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Our memory operates at several levels. We carry visual memories that we can easily recall in our minds while we also carry emotional memories that we have no conscious memory of. Our hurtful memories tend to lie just beneath the surface and are like a wound over which a scab of protective tissue has formed. Its when we accidentally bump that wounded part against something there is an ‘ouch’ factor that reminds us that, although covered over and no longer bleeding, the wound still has not healed. While our conscious mind has limited recall our unconscious remembers everything, even our very earliest experiences. A rejection in later life can trigger a womb rejection and completely throw us. Because it happened prior to rational thought we can feel emotionally swamped with no awareness of what is actually happening. Even a perceived criticism in adulthood can awaken the deep wound of being put down, made feel ashamed or not being validated as a child.

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