Cellular Memory by Billie Petty

Printed in the Conscious Creation Journal
December 1998, Issue 3

Cellular Memory
by Billie Petty

Part One

(Elaine Backal is a registered massage therapist, a Reiki Master and energy worker.  She is also a generational psychic and empath.)

Cellular Memory, a medical hot topic.  What does it mean?

The other day Elaine was giving a massage to one of her regular customers, a woman who is athletic and carries herself strikingly.  At their first session, many months ago, Elaine had psychically seen the client in a lifetime as a palace guard for an Egyptian pharaoh.  The position was very prestigious and he was very proud to have such a position within the palace.  For some reason the client brought her proud, stately carriage into this lifetime and has such a posture in this reality.  Every time Elaine sees this particular client, her stately carriage trigger those Egyptian visions in Elaine.

One day during a regular massage/energy work session on this client, Elaine’s psychic door was open more than usual and she was flooded with information. As Elaine was working on the client’s left knee she saw the vision of a soccer ball.

“Does a soccer ball mean anything to you?” Elaine asked the client.

“No.” the client replied.

“Hmmm… I’m getting visions of a soccer ball when I touch this knee, does that mean anything to you?” Elaine asked.

“Oh yes, when I was in high school I injured that knee playing kickball.”

“Okay, that makes sense.”  Elaine said.  As she continued the massage she eventually got around to the client’s right knee.

“I see you as a child playing with a red wagon. You put your right knee in the bed of the wagon and push off with your left foot.  You loved that wagon.  It’s a fond memory.”  Elaine revealed to her client.

“Why yes, I remember that. Yes, I had a lot of fun with that wagon.” the client agreed.

Later, as Elaine was working on the client’s upper torso, she was massaging her chest right above her breasts, the area which holds women’s issues.

“I see a man about 35, tall, dark, with a mustache.  It looks like a photo.  Do you know anyone who looks like that?”  Elaine asked.

After thinking about the question the client replied, “No, I can’t think of anyone.”

“Think some more, he seems to be very special to you. Do you have a brother or male relative about that age?”

“No, I don’t.” she said.

“He’s too young to be your father…”  Elaine continued.

“My father died when I was 13.” the client sadly interrupted.

“Describe him to me.”

“He was about six foot.  He was dark and had a mustache.”

Cellular memory?  Not in the medically defined way, but the client carries the image of her father above her heart as if she wears his picture in a locket hanging around her neck.  And she carries the fond childhood memories of playing in her red wagon in her right knee just a surely as the memories of her kick ball injury are found in her left knee.  She also carries the memory of an Egyptian guard from another lifetime in the way she stands and walks.

Cellular memory, a painted wagon stored in a knee, a beloved, deceased father stored above the heart.

Part Two

Reality is what we take to be true.
What we take to be true is what we believe.
What we believe is based upon our perceptions.
What we perceive depends upon what we look for.
What we look for depends upon what we think.
What we think depends upon what we perceive.
What we perceive determines what we believe.
What we believe determines what we take to be true.
What we take to be true is our reality.

– Gary Zukov, “The Dancing Wu Li Masters”

Deepak Chopra says that we completely replace the cells in our bodies every 7 days.  He also says that 10 quadrillion atoms go through our bodies in a week.  “Life is constantly outliving the death of the molecules of our body.” he says.

Think about this – if we completely replace the cells in our bodies every 7 days,  then somehow our bodies have to transmit to the new cells data that was part of the old cells.  Our new cells have to recreate diseases such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease, among other things, that were part of the makeup of the old cells. Technically, if we have a physical problem or disease, we have to recreate it every seven days.  Otherwise we would create new cells with no memory of disease or a picture of how our body and the various organs are formed.  In other words, it’s not so much a matter of the body failing to fight off disease as it is of maintaining the sickness state.

Noted British researcher, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, is studying this conundrum in a broader spectrum such as why all redwood trees look, grow and act the same.  He calls it “morphic resonance” or “formative causation.”  According to Dr. Sheldrake, “Morphic resonance is when a similar pattern of activity resonates with another.  My idea is that when similar things happen in plants, in animals, in people, in societies, in brains, a resonance occurs that transfers information from the past to the present through or across space and time.  This amounts to a kind of collective memory, similar to what the psychologist Jung called the collective unconscious…Morphic fields are a bit like invisible plans, like an architect’s plans for a house.  When you’re building a house you have to have not just the building materials but a form or a plan to put the materials together in the right way.  That’s what formative causation is all about.”

It sounds good in theory, but how does it actually work?  How does  resonance occur that transfers information from the past to the present through or across space and time?  I believe the answer can be found in what Seth, channeled by Jane Roberts, describes as CUs or consciousness units.  Seth said the universe is made up of CUs or consciousness units, and that we humans are in fact a gestalt of consciousness units. This idea was echoed by Nobel prize winning physicist, David Bohm, who theorized not only is consciousness in everything, everything is conscious.  Every aspect of our body, down to the most minute particle, has consciousness. But how does it transfer information from the past to the present through or across space and time just as Dr. Sheldrake hypothesizes in a morphic resonance process?

Seth also gives an explanation for our bodily ‘architectural house plans’ (morphic fields), what he calls our beliefs. Seth said we create the reality we experience by the beliefs we hold to be true about reality. When we, as a CU, chose to incarnate into a particular reality, we select the environment and people to incarnate with in order to set up the building blocks of the reality in which we are choosing to participate.  In other words, the environment (social and familial) we incarnate into are the basis of our morphic resonance.  Just as a gestalt CU known as a redwood tree,  chooses the morphic resonance of the redwood environment, we humans choose the morphic resonance of our parents, our neighborhood, our city, our country, our world.  At some point in time, possibly during the birthing process, our body cells become our complex cellular human composition (formative causation), drawing from the cellular information database known as a human body that will inhabit a planet called Earth. Information about beliefs such as diseases and culture structures are translated to every particle of our cellular construct (our  gestalt CU.)

Let’s look at this further by again relying on the excellent material produced by Deepak Chopra. Chopra cites Nobel Prize winning research from a leading eastern university on premature cognitive commitment. A group of kittens was raised in a room containing only horizontal stripes.  Another group was raised in a room with only vertical stripes.  When the kittens raised in the horizontal stripped room were placed in the room with the vertical stripes, they would bump into vertical objects, such as table legs, because they couldn’t see them. This is because the neuronal connections in the brain had formed in such a way as to allow the kittens to see only horizontal stripes (and vice versa.)  According to Chopra, scientists have discovered the primary function of the neurological system is to reinforce that which we are exposed to. Therefore, because the horizontal environment the kittens incarnated into did not contain anything vertical, the kitten CU, in it’s formative causation state, could not perceive something as three dimensional as a table leg.

Translating this information into beliefs, as we grow our neurological pathways will form according to the stimuli to which we are exposed.  We are literally conditioned from early childhood to form neuronal connections which allow such things as disease to become a part of our anatomy.  If we believe we have a predisposition to diabetes, this would come about because the neuronal pathway in our brain formed to allow that reality.

Part Three

If our reality is based on the neurological connections formed as a result of what we have come to believe, is it possible to change our reality after we have created a major disease or physical malady?  Seth, channeled by Jane Roberts, said if we can change our beliefs we can change our reality.  Let’s look at an example.

Milton H. Erickson, M.D. is considered to be the father of modern hypnosis.  His interest in hypnosis came about because of a life-changing experience he had as a teen.  The following excerpt is from the book, “HEALING IN HYPNOSIS; The Seminars, Workshops, and Lectures of Milton H. Erickson” Edited by Ernest L. Rossi, Margaret O. Ryan and Florence A. Sharp.

“The most formative experience in Erickson’s early life was his first bout with polio at the age of 17 (his second bout occurred at the age of 51.)  In the following conversation he recounts that life crisis and his experiences of the altered perceptual states that he recognized as a type of autohypnosis:

E.  As I lay in bed that night, I overhead the three doctors tell my parents in the other room that their boy would be dead in the morning.  I felt intense anger that anyone should tell a mother her boy would be dead by morning.  My mother then came in with as serene a face as can be.  I asked her to arrange the dresser, push it up again the side of the bed at an angle.  She did not understand why, she thought I was delirious.  My speech was difficult.  But at that angle by virtue of the mirror on the dresser I could see through the doorway, through the west window of the other room.  I was damned if I would die without seeing one more sunset.  If I had any skill in drawing, I could still sketch that sunset.

R.  Your anger and wanting to see another sunset was a way you kept yourself alive through that critical day in spite of the doctors’ predictions.  But why do you call that an autohypnotic experience?

E.  I saw that vast sunset covering the whole sky.  But I know there was also a tree there outside the window, but I blocked it out.

R.  You blocked it out?  It was that selective perception that enables you to say you were in an altered state?

E.  Yes, I did not do it consciously.  I saw all the sunset, but I didn’t see the fence and large boulder that were there.  I blocked out everything except the sunset.  After I saw the sunset, I lost consciousness for three days.  When I finally awakened, I asked my father why they had taken out that fence, tree, and boulder.  I did not realize I had blotted them out when I fixed my attention so intensely on the sunset.  Then, as I recovered and became aware of my lack of abilities, I wondered how I was going to earn a living.  I had already published a paper in a national agricultural journal: “Why Young Folks Leave the Farm.”  I no longer had the strength to be a farmer, but maybe I could make it as a doctor.

R.  Would you say it was the intensity of your inner experience, your spirit and sense of defiance, that kept you alive to see that sunset?

E.  Yes, I would.  With patients who have a poor outlook you say, “Well, you should live long enough to do this next moth.”  And they do.

Just how Milton recovered is one of the most fascinating stories of self-help and discovery I have ever heard.  When he awakened after those three days he found himself almost totally paralyzed: he could hear very acutely; he could see and move his eyes; he could speak with great difficulty; but he could not otherwise move.  There were no rehabilitation facilities in the rural community, and for all anyone knew he was to remain without the use of his limbs for the rest of his life.  But Milton’s acute intelligence continued to probe.  For example, he learned to play mental games by interpreting the sounds around him as he lay in bed all day: by the sound of just how the barn door closed and how long it took the footsteps to reach the house, he could tell who it was and what mood he or she was in.

Then came that critical day when his family forgot that they had left him alone, tied into a rocking chair.  (They had fashioned a kind of primitive potty for Milton by cutting a hole in the seat of the chair.)  The rocking chair was somewhere in the middle of the room with Milton in it, looking longingly at the window, wishing he were closer to it so that he could at least have the pleasure of gazing out at the farm. As he sat there, apparently immobile, wishing and wondering, he suddenly became aware that his chair began to rock slightly.  What a momentous discovery!  Was it an accident?  Or did his wishing to be closer to the window actually stimulate some minimal body movement that set the chair to rocking?!

This experience, which probably would have passed unnoticed by most of us, led the 17-year-old lad into a feverish period of self-exploration and discovery.  Milton was discovering for himself the basic ideomotor principle of hypnosis discussed by Bernheim a generation earlier: exercising the thought or the idea of movement could lead to the actual experience of automatic body movement.

In the weeks and months that followed, Milton foraged through his sense memories to try to relearn how to move.  He would stare for hours at his hand, for example, and try to recall how his fingers had felt when grasping a pitchfork.  Bit by bit he found his fingers beginning to twitch and move in tiny, uncoordinated ways.  He persisted until the movements became larger and until  he could consciously control them.  And how did his hand grasp a tree limb?  How did his legs, feet and toes move when he climbed a tree?

These were not merely exercises in imagination: they were exercises in the activation of real sense memories – memories that sufficiently restimulated his sensory-motor coordination to enable him to recover.  This is made clear in the following conversation with him:

E.  One of my first efforts was to learn relaxation and building up my strength.  I made chains out of rubber bands so I could pull against certain resistances.  I went through that every night and all the exercises I could.  Then I learned I could walk to induce fatigue to get rid of the pain.  Slowly I learned that if I could think about walking and fatigue and relaxation, I could get relief.

R.  Thinking about walking and fatigue was just as effective in producing pain relief as the actual physical process?

E.  Yes, it became effective in reducing pain.

R.  In your self-rehabilitative experiences between the ages of 17 and 19 you learned from your own experience that you could use your imagination to achieve the same effects as an actual physical effort.

E.  An intense memory rather than an imagination.  You remember how something tastes, you know how you get a certain tingle from peppermint.  As a child I used to climb a tree in a wood lot and then jump from one tree to another like a monkey.  I would recall the many different twists and turns I made in order to find out what are the movements you make when you have full muscles.

R.  You activated real memories from childhood in order to learn just how much muscle control you had left and how to reacquire that control.

E.  Yes, you use real memories.  At 18 I recalled all my childhood movements to help myself relearn muscle coordination.

But something more than introspection was required for his recovery; external observation.  At that time, fortunately, his youngest sister, Edith Carol, was just learning to walk.  Milton began a campaign of daily watches in which he observed her (primarily unconscious) patterns of learning to walk so that he might copy them consciously – and thereby retrain his own body to do the same.  In an unpublished conversation, he says of this period:

I learned to stand up by watching baby sister learn to stand up: use two hands for a base, uncross your legs, use the knees for a wide base, and then put more pressure on one arm and hand to get up.  Saw back and forth to get balance.  Practice knee bends and keep balance.  Move head after the body balances.  Move hand and shoulder after the body balances.  Put one foot in front of the other with balance.  Fall. Try again.

After eleven months of this intensive self-training, Milton was still on crutches but rapidly learning an increasingly economical limp that would put the least strain on his body.”

At 17 years old, Milton Erickson developed his own routine for physical rehabilitation and reforged new neuronal connections in his brain which had been erased with his bout of polio.  Drawing from past memories and present observation, Erickson reached into that field of “morphic resonance” known as the body human and brought to his gestault CU the data of  body sensation and movement.

The implications of this information in conjunction with the understanding that we create our reality by the beliefs we hold to be true about reality is staggering.  Would that our Superman, Christopher Reeves, had a virtual reality program designed much like Erickson’s mental exercises he created from watching his baby sister learn to walk and from memories of climbing trees.

©1998, Billie Petty. Printed in the December 1998 Issue of the Conscious Creation Journal. (Feel free to duplicate this article for personal use – please include this copyright notice.)  http://www.consciouscreation.com/