(Storage) and Morphic Fields
At one time Rupert Sheldrake stated that there needed to be some way to confirm the existence and role(s) of morphic fields. I am wondering if research in the directions indicated below might be a useful and relatively easy way to research morphic field theory. In the course of it we may discover important physiological relationships to the intangibles of emotional memory storage. Acknowledgments and appreciation to the scientists working and publishing in this brand new field of science. [Since the first publishing of this writing, I feel validated in my ideas by the research noted in the next few paragraphs.]
BACKGROUND & KEY RESEARCH:
Scientific Confirmation?: When scanning through web pages (Nov '00) I felt I had finally found the big one... it seemed to perfectly resonate with - and scientifically support to a great degree - what I have seen/felt and which led me to write the "theory" (see Theory page): "The Acupuncture System and The Liquid Crystalline Collagen Fibres of the Connective Tissues" by Mae-Wan Ho. Her assembly of research material, some of it her own, virtually creates the scientific support infrastructure for the Fascia Memory Theory. Her interests include conductivity, resonance or 'coherence', and healing via cellular alignment. Also to note is her essay, "Bioenergetics and Biocommunication." Her published writings are linked to from the Related References section.
Especially contributive to this field of research has been the leading edge scientists, James L. Oschman, Ph.d. and Nora H. Oschman, Authors of "SOMATIC RECALL, Part 1 - Soft tissue memory," and "...Part 2 - Soft tissue holography," published in American Massage Therapy Association Journal, Summer `95 and Fall `95. In the Related References section are links to their writings -- examples of inspiring synergy in relating key discoveries in body memory connections.
Their research is conducted at Nature's Own Research Association (NORA) and Nature's Own Research Laboratories, Inc. (NORL), of Delaware. NORA & NORL seeks natural solutions to environmental and medical problems through careful research into basic biology and related sciences. Most of the research on alternative or complementary medicines seeks to prove their effectiveness. Very few investigators are researching the mechanisms involved. While this is extremely valuable, research into mechanisms is not normally funded by government and philanthropic organizations.
All of the above would not have been possible were it not for the Research in Microtubules, Ordered States, & Consciousness, in Cellular Memory, Engrams, & supportive Cell Biophysics, particularly by the prolific Stuart Hameroff, author of Toward a Science of Consciousness and many other publications cited in the Related References section. Also noted there are instrumental works by Karl Pribram and Roger Penrose, among many others.
Other Key Findings of Late includes those by Candace B. Pert, Ph.D. Her recent great discoveries in this regard are published in her ground-breaking book, Molecules and Emotion. Also most timely and important is the work of psychologist Paul Pearsall, Ph.D. His book, The Heart's Code, The New Findings About Cellular Memories and Their Role in the Mind/Body/Spirit Connection, is about the experiences of recipients of transplanted hearts, including himself. It has already begun to forever change how science looks at the mind, the heart, and memory. Candace Pert says "...This may be the most important and revolutionary ... the mind is not in the brain and memory can survive after death."
Folks to watch for research and practical application in Preventative Maintenance include The Institute of HeartMath, author of Freeze-Frame: Fast Action Stress Relief and Self-Empowerment. Here, they have found correlations in heart activity to changes in the immune system and changes in hormonal balance, as well as to changes in perception and intelligence.
I appreciate educated feedback to the ideas below, for offering your related scientific facts, theory, or commentary. And/or for passing this on to those who you think might consider this idea (or parts of it) potentially useful, and/or to those who may offer useful response. Thank you for your consideration.
Artistic Renderings of "proprioceptor field arrays" in muscle cells - Chris Pringer Jan 2010 & 2011
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FASCIAL-BASED EMOTIONAL MEMORY STORAGE SYSTEM HYPOTHESIS
Theory first published by this author (Fall '96) at BioPsy Cyberzine & Futurehealth
An Image to Set the Scene:
* 1) Imagine a section of mountainous terrain that has plateaus, valleys, flatlands and rivers in and through it. Imagine that each one of these, as well as the mountains themselves, have lines of conductive material outlining them as well as in diagonal lines formed between each corner section that would be created by the shapes of them.
* 2) See a one-dimensional map underlying the whole terrain, like a flat surface that all the above sits on, and draw lines from each of the above noted points down to this flat surface.
* 3) Now do the same for four sides and a top. [Actually, its not that simple, but here we will pretend that all the sections are square] You have created a 3-dimensional matrix filled in with "blocks" or sections - each having a top, bottom, and four sides - and each of these blocks are outlined with lines of conductive material.
* 4) Imagine that Electric flows through each of these conductive lines and that this action forms a field of secondary energy around the line - or circuit. Each square block therefore has 12 circuits bordering it [in this simplified example]. Now consider that, depending on whether the line is originally a mountain perimeter, a river main, a valley diagonal, or a reference line to a border surface, the line conducts a different frequency of energy, therefore the surrounding electro-magnetic field (EMF) is also individual to that circuit, and that this individual nature is further varied by the volume of current flowing through it. The overall energy field in each block that is subsequently created by the combination of these 12 electro-magnetic fields is highly individual compared to that of any other block, and could be understood therefore to have a particular identity or "signature."
* 5) Now imagine that there is a system for detection and interpretation of each blocks' energy field, not to mention that of whole matrices, combinations of matrices in the same local, of matrices within and/or connected to whole systems, and so on.
* 6) Now for some fun -- Lets imagine that the whole above matrix, with all the blocks in it, is made of a clear, flexible material, one that you can see through, and that when it's stretched or squeezed it tends to retain the impression of that re-shaping somewhat.
* 7) Pretend that you compress it - from the sides - and re-shape it so it looks a bit squashed. Notice that the blocks inside are also a little re-shaped. And guess what happens to the circuit lines and the energy fields around/in those blocks -- well, I'm not a physicist or even a mathematician, so I wouldn't try to make a sophisticated speculation, but we can guess that the energy field would change.
* -----> Very likely, the frequency of the various circuits' EMF fields would then change and the effect of the blocks' overall field upon that of neighboring blocks would also change. And it might be hard to imagine that one block could even be compressed without distorting the dimensions of neighboring fields, so we could figure that many simultaneous changes are taking place in that whole region of matrices.
Fields of Communication and "Wrinkles in the Saran Wrap"
OK, now lets take a section of the human musculature, create a few terms that better refer to the human anatomy, and elaborate. Please forgive any unnecessary redundancy in describing the dynamics and energetic relationships:
The sensory nerves, proprioreceptors, and other nervous system components, which I'll collectively refer to as "sensors," from here on, are used in conjunction with the Motor Management Centers[*] of the brain to create a "memory" of emotion related events (ERE's) as registered in the body fascia. The fascia is richly supplied with sensors such that systems which I'll call "Sensor Field Arrays" (SFA's) are created by multiple layers of fascia and in varying numbers of planes in any given area of soft tissue. That is to say, an energy field is created by any given grouping of sensors (a Sensor Field Array), simply due to the electro-magnetic vibration created by each of its components. And let's say that when such (if not most any) cells are gathered together, they form a collective bio-electro-magnetic field.
As this field is 3 dimensional, the electro-dynamics here are similar (though many times smaller) to those we would measure around electric transmission equipment and fields of wires. And here the wires and transformers (the latter serve to relay, step-up or step-down the volume of the current) may be laying in many different planes and directions and radiating their electric fields in varying strengths and even varying frequencies.
Hence, each Sensor Field Array has a basic/original Sensor Field Configuration that serves as its signature. This signature is read by the components of that field (via a kind of bio-electric triangularization and radar- like pattern reading), and this reading is recorded as an original and unique set of data. (It should be noted that sensor fields may physically and/or energetically overlap, contain or be contained by, other sensor fields.)
In this way the Sensor Field Arrays are used in conjunction with the Motor Management Centers[*] of the brain to create a "memory" of emotion related events (ERE) as registered in the body fascia. The sensor field signature [or SA Configuration (SAC)] is used to compare to ERE of subsequent experience. This signature is used to compare to ERE of subsequent experience. This comparison creates another set of data that serves as "memory" that compares the results of one experience to another. It does this via the "pleating" (the well known "ran wrap" signature formed in fascia) and which is created by ERE. This is because the pleating distorts the sensor field energy configuration.
FOR EXAMPLE: In time phase one we have a certain arrangement of pleating in the fascia in a given Sensor Field Array. The energy configuration of this field is "read" by the sensors and designated as the "original" signature CF Configuration of that field. This signature data is stored as a set of dimensional coordinates, energy vectors, and frequencies. In Phase two, an event causes a displacement of the atomic or molecular structure, changing the dimensions, energy vectors, and frequencies in that field. This change is compared and this comparison is recorded as an internal holographic image -- an "internal memory" -- that is referenced/correlated with the data registered by external sensory organs (of smell, sight, touch, hearing, and taste). The brain interprets this data and serves to coordinate the flow of information and manage reactions/responses of related functions and maintain operations. If, for some reason, the person reacts to the experience with a interruption of the breathing process, resulting in an interruption in the flow of this information (due to an ERE), it affects the oxygen supplied to the energy field in question. The musculature of that field is momentarily paralyzed and a pleat is formed in the fascia of that field. Now there is a permanent new signature in that field, as well as a new SA Configuration that is a result both of the pleating as well as of any new dimensions. If on the other hand the subsequent experience (in phase two) is continuous to the next experience, we say the experience in phase two is complete and there is no permanent physical marking or *storage* of that experience with a pleat, and the Fascial SA Configuration is simply given over to the next one.
On an unconscious mental dimension, for each Sensory Field and/or set of any combination of them, morphic fields are created for storage of patterned reactions and responses of soft tissue, based in part on the physical pleating, and based in part on learning of (postural and movement) behavior. Habitual patterns, that fix posture and movement within only certain ranges, relates directly to the pleating and the resultant restrictions in the soft tissue.
The brain over time learns to interpret the data registered -- this is what is generally referred to as learning. But learning to interpret the internally sensed holographic image data involves the so-called empathic and psychic capabilities, which we all have and use, but usually without our being conscious of it, let alone in an organized and consistent fashion. The proprioreceptors and their maintenance of appropriate muscle tone and postural balance is actually a major part of this system, at least on the physical level. But the other parts of this system provide relationship between our mental perceptions, the feelings around them, and the manner and nature with which experience affects the physical body in the short term and in the long term.
Moisture content along the facial surfaces would then determine the strength of electrical potential or "charge" in that field. This translates to kinesthetic/sensory and emotional sensitivity for that field. A Pleat forms [from, and then retains] emotional-related charges for as long as the experience is kept as a conscious memory. There would be a direct corollary between the memory being suppressed, and the field's moisture content decreasing and thus it's oxygen level (and/or its "normal" use of oxygen) decreasing. Ideally, moisture content is high such that the bio-electric currents pass through and feelings do not get "stuck" -- stored as suppressed emotion. Another way of saying this is that fascial bio-electro/magnetic resonance reflects memory (experience) with the manner in which solution is distributed on its surface; coherent wave patterns reflect symmetricity and alignment of atomic relationships.
There are references to a "Model for Bioelectric Responsiveness of Fascia" in some of the myo-fascial release trainings, but if we truly want to know the degree of bio-electric interconnectivity, and the potential for engaging our capacities for neuroplasticity, in my opinion, we will look much deeper into the fascia and it's interfaces with other connective tissues, per the theory above and the research into the devices as proposed in the "Fascia Memory Project".
*Motor Management Centers* (and not just "Motor Cortex")
Theory first published by this author (Fall '96) at BioPsy Cyberzine & Futurehealth
"Motor Management Centers" is the term I have chosen to refer to the Motor Cortex, Somatic Sensory Cortex, and Cerebellum (for proprioception). As an addition to the Fascia Memory theory, this term also refers to areas of the Limbic system that manage emotional integration as associated with muscle fascia memory storage and related adrenal response mechanisms. This term replaces the previous use of the terms "Motor Cortex" and "Motor Control Centers" where their use at this site was overly limiting, thus incorrect. [~cp, 8/7/16]
Further below is the Chart, System Interfaces in the Psycho-Physiology of the Fascia Memory Theory - A flow chart very briefly illustrating the interfaces of the Proprio-Neuro Fascia-Muscular, Motor Management Centers, Connective Tissue Cells, as well as the Adrenal System, Inner-Child, & Related Aspects (Feb&June'12).
Regarding the "Inner-Child": pertaining to the "Re-Parenting" approach, born directly of Transactional Analysis and the Humanist, Gestalt approach of John Bradshaw's work. Such that an "Inner-Child" is a personification of the emotional body elements related to a given set of bodily-stored memory(s). But which is/are also "compiled" in such a way that we can therapeutically interface effectively with that, through a variety of well established modalities of techniques. [REF]
Chart 2 (thumb pic below) "Multiple Interfacing Proprioreceptor Systems in 'GPS' Systems Analogy" (including postural balance system) expands the discussion as well as the charting of the different proprioceptor sub-systems , including the Adrenal /Inner Child /"GPS" Fascial interface sub-system (Dec'13).
Artistic Renderings of "proprioceptor field arrays" in muscle cells - Chris Pringer Jan 2010 & 2011
Briefly back to "the basics" of Body-Mind Relationships [June'12]
Relating the above to how we, via the mind-body, respond to experience, store and release tension, repress and retrieve memory, and integrate related mental-emotional components of that, is the heart of the "Body-Mind Integration..." essay and the addendum essays (Since Spring'11) on it's page. How our beliefs may relate to all that is the subject of various other essays at this site, but I digress. More directly relating to the above fascia memory theory (depending on one's perspective and context), or perhaps better serving as a segue in between, is the essay (on that page), "Adrenaline vs Endorphins and What's That Got To Do With...", also related to the chart below.
Related QUESTIONS FOR SCIENTISTS: How about the effects of adrenal [hormones & neurotransmitters, pathways & effects], upon the formation of and changes to COLLAGEN, as well as the balance of same with Endorphins? ... Effects on various properties related to various tension dynamics*, recovery from fatigue, neuroplasticity, characteristics of aging (both in cause and effect)? ...All as related to (effects upon) proprioceptor operation, and both cause and effect relations upon/by the Sensor Field Array(s). And then all that on the above essay's noted emotional tension storage & release, chronic holding & movement patterns, & any changes to that over time (or Inner-Child Relationships)? [Note: Keywords referring to, or related to, the phenomenon of body memory: somatic memory, tissue memory, muscle memory, somatic experience, somatic healing, somatic therapy, body-mind split, mind-body split]
Chart of System Interfaces in the Psycho-Physiology of the Fascia Memory Theory
The chart at right
is an attempt to effectively depict the essential fascia memory theory dynamics, plus a few more, including relationships between the muscles and tendons, the proprioceptors, the motor mgt centers, the adrenal glands (and other components of the endocrine system), the emotional body, and how we respond to experience. Most notably, it goes into more detail with regard to (as part of and in keeping with) the theory for how particular configurations are stored and updated, with codes or "Keys", "KeySets" (sets of keys), and the "formulas" that they reference in the Motor Mgt Centers.
Hence, a certain amount of memory, or essential parts of memory -that has been stored due to an emotional component- is stored in the body, and it's resources for "reference" (usually unconscious) or retrieval (as it becomes more/fully conscious) is stored in the Motor Mgt Centers of the brain (per this theory).
PLEASE NOTE: with regard to certain of the terms used, relative to those in the Fascia Memory Theory:
¤ "Bio-E State" or "Bio-Energetic State" is equivalent to the
"Sensor Field Array Configuration" (SAC)
¤ "Bio-Energetic State & Signature" is equivalent to the "SA Configuration Signature" (SAC Signature)
¤ "Formulas" are made up of "keysets" (combinations of "Keys") in such a way to facilitate each "Sensor Field Array Configuration" (SAC). SFAC's, representing changes in the fascia, thence (per the theory) have specifically correlating reference data stored in the Motor Mgt Centers (or directly related area) of the brain.
¤ "Motor Management Centers" refers to the motor cortex, somatic sensory cortex, cerebellum, and areas of the limbic system that manage emotions associated with fascia memory storage and related adrenal response mechanisms.
This flow chart very briefly illustrating the interfaces of the Proprio-Neuro Fascia-Muscular, Motor Management Centers, Connective Tissue Cells, as well as the Adrenal System, Inner-Child, & Related Aspects [(2/19/12, 6/14/12)]
As needed, opening another browser tab and reading the "Body-Mind Integration..." essay may also help greatly in fully grasping all the key parts and dynamics involved (relative to the proprioreceptor - emotional body - body memory interface)
Regarding the "Inner-Child": pertaining to the "Re-Parenting" approach, born directly of Transactional Analysis and the Humanist, Gestalt approach of John Bradshaw's work. Such that an "Inner-Child" is a personification of the emotional body elements related to a given set of bodily-stored memory(s). But which is/are also "compiled" in such a way that we can therapeutically interface effectively with that, through a variety of well established modalities of techniques. [REF]
Multiple Interfacing Proprioreceptor Systems|
in "GPS" Systems Analogy
Includes Postural Balance System
Its like a global "GPS" System (in its comparatively rudimentary positional locating & recalibration capability). The Adrenal-Fascial Interface is included through one of the sub-systems.
| Micro-second scenarios are scripted for each sub-system in accomplishing tasks. Names of "GPS" sub-systems (highlighted below) are made up for the analogy, and a little personality has been projected in to play out the back-n'-forth conversation to represent feedback loop signals between 2 proprioreceptors. Into those has been rendered different temperaments: from executive managerial to emotional reactive.|
Postural Balance / "GPS 1", (Global): Highest level of Proprioreceptor Interface: "Thank you for your continuous reporting, 1L's. Thank you sensory systems. Executing calibration procedure 8822 per 77A..."
Note: Diagrams here are for showing functional relationships; muscle cells or fibers are actually very long and thin, with proprioreceptors in or around layers of fascia, not inside the muscle cell bodies themselves.
"Muscle Group System GPS 2" (Local to Global): Local Tension/Position to Global Posture Calibration, coordinating different muscle groups in different parts of the body with very different specialized functions (ie: between arms and legs): "Teams 3322 checking in.." "Check" "Teams 4411 transitioning..." "Check. Ready coordination procedure 77A...
"Muscle Group System GPS 2B" (Local to Global): same as GPS 2 sets except for the coordination is between mirrored muscle groups and tandem movements (ie: between individual muscles of left and right arms, or between those of left and right erector spinae muscles of the back).
"Muscle Cell GPS 3": Local Tension Calibration/Position-Coordination System - among fibers/cells in the same muscle or muscle group: "are we where we're supposed to be for the current...?" "No, we need to adjust this way this much for now, tension level 'Easy 4a'." "Ok, got it." "Ok, cool sailin', catch you on the next..."
Adrenal / Inner Child / "GPS" Interface This system functions like "GPS 3", except for its major role in fascia memory dynamics, as a bridge between "GPS 2,3" and the Sensor Field Arrays. It is an intermediary between the working "original", the survived past, and the current (dysfunctional but coping) states of neuro-muscular function.
"Muscle Cell GPS 3Aux": Local Fascia Memory Storage Modification: (of Re-calibration/coordination per patterning and related situational parameters, per un-processed situation memory-related input, including over-bearing tendency to project past onto the present, etc. Also hyper-receptive to adrenal stimulus: "Special Forces Alert: Warning, Warning, It's happening again! Go to pattern '3' [coping mechanism "level 3"] - Go here and hold at least 'x' amount of tension, no matter what GPS 2 says." "But nothing's going on." "Maybe not if we do pattern '3'." "We're going to gunk things up for awhile, again." "Trust me, its safer this way, Warning, Warning..." "Ok, Ok, we're there."
* "Special Forces Alert" (for this analogy) refers to an adrenal-accentuated response related to a set of muscle tension range and movement patterns, having been established early in life as part of a coping mechanism. This being different from patterned responses which are less, or not at all, "adrenalized," and whose patterns are more related to depression, lets say. All as apart from those cells not patterned at all (not being associated with an 'Inner Child', unprocessed memories, or keyed with fascia memory).
|Reminder: basics for proprioreceptor and body-memory are covered at the main "Body-Mind Integration..." essay, and with particular applications at "Pattern Triad" and "Tensing Yoga" pages.
"Core Body-Mind Integration Concepts in Context Chart"
(Links to Full Size) at the Organization Chart page This chart compacts the key points into a relatively small visual space, and provides a summary of them and their implications relative to body-mind preventative maintenance, pain management, emotional integration process, other aspects. Addressing all these aspects and their relationships is what make this site unique.
"The science behind the body-mind relationships" Notes and references have been included at the "Body-Mind Integration..." page (in the reference section). At this page is a growing number of addendum essays for clarifying many related topics for *common sense* preventative maintenance application, as well as further completing the context and clarifying the dynamics and processes involved.
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Related Considerations [Fall, 1995]
How about " Fascianomics " - term denoting the efficiency of the neuro-fascial interface to conduct symmetric bio-magnetic resonance in alignment with, and facilitation of, the maximum-potential of effortless whole systems function.
I believe there may be other ways that the brain-mind stores and accesses memory [including per "Long-Term Memory Networks in the Brain" in Reference section, Aug'16], but that the *fascia-memory system* works for the "emotionally charged" and/or suppressed experiences for which the person consciously and/or unconsciously feels there needs to be further processing. This further processing then takes place if/when a more appropriate time and circumstance presents itself, and as the priorities and readiness allow for that particular and/or related psycho-emotional development.
With this in mind would it be feasible to consider Fibromyalgia as an over-stimulated sensory field receptor system in the connective tissue matrix interface? This over-stimulation would be due to system being "on alert;", due to original unconscious decision to alert warning system, should recurrence/continuation of an original stimulation (usually from infancy or early in childhood) be suspected. Thus its characteristics relating it to (an) "Auto-Immune" disorder. [Apr'11:] How about a relationship to a perfuse scattering of waste products throughout the fine interstitial spaces among the cells of muscle tissues due to their being chronically held *contracted* and under-circulated, including trauma induced, or long-term-habituated, neuro-emotional contractedness over a broad-area (including by being forcibly tickled in early childhood)? And a broad scattering of fine pin-pricks of pain? See next section below for more about that.
Follow-up note on |
Fibromyalgia - Theory with Examples (April 28, 2011, rev'd April 30):
She's had fibromyalgia symptoms for years, but rarely tells anyone, because she says no one really knows how to deal with it effectively. Or too often, to even listen to her story effectively. She responded positively to my question, "were you ever force-tickled - to the point of pain - as a child or infant?" Although I'd worked with her for a decade or more, she only let this out in the last year or so. The 2nd client to tell me this - told me years ago (late 90's?). And that was some years after the first client who told me about her early childhood experience of being forced to endure tickling far past the point of begging for the older relative to stop.
With the first client, I had been working on her right latissimus dorsi muscles about T12 (off to the right side of her mid-back area), doing fairly light but steady pulling strokes 'in grain' with the intercostals (in-between the ribs), and as I came closer to her underarm area (but not yet that close to the common tickle area), she complained of extreme discomfort and pain. Although her actual physical reaction, including a slight vocalization, reminded me of someone being tickled.
Hence my question about her being forcibly tickled, her answer, and my half-amazed response (to the first client). She had actually come in due to an auto accident, but also complained of fibromyalgia, and I didn't know then (in the late 1980's) that light strokes were not generally advised for that condition. I was half-amazed because, over a number of sessions I had strongly sensed a kind of contractedness to her nature as well as in her physiology, other complaints, diet, communications, as well as tissue response. (Sensed them due to my tendency notice things, including potential correlations, ask questions for verification, etc). And/Yet she was actively fighting - on so many levels - this tendency to "contract" or hold herself back.
None of these gals had ever connected the forced-tickling event to their fibromyalgia, of course, and only the third client, who is also a student of the healing arts, saw the potential connection after I proffered it to them. The key here, as far as the theory goes, is NOT "forced-tickling", but "forced contraction", as there may be many other kinds of experiences that causes the child to experience trauma due to confusion about the cause of pain.
|[ In the following examples of emotional experience for such a trauma-victim, please interpret "her/she" as "his/her" or "s/he". And the verbal tense can vary for some of the emotions, as can the time element with confusion, as to what feelings are felt when, and as caused by whom or what. Subsequent events of many/various types may bring on the onset of fibromyalgia, but continuing with more about how and why the association with the initial causative event may be suppressed:] |
The emotional confusion is usually due to being accused of wrong-doing due to her response, during and after the event by someone she trusted, perhaps by someone who has been a guardian in most other circumstances in life. Which would add up to make her feel guilt and shame about her own response, along with other feelings that were far too complex and contradictory to her young mind. She has to tighten up her musculature to defend herself, in essence to defend her right to continue to feel loved - by those she depends on for love. Even now, in circumstances she unconsciously associates as then, she continues to laugh although she is feeling pain and wants/needs to cry, wants someone to understand, and yet she holds onto the tension, because there has been no "all's ok" message - not given afterwards, let alone immediately as related to the event, let alone by those who she then had every right to expect to be there for her.
The pleating in the tissues have now been formed, along with the locked up quagmire of emotions of grief and shame and desire to be able to experience pleasure, even love - from tickling - like everyone else around her has, etc. But now she has to fear it, mostly unconsciously, since all that hasn't been figured out - it's locked away, remember. Revealing that fear to herself, not to mention to others, might lead, maybe already has led to, great embarrassment from a plethora of unexplainable feelings, perhaps even to strong reactions at someone else. And all this is/has been for years to come psycho-emotionally associated with pain that can be re-stimulated by a relatively light touch in certain areas of her body, or even awakening from sleep, not to mention with looks of incredulity from various professionals, whose job it is to care for people in pain.
On the good side of things, the third client (who actually has not gone into detail about related experience that occurred either early on or since) did experience some relief in session, and some emotional release - partly due to feeling understood for her confusion and frustration, as well for understanding a little more about her feelings in that moment. We discussed visualizations for stripping out the fine chicken-wire-mesh-like web that has caged parts of her being for so long. We discussed supplements for increasing fine-capillary circulation and clearing out waste products from the interstitial spaces (between cells) and eradicate free radicals. And the benefits of Vitamin C as well as concentrated "green" foods with all their enzymes and assistant co-factors and other micro-nutrients. Those that are otherwise extremely rarely found in other foods nowadays, yet found increasingly essential as more research time is spent on them, and so on.
I had also mentioned bromelain to the more recent client as one (easily available) proteolytic enzyme for removing related scar tissue, but I wasn't sure in my memory at the time that scar tissue was related to fibromyalgia. Since then I've verified that many who are researching fibromyalgia do relate the two - and reminds me of the adhesions between layers of fascia, particularly where there are overlapping muscle groups. This is where one muscle (or muscle group) is structured to tense their fibers in different vectors or directions from the adjacent muscle (group). And if they are adhesed, stuck together, while attempting to do this, it would be natural for there to be pain experience - the pain receptors (nociceptors) in those areas are going to activate. In this case, as a broad scattering of fine pin-pricks of pain, especially after having been inactive for a period of time? There are many such layerings in the upper torso area especially.
What also might be helpful - for some who believe in the power of visualization and affirmation (this form of prayer, that is, as well as others) - are the resources at the Prayer & Healing page (the still-growing number of them as I add this note, 4/30/11).
So, Could there not be a relationship...
between Fibromyalgia and a perfuse scattering of waste products throughout the muscle tissues that are chronically held contracted and under-circulated? Put more in professional speak: trauma induced contractedness over a broad-area, ie: in multiple muscle groups of the torso (upper body). And a broad scattering of fine pin-pricks of pain. Well, obviously I think there's a relationship. And the Fascia Memory Project would either confirm or dispell the theory. Along with so many other theories from so many other thinking health professionals. Given such research, there would be far fewer instances of doubt about a patient's pain - by those we (want to be able to) expect compassionate care from. Which says something about our health care system. Or, have we professionals too often learned not to feel, let alone theorize, and/or not to communicate about these internal dynamics which are so critical to the health of individuals and of society as a whole?
Please let me know to what degree you have found this applicable to your own experience, and/or (especially for researchers) to what degree you find this theory, or parts of it, applies. Please feel free to post at Fibromyalgia forums, so long as you also include this last paragraph with my name and contact information - I'd like to know if this helps! Thank you! - Chris Pringer, (email@example.com)
These notes and pages on "Body-memory", "fascia-memory", or related theories should not be interpreted to suggest that memory suppression has any direct relationship with moral, ethical, or "spiritual" capacity, or "character flaws", as the above noted fibromyalgia case should more than illustrate! I do not believe there need be any such relationship, certainly not direct. I DO believe there may be a relationship -- more or less direct -- between memory suppression (which every human does some of) and personal challenges, coping mechanisms, each person's personality (formed by unique perceptual filtration and selectivity during experience generally in early childhood), tendencies, talents, and gifts, and even life direction (which every human has). That is elaborated in depth at the Body-Mind Integration..." page, including with regard to the adrenal response in relationship to trauma, long-term conditioning, related muscle tissue holding patterns, "body-memory," and to how those relationships are healed. Also related: "The Body Pattern Assessment/Reading and Understanding the Pattern Triad."
I believe that suppressed memory does not *determine* these aspects, at least not necessarily, but much about these aspects can be gleaned/read from an understanding of the correlations between the characteristics of fascia (connective tissue) and the nature of memory suppression. I have found this to be a consistent and reliable indicator for kinesthetically obtaining information (via touch/massage therapies) from the soft tissue, and using it to assist in other's therapy and healing -- as verified by those people I have worked with, after assessing their systems with the systems described via above noted reference.
"The Science Behind The Body-Mind Relationships" notes and references have been included in the reference section at the "Body-Mind Integration..." page. The "Core Body-Mind Integration Concepts in Context Chart" (at the Organization Chart page) compacts the key points into a relatively small visual space, and provides a summary of them and their implications, relative to body-mind preventative maintenance, pain management, other aspects.
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Note: The following, included in the original publication of the theory, Fall'96, is probably the 1st web-published allusion to a project for research with devices for finding actual relationships between fascia and body memory. Which proposal is now fully elaborated and organized at here [~bcp, 11'08 (about this Fall'95 note)]
Inter AND intra-active memory fields
At one time Rupert Sheldrake stated that there needed to be some way to confirm the existence and role(s) of morphic fields. I am wondering if research in the directions indicated above might be a useful and relatively easy way to research morphic field theory. The fascial system is small enough and workable enough, that with some medical scanning equipment and bio-electric field measuring devices that are already developed, a good computer man to integrate the assessments, a good visionary and a few left brainers to keep things heading in the right directions... ... well, Sheldrake could have his micro-cosmic example of inter AND intra-active (via adjacent, multi-level contained, and/or overlapping) memory fields. And the emotional aspect of the memory wouldn't have to be established before this is proven, I think -- the neurosynaptic data (or neuro-emotional data), when compared in block groups over time and experience (eg: on/in a living biological organism's system) with such equipment as described above, would give a relatively quick idea of where to go with the study from there.
Later on, with cross checking of experiential data of the person's tested, the emotional content could begin to be established and correlated. It seems to me that with all the intuitives around to give hints as to where to direct the eyes of the research, the basis for the correlations could be relatively quickly revealed. Then the more left-brain (as compared to right and whole brain) derived avenues of research could be checked for verification.
I admit, I may have no [truly technical] idea of what I'm talking about [EG: enough of those theories which are "scientifically verified"], but on the other hand, I've been pretty close to right-on with this kind of thinking before, especially in intuiting out the more technical aspects (and relevant "topography") of applied bodywork [and verifying that with clients]. And I don't think that this research (as described above) would *create* a new working mechanism in the fascial energy fields [just to stretch a note on some of the theories extending from Rupert Sheldrake's and related theories on energy fields], considering the amount of thought and emotion that has already established relatively consistent relationships at those levels of biology.
[More on Morphic Field Theory in Related References section]
--© Fall '95, Christopher Pringer
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A Cosmology of the Body-Mind-Spirit Self
1) the muscles move the bones (in spite of what a few old school chiropractors seem to imply sometimes), the fascia provides the 'relationship-interconnecting web-matrix', as well as the glide-flow surfaces for all muscles, as well as every organ in the body.
and Related Tenants in hierarchy of cause and effect, considered as underlying the Work
2) the feelings move the muscles, that is, the feelings and (unconscious) stored emotion-data (all of which comprising 'the emotional-body') determine the setting and changing of the state of muscle tension, which determine the "automatic"/ habitual holding and/or movement patterns in the muscles and fascia. EG: If your muscles are working (tense) when they are not actually working (doing something you want them to do), then it is the emotional body that is directing the holding of that extra tension.
3) thoughts move the feelings, that is, they create/govern the feelings, both of which (thoughts and feelings) have the power to create beliefs -- which is to say that the mental perspective determines the feelings and emotions. Beliefs are thoughts made more permanent (consciously or unconsciously) by attached emotional charges. EG: If the mind perceives a need to fear and armor up, the muscles respond (aided or totally controlled by the adrenal response). But until the (adrenal oriented) "all clear" signal is given or fully received, the emotion is held in the muscles until released, and until then a belief is formed, usually unconsciously, about similarly perceived experiences.
4) the soul moves all the above-- more or less under auspicious of God/Higher Power (depending on one's view of cosmology and it's functional implications for some plan...) that determines "the setup" (parentage and birth situation, etc) which initiates the individual's perception of self, of others, of one's environment, and experience of relationships - including, of course, how the body-mind responds to experience... (return to tenant 1)
NOTE: Please read the above in context with the below notes, which hopefully assist and deepen one's understanding.
Another way of saying that:
The BONES (the skeleton, posture and movement, alignment and mis-alignment) are moved or held by MUSCLES, muscles are moved or held by ATTITUDES and their related mental-emotional reaction patterns. These are governed overall by BELIEFS, which are THOUGHTS invested with EMOTION(S). Beliefs are the result of personal experience -- physically manifested and/or imagined and/or as taught. The intensity of the experience, imagination, and/or teaching determines the power of the belief, and therefore the degree of momentum invested in any related POSTURAL and/or MOVEMENT PATTERN manifested in the body. (These invested patterns are primary to what is sometimes referred to as "BODY-MEMORY".)
Spirit - [Depending on one's view of cosmology and it's functional implications for some plan. In any case, whatever it is that provides:] The interconnecting as well as dynamic current for the flow of driving forces (thought, emotion, and Spirit) that create change and transformation in mind and body.
Mind - The Mental "Vehicle", is the interactive consciousness that manages our perceptions and responses and defines our choices. The brain is one tool of the mind.
Emotion - The Emotional-Body is seat of desire as per "Emotion & Motivation on the Path and in Healing," as complements the physical and mental bodies.
Belief - "the bridge between the mental and emotional bodies" - is here defined as a thought attached to one's consciousness with/by emotion (or the other way around, depending on which initiated the bond for a given belief). Related: "Beliefs, Desires, Needs, and ... Alignment"
Body - The Physical "Vehicle" is a reality not that separate from the mind, but a functional extension of unconscious as well as of conscious thought, emotion, and belief.
Elaboration on these concepts can be accessed via this link: "Victims, Compassion, & Responsibility -- Notes on The Emotional-Body, Denial of Pain, & 'Easy Answers' (Not)"
Holographic Interconnectedness: Each part reflects the whole; what happens on one level of a system affects all other levels - "As Above, So Below". Given this, our inner subjective realities tell us everything we are here to learn in a given life. And since our minds and emotions express through our bodies, then to the degree we interpret the body's language (including the emotions expressed through them as well as through thought and word), we can then "read" our paths and purposes. But that is quite the tall order - and rarely is a person so adept, of course.
From a spiritual perspective, although the body vibrates at a lower frequency than does the mind, it communicates the Soul's energy all the same. And it is always telling us, point-blank, what we don't otherwise perceive. We could say that the Higher Self let the personality off the hook for the time being, by postponing the process until the personality/ego is sufficiently developed to satisfactorily complete and learn from the experience. As for the processes that we complete, we can remember them, or the lessons derived from them, solely via the mental body. Thoughts only become attached to the personality -- as beliefs -- for the sake of providing a psychological structure to learn in and/or from. And structure is important in a personality's learning process. Emotional charge (i.e.: as related to an issue) is the binding agent for attaching a thought. Otherwise the thought (i.e.: a perception and related data) is left to flow more or less freely through the mental body, or can be re-organized as desired.
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Extensive in number, and including Reference Publications [just below] and...
More Recent Related Scientific Research
Seminal/Key Research in Body Memory
Research in Fascia, Water & Fascia, AND...
| Ron Kurtz, Daniel Siegel, John Briere, and by Mary Morgan On Memory|
Excerpts from "Neuroscience and Psychotherapy" by Marilyn Morgan, SRN, B.A., MNZAP
Marilyn Morgan is a master teacher and Certified Hakomi Trainer who has a special interest in the new and exciting developments in interpersonal neurobiology. In this article she introduces a number of currently relevant advances in neuroscience (2006)
"Many people who have had traumatic childhoods have problems with memory. They sometimes can’t consciously remember most of childhood, yet unwanted feelings and images from childhood experiences may intrude. It is not uncommon to forget a lot of details in daily life as an adult; appointments, where one has put car keys, phone numbers and so on.
"Ron Kurtz, founder of Hakomi, (Kurtz, 1990), described the child as `the mapmaker’. Neuroscience emphasizes that the connections formed within the brain are experiencedependent. A person is born with approximately 100 billion neurons. If these nerve cells were placed end-to-end they would stretch two million miles. There are many nerve connections already in place at birth, the being brain was hard-wired to seek connection with caregivers, and basic bodily functions proceed. However, the major growth of neurons and the wiring of neuronal circuits are yet to take place depending on experiences to come. Eventually each nerve cell is likely to have 10,000 connections.
"Daniel Siegel [MD, referenced below as well as quoted at the "Body-Mind Integration" page in section, "Notes & Refs on Neuroplasticity / Cellular Re-Organization] describes the brain as an anticipatory machine. The infant’s, and child’s, interactions with her world are imprinted in her brain circuitry. She is `wired up’ for a particular world. Her brain is coded with all kinds of memory, and most of the early memory will be unconscious. However, this memory will deeply affect later emotions, behaviour patterns, beliefs, and abilities to process information. In Hakomi we call this core material, and the shaping of character styles. Other models describe ‘deep cognitive structures’, ‘schemata’, ‘unfinished business’, or sometimes ‘the inner child’. 
"When the parent to whom the child goes for comfort and mirroring is also a source of fear this creates massive neural disorganization. Trauma and abuse in the young child has a serious impact on brain structure and function. Those parts of the brain undergoing critical growth at the time of the trauma will be particularly affected. This child is likely to have a smaller brain overall, fewer fibres in the corpus callosum connecting the left and right hemispheres, a smaller hippocampus, and poor development of prefrontal lobe areas. (Teicher, 2002)"
"Implicit memory ...is generally unconscious, and there is not the sense of ‘remembering’. Things feel as if they are happening now, in the present. Implicit memory requires no attention to be encoded. There are different kinds of implicit memory: Procedural memory is the patterns of behaviour and habits we learn. It is mediated by the cerebellum and striatum.
Emotional memory is related to the significance of events, and whether they feel good or bad. This is mediated by the right hemisphere, the amygdala and basal ganglia. There is sensorimotor memory, consisting of body sensations, posture and body responses. Perceptual memory is implicit, as are our mental schema and core beliefs.
"John Briere, a traumatologist, describes deep cognitive structures that are narrative in nature, but held in a nonconscious way because when these are activated they trigger associated emotional responses that are distressing to the person.(Briere, 2001) These deep cognitive structures may be triggered by events that bear some similarity to the original memories. Implicit memories do not feel like `memories’ as they have a here and now quality to them, and `blend’ with current reality. Distressing emotional or traumatic memories are not consolidated, or resolved, and are therefore not integrated into a coherent narrative. Memory ‘stacks’
"The emotional brain circuitry stores memory in a simple way, almost like ‘stacks’ of similar circuits. When a current event has a particular flavour then the whole ‘stack’, going back to early events is activated. The feelings and behaviours are generated, often very quickly and powerfully. Because emotional memory is always in the ‘now’, the old perceptions, feelings and behaviours become blended with the current situation." [For the sake of context with the rest of this material, I would like to qualify that first sentence, if I may, to say "in a simple way with regard to organizing for similar circuits..." -Chris Pringer]
Higher Order Mind-Body Integration Research: Dr. Daniel J. Siegel (noted above) has gone the extra mile in prolifically assembling and translating the rapidly increasing brain research -- IMHO, centering on *The Integrative Function of Limbic System* for the physical and psycho-emotional aspects, that of consciousness, and relationships there among. Siegel's work since the mid-90's has resulted in pragmatically useful training manuals for students and practitioners, and for a most impressive variety of practical applications in mental health - both clinical and self-help - of the research into psychotherapy, consciousness, self-healing, and personal growth.
Dr Siegel's extensive works include: "The Developing Mind - How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are," which includes section and chapter headings such as "Epilogue, A Framework For Cultivating Integration" and "The Nine Domains Of Integration," "Neuroplasticity, Epignetics, Mindfullness, And The Neural Correlates Of Consciousness." Other books include "The Mindful Brain - Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-being," "The Mindful Therapist - A Clinician's Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration," and "Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology -An Integrative Handbook of the Mind." These and more can be checked out via: DrDanSiegel.Com, Mindsight Institute, and MindGains .Org.
Charles Daily developed and taught "Holographic Memory Release Technique" (HMR) (article).
Article, "Body Memory - The Missing Key to Self-Healing" by Fredric Lehrman: "... This area has become very interesting to many people in the fields of health and psychology, who feel that physical patterns, which were considered unchangeable, are in fact less fixed than we used to believe. ..."
Article, "The Universe as a Hologram" - Does Objective Reality Exist, Or Is The Universe A Phantasm? Laying out the connections as considered in depth by University of London physicist David Bohm, Standford neurophysiologist Karl Pribram working independently in the field of brain research, brain scientist Karl Lashley, neurophysiologist researching acoustic phenomena, Argentinian-Italian researcher Hugo Zucarelli, among many others of impressive credentials.
Text of article, Morphic Field Theory, A Biological Approach to Systems by David Brent deMoville. Beginning with Rupert Sheldrake, an examination of an approach to systems from the biological perspective. These are living systems which may be "organically based and encompass life and biology as we normally think of them or they may be mechanical, forcing us to think of the meaning of life in new contexts..." Text File; Includes a list of related articles with link addresses.
Text of article, Presence of the Past: Introduction & Chapter One - On Morphogenic Field Theory by Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. "Challenging the fundamental assumptions of modern science, this ground-breaking radical hypothesis suggests that nature itself has memory. The question of morphogenesis - how things take their shape - remains one of the great mysteries of science. What makes a rabbit rabbit-shaped? How do newts regenerate limbs? Why are molecules shaped the way they are? Why do societies arrange themselves in certain predictable patterns? ..." Text File; Includes a list of related articles with link addresses.
Book, The Heart's Code, The New Findings About Cellular Memories and Their Role in the Mind/Body/Spirit Connection, by Paul Pearsall, Ph.D. Written by a psychologist about the experiences of recipients of transplanted hearts, including himself, it has already begun to forever change how science looks at the mind, the heart, and memory. Candace Pert, Ph.D., author of Molecules of Emotion, says "...This may be the most important and revolutionary ... the mind is not in the brain and memory can survive after death." On the back-cover are reviews of high acknowledgement also by Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of *Love, Medicine, & Miracles,* Gary E.R.Schwartz, Ph.D. and Linda G.S.Russek, Ph.D. (directors of the Human Energy Systems Laboratory, Program in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona), and Doc Lew Childre, CEO/President, The Institute of HeartMath, author of *Freeze-Frame: Fast Action Stress Relief and Self-Empowerment.*
article, "Neural Code Breakers -- What language do neurons use to communicate," SCIENCE NEWS, vol. 149, #25 (June 22, 1996) by Richard Lipkin. In the same issue on the preceding page (391), is "Test-tube stickers for DNA-based computers," which also relates to how organisms process data. And then the article, "A Cellular Light Show" on (page 399) regard how the stimulation of a gene in a separate cell effects neighboring cells, and the monitoring process used by researchers described with "[with the described system] One can monitor dynamically, what goes on in normal cells.
Book, Emotional Anatomy (1985), by Stanley Keleman, for a brilliant overview and study of fascia and it's relationship to the formation and development of the human psyche, generously illustrated with insightful and useful graphics.
Article, Tissue Memory & Chinese Research: "Strong Emotions Cause Chronic Illness, Advance Aging & Impede Healing by Warping the Human Energy Field" at CHINA HEALTHWAYS (http://www.chinahealthways.com/newsletters/magnet/emotion-warp.html). Related Ref: "Scientific Investigation into Chinese QI-Gong," Edited by Richard H Lee.
The limbic system of the brain has been found essential for the mind-body integrative function. Before 1997 or so, there was rarely any research findings venturing to say this area was more than about raw emotion and usually as related to survival instincts, never mentioning the word empathy, let alone actual integration of intellect with emotion. [With near exception in Candace Pert who was so close to nailing it in 1985 or more - before moving her focus, so much of which was already on or via the immune system (via noted precipitate research on neuropeptides and receptors), to the HIV/AIDS research, which says she was far more concerned about the pressing needs of others than about credit for breakthrough discoveries. (IMHO ~cp)] But given all the experience with MRI's and various other brain-scanning equipment while observing behavior, lots of correlations have been established, particularly since 2003. Since then Dr. Daniel J. Siegel has gone the extra mile...
[see text section at left]
And about the same time I published the Fascia Memory Theory, I also (perhaps more brazenly) published the notion that the ventricles would be found to be an essential component in the process of integrating intuition with analysis.
Reference: the page for "..Intuition Coming Home..," the more related (and more recently added) section being "Scientific Research On the Limbic System - Co-Enveloping the Ventricles" ... the Limbic system is essentially *one with* the 3rd ventricle as it is with the top of the 4th, while intimately enveloped by the (two) lateral ventricles -- that are also just under the cingulate, the limbic component that has more recently (2003+) been shown as one of, if not the, most essential brain components for the mind-body integrative function (eg: including emotional, empathic, or interpersonal, which it integrates - via the limbic system).
Even as 'close' as that sounds by function as well as proximity to that noted above [in my presumptuous outburst, if knowing in one's heart is arrogance], I maintain my awaiting MUCH MORE than "close" - even if devices for verifying that are probably farther in the future than those for verifying the fascia's role in memory storage.
We might understandably ask how this alleged ("all edged"?) intuition-integration function (and ventricle system) relates to the body-memory system. And besides just answering, "via the limbic system," I will say that there are too many references in colloquial language of every era and culture relating the feeling in one's body to the motivation and determination of one's next steps, such that body-memory is implicated in that as much as "gut feeling" may be. Please also consider that the flow of CSF (cerebral spinal fluid) -in accordance with some known functions of the ventricles- extends to the base of the spine as well as virtually circumnavigating the brain.
"If you believe" on "Chalice Garden & CenterCross" - Suggestion & Artwork by Chris Pringer Aug'16 (and what I've been trying to do at this website for a few years )
"Ventricles Over Chalice Garden & CrossChalice"
Most anatomical figures in above images are from the Digital Anatomist Project of the University of Washington,
assembled & artistically rendered over background, "Chalice Garden & CrossChalice" by Chris Pringer, July-Aug 2016.
The HeartMath Institute: "We have a tremendous body of research here at the Institute on the heart and its influence. The fact that electrical energy produced by the heart is 60 times stronger than that of the brain is not our research; that is known by anybody involved in the biophysics field. What we've been able to show is that yes, that's true, and that frequency is being received by every single cell in the body. And the frequency content of the heart's electrical energy emission changes relative to our perceptions, how we're taking in what we're taking in. So certain heart-based types of qualities like care, appreciation or love that have often just been associated metaphorically with the heart really do produce dramatic changes in the electrical energy output of the heart when people are perceiving/receiving from a place of care or appreciation. And in turn, our research shows that when that electrical energy changes, it goes to what's called 'coherent frequency patterns'. We're able to correlate that to changes in the immune system and changes in hormonal balance. And we also see changes in perception and intelligence. There's a lot more to what the heart is doing than people realize. It's not just a blood pump." Enjoy the IHM Research Papers, Abstracts, and Reports (at http://www.heartmath.org/RP.html)
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[for more (besides the extensive list and excepts below) please see the articles by the Oschmans as also linked below]:
Long-Term Memory Networks in the Brain
|A modern theory with new research, excerpts added 8/17/16 from
"Unlocking the Brain’s Deepest Secrets"
By Teal Burrell, 25 May 2016 (NOVA at PBS)
[ My Comment Follows (Opinion, relative to *fascia memory theory* ]
"In neuroscience, neurons get all the glory. Or rather, they used to. Researchers are beginning to discover the importance of something outside the neurons — a structure called the perineuronal net ...an organized tangle of proteins that helps form the extracellular matrix, a sort of neuron exoskeleton. ...perineuronal nets and the extracellular matrix might explain many of neuroscience’s mysteries."
...“Up to this point, we still don’t understand how we maintain memories in our brains for up to our entire lifetimes,” says Sakina Palida, a graduate student in Roger Tsien’s lab at the University of California, San Diego. ..."
Memory was previously theorized to be facilitated by a kind of reinforcement of brain neurons with added synapses, but there were too many holes in the theory.
"...That the perineuronal net is involved in some form of memory isn’t entirely new; Tsien’s hypothesis is that it is the structure for long-term memory, and that is new...To Tsien, a modern Nobel laureate, the breakthrough came when he started thinking outside the neuron. Instead of molecules inside neurons retaining memories, molecules outside neurons might be the key. “You need very long lasting molecules to store things and what else is better than just on the other side, the outside of the synapse?” Tsien says. “You have equal access to the information that’s in the synapse, but the proteins and carbohydrates that are on the outside of the synapse can last forever.”" The nets were reported 130 years ago by Camillo Golgi, but after a time of not knowing their purpose, became pretty much ignored."
"In 2009, perineuronal nets were blamed for the fact that fear memories are nearly impossible to erase in adults. ...At the latest Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago, it was clear perineuronal nets are not being ignored any longer. ..."
My Comment (including note on positive touch-related memories):
While this theory is probably right on target, I believe it is much more likely to explain non-traumatic long-term memories, and not the hard-core glue of trauma-suppressed memories (*per fascia memory theory*). And the discovery of the *means by which the nets work* will very likely be key to the discovery of the means by which fascia-memory works, if not the existence of that matrix/system itself. That is, the means for the brain's nets will likely be found similar to that for fascia-memory. However, they will likely be found far more *neuro-magnetically* similar, but less neuro-electrically, and certainly less neuro-mechanically similar, if you will, to the fascia-memory matrixes. There are no proprioceptors in the brain, after all. AND (per *fascia-memory theory*) there will be found a relationship between the neuronets of the fascia and that of the brain - one that is set up to communicate with each other on an as-needed, certainly long-term basis. And yes, "neuro-magnetically" is the term I intended to use - per the *fascia-memory theory* - and refers to the mechanisms of neuro-muscular physiology yet to be found[?] and which (to me, still) appears is going to require more advanced scanning equipment than we have yet to devise and use[?]. Another question arises (here) about the strongest positive touch-related memories, and I'm guessing that those are "referenced" in the fascia via a third set of (neuro-magnetic) mechanisms, more subtle than that for trauma-suppressed memories, hence not based on or necessarily related to[?] the fascia-pleating mechanism. ~cp 8/17/16
Proprioreception research breakthrough! 9/21/16
|"How A 'Sixth Sense' Helps Simone Biles Fly,
And The Rest Of Us Walk"
Heard on All Things Considered
By Jon Hamilton, September 21, 2016
[[ My Comment Up-Front: As far as I can tell, this is much more about the genetics vs the nerve tracts to/from the medulla, nor the processes therein, nor the emotional memory storage component as [I suspect would necessarily be] transmitted on to the limbic centers, let alone directly related to the neuro-muscular proprioceptor processes referred to in the *fascia memory theory.* But I am sensing it may be a step closer to that, although I'm pretty sure their are distinctly separate systems for the indicating "positioning in space" vs the degree of force exerted (passive vs active, effect vs cause). While they are both necessary for proprioception, almost paradoxically so, The later (in each case) would seem to more related to the emotional storage theory here. ~cp 9/22/16]]
"A rare genetic disorder is helping scientists understand our mysterious ability to sense where we are in space, known as proprioception.
This "sixth sense" is what dancers and gymnasts rely on to tell them the exact position of their body and limbs at every moment. It also tells them how much force each muscle is exerting.
The most beautiful demonstration of proprioception in action is Simone Biles when she is spinning and somersaulting through the air," says Carsten Bonnemann, a pediatrician and geneticist at the National institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Scientists have known about proprioception for more than a century. But they didn't realize how much people depend on it until they got a chance to study two young patients with a rare genetic disorder that leaves them completely lacking this sense.
...Damiana's condition might have remained a mystery if Bonnemann hadn't seen her a few years ago while holding a clinic in San Diego.
He was puzzled by her symptoms and ordered a state-of-the-art genetic analysis. It turned up a mutation in a gene called PIEZO2, which allows certain cells to detect mechanical pressure. ...Then one day Bonnemann heard about a colleague at the National Institutes of Health who knew a lot about PIEZO2. ...The colleague was Alex Chesler from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
...Chesler had spent years studying PIEZO2 in mice. But he'd never had a good way to study its function in people. So last year, Bonnemann, Chesler and a team of researchers invited Damiana and another patient with a similar PIEZO2 mutation to the NIH. The visit was a revelation.
Excerpts From Related Article,
“Sixth sense” may be more than just a feeling
NIH study of rare genetic disorder reveals importance of touch and body awareness:
...Dr. Bönnemann’s team uses cutting edge genetic techniques to help diagnose children around the world who have disorders that are difficult to characterize. The two patients in this study are unrelated, one nine and the other 19 years old. They have difficulties walking; hip, finger and foot deformities; and abnormally curved spines diagnosed as progressive scoliosis.
Although they both felt the brushing of hairy skin, one claimed it felt prickly instead of the pleasant sensation reported by unaffected volunteers. Brain scans showed different activity patterns in response to brushing between unaffected volunteers and the patient who felt prickliness.
Despite these differences, the patients’ nervous systems appeared to be developing normally. They were able to feel pain, itch, and temperature normally; the nerves in their limbs conducted electricity rapidly; and their brains and cognitive abilities were similar to the control subjects of their age.
“What’s remarkable about these patients is how much their nervous systems compensate for their lack of touch and body awareness,” said Dr. Bönnemann. “It suggests the nervous system may have several alternate pathways that we can tap into when designing new therapies.”
Article 2 (as Referenced by Above) Excerpts:
"The Role of PIEZO2 in Human Mechanosensation"
September 14, 2016, DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1602812
New England Journal of Medicine
Alexander T. Chesler, et al.
"The senses of touch and proprioception evoke a range of perceptions and rely on the ability to detect and transduce mechanical force. The molecular and neural mechanisms underlying these sensory functions remain poorly defined. The stretch-gated ion channel PIEZO2 has been shown to be essential for aspects of mechanosensation in model organisms."
VIBRATION SENSING AND TOUCH DISCRIMINATION:
...We evaluated the patients’ performance on several sensory tests. We began by assessing mechanosensory responses on glabrous skin (e.g., skin on the palm and fingertips), which is highly sensitive to touch. ...We next assessed mechanosensory responses on hairy skin...
We quantified each participant’s perception of large proximal and small distal joint movements spanning 10 degrees in the arms and legs. Control participants sensed the direction of the movements in their joints with 100% accuracy, whereas the PIEZO2-deficient patients identified the direction of the movements with 40 to 60% accuracy, a rate no better than chance (P<0.001 for both patients)
"...We next analyzed the paths and kinetics of motion using a simple learned motor task that involved reaching from the nose to a target placed at arm’s length (see Videos 3 through 6).
"...Clinically, we observed general losses in vibration detection, touch discrimination (specifically on glabrous skin), and joint proprioception. We conclude that PIEZO2 is required to transduce the mechanical forces at the sensory afferent terminals in these various contexts in humans.
"...Descriptions of persons with altered ability to sense pain have highlighted the importance of nociceptive input to health and survival.24,25 This study of PIEZO2-deficient patients offers similar insights into touch and proprioception. ... ...
... Descriptions of persons with altered ability to sense pain have highlighted the importance of nociceptive input to health and survival.24,25 This study of PIEZO2-deficient patients offers similar insights into touch and proprioception. Patient 1 and Patient 2 have major deficits in discriminative touch perception and loss of proprioception that noticeably affect movement control and posture, but they remarkably are still able to perform complex movements by relying on compensatory inputs, such as vision. In addition, we found that both patients’ perception of other forms of somatosensation, including pain from high-threshold mechanical stimuli and the touch responses evoked by gentle stroking on hairy skin, remains intact. The findings of this study and those of others2 show the way in which distinct and independent peripheral lines of input1,26 combine to provide the rich sensory experience of human touch and the perception of our bodies in space.
From the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the Functional and Applied Biomechanics Section, Rehabilitation Medicine Department, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD; the Division of Neurology, Children’s National Health System, Washington, DC; the Department of Medical Genetics and Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Cumming School of Medicine, and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Department of Pediatrics, Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada; and the Departments of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA (C.M.G.).
"Clinical and Genetic Characteristics of Patients with Null Variants in PIEZO2"
Figure 3. Results of the Kinematic Reaching Task
Figure 3 (cut). Results of the Kinematic Reaching Task; Video Charting .
"During the kinematic reaching task, participants were instructed to use the dominant index finger to alternate between touching the nose and touching a target approximately 50 cm from the sternum while their eyes were either open or covered. ...mapping the trajectory of the finger during the skilled phase... as well as for the total path (which includes both the ballistic phase ...and the skilled phase), for a control participant (Panel A), Patient 1 (Panel B), and Patient 2 (Panel C). ...Also shown are graphs of the total path length with eyes open and eyes covered. (See Videos 3 through 6, available at NEJM.org.)"
[[ 2nd Comment: This research appears to be some of the first follow-up on Robert Schleip's articles, including "Fascial mechanoreceptors and..." in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. Excerpts about fascia as densely innervated by mechanoreceptors include, "Fascial plasticity - a new neurobiological explanation," and effected by "self-regulatory dynamics": "...Fascia and the autonomic nervous system appear to be intimately connected..." And "...Additionally smooth muscle cells have been discovered in fascia, which seem to be involved in active fascial contractility. Fascia and the autonomic nervous system appear to be intimately connected." And about the largest group of (type III & IV) sensory nerve fibers, now commonly called interstitial muscle receptors. "A better name would be interstitial myofascial tissue receptors since they also exist abundantly in fascia... are hardly mentioned in most textbooks." [See further below for more detail and links for Schleip's findings.] ~cp 9/22/16 ]]
Some Related Links:
Video of Drs. Chesler and Bönnemann discussing their study
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) on touch-sensation and self-perception,
About the National Institutes of Health (NIH),
The NINDS Division of Intramural Research,
The NIH Clinical Center
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Seminal Research in Body Memory
Two Leaders in the Science as applied to Body Fascia, Bodywork, and Somatic Recall (What I usually refer to as "Body Memory"), and to Healing are James L. Oschman, Ph.d. and Nora H. Oschman (see introductory section of this page). They are the authors of "Somatic Recall, Part 1 - Soft tissue memory," which continues in "... Part 2 - Soft tissue holography," and "How Healing Energy Works." They have published the book, *Readings on the Scientific Basis of Bodywork, Energetic, and Movement Therapies* - Excerpts and notes from that can be found here. Visit their Web Site at http://www.energyresearch.bizland.com/.
Other References cited by Oschman, J.L. include: 'Structure and properties of ground substances.' American Zoologist 24(1):199-215; 1984. 'The connective tissue and myofascial systems.' Privately published manuscript; 1981. 'How does the body maintain its shape': A series of 3 articles that appeared in Rolf Lines, the news magazine for Rolf Institute members, Boulder, CO, ending with Vol. 18(1):24-25; 1989, 1990. 'Sensing solitons in soft tissues.' Guild News (Guild for Structural Integration, Boulder, CO) 3(2):22-25. 1994.
Molecules and Emotion, by Candace B. Pert, Ph.D. Ground-breaking research discoveries. The following are (paraphrased from "Science of Self - Feelings and the Bodymind":
Candace Pert, a molecular biologist formerly at Georgetown University, determined that the limbic (emotional) portion of the brain contains upwards of 85 percent of the neuropeptide receptors her team studied. Pert and her colleagues noticed a high concentration of these receptors "in virtually all locations where information from any of the five senses…enters the nervous system."
| The entire body might then be said, in Pert’s view, to be like a single organ with full sensing capabilities: "a far-flung, unitary, psychosomatic network". (Pert, pp. 142-143) Depending on the precise external or internal stimulus taking place at any given moment, a particular ‘information substance’ will flow through our body and bind to specific receptor sites. When this binding takes place, we feel a given feeling, encode a given memory, or are prompted to emote a certain way. (Schoen, Allen. Kindred Spirits. New York: Broadway Books, 2001, pp. 44-45) Pert conjectures that our bodily organs 'store' emotional memories based on the specific receptors they possess and the nature of the chemical messages they receive. Memory, she posits, resides in virtually every part of our body. (Pert, ibid; also O’Connor, Richard. Undoing Perpetual Stress. New York: Berkley Books, 2005, p. 331).
|| Many ref-links related to Candace Pert, emotion, and a new psychosomatic medicine - are at the "Links" page for "Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion" website. Also included in this page are Daniel Goleman (*Emotional Intelligence*); Richard O’Connor (*Undoing Perpetual Stress*); Candace B. Pert (*Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel the Way You Feel*); Antonio R. Damasio (*Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain*); Marina Piano (“Mind-Body Connection”); Ken Dychtwald (*Bodymind*); Candace B. Pert, Henry E. Dreher, and Michael R. Ruff ("The Psychosomatic Network: Foundations of Mind-Body Medicine").
Selected Excerpts From Candace Pert's Talks & Publications:
~From a talk delivered at “Survival and Consciousness”, a symposium sponsored by the Institute for Noetic Sciences, in Washington DC, October 26-27, 1985:
"The experiments showing the connection between emotions and the limbic system were first done by Wilder Penfield and other neurologists who worked with conscious, awake individuals."
"In 1975 we began to map the location of opiate receptors in the brain ...We found that the limbic system was highly enriched with opiate (and other neuropeptide receptors too, we subsequently learned). The amygdala and hypothalamus, both classically considered to be the main components of the limbic system (the great physiologist, Walter B. Cannon, singled out the hypothalamus as the foremost area for emotions to hook up to the brain), are in fact blazing with opiate receptors-40-fold higher than in other areas in the brain. These hot spots correspond to very specific nuclei or cellular groups that physiological psychologists have identified as mediating such processes as sexual behavior, appetite, and water balance in the body. The main point is that our receptor-mapping confirmed and expanded in important ways the psychological experiments that defined the limbic system. We were able to overlay a biochemistry of specific neuropeptides to brain regions implicated in the expression of emotions and behaviors."
"...A hormone presumably was stored in one place in the body, then travelled over to its receptors in other parts of the body. A prime example of a hormone is insulin... In short, it has become increasingly clear that the limbic system, the classical seat of emotions in the brain, is also the focal point of receptors for neuropeptides, some of which were first identified as hormones."
"...Equally important is the fact that neuropeptide receptors are not just in the brain, they are also in the body. We have mapped and shown biochemically that there are angiotensin receptors in the kidney identical to those in the brain, and in a way that is not yet quite understood, the kidney located receptors conserve water in the body. We know that they play with the ion fluxes so that water is conserved. [AND thus transmission potentials in the fascia? Note: There are topics in research of liquid crystallinity, electric and magnetic fields further below. ~cp] The point is that the release of the neuropeptide angiotensin leads both to the behavior of drinking and to the internal conservation of water. Here is an example of how a neuropeptide - which perhaps corresponds to a mood state - can integrate what happens in the body with what happens in the brain."
"...Another critical point. As we have studied the distribution of these receptors, we have found that the limbic system is not just in the forebrain, in the classical locations of the amygdala and the hypothalamus. It appears that the body has other places in which many different neuropeptide receptors are located- places where there is a lot of chemical action. We have call these hot spots “nodal points”, and they are anatomically located at places that receive and process a lot of emotional information. One nodal point is the dorsal (back) horn of the spinal cord, which is the place that sensory information enters the central nervous system. This is the first synapse within the brain where touch-sensory information is processed. We have found that for virtually all the senses for which we know the entry area, this location is always a nodal point for neuropeptide receptors."
"...The striking pattern of neuropeptide receptor distribution in mood-regulating areas of brain, as well as their role in mediating communication throughout the whole organism, makes neuropeptides the obvious candidates for the biochemical mediation of emotion. It may be too that each neuropeptide biases information processing uniquely, when occupying receptors at nodal points with the brain and body. If so, then each neuropeptide may evoke a unique "tone" that is equivalent to a mood state."
"...As we have seen, neuropeptides are signaling molecules. They send messages all over the body (including the brain). Of course, to have such a communications network, you need components that can talk to each other and listen to each other. In the situation we are discussing here, the components that “talk” are the neuropeptides, and the components that "hear" are the neuropeptide receptors. How can this be? How can 50 to 60 neuropeptides be produced, float around, and talk to 50 or 60 types of listening receptors which are on a variety of cells? Why does order rather than chaos reign? It has to do with the specificity, the selectivity of the receptors, not their direct wiring, not neuron to neuron."
"...I note in passing that the receptors are quite capable of changing their conformations within the cell membranes, which can occur at a very rapid pace - so rapid that it’s hard to tell whether it is in one state or another at a given moment in time. In other words, receptors have both a wave-like and a particle character, and it is important to note that information can be stored in the form of time spent in different states."
"Based on these findings, I am going to suggest that neuropeptides and their receptors form an information network within the body. Perhaps this suggestion sounds fairly innocuous, but its implications are far reaching. I believe that neuropeptides and their receptors are a key to understanding how mind and body are interconnected and how emotions can be manifested throughout the body. Indeed, the more we know about neuropeptides, the harder it is to think in the traditional terms of a mind and a body. It makes more and more sense to speak of a single integrated entity, a 'bodymind.'"
From "Neuropeptides and their Receptors: A Psychosomatic Network," J Immunology, 1985 (135:820s-826s) Pert, C.B., M.R. Ruff, R.J. Weber, and M. Herkenham:
"...Fundamental feature of neuropeptide receptors-enrichment at “nodal points”: nodal points in the limbic system of brain. A fundamental feature shared by all neuropeptide receptors whose brain distribution has been well studied is profound enrichment at a number of the same brain areas. Many of these neuropeptide receptor-rich areas can be found within an intercommunicating conglomerate of brain structures classically termed “the limbic system,” (17, 18), which is considered to mediate emotional behavior: in unanesthetized humans undergoing brain stimulation as a preclude to surgery for epilepsy, far-ranging emotional expression can be elicited by stimulation of cortex near the amygdala, the core of the limbic system."
"...Numerous recent studies have shown that it is the rule rather than the exception that sites of neuropeptide storage in brain lack physical juxtaposition with their receptors: thus the classical, closely juxtaposed synapse between the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and its receptor on skeletal muscle is not at all typical of neuropeptides."
[ I include the above quote only to note that, at the time of this research, had there been any correlary research with neuropeptides and myofascial connective tissue, this would've been a great place to include a note, if only as an aside. Granted, Pert was not doing research in microtubules, but what if Candace Pert and Stuart Hameroff had put their minds together? Or if Stuart Hameroff and Dr. Daniel Siegel would? AND to thank Floyd M, who the question (in email) of whether the orientation of tubulin monomers along the microtubules [in connective tissue] might have been found related to the action of neuropeptides (Apr'17). More on this just below. ~cp ]
"...There are subsets of immune cells that make beta endorphins, for example, and the other opiate peptides. In other words, they are making the same chemicals that we conceive of as controlling mood in the brain. They control the tissue integrity of the body, and they also make chemicals that control mood. ...The functional integration of the body's cells (55) through networks of neuropeptides and their receptors (56) would be expected to be critical to the health of the organism as a whole."
"...Hemopoietic stem cells have been identified in the CNS (48), and the brain, only 10% of whose cells are neurons, is extensively populated by cells of macrophage derivation, the microglia. Other glial cells produce, in situ, hormones such as IL-1 (49, 50) which have been largely studied as immunologic factors. IL-1 has profound effects on CNS function, including thermoregulation and sleep induction, and therefore may have receptor sites within the CNS where it may function as a neuropeptide. Immune hormones, like the interleukins or interferons, may be precursors for peptides which act within the brain to also alter behavior. Macrophages are capable of transition from one body compartment to another and as such could serve as a kind of "mobile synapse," conveying information from one body compartment to another through a physical translocation, a concept commonly applied to intra-immune system communication (51)."
Q & A of Relationship between the Dynamics of Neuropeptides, Microtubules, and Somatic Recall (April 2017):
Floyd M. Emailed a great question:
"I read Pert's Molecules book and loved that and was curious if you have found any information (maybe this is on your site and I overlooked it) on the interplay between the neuropeptides body/mind and the fascia of the body. It seems that Pert was pretty ardent that the emotions can trigger these body/mind states that can be stored as memories depending on orientation of receptor on cell sites. I also read on the cell memory article that "Similarly, information is stored as the orientation of tubulin monomers along microtubule." And so it seems that there is information stores along various parts of the body, both in the information itself, e.g. DNA, and the orientation of receptors and tubulin monomers." My question, if this is still somewhat clear, is have you found a link between the way memories are stored in the fascia and somatic recall is possible from their manipulation and the way memories are stored via Pert's theory of neuropeptides?"
My Interpretation of the question:
Seems this is the question: Have I found a link between a) the way memories are stored in the fascia [and by thus, some of us assume that] somatic recall is possible via manipulation [as per the Oschmans' research, that information is stored as the orientation of the tubulin monomers along the microtubules"], and b) the way memories are stored via Pert's theory of neuropeptides.
First lets clarify that Oschman found that Hameroff refers (more specifically) to the position of attachment of the “microtubule associated proteins” or MAP's attached to the microtubule. Hameroff describes how this dynamic forms sets of information, and then talks about the "depolymerization of microtubules." Says that cells "will not be able to retain information for long periods, in contrast to tissues that have a low rate of cellular 'turn-over.'"
But the question of whether neuropeptides have anything to do with HOW those "MAP's" are formed or set-up do not seem to looked into by Pert and crew- possibly because their research preceded the discovery or nomaclating of those particular "MAP's." Possibly because after 1995 Pert focused so much on the Immune system (and HIV/AIDS) as they found related to that system's neuropeptide receptors circulating throughout the body, but sans to the muscle cells so much as the internal organs, let alone the memory dynamics therein [See the (extensive but chronological listing) of Pert & Related References: http://candacepert.com/library/].
So, as far as I can find so far, the answer to your question would be that Pert did not find that connection. I'm guessing that Hameroff has. ...Much of her key discoveries (or those most related to our focus) were actually prior to 1990!
Whereas in the last year I have been focusing on the research by whom it seems has taken up a sword most related, that being Dr. Daniel Siegel. [n.4/6/17]
On the other hand, Just how those neuropeptides DO relate to the microtubules is probably covered well by Hameroff [somewhere] and I/we should find that. Meanwhile, how those changes are recorded, thus establishing memory... Note that also in the (same) Oschman article, JZ Young's concept of memory is briefed, and this his is probably the source of the information I learned in massage school long ago - about the fascia acting like saran wrap to store a physical record of changes. It is from here that I extrapolated to form the "Fascia Memory Theory (1994+)." And in the chart on that page, the neuropeptides are very likely (of course) key to communications described in support of that theory. Pardon me if I digress somewhat.
Thank you for raising this question and contacting me !!!
[Adding here...] In restating Floyd's question, I skipped the part about "somatic recall [being] possible" - apologies, and that is addressed more directly in the next paragraph. Considering Pert was not doing research in microtubules, we could dream about Candace Pert and Stuart Hameroff collaborating on that question, or wonder/ask(?) if Stuart Hameroff and Dr. Daniel Siegel would? And they with those inspired by the great work of the Oschmans for the somatic recall element. Including their and others' more recent work noted in the "Research in Water and Fascia" section), including that of Drs. Chesler and Bönnemann in "More Recent Related Scientific Research" section above, Robert Schleip's "Fascial mechanoreceptors and their potential role in deep tissue manipulation," and others noted in the "Research in Fascia" and "Research in Water & Fascia" sections below. [In my brief but staccato shotgun approach with the search engine, I could find NO reference as useful (for that question) with search words, "Hameroff + emotion" or "Hameroff + neuropeptides" and related combo's (So apparently Hameroff has not gone there yet!)...
But, yes, I'm guessing or further theorizing that there IS a very important relationship between the neuropeptides, the orientation of the "MAP," and the "management" (if you will) of mechanoreceptors/proprioceptors - and very likely other neural transmissions from the point of time such a dynamic is initiated and until the components (noted per the Fascia Memory Theory) are "reset" (in the release of emotional storage). And the dynamics of this reseting of the proprioceptors (overall therapeutic), whether temporarily or permanently, in the storage and/or release of memory information, is the heart of the "Body-Mind Integration Essays" page. There is a ~cp]
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Appreciating the Findings of Mae-Wan Ho:
Scientific Confirmation?: When scanning through web pages (Nov '00) I felt I had finally found the big one... it seemed to perfectly resonate with - and scientifically support to a great degree - what I have seen/felt and which led me to write the "theory" (on Theory page): "The Acupuncture System and The Liquid Crystalline Collagen Fibres of the Connective Tissues" by Mae-Wan Ho, director of Institute of Science in Society (ISIS at www.i-sis.org). Her assembly of research material, some of it her own, virtually creates the scientific support infrastructure for the Fascia Memory Theory. Her interests include conductivity, resonance or 'coherence', and healing via cellular alignment. Here's a series of excerpts from "The Acupuncture System and The Liquid Crystalline Collagen Fibres of the Connective Tissues":
"According to Becker (1990), the DC body field is not located in the nervous system itself, but in "perineural" tissues such as the glial cells in the brain and spinal cord, and the schwann cells encasing the peripheral nerves. This hypothesis would seem to conflict with the suggestion that the DC body field is correlated with the acupuncture system. ...Also, an electrodynamical field can be detected in all early embryos and in plants and animals which do not have neural or perineural tissues (Burr and Northrup, 1935). It is likely that the DC field is functionally interconnected with the nervous system, and yet exists, to a large degree, outside the nervous system. In fact, it is widely recognized that under a variety of conditions, the speed of communication in our body is much faster than can be accounted for by the known speed of nerve conduction (see Ho, 1997a), and nerves simply do not reach all parts of our body. ...we recently discovered that the living continuum is liquid crystalline, with all the properties that make liquid crystals ideal for intercommunication (Ho et al, 1996; Ho, 1997a). [various important lead-up points & references skipped]... Liquid crystals typically undergo rapid changes in orientation or phase transitions when exposed to electric (and magnetic) fields - which is why they are widely used in display screens. They also respond to changes in temperature, hydration, shear forces and pressure. Biological liquid crystals carry static electric charges and are therefore also influenced by pH, salt concentration and dielectric constant of the solvent (Collings, 1990; Knight and Feng, 1993). [various important lead-up points & references skipped] ...It is already widely recognized that all the major constituents of living organisms may be liquid crystalline (Collings, 1990) - lipids of cellular membranes, DNA, possibly all proteins, especially cytoskeletal proteins, muscle proteins, and proteins in the connective tissues such as collagens and proteoglycans (Bouligand, 1972; Giraud-Guille, 1992; Knight and Feng, 1993). Recent nuclear magnetic resonance (nmr) studies of muscles in living human subjects provide evidence of their "liquid-crystalline-like" structure (Kreis and Boesch, 1994). [various important lead-up points & references skipped] ...Hardy suggested in 1927 that molecular orientation may be important for living protoplasm, and Peters, two years later, made the explicit link between molecular orientation and liquid crystals. Needham, indeed, proposed that organisms actually are liquid crystalline. But direct evidence for that has only recently been provided by Ho and coworkers ( Ho and Lawrence, 1993; Ho and Saunders, 1994; Ho et al, 1996). who successfully imaged live organisms using an interference colour technique that amplifies weak birefringences typical of biological liquid crystals."
More References from Mae Won Ho [for excerpt included above and other pages at this site]
NOTE: My research leads me to believe that the above noted article ("The Acupuncture System and The Liquid Crystalline Collagen Fibres of the Connective Tissues"), otherwise extremely difficult to find now (2009), has been revised and much expanded into the following article: Organism and Psyche in a Participatory Universe, (particularly pertinent here would be the sections, "The coherence of brain and body consciousness" and "Quantum coherence and brain consciousness") by Mae-Wan Ho, (Bioelectrodynamic Laboratory, Open University, Walton Hall Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, U.K., Tel. 01908-65-3113; Fax. 01908-654167). The original article was previously at http://www.i-sis.org/lcm.shtml, but (for now I am republishing it at my site . Related Article: "Coherent Energy, Liquid Crystallinity and Acupuncture" - Talk presented to British Acupuncture Society by Mae-Wan Ho, 2 October, 1999. Also to note is her essay, "Bioenergetics and Biocommunication." Most of Mae-Wan Ho's work can be found via Institute of Science in Society (ISIS at www.i-sis.org), which she is the director of.
[More on the topics of liquid crystallinity in "Water & Fascia" further below.]
"Probably the Most Important Book for the Coming Scientific Revolution" Now in its Third Edition. by Mae-Wan Ho, Director, Institute of Science in Society
Microtubules, Ordered States, & Consciousness
Roger Penrose & Stuart Hameroff
Roger Penrose: Shadows of the Mind (1994, Oxford University Press) - Renrose is a physicist/mathematician. He presents microtubules as the basic unit of the brain and the possible site where collective quantum effects occur, resulting in the experience of consciousness. (See chapter, "Quantum Theory and the Brain")
The quantum brain page (Microtubules, QResonance, etc),
Quantum Physics, Coherance,
Microtubules Directory Page
Stuart Hameroff, author of *Toward a Science of Consciousness*:
Biological Coherence and Response to External Stimuli (1988, Springer Verlag), by Herbert Frohlick; Chapter, "Coherence in the Cytoskeleton: Implications for Biological Information processing," by contributor S. R. Hameroff. Hameroff is an anaesthesiologist at the University of Arizona, and mentions electret, Piezo and Piezoelectric effects. Other citations by Hameroff include: Molecular automata in microtubules: Basic computational logic of the living state? In: Artificial Life, SFI Studies in the sciences of complexity. Vol. VI. Edited by C. Langton, Addison-Weslley, Redwood City, CA, p.521-553;Hameroff, S., S. Rasmussen, and B. Mansson, 1988; Jibu M, Hagan S, Pribram K, Hameroff SR, Yasue K: Quantum optical coherence in cytoskeletal microtubules: implications for brain function. BioSystems, 32:195-209, 1994. and...
"Cytoplasmic Gel States and Ordered Water: Possible Roles in Biological Quantum Coherence," Stuart Hameroff; Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Advanced Water Sciences Symposium, Dallas, TX, 1996 (forthcoming) on the web at:
"Quantum Consciousness" Stuart Hameroff and Microtubules — Nature's Quantum Computers?
and Dendritic spine showing microtubule interacting with membrane receptors
The 'Superradiance" property of "is an effect which can convert disordered energy of various kinds into coherent electromagnetic energy. This was apparently first described by R.H. Dicke in 1954, in an article in Physical Review (Volume 93, 1, page 99, January 1954)."
The "Self-induced transparency" property of Microtubules "is a self focusing optical phenomenon. Along with superradiance it might manifest in the context of ordered water in the hollow microtubule core, allowing coherent photons to propagate coherently..."
On Stuart Hameroff at the Huffington Post Recent articles include: "'Collision Course' in the Science of Consciousness: Grand Theories to Clash at Tucson Conference" by Deepak Chopra, May 18, 2014
|Roger Penrose & Stuart Hameroff
Roger Penrose had published his first book on consciousness, The Emperor's New Mind. On the basis of Gödel's incompleteness theorems, he argued that the brain could perform functions that no computer or system of algorithms could. From this it could follow that consciousness itself might be fundamentally non-algorithmic, and incapable of being modeled...
Stuart Hameroff was inspired by Penrose's book to contact Penrose regarding his own theories about the mechanism of anesthesia, and how it specifically targets consciousness via action on neural microtubules. The two met in 1992, and Hameroff suggested that the microtubules were a good candidate site for a quantum mechanism in the brain. Penrose was interested in the mathematical features of the microtubule lattice, and over the next two years the two collaborated in formulating the orchestrated objective reduction (Orch-OR) model of consciousness. Following this collaboration, Penrose published his second consciousness book, Shadows of the Mind.
[Above from Wikipedia's page on Stuart Hameroff]
Sir Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff [at Elsevier.Com] discuss how the discovery of quantum vibrations in 'microtubules' corroborates the theory of consciousness:
A few excerpts:
Penrose: Other theories consider consciousness to be due to complex computation among brain neurons. We think consciousness and understanding are not really just computation, but require something else, some type of quantum physical process intrinsic to the universe.
Hameroff: Biologically, these quantum processes occur at a deeper level, smaller, faster scale inside brain neurons, in protein structures called microtubules which seem to be natural quantum resonators, and can store and process memory and information.
... ... ...
Hameroff: Classical science sees neuronal firings and synaptic connections as basic bits, or information states in the brain. And billions of dollars are going to mapping all these connections in the hope to capture the essential feature of brain function - consciousness. This brain mapping may be missing the point entirely. We should be mapping deeper levels of scale, into the quantum vibrations in microtubules and other biomolecules. And therapeutically, stimulating microtubule resonances, for example with ultrasound megahertz vibrations, appears clinically useful in psychiatric, neurological and cognitive disorders. For example, in Alzheimer's disease, brain neuronal microtubules fall apart,'and brain ultrasound may put them back together.
The above discussion in February of 2014 followed the (January 2014 Elsevier.Com publication) "Discovery of Quantum Vibrations in “Microtubules” Inside Brain Neurons Corroborates Controversial 20-Year-Old Theory of Consciousness"
Question by the web page author/editor:
What if at least one function or extension of such mapping capability, as Hameroff refers to, is to communicate the fascia stored memory data to the brain, and that's not to say there isn't a response of some sort back to the fascia, ie: in relationship for codification for memory access and process management and coordination in/with the fascia of the musculature (as well as internal organs) - per such as the "Fascia Memory Theory" suggests ? [~cp]