Friday, September 7, 2007

Pre-Birth Memories

I thought that once the production list showed signs of movement, it would progress quickly. My optimism didn’t pay off because the list appears to be stalled again. I’m trying to quit obsessing about it (I only check it once or twice a day now).

It’s time to move on to other writing projects. Although, I’ll continue to work on The Ride until it’s published, I’m also back at work on the second draft of my second manuscript, tentatively titled, Reigning Cats and Dogs. Only a gazillion revisions to go before it actually becomes a novel.

In one of the early scenes of Reigning Cats and Dogs, a main character swears she remembers her own birth. It’s a scenario that I thought I’d made up, but as the saying goes, there are no original thoughts…

I discovered this while surfing the internet. How did we ever exist without it? Now, I realize I have to take things I read on the internet with a grain of salt, but I found the article by Dr. Stephen Juan on The Register, a U.K. site, interesting.

According to the article, the idea of birth memory is very controversial among human development scientists with some authorities arguing that people can remember their own birth, the first year after birth, and some even have pre-birth memories. These memories are accomplished by either “rebirthing,” use of a primal therapist, a dianetics auditor, etc. It’s an interesting article, although I didn’t understand how the Cat in the Hat experiment proved anything. (You can read the full article at

The information did cause me to make some minor changes to the manuscript but it also got me thinking, can we really remember our own birth? Personally, I can’t remember what happened last week or even ten minutes ago?

So how about it? Do any of you remember your birth or have pre-birth memories? I’d love to hear from you? Your responses will be helping a writer with research. Even if you have no memories of your entry to this world, let me know your opinions on whether or not you think it’s possible.

See you next week. In the meantime, think positive thoughts so I’ll be able to transition from tweaking The Ride to focusing fulltime on Reigning Cats and Dogs.

Jane Kennedy Sutton
Author of The Ride (to be released by ArcheBooks Publishing)

Tags: The Ride, Archebooks, Cat in the Hat, birth memory, dianetics , rebirthing, Dr. Stephen Juan, The Register, original thoughts

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I remember my own birh. No1 belive me and this sucks. YES I REMEBER! REALLY! I HATE Lies! I hate lies! Its the damn truth -.-

but then something happens. U lose ur "character" and acting like a normal newborn. Because we gonna be bored. If I would be at school earlier (start 2 years old) I would be happier -.-

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