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The significance of the primal period around birth and its relationship to the child as transformer of consciousness
by Puskarczyk, Clare, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2012, 262; 3508100
Abstract (Summary)

Conventional science, a primary influence in childbirth and medical practice, child psychology, nurturing and developmental theories, and education, often ignores the significance of the primal period surrounding birth and its lifelong imprinting on the infant. Instead, the mainstream scientific paradigm emphasizes genetic determinism and often disregards research that demonstrates that environment, including childbirth and nurturing practices, may actually influence gene expression. In addition, the knowledge that young children are capable of deeply intuitive, psychic, and spiritual experiences continues to be dismissed, minimized, or ignored by modern Western culture.

Research, theories, and case studies from several disciplines, including psychology, transpersonal psychology, consciousness studies, anthropology, biology, and physics challenge a limited and mechanistic view of the capabilities of fetuses, newborns, and young children and describe the participatory dynamics natural to children.

This dissertation argues that invasive and violating practices, especially during the deep imprinting process surrounding birth, results in negative consequences not only for children, but also for the global human family and the natural world. This study asserts that children's feelings of neglect and fear or their feelings of nurturance and love activate powerful field dynamics and influence the contents of consciousness. The recognition of the actual, impressive capabilities of fetuses, newborns, and young children, and appropriate responses to the whole child, may result in a shift from humanity's present regressive evolutionary trajectory to a progressive transformation of consciousness.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McDermott, Robert, Spretnak, Charlene
Commitee: Lipton, Bruce
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Philosophy and Religion with a concentration on Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 73/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy, Early childhood education, Developmental psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Consciousness transformation, Environmental influence, Nature versus nurture debate, Parenting practices, Perinatal and prenatal development, Reincarnation, Resonant fields
Publication Number: 3508100
ISBN: 978-1-267-33655-2
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