“Science and medicine have long been convinced that thoughts and emotions originate in the brain. In an interesting twist, Pert and Ruff disagree and suggest that “thoughts and emotions bubble up from the body to the brain, where we can process and verbalize them according to our expectations, beliefs and other filters—some get through and others don’t.” And then, Pert says, the frontal cortex of the brain creates stories and assigns meaning around those thoughts and emotions that do get through.” Excerpt from Your Brain is Not in Charge http://www.healingcancer.info/ebook/candace-pert
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 can be momentarily forgotten, or they can haunt us. They may at times come crashing into our awareness like an uninvited guest or at other times come drifting sweetly by reminding us of times spent in peace, beauty, joy and love. However our memories emerge they can be helpful to, (1) alert, instruct and inform us of our unfinished emotional “business”, (2) teach us a valuable truth we need to grasp, (3) provide a trigger for bringing ease, strength and balance to our body, mind and spirit.
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 now.
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 (neuroscientists major contributor to field of Mind-Body Medicine) 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.”
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. New awareness of the psycho-physiological underpinnings of such methods can be highly motivating as we seek to smooth out our path through life.