Originally posted by WanDash
But – to the issue at hand…
Your second post/comment concerns a “spirit team”, and points to other disciplines “accepting” said notion. There may be some kind of
scientific backing for this notion, but, I doubt that it is so broad as to include the many (participants in this thread) who say/believe “life &
awareness are simply related to the physical flesh/brain, and when the brain is no longer functioning – the individual/soul/personality
I know your comment/s had to do, specifically, with past life memories (thus – a belief in reincarnation), and it appears to be a plausible
Thank you for engaging me.
Many mediums (also some disciplines, I suppose) claim that "spirit teams" exist and that they consult with their own
teams. I don't know that they actually do, but I referred to them, since I find that it's best to point to a well-known example when explaining
something. As far as I know, there aren't any published scientific studies that suggest such a thing, but then Science is a dog chasing a car, and
always will be. That's the nature of science. It never leads. It verifies.
On the other hand – it seems that you lump a lot of people together in fairly simplistic (stereotypical) categories, if they believe in some
other world-views. I would fall into at least one such group (though your depiction comes nowhere near what I consider more likely).
I worked to get you to engage.
I'm satisfied with its effect within this thread.
If you don’t mind – and have a view – how does your theory that regards past-life memories relate (or, apply) to what is currently known
as “multiple personality disorder”?
I actually do have a notion considering Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and its relationship with the concept of Reincarnation. In fact, they are
closely related, with the degree of interference being the determining factor. Let me see if I can be concise enough to keep from going over my word
DID is generally traced to young childhood trauma - physical or sexual - and the mind's need to create a personality that can "handle" the abuse as a
stand-in for the extremely vulnerable psyche of the child during the attacks. As the child grows older, the stand-in personality (in classic DID
cases) becomes the go-to surrogate for any and all abusive situations (the neural pathways become much more pronounced and profound in this manner,
and it becomes a default survival response).
This is already known to be generally the case, but what confounds researchers is how it can sometimes be that a fully realized personality (some that
are adult in sophistication and possessing talents and even physical predilections - like left-handedness - that defy explanation) can be crafted by a
mind that hasn't even crafted its own unique and fully realized personality yet. Keep in mind that some of these alternate personalities are quite
comprehensive, and all alternate personalities "know" about the host personality while that host is not conscious of the alternates - even if, through
therapy, the host is knowledgeable of the existence of an alternate's existence. This is important to remember.
Now, as to how a "spirit team" member can be responsible - it almost seems obvious when one considers the existence of these "teams" even if there
doesn't seem to be any logical basis for their existence (in fact, there is, but that would take 1,000s of words of digression to properly explain why
they exist as they do). The truth is that they do exist, and most folks have a team or even just one or two passed folks lingering and associated with
them (for reasons that you'd probably find to be pretty mundane and maybe even a little depressing, but I don't wish to digress here). It's also true
that they are human beings, and they think and respond like human beings when witnessing something terrible (like the abuse of a very young child).
It can happen that a "spirit team" member will react to impending horrific abuse by "seizing" the cognitive functions of the newly vulnerable brain
(the mind provides a necessary "bio-feedback" capability that enables sentience to be more functionally dynamic) to protect the fledgling psyche
during the trauma. This cognition transfer is then forever part of the brain's "memory cloud" but in a much more profound manner - establishing an
entire initialized personality data sub-vault within that cloud that has been "tagged" as an emergency survival response going forward. The abuse - if
repeated - triggers this go-to default response, and that alternate personality data vault is further developed and enhanced with each activation as
rumination and learned response. Effectively creating the host's own unique version of that "team member's" original personality that was introduced
during that one initiating trauma.
I'm out of words, but that's the basic gist of it. Thanks.
edit on 1/17/2013 by NorEaster because: (no reason given)