Energy, Chakras and Memory
Generally we all know that our memories travel with us on our journey through life. We have not known exactly how or where those memories are stored, but we do know that they are present with us. Our memories may be momentarily forgotten, or they may haunt us. They may at times come crashing into our awareness like an uninvited guest! Or they may at other times come drifting sweetly in to remind us of times spent in peace, beauty, joy and love. And of course they can emerge from our depths to instruct and inform us of unfinished business or teach us a valuable truth we need to grasp.
Energy, Chakras and Body Memory
Many healthcare practitioners from a variety of disciplines have observed memory being triggered as a result of stimulation of the body. They have also reported the opposite occurrence where the memory creates a change in the body. But again, the knowledge of how this was taking place has not been ours to know until recently.
In research from a variety of sources there has been a progression in the understanding of how memory becomes imprinted from mind to body from a simple biochemical one to one that involves a variety of mechanisms but essentially begins with our energy system.
The field of Pyschoneuroimmunology has provided an understanding of the process from a neurological and biochemical perspective. Candace Pert (referenced earlier regarding her work with neuropeptides) has stated that your body is you subconscious mind. She has also pointed out that once you look at human function at the level of the messenger molecules, there is nowhere else to go but to an understanding of energy. In an audiotape presentation of her work it is stated that, “Dr. Pert’s work is beginning to reveal the scientific underpinnings of the chakra system.”
Dr. Hunt and her associates also found evidence to corroborate the theory that memory is stored in the body’s tissues. Through her observations she came to believe that the energy centers play a key role in the encoding of memory.
Dr. Susan Lark in “The Lark Letter: A Woman’s Guide To Optimal Health & Balance” states, “In fact, every chakra is individually linked to neurological synapses (ganglia), small bundles that operate like little brain centers. Each of the seven chakras then processes and remembers different emotional events and traumas that affect you throughout your lifetime. In fact, you can even store specific types of emotional memories in these centers.”
Energy, Chakras and Energy Medicine
For centuries there has been information primarily from Eastern Philosophies and Medicine that the energy system is the vehicle through which our memories are stored and carried through our lives.
So, as we view the process of transferring our life experience to the cell tissue of our body from this perspective, it makes sense to use energetic methods to intervene and influence the process in a positive way. Through these interventions we can shift and change belief patterns, erase negative conditioning and install new, more useful and powerful beliefs into our systems.
The success and strength of these kinds of interventions have been observed by both practitioners and clients in our culture for some time. However, the underlying scientific mechanism through which change occurred was not well understood. For this reason they seemed magical, mysterious and perhaps not to be trusted. Now that we have a better awareness of the underpinnings of such methods we can use them with more skill and benefit from their power and effectiveness.