We are feeling creatures, and those feelings reach into our earliest memories — even before we had words to recall them.
What we often do not realize is that such memories also become part of what defines us.
We are born in joy. Our spirit is close to God. It is with that joy and open spirit that we embrace the new earth-bound world we have entered. Even just a few days after our birth we are like sponges, feeling and receiving the stimuli of everything happening around us. In truth, as a 4-week-old fetus we form new neurons at a rate of 250,000 every minute. By the time we are three years old, our brain will process close to 1000 trillion connections between those neurons.
After age six, according to Dr. Bruce Lipton , we never match that incredible absorption rate again. Our first six years are a tsunami of data intake as we seek to make sense of life as it shows itself to us.
After age six, we get absorbed into the rules of life, into the rules of people around us, and we slow down our learning, we accommodate the 3D world, and we let go of our early, insatiable curiosity.
Yet, here’s the thing. Most of us have very few memories of those first six years. But there are some we do have. Why? What is it about them that brings them into our awareness? Why those images and not other ones among so many we experienced? Because they were the seeding ground. They were the feeling center for us of how we interpreted what we were seeing and hearing and discovering. We knew no inner judgment, had no conditions attached, nothing was required for our approval, not in those first years.
These memories, sorted out of millions of other ones, even now shape how we see the world. They can help us understand who we are, and why, and even — perhaps especially — if we acknowledge them — allow us to choose whether we want to keep that aspect of ourselves we absorbed so long ago, or let it go.
How? The real key is to write that early memory down, no matter if it is in only a few words. That is enough to tell us what we need to know.
In those first years we were still close to God, had not forgotten where we came from, not yet.
We can trust what we write down and explore that early memory, knowing it has a message for us.