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Research into the nature of DNA has revealed that this material within each cell of our bodies has important implications for who each one of us is,
on many levels.
In addition to determining our physical characteristics, our vulnerabilities to certain diseases, and maybe even our personality, is it possible that
the DNA helix holds some of the important memories of our ancestors?
Theories that suggest that we can tap into the deep nature of DNA to uncover ancient memories are not new.
In the 1960s, some psychological researchers claimed that there may be keys that unlock our DNA, revealing experiences of generations of our relatives
who lived long before our present time.
In the 1988 movie ALTERED STATES starring William Hurt, the main character, a research scientist (Hurt) dives deep into his consciousness and genetic
In the film, he not only relives ancient experiences of his ancestors, he actually changes on the biological level.
This film was reportedly based on the real-life research of prominent psychologists and medical researchers of the 1960s and '70s who used isolation
tanks and pharmacological triggers to access deep DNA memories and experiences, which they claimed were real.
These ideas are similar in a way to the concepts of past lives and reincarnation.
However, this DNA-related line of thinking focuses on the previous lives within us that are based on genetic memories, encoded on the DNA helix within
BLUEPRINT, MEMORY BANK, INNER SPACE
The DNA within all living things is the blueprint for what each organism becomes, subject to the environmental influences that can also have
For humans, recent discoveries about DNA are rapidly changing our views about the importance of this material. DNA may affect us much more
significantly than we imagined. And, it may hold keys to further discoveries.
It has long been known that our physical appearance is determined by the combination of DNA from our mother and father. Now, researchers are
confirming that certain diseases and disorders have direct links to our DNA. Our health may be programmed to some degree by our genetic history.
Our IQ and aptitudes, musical skills, athletic ability, even our psychological and emotional traits may be significantly affected by the DNA within
It has been demonstrated that experiences necessary for survival of a species are learned and that this knowledge is passed on to subsequent
In some cases this is mostly likely at least partially through DNA and the unconscious "instinct" that results. Even tiny and simple organisms learn
crucial survival skills and pass these on.
For humans, with our relatively complex brain, feelings and memories, what other kinds of experiences might be saved in our DNA over the many
thousands of years when our ancestors were born, lived and died? And, can they be accessed by us here and now?
OUR ANCESTORS WITHIN US
Because learning about situations that are necessary for survival of a species are probably saved as a kind of unconscious genetic memory, those
fundamental human experiences could be deep down in our DNA somewhere.