What are Birth Imprints?
On a physical level birth imprinting can be explained as a memory or recording that is stored or imprinted into the brains limbic system during the 4 stages of coming into human form:
Four Stages of embracing our human form
- Conception: Leading up to conception and time of conception
- Gestation: Antenatal/During pregnancy
- Birthing: Perinatal/At the time of birth
- Belonging: Postnatal/Postpartum/After birth
The limbic system is associated with our emotions, memory and how we shape our behaviours. Much research has been carried out regarding the correlation between the ways in which we are conceived, cared for in utero, birthed and nurtured after birth and how these affect the subconscious behavioural and emotional patterns we tend to carry throughout our lives. Our prenatal, birth experiences and first several months preceding birth are preverbal, therefore our energetic and physical bodies store our memories of these times as imprints, deep seeded, waiting for the opportunity to be expressed and revealed. However, they lay dormant until triggered and we are often unconscious of the imprint’s significance to our interactions, reactions and ways of responding to life’s experiences.
Benefits of understanding our Birth Imprints
Understanding our own Birth Imprints allows us to fully engage and embody life in the human form. We can learn from our birth stories and embrace opportunities that arise due to our imprints in all areas of our lives: physical, emotional, connections with others and self, attachment, abandonment, learning styles, anxiety, nervous system regulation or lack of, resilience and self-regulation and much more. We gain awareness that our ‘beginning’ was an awakening into our souls journey in this life, and are given clues on how to support and nurture ourselves with reverence, patience and love.
“Whatever we believe to be true during our birthing time governs how we change, adapt, learn and grow in life.” Robyn Fernance
On a spiritual or energetic level birth imprinting has the potential to allow us to see our Souls intentions for what needs acceptance, support, forgiveness or areas of growth, as well as strengths and gifts that can be passed on to others. This ultimately provides space in order to be at peace, harmony and in love with self. Working with your birth imprint creates awareness of consciousness and abilities to ground, centre, accept, allow and, the power to choose what you do with it all.
How Isha Soul Seed Education Nurtures Birth Imprints
We are born into a world already occupied by those who have come before us. We are guided by what they think is best at the time. We lovingly assume that the ways of being shown by those who have guardianship of us are the norm. We are taught their ways and yet when we hit a certain age we start to wonder about the things that never quite felt right, looked right etc. We begin to question our patterned behaviours, beliefs and ways of being. Some would say we begin to take ownership of our inner knowing. We reflect back on the choices we have made, good, bad or indifferent and hindsight becomes a regular state of mind. But what if we could take ownership of our inner knowing earlier? What if we could teach our children to consciously walk-through life with a ‘guiding map’ of the lessons they have been called to learn for personal growth and insights into how they can remove the conditioned patterning that no longer serves their highest good? Would you want the opportunity to gift this to them?
Ruldoph Steiner believed that “Our aim is not to touch the spirit but to let it be awakened”. When we impose our own thoughts, beliefs and generational patterning onto our children we forget that they are their own being and must be allowed opportunities to explore what that means for them. Yes, guidance and nurturing is needed in the formative years, as our brains slowly switch on areas such as the prefrontal cortex (which controls our executive functions and does not begin to switch on until the age of 4ish) are not yet fully developed but what if you could guide them based on what they are unconsciously seeking and support them on a more personal soul level of awakening to the world?
If we were able to see each other on a deeper level think of the possibilities! We become more aware, understanding, compassionate, patient, flexible, accepting, we become more loving. This is what Isha Soul Seed Education aims to achieve.
“Our birth story is a gateway, a guide for us to use as a navigation tool to learn from and grow with.” IShA
Examples of how Birth Stories can assist us to understand potential Imprints:
Want to learn more about Birth Imprints?
If you are seeking more insight into understanding Birth Stories and potential Imprints and how to be guided by them and learn from them then please feel free to join one of my workshops or courses. During this time, we will explore your needs for deeper understanding and how it may benefit you or your childs learning journey on all levels, mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Birth is vast and multifaceted; radiant and mysterious. Birth contains multiples, and through her we birth our multitudes. We give birth to our hopes and our fears, to our ecstasies and our agonies, to our joy and our disappointments…………May we all be blessed through instinctive birth”. Dr. Sarah Buckley (Gentle birth, Gentle mothering, 2009)
Frequently asked questions
What if I cannot remember all of the details of my birth or the birth of my child?Kellie Knight2022-04-15T14:00:00+10:00
When gaining understanding and insights from ‘Birth Stories’ the more details we have the easier it is to determine potential ‘Birth Imprints’. However, many of us may not have had the opportunity to record such information or even have access to it anymore, particularly if our mothers have passed or we do not have direct contact with our birth mothers. Many births are also traumatic and due to this many mothers tend to block memories or find it very painful to relive. There are many ways in which we can still journey forward and into ‘Birth Stories’ without firsthand knowledge from the birth mother.
How important is it to learn about ‘Birth Imprints’?Kellie Knight2022-04-15T14:01:28+10:00
The answer to this question is a personal one and based on individual perspectives about how we develop and what we prioritise in our lives. Personally, after studying current research around how our brain develops and the nature of our ‘limbic system’ I believe that our “Birth Stories” create and govern our first impressions of the world around us and how to navigate through it.
Being able to understand our own and others imprints allows opportunities to nurture and strengthen the ones that will assist us to grow and develop in positive ways. It also provides insights into behaviours that may develop or have already developed that may not be healthy, therefore allowing opportunities for learning experiences that will alter and transform the imprint.
For me, I see ‘Birth Imprints’ as the knowledge needed to guide and write the ultimate handbook on ‘How to parent and teach the individual’.
What is the limbic system?Steph2022-04-18T15:15:01+10:00
The limbic system controls our emotional and behavioural responses and is considered to be made up of, but not limited to, a collection of structures such as the hippocampus, amygdala and the hypothalamus. These parts of the brain are known to be involved in the processing and regulating of emotions, the formation and storage of memories and how we learn, just to name a few.
The limbic system is currently being researched in regards to how the body copes with stress and has been directly linked to the endocrine and autonomic nervous systems.
Here at Isha Soul Seed Education, we value the limbic system as our personal blueprint vault. A place where we store physical and emotional experiences from conception and birth to use them as stepping blocks to build our views, perceptions, coping strategies and learning styles. That’s not to say that our blueprints cant be altered or renovated as we grow and evolve so that we can live our best life.