In this post, I wanted to share some explorations of the soul. Having an open mind, these topics really intrigue me and get my imagination flowing. Since childhood, I've always question things and curiosity sends me deep into research mode, which leads to - What ifs? 😉
The main question here being, if a soul exists, when does it enter the body? Would there be a sign in the blending of non-matter and matter? It was then that I remembered the uniqueness of the fingerprint. I researched quite a bit and below are some of the more basic questions;
- Why do we have fingerprints?
Fingerprints are a result of distinct ridges on the skin that do not change over time and are unique to each person. Even identical twins do not have the same fingerprints. Our fingerprints develop while we are still in the womb.
- What is their purpose?
There was no definite answer apart from the idea that they may have evolved so we could grip things better, like under water, but the long-held notion that fingerprints marks help us grip more firmly appears to be wrong. Instead, a new study finds that the marks actually reduce the friction between skin and surfaces. More HERE
- When were fingerprints first used by society as identification marks?
Fingerprints have been found on ancient Babylonian clay tablets, seals, and pottery. They have also been found on the walls of Egyptian tombs and on Minoan, Greek, and Chinese pottery, as well as on bricks and tiles from ancient Babylon and Rome.Fingerprints were used as signatures in ancient Babylon in the second millennium BCE. Chinese officials were impressing their fingerprints into the clay seals used to seal documents. During China's Qin Dynasty, records have shown that officials took hand prints, footprints as well as fingerprints as evidence from a crime scene.
- Fingerprint and Photograph Records Destroyed?
The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 amended the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE), to allow the police in England and Wales to indefinitely retain your DNA profile and fingerprints (collectively referred to as ‘biometric information’), if you have ever been convicted of an offence; this includes receiving an out-of-court disposal such as a caution, warning or reprimand. Equally, the legislation identifies a number of occasions whereby your biometric information will be deleted from national police systems (PNC, NDNAD and IDENT1) if you were not convicted of a recordable offence, provided specified time constraints and other criteria are satisfied.
Read more HERE
You can apply for the deletion of records from the Police National Computer (PNC), National Fingerprint Database (IDENT1) and the National DNA Database (NDNAD) under the Record Deletion Process as defined in guidance issued by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) entitled Deletion of Records from National Police Systems. HERE
- What happens to fingerprint identification/records after death? Are they destroyed?
There are now laws requiring the government to keep records for a certain amount of time after a person's death or after a certain event. Also, since most government records are either completely digital or a hybrid of paper and digital, there's less motivation to purge a record. The FBI keeps a permanent database of fingerprints of all persons ever arrested in the U.S. These are never destroyed.
Link to a PDF file HERE on DESTRUCTION OF DNA PROFILES AND FINGERPRINTS from www.gov.uk 2015. Fingerprints may be destroyed when the individual reaches seventy-five years of age or after notice of the person's death. Request of record destruction PDF form HERE
A person's fingerprints are formed when they are a tiny developing baby in their mother's womb ~ "friction ridges", the faint lines you see on your fingers and toes. Each fingerprint develops in phases as a fetus grows, forming a unique pattern of ridges, arches, whorls and loops.
The third and fourth months of gestation find the skin of a fetus transforming from thin transparency to a waxy coating. It is during this time the middle layer of skin, called the basal layer, begins to outgrow the inner dermis and epidermis skin layers. The buckling and folding of this skin layer is partially responsible for the unique stresses in fingertip pads that become visible as development ensues. By the time a fetus is six months old and approximately 12 inches in size, his fingerprints and footprints are fully developed.
Below are a few sources of information I found on the subject of fingerprints and babies ~
Different cultures offer a range of time frames as to when a child's soul first visits the fetus and sets up house in the mother's womb. Some say, a soul may choose a mother and hover around her during the first four months but it may be indecisive about locking into the womb until the last trimester. After the initial visit, the soul's presence may be continuous or the soul may come and go until birth.
- Satguru Sant Keshavadas -- The soul, with its reflection called ego, holds its memories, or tendencies, the mind-stuff, or Chitta, and enters into those parents who have an indebtedness of karma for its birth. When the planetary conditions are favourable to its karma, the soul, with the help of the linga sharira (astral or subtle body), enters through the father's seed into the mother's womb. There the soul prepares its gross body according to its prarabda karma, or predestination.
- Ayurveda -- The soul enters the fetus twenty-two days after conception, but life is there from conception. The emotions develop after four months. The mind begins to function during the fifth month as the fetus wakes from the sleep of subconscious existence. The intellect develops in the sixth month.
- Sikhism -- The soul puts in a reservation for a particular body at conception but doesn't enter for 120 days. During this four or five month period, parents can change destiny by reciting sacred chants and attracting a higher soul.
- Islam -- The Rooh (soul) is blown into the foetus. Hadith states that the Rooh is blown into the fetus after 120 days, but there are other Ahadith that state the Rooh is entered after 40 days.
- "Does man think that WE cannot assemble his bones? Nay, WE are able to put together in perfect order the very tips of his fingers." Quran [AL-QUR'AN 75:3-4] This also fires my imagination thinking of artificial biological creation ~ always inspired by science and mythology.
- When it is time to assume a physical body, a light appears signalling the continent the soul is destined to be reborn in ~ unknown
- The challenge to prove reincarnation using scientific methods, such as DNA analysis, which may show that certain portions of DNA sequencing are unique to an incarnating soul. Reincarnation cases demonstrate that facial features remain consistent from one lifetime to another. This observation suggests that the soul provides an energy template, like a hologram around which the body forms. Just as an orthopaedic doctor utilises a bone stimulator to shape bone, it appears that the soul projects an energy template that shapes the body and in particular, facial features. This template may also prove to program certain portions of our DNA. Reincarnation research demonstrates that personality traits, passions and talents appear to remain consistent from one incarnation to another, which may also be reflected in DNA. Independently-researched cases which demonstrate these principles of reincarnation were studied by the late Ian Stevenson, MD, of the University of Virginia. For the past forty years, Dr Stevenson, a former Chief of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, has studied children who spontaneously remember past lives. Source HERE
- Cellular memory ~ A variation of body memory, the pseudoscientific hypothesis that memories can be stored in individual cells. In epigenetics, the idea that nongenetic information can be passed from parents to offspring.
Can a mother receive guidance from a baby throughout pregnancy via dreams, visions, and non-linear conversations?
In a book called the 'Cosmic Cradle,' there is an interview with a mother who said she knew her three children before they were born and they acted exactly the way they felt to her while they were in her womb. Link HERE
- Fingerprints form in the womb at 22 weeks and after that, all they will do is expand as you grow. Therefore, it is possible that a fingerprint 22 weeks after conception could be used to identify a 50-year-old criminal.
- Once the fingerprints have developed, their pattern will remain the same. Even if your baby gets a cut or other superficial skin damage on the fingerprint, it will grow back in the same fingerprint pattern.
- Some other animals have evolved their own unique prints, especially those whose lifestyle involves climbing or grasping wet objects; these include many primates, such as gorillas and chimpanzees, Australian koalas and aquatic mammal species such as the North American fisher. According to one study, even with an electron microscope, it can be quite difficult to distinguish between the fingerprints of a koala and a human. Koalas' independent development of fingerprints is an example of convergent evolution.
- Other forms of biometric identification utilising a physical attribute that is nearly unique to humans include iris recognition, the tongue and DNA profiling, also known as genetic fingerprinting.
I could go on forever adding to this post but I think I've covered the essentials on showing how I research a topic and how a simple idea can spark new areas/plots in a story. It's fun mixing science and mythical/spiritual topics, letting the creative juices flow.
Love and light,