
The human brain is a fascinating organ. Some say we know so little about it and that we basically only ever use around 10% of it at any time. I believe that psychics and Eastern mystics/yogis, can somehow tap into or open up, the store room of the mind where they somehow have a magic key to enter rooms and corridors of the mind that are kept locked to most of us.
Certain people view the subject of ‘cellular memory’ in different ways depending I guess to the way that they themselves ‘view life’. Take for instance the spiritual medium James Van Praagh whose regular appearances on U.S. television draw large audiences. He speculates that cellular memory is down to the presence of the donor’s spirit that has not yet moved on to its next home, more so in those cases where the donated heart is coming from a young person. He maintains that the young person’s spirit may feel that it has not properly lived out its proper time on Earth, and as such, will linger in the physical donated organ in a new host body. Mmmm. Not so sure if I go along with that.
Noted psychiatrist and philosopher William James once nobly stated, and I quote: “If you wish to disprove the laws that all crows are black, it is enough if you prove one single crow to be white.”
So are these reported instances of cellular memory ‘medical white crows?’
The more I thought about writing this article on the subject of cellular memory the more I wanted to learn as much as I could about it. A colleague kindly found me numerous well-written medical articles on the internet to do with this subject. I emailed University of Arizona scientist Gary Schwartz and he personally submitted to me his paper on the subject co written by Paul Person PhD and Linda G.S. Russek PhD.
Now I don’t actually refer to this paper here in this article as I had researched and looked at other papers prior to receiving Gary’s but it’s fair to say that much of what Gary Schwartz relates in his paper my partner had already found. Not that I am taking anything away from Gary’s paper, quite the reverse in fact. Gary’s paper is enormously educational and full of other cellular memory case studies.
Physical therapist assistant Leslie A. Takeuchi, BA, PTA from Orinda California related in her report about her studies with people with chronic pain and the relationship of mind, matter, body and emotions. She studied the possibility of ‘emotions’ or ‘memories’ somehow being stored in the very tissue of human beings and she states, “Is it possible that our memories reside deep inside our bodily cells in addition to our minds.”
Well Leslie is clearly not alone when it comes to thinking along those lines. Candace Pert a professor at Georgetown University in America who is the author of ‘Molecules of Emotion, Why You Feel The Way You Feel’, discovered what she called ‘neuropeptides (or peptides for short). These chemicals can be found in all the tissues, muscles, and major organs of the body. Candace firmly believes that the mind is not just in the brain that it exists all throughout our body. The hard drive of our brain, which stores memory, may therefore not be alone as hard drives go.
Not all medical practitioners share Leslie and Candace’s presumptions. Jeff Punch a transplant surgeon from the University of Michigan states: “A transplant is a profound experience and the human mind is very suggestible. Medically speaking, there is no evidence that these reports are anything more than fantasy.”
Jeff goes on to state that organs are not capable of transferring memory to a person’s mind and that if the phenomenon of transferred memories exists, then it’s got to be ‘supernatural?’ Mm, are we substituting one mystery with another one here? Well this writer certainly would think that Jeff is. But to be honest Jeff does state something, which I guess the reader has to take into consideration whilst contemplating this article, and that is, these memories, or indeed the desire to do something totally out of character and ‘brand new’ may have nothing whatsoever to do with cellular memory, but to do with the medication that recipients of donated organs take.
This may make them feel weak, weird, or as Jeff points out in his article, taking the drug Prednistone will make them hungry. But the bottom line as far as Jeff is concerned is that, the subject of cellular memory may be nothing more than pure coincidence? Yes, it may well be Jeff, but clearly there is still a heck of a lot of unanswered questions.
When we look at these cases of cellular memory (and I’ll come to those in my next article) admittedly some if not all, of these cases - more so the ones with the sudden desire to take up a sport or other type of leisurely pursuit - could be down to what Jeff states as, just someone watching a TV programme whilst they are recovering from their transplant.
A programme may for instance be about roller-blading. The patient thinks that, ‘hey this is fun’ but puts it to the back of their mind as something that they don’t think they would ever do. However further down the line, they may be out shopping, spot a pair of roller blades and persue the sport. If it was uncovered that the new organ that was ‘fitted’ into their body belonged to a young chap who was a keen roller blader, then hey the connection is made, must be cellular memory, but as Jeff states, no it’s not, it’s pure logical coincidence.
When writing an article of this nature, one has to provide two sides of the argument, hence the comments above, which to this writer is indeed fair.
In part two of this article we’ll take a look at some of these so called cellular memory cases. Believe you me; I’m sure you’ll find them incredible.
(c) Malcolm Robinson
(Malcolm’s new book is out UFO Case Files of Scotland (Volume 2, The Sightings) available from www.healingsofatlantis.com)