Why do baby swans, baby ducks or baby chicken follow the mother and do all the time what she does? Here is the reason why. They are going through a process of imprinting. During this development period, they need attachment, even if it’s not their own mother, they get attached to a substitute. For example, if you hatched several baby swans and raised them without having a mother swan around, they may perceive you as the mother and imprint to you.
They would follow you wherever you go, try to mimic lots of your behaviors, etc., just as if you were the mother. This imprinting phase is their key to learn the behaviors and characteristics of their species.
Another extraordinary process in a mother’s womb is to consider here because the proof of its existence is ground breaking.
We, as a human being are a complex of a physical- and three nonphysical, energetical bodies. These are four separate yet interrelated bodies. The mental, emotional and physical body, and a fourth body that we refer to as the spiritual body. The spiritual body is the part of us that extends beyond our physical human existence.
At the time of conception, this three nonphysical bodies entered as formless energy the wombs of our mothers. We were just molecules and cells coming into form and these molecules and cells embodied consciousness. This form of intelligence provided the blueprint for who we were to become. In this very moment of conception, we received genetic and epigenetic coding from both our mother and our father.
The epigenome is like a switch that sits on top of the gene and is affected by environmental conditions. Through the epigenome, a multitude of information is passed from parent to child including emotional programming.
Scientists from the Emory University Atlanta (One of the world’s leading research universities) have proven that information transfer of experience and emotion through the epigenome is a fact. They made male mice to fear the smell of cherry blossoms by associating it with mild foot shocks over a period of three days. Later the mice bred, and both their children and grandchildren feared the smell of cherry blossoms even though the resulting generations had never been shocked in response to this smell. The offspring were even born with more cherry-blossom detecting neurons in their noses and more space in their brain devoted to cherry blossom smelling. As the Washington Post noted: “this study adds to a growing pile of evidence suggesting that characteristics outside of the strict genetic code may also be transferred from our parents through epigenetic inheritance.” In other words, science is proving that fear and other learned emotional expressions are imprinted at an epigenetic level and passed from one generation to the next.
Basic definition of imprinting:
Rapid learning that occurs during a brief receptive period, typically soon after birth or hatching, and establishes a long-lasting behavioral response to a specific individual or object, as attachment to parent, offspring, or site. In humans, this is often also called bonding, and it usually refers to the relationship between the newborn and its parents.