All of our thoughts, beliefs, perceptions, behaviors, and relationship patterns have been shaped and informed by our respective DNA lineages and all of our experiences beginning at conception in the form of cellular memory referred to as 'imprinting'.
Prenatal, perinatal and childhood experiences which should include appropriate environmental stimulus and responsiveness to our needs not only prevents distress but also ensures that the limbic brain which receives and processes sensations, feelings and emotions 'imprints' these experiences as cellular memory in the body, validating our right to exist.
If these experiences are less nurturing and more painful; our limbic system begins to 'imprint' these experiences on the cellular level as distorted expressions of love.
This sets us up to recreate these experiences in a cyclical fashion throughout life, informing chronic dysfunctional relationship patterns in an unconscious attempt to get our physical and emotional needs met.
Our DNA may be the blue print of life but it turns out that our environment is what influences our genetic functioning, including our thoughts, feelings and beliefs in response to our experiences.
How we develop in utero in response to our mother’s stress levels, the degree of trauma we experience at birth, how securely we are able to attach to our primary caregivers and how nurturing our childhood environments are appear to be the most important factors influencing development and future generations.
Copyright 2015, Kate O'Connell, LPC
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