The discoveries of the French clinical psychologist Marc Frechet, enlightened us about the impact parents have on their offspring during gestation by what he called the “Project-Purpose.” As human beings, we carry within our subconscious minds the memories of all the stages living beings experienced throughout the course of evolution, thus enabling us to progress and subsist on the planet. Since the beginning of life, programs have been passed on from brain to brain, particularly from parents to offspring, in order to preserve the learning acquired during each experience where survival was at stake.
An experiment with earthworms is a perfect illustration of the impact an emotional distress can have on the next generation. In this experiment, an earthworm was being poked with a needle every time its container was subjected to direct sunlight. So, every time the worm was exposed to light, it felt pain and therefore associated light with danger. In an effort to save its life, the earthworm sought a place in the shadows, hiding in the corner of the container, seeking to end the pain. The worm associated light with pain, and the solution to survive this stress was to search for darkness. As a consequence of this emotional distress, the worm’s offspring, as early as birth, repeated the same behavior of straying from light and finding refuge in the shadows, even though the offspring were never poked. The psychological conflict of the parent becomes “bio-logical” in the progeny. The information is passed on from brain to brain in order to save the species the time of “relearning” the strategy necessary for survival.
As human beings, we will express, throughout our lifespan, the solution or purpose we were meant to fulfill, according to the subconscious plan of one or both our parents. We may liberate some of their subconscious distress by expressing a behavioral or biological solution during our lifetime, which corresponds to their thoughts, struggles and wishes during the gestation period (and up until one year old). For instance a man might be unable to create a relationship and commit, because his subconscious purpose is to liberate the stress his father experienced. Shortly after this man was conceived, his father did not want to make a commitment to his mother, however, he felt obligated and married her.
We will also be predisposed to recreating the climate that permeated the life of our parents during the time between our conception and the age of a least one year old. For example, the maternal climates of poverty and loneliness or abundance and joy could produce very different progeny. Subconscious imprints are often the origins of certain diseases. A New England Journal of Medicine study conducted by the University of Copenhagen showed that people who were adopted at birth actually had a cancer risk similar to that of their adoptive parents, rather than that of the birth parents who gave them their genes. [Sorensen, T.I.A., et al., Genetic and environmental influences on premature death in adult adoptees. New England Journal of Medicine,198. 318: p. 727-32]. This study reinforces the idea that the predisposition to certain disease is related to the transfer of subconscious emotional distress rather than genetic coding.