Rare are those among us who seem to remember anything about our first breath at birth, what transpired in the nine months inside the womb or even our previous existence in the dimension of Spirit.
Our first memories of living in the body are steeped in deep mystery and lie hidden beneath layers of veiled consciousness.
How fascinating, then, to find individuals who experience a conscious birth, who recall the realms of the cosmos from where they journeyed to reach Earth, as well as their reasons for coming here. William Wordsworth, the 19th Century English poet refers to the time before we came to earth when he says:
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: the Soul that rises with us, our Life’s Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, and cometh from afar: Not in entire forgetfulness, and not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come from God, who is our home.
Consciousness is not confined to a physical body; memory is independent from having a brain and neurological system.
Surprising historical sources posit that Gifted Memory is natural. Gifted Memories have not been well reported or accepted in Western cultures, since the scientific theory prevailed that newborn babies did not have sufficient brain development to be able to have memories.
But advancements in medical research and insights into the abilities of newborns to bond with their mothers quickly after birth reveal that the brain is far more developed at birth than previously thought. The ability to maintain awareness beyond death, through other worlds, and back to rebirth is proportional to spiritual maturity.
The higher the consciousness, the greater the power of memory.
Individuals with the greatest gifted memories of their conscious birth are enlightened persons, who report more profound experiences due to their higher state of human consciousness. The ability to consciously recall experiences associated with life in the womb, the earliest moments after being born, and even before fetal development are extraordinary and reflects a poorly known characteristic of enlightened individuals. Plato, Sufism, Middle Eastern Gnosticism, Mormonism, Transcendentalism, Hinduism, and Buddhism, to name just a few, teach that Gifted Memory will arise as we ascend the evolutionary ladder of consciousness.
- Plato (ancient Greece) – The soul then being immortal, having been born again many times, and having seen all things which exist, whether in this world or the world below, has knowledge of them all; and it is no wonder that she [the soul] should be able to call to remembrance all that she ever knew about virtue, and about everything . . . for all inquiry and all learning is but recollection.
- A. Bronson Alcott (1799-1888, American Transcendentalist writer) – The soul’s destiny is to see through the veil – to dispel the oblivious slumber and recover for the mind recollections of its descent and destiny.
- Epes Sargent (1813-1880, American Transcendentalist writer) – The soul is like a bird that is born in a cage, however, nothing can deprive it of its natural longings, or obliterate the mysterious remembrance of its heritage.
- Chwolson (Middle Eastern Harranites) – God endowed us with an intelligence and faculty of perceiving so that we can recall that we are strangers down here.
- Iranian Gnosticism – My soul, O most splendid one . . . whither hast thou gone? Return again. Awake, soul of splendor, from the slumber of drunkenness into which thou hast fallen . . . follow me to the place of the exalted earth where thou dwelledst from the beginning . . . .
- Joseph F. Smith (19th century American Mormon President) – The power of the Spirit allows us to catch a spark from the awakened memories of the immortal soul, which lights up our whole being as with the glory of our former home.
These individuals are experiencing varying degrees of enlightenment. Whether or not, they are fully enlightened yet, their gifted memory is at least a glimpse of our soul’s journey to human birth.
As Buddhism points out, there are four modes of human birth. From the most advanced memory of human birth to the lowest:
1. To enter the mother’s womb fully conscious, stay in the womb with full awareness, and experience birth consciously. Enlightened masters report all these memories.
2. To enter the mother’s womb fully conscious, stay in the womb with full awareness, but lose awareness during birth.
3. To enter the mother’s womb fully conscious, but lose awareness in the womb and throughout birth.
4. To enter the mother’s womb unconsciously and remain unconscious throughout womb-time and birth. This heavily veiled memory is more typical of most human births.