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Let me add something I wrote a number of years ago involving Clair Sylvia, the author of the 1997 book, "A Change of Heart." Below is a partial summary of Sylvia's experience and her research into it.

Sylvia tells of her own heart transplant and how she took on some of the tastes and interests of the donor. “l thought I couldn’t yet put this idea into words, I now believe that what made me so confused and disoriented during my early days in ICU were the first stirrings of another presence inside me,” Sylvia writes. “Increasingly, in the months ahead, I would have the feeling that some aspect of my donor’s spirit or personality existed within me.”

Sylvia reports taking on an affinity for green peppers, something she had never liked before. She also began craving beer and chicken nuggets as well as becoming more masculine in personality and taking an interest in motorcycles. She continued feeling a “presence” with her. “I noticed that I no longer felt lonely, even when I was by myself,” she continues her story. “Sometimes I had the feeling that somebody else was in there with me, that in some intangible way, my sense of ‘I’ had become a kind of ‘we.’ Although I couldn’t always detect this extra presence, at times it almost felt as if a second soul were sharing my body.”

Sylvia investigated and found out that her heart came from an 18-year-old male, the victim of a motorcycle accident. She met his family and found out that her new tastes and interests were those of her donor. She interviewed other transplant recipients and found that they also had acquired the interests, traits, and tastes of the donor. One recipient had a great fear of water before her transplant, but after it she had a great desire for swimming and sailing. She found out that her donor had been an avid sailor who died in a boating accident. Another recipient, a born-again Christian, seemed completely out of character when he began cursing and swearing after the transplant. It was discovered that the donor frequently used such vulgar language.

Continuing her investigation, Sylvia interviewed some open-minded scientists, authors, and other experts as to what might account for such experiences. The most logical and scientific explanation seems to be that of “cellular memory.” Dr. Paul Pearsall, a neuropsychologist, discusses this theory at length in his book, The Heart’s Code. “The donated cells remained energetically and nonlocally connected with their donor and seemed to ‘remember’ where they came from,” Pearsall writes.

Dr. Deepak Chopra also explained it as cellular memory, while popular author Dr. Larry Dossey had several possible explanations for Sylvia, but concluded that the most likely one is that the consciousness of the donor had fundamentally united with the consciousness of the recipient enabling the recipient to gain information from the donor. He wondered if organ recipients are entering into a realm of consciousness where information about another person can be accessed through a ‘nonlocal mind,’ more commonly known as the Universal Mind.

Medium James Van Praagh was also asked for his opinion. Sylvia quotes Van Praagh: “Donated organs often come from young people who were killed in car or motorcycle accidents, and who died quickly. Because their spirits often feel they haven’t completed their time on earth, they sometimes attach themselves to another person. There may be things that your donor hadn’t completed in the physical world, which his spirit still wanted to experience. When this happens, the spirit is caught between two worlds, like in the movie, "Ghost." Sometimes this leads to possession, and sometimes, as in your case, to influences.”

As Sylvia does not comment on Van Praagh’s theory, it appears that it is the least appealing to her. While she talks about the “gift of life” for herself and other recipients, she also discusses the comfort given to the families of the donors in knowing that parts of their loved ones “live on.” In other words, it is a positive situation for both the recipient and the family of the donor, assuming they do not believe the deceased “lives on” in a spirit body. Lost in the discussion, however, is the welfare of the departed soul. Van Praagh’s comments can be viewed as a diplomatic way of saying that some of them may be “earthbound” spirits, possibly being held back from advancing “into the light” by the magnetic attachment to their physical bodies, including the separated parts.

Of course, nobody wants to touch the implications or possible risks related to harvesting of organs with "soul separation," or whatever name be given to it, with a 10-foot pole

"Scientists say there are more than 70 documented cases of transplant patients having personality changes as they take on some of the characteristics of the donor."

Wow! That is a great story! I'm going to share it on my facebook page. Thanks! Interesting.

Oh yeah, it kind of goes along with my theory or beliefs about fate and predestination. Fascinating!

The book "A Change of Heart" by Claire Sylvia is about a similar story. Something amazing is going on.

Interesting. The story suggests we are ruled by our bodies and that free will may be an illusion.

Two quotes from the same article:

Scientists say there are more than 70 documented cases of transplant patients having personality changes as they take on some of the characteristics of the donor.

However, medical experts are sceptical about the concept and insist there is little convincing evidence.


Michael it's said in quantum physics two particles which've interacted with each other'll continue to mutually affect each other even on opposite sides of the universe.

This I suggest was exactly the principle being applied during the middle ages when one town'd charge another town exorbitant sums of money to expose their would-be holy relics to their own very celebrated and reputedly very powerful holy relics.

It's a failure to grasp this which's led to such misunderstandings as Calvin mocking there were so many relics of the One True Cross by the end of the middle ages they could've been used to build or fill a ship.

This two interacting particles principle I suggest also lies behind much of Paracelsus' teachings and at least one offshoot of it homeopathy though Wikipedia for reasons all its own now sedulously goes out its way to ignore a relationship it actually once acknowledged.

It's also implicit in Jesus' "This's my blood...this's my body..." to a degree the likes of Gurdjief believed Jesus was literally practising the extremely ancient art of sacred cannibalism.

In which case if there's any truth in any of this with regard to individual particles then how much more might it apply when whole living hearts etc become involved?

I wonder if recipients from living doners such as kidney recipients ever experience this phenomena? It may help ruling in or out the concept of possession.

If I recall correctly, Jane Roberts implied the same thing in the Seth books, the soul isn't "placed" in the body, there is something else going on. Thanks for sharing, Michael.

Not surprising at all!

A really important thing to do here, which would come naturally to Asians, is "kuyo" (in Japanese): ceremonial offerings to the deceased, often before a photograph. I learned this from my time in Japan.

I recently did interpretation for the family of a terminal patient (he was never conscious while I was there), and I received a piece of candy from his aunt. I put the candy on my alter at home, using it as both the offering and the object that connects me to the deceased.

I think that would definitely help some of these people if they are finding the attachments unpleasant.

I am aware of Sylvia's case, I think it was Jane Seymour who played the part in the TV version? Whether this is what occurred is hard to say, and only those closest may know. These days there is some understanding that this does occur, but I guess for some it may help to seek other 'options' if they find it hard to cope.

From personal experience, some years ago I began getting a number of psychic experiences, and I came to believe in a number of things, but spirit possession wasn't really one of them. At one stage however, over a period of 2 days, I had the feeling someone was looking out my eyes. Now I couldn't feel them in me, or describe them. But at the end of the day, I would feel really tired and it was because whatever it was, it wanted to look at everything. So I spent all day kind of noticing every little thing. And at first I couldn't put my finger on it, then finally by the end of the second day, I remember walking in the door at about 3 pm feeling really tired and I had enough. So I stomped my feet, and said, "That's it, I've had enough, just go!" And it went. And I have never had the sensation since.

Now at the time I thought, I don't know, was it? But since, I have had someone who suicided come into my body which I think I have mentioned previously on this blog, and 'that' I couldn't explain away. So I have had to concede that it happens.

I guess in one way you could see that if the man passed, and he was now living with his family as husband and father, he may want to hang around. Perhaps? Lyn x.

I just want to add, that although trained as a psychiatric nurse and understanding the mechanics of suicide. Having had the emotions inside of me although unpleasant, made me realize in a way I never could have, how people actually feel.

And that sometimes these feelings can be somewhat subtle, and can be hard to isolate if they are yours or not. Cheers Lyn.

In his book Immortal Remains: The Evidence for Life After Death, Professor Stephen E. Braude cites four transplant cases from an article Changes in Heart Transplant Recipients that Parallel the Personalities of Their Donors published in Integrative Medicine 2 (2/3):65-72 by Pearsall, Schwartz and Russek (1999).

One case concerned a 7 month-old boy who received a heart transplant from a 16 month-old boy. The recipient’s mother reported that

    “I saw Carter [the recipient] go to her [the donor’s mother]. He never does that. He is very, very shy, but he went to her just like he used to run to me when he was a baby. When he whispered ‘It’s okay mama’, I broke down. He called her mother, or maybe it was Jerry’s [the donor] heart talking….When we went to church together, Carter had never met Jerry’s father. We came late and Jerry’s dad was sitting with a group of people in the middle of the congregation. Carter let go of my hand and ran right to that man. He climbed on his lap, hugged him and said ‘Daddy’. We were flabbergasted. How could he have known him? Why did he call him Dad?....When I asked him why he did it. He said he didn’t. He said Jerry did and he went with him.”

In another case the donor was a police officer who had been shot in the face by a drug dealer with “long hair, deep eyes, a beard and this real calm look. He looks sort of like some of the pictures of Jesus.” A few weeks after the transplant the donor began to experience dreams in which he would see a flash of light right in his face and his face would get “real, real hot. It actually burns.”

    "Just before that time, I would get a glimpse of Jesus. I’ve had these dreams and now day dreams ever since: Jesus and then a flash. That’s the only thing I can say is something different, other than feeling really good for the first time in my life.”

Later his wife reported

    “I’m very, very glad you asked him about his transplant. He is more bothered than he’ll tell you about these flashes. He says he sees Jesus and then a blinding flash. He told the doctors about the flashes but not Jesus. They said it’s probably a side effect of the medications, but God we wish they would stop.”

Of course in the above post it was the recipient and not the donor who experienced the dreams and flashes of light. (I think I need a brain transplant!)

"Carter let go of my hand and ran right to that man. He climbed on his lap, hugged him and said ‘Daddy’. We were flabbergasted. How could he have known him? Why did he call him Dad?."

This is a fascinating phenomenon, and the stories offered as evidence are quite convincing. The scene described in the above quote reminds me of how the kids in Ian Stevenson's reports often behaved in the presence of their past life families. And in both cases, it does seem as though the soul of a deceased person is, in some way or another, housed in the body of a living person.

"A man who received the transplanted heart of a suicide victim has killed himself in exactly the same way."

Given a story like this, if I ever needed a heart transplant, I'd sure want to know as much as I could about the donor beforehand! But since shopping around is not an option in these situations, I'd certainly do some intense praying.

I have a prayer I use whenever I'm particularly concerned about a relationship or meeting of some sort with another person: "God, help us to bring out the best in each other."

I guess that's what I'd ask for.

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