16 Jun Erasing Bad Memories through Meditation
We are all expert time travelers in our mind. But as skillful as we are at storing a memory and recalling it, we are much worse at erasing bad memories. Memories are sticky. Years of therapy can fail to undo the power of old traumas. Drugs and alcohol only mask them temporarily. Denial pushes a bad memory under the carpet, but there’s no guarantee that it will stay there. At one point of time, it erupts like a volcano.
But then where does this memory imprint?
It’s inside your DNA
Even though your conscious and subconscious mind forget about the past. It is imprinted in your DNA forever. Geneticist tells us that any past experience, good or bad, is sticky because it has taken its place, using chemical bonds, deep inside the cell, in the nucleus where DNA residues. Life is all about the persistence of memory.
Is it possible to erase those memory from DNA?
Research studies have shown that practicing meditation can erase the bad memories at the cellular level. As reported in the Engineering and technology (E and T) magazine 2014, the brain waves were turned into an electromagnetic field inside a unit that powered an implant inside a cell culture. The implant was fitted with a light-emitting-diode (LED) lamp that emitted infrared light. The light then triggered the production of a specific desired protein in the cells. One of the lead researchers commented. “Controlling genes in this way is completely new and is unique in its simplicity”.
The researchers used infrared light because it doesn’t harm cells while yet penetrating deep into tissues. After remote brain transmissions worked on tissue samples, the team progressed to mice, where it was also successful. Various human test subjects were asked to wear the EEG helmet and to control the production of proteins in mice simply by using their thoughts. Out of three groups, the first were made to concentrate in their mind by playing the mindcraft on a computer. As reported in the E and T article: “This group achieved only limited results, as measured by the concentration of bloodstream of the mice. The second group, in a state of meditation or complete relaxation, induced a much higher rate of protein expression. The third group, using the method of biofeedback, was able to consciously turn off and on the LED light implanted in the body of a test mouse,”
Beyond the implication of the influence of the thought directly on gene activities, meditation has a powerful ability to switch off the abnormal gene expression to bring the physiology into the normal state. This will eventually can lead to erase the bad memory at the cellular and molecular level.
- “Super genes. The hidden key to total well-being”. by Deepak Chopra. Penguin Random House. UK.
- Folcher M, Oesterle S, Zwicky K, Thekkottil T, Heymoz J, Hohmann M, Christen M, Daoud El-Baba M, Buchmann P, Fussenegger, M: Mind-controlled transgene expression by a wireless-powered optogenetic designer cell implant. Nature Communications, online publication 11 November 2014, doi: 10.1038/ncomms6392.