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ANOTHER FABER SUMMATION
15 January

From the chapter called, “Angelic Encounters.”

“Let’s recall Erikson’s pivotal assertion, cited above, that religion’s aim is to create in the believer ‘a hallucinatory sense of unity with a maternal matrix.’ … I won’t try to write the book again here but will merely state the following:

“During the course of the early period the basic biological situation of asking and receiving between caregiver and offspring is internalized synaptically into the mind-brain of the developing child to become a rooted perceptual-neurological response to subsequent events. Over and over again, thousands of times, for years, the needful child asks and receives through the ministering interventions of the all-powerful parental provider. Mnemonic development among humans is such that virtually all of this precious, foundational interaction is fated to go ‘underground,’ to pass into the unconscious realm through the advent of what neurobiology terms infantile amnesia.”

 

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