Embryo as Person: As in the Womb, So in the World
Findings in the field of pre- and perinatal psychology reveal that, even as little embryos, we are having experiences, and that these experiences profoundly affect how we live our lives1. Our earliest days establish lifelong tendencies influencing how we connect with ourselves, each other, and our planet.2
This paper examines the intersection of embryo and psyche, how development of one relates to development of the other. Evidence of cellular intelligence, responsiveness, memory, and learning is offered as a foundation for understanding the profound effects of very early experience.3,4 Specific developmental milestones of conception, implantation, and discovery are considered in relation to their psychological effects, underlining the importance of treating the embryo as a sentient, sensitive human being that both models and thrives on love and connection5. It is proposed that supporting new parents from the time of pre-conception in providing a welcoming, safe, loving environment for their baby contributes to a world characterized by these qualities, where we can return to our original potential.
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