Dr. Richards went on to explain how we begin storing these destructive cellular memories: we generally bury stress and when these feelings come, we create beliefs to explain them rather than dealing with and resolving them. Then those feelings drive our behavior, which reinforces the belief and perpetuates the cycle. This is how the stress cycle works.
So what happened with that nasty email I got was this: When I read it, it caused pain to me in the form of anger, feeling attacked and inadequate, which all boil down to fear. Whenever a pain even occurs in our lives, a cellular memory is created. This fear creates stress which was intended as a protective mechanism meant to alert us to “threats” to our safety. This cellular memory is then triggered automatically in the future by any circumstances that are similar in any way to the original experience. So there was an original experience that this email triggered somewhere from my past.
There are two ways I could react – “fight or flight” which activates my stress response (and obviously what was happening) or “embrace” which leads to love and peace. We know the longer we remain in the fight or flight mode, the more stress is destroying our bodies.
These unresolved, negative feelings never just go away! We bury and store them. You may be under the impression that feelings are “bad” and we are never to acknowledge them. Therein lies the problem! Feelings came before thought and language! As infants we responded according to our feelings. Feelings are the language of the heart and if you recall Hebrews 4:15 says: “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Feelings have been referred to as the lost language of God.
Back to the stress response – when we remain in that fight or flight mode, our weakest physical “link” whether it’s our digestion, skin, or in my case, teeth and gums, will be affected and begin to break down. The stress will continue until we go back and heal the original cellular memory.
That made great sense to me, and Dr. Richards shares his Prayer of Transformation which is powerful. I strongly encourage you to visit his website and get his teaching – it is truly transformational. However, what if you are not able to identify that original cellular memory? That was my problem. I’ll get into that more upcoming posts.
What cellular memories may be driving undesirable behaviors in your life?