At a recent event, a number of family members ended up together. An observation was made that sometimes, when my mother is annoyed with me, she calls me by my uncles name – her younger brother. (it doesn’t happen often 😉 Evidently something about me reminds her of him in that circumstance, mixing the identification. My nephews wife observed that I shared many mannerisms and the way I spoke with her husband.
Considering that both my uncle and nephew lived in other cities when such mirroring may have been learned, it’s clear that these behaviors are passed on by another method. Certainly some behaviors could be picked up from the mothers, but what of male only characteristics?
This year is the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s seminal “On the Origins of the Species”, demonstrating evidence for evolution by random selection. In effect, mechanistic evolution by genetic accident. In Darwin’s day, a chief rival concept was Lamarkism, the idea that we could pass on learning and behaviors to our children. A predisposed skill with a language or tools, for example. Darwin won the scientific debate of the day and Darwinism became a prominent part of the construct of modern biology.
In time, Darwin has been found to be only partly right. And Lamark turns out to be partly right as well. Some behavioral predispositions are passed on. I’ve seen suggestions that this may be carried by the cellular mitocondria, but if we consider that memory is not stored physically, as Rupert Sheldrake has observed, perhaps neither is inherited predispositions.
They would be part of the ‘the field’. If we understand that the world arises from consciousness, this makes more sense. Awareness causes structure, causes fields, causes form. The fields thus generate form and the fields arise from structured intelligence.
Coming back to the ideas of Darwin, one can observe that random mutation would tend to favour degradation of the species according to laws of physics like the thermodynamics laws of entropy. There should be a tendency to devolve. As many of our most illustrious scientists would agree, if you pay attention to the world, there is clearly an a priori intelligence. Something adding order and structure and counteracting inertia and entropy. They note that the laws of nature and constants of the physical world seem to favour life, for example.
Bruce Lipton has observed that less than 5% of physical issues are genetic. Thus, it is not as large a factor in quality of life as other behavioral tendencies. In other words, these predispositions are more important to recognize that our genes. And they’re not as fixed.
Now, the interesting thing is that each cell has this complete intelligence or memory. It came with the sperm and the egg when they united. Clearly, vast quantities of data can be stored and space is not an issue.
But why do genetically matched twins in the same family sometimes develop quite different traits? We could suggest recessive behaviors from prior generations. But there’s the other factor to the equation we begin our life with. This is the soul. We are both body and spirit. Past lives may be considered part of the record of the soul, but it goes more deeply. To the purpose or intention of the of the soul to be. We could say the past are the predispositions and the purpose is the genes of soul.
It can also be mentioned that souls often evolve in groups, so we’re often born with people with whom we have a history. The soul may even sync occasionally with it’s own blood history. I know someone who’s their own granddaughter.
Think you’ll figure yourselves out? We only have many thousands of years of souls history and thousands of years of blood history to get to know…