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May, 1993
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From memories of his prenatal life the author presents a recollection, in the form of a poetic narrative, of how he started his heartbeat. He then gives a personal and transpersonal interpretation of the narrative in the adult-life context and proposes a theory of how an unborn may start its heart and what it learns from the experience. In support of his ideas he draws on examples from mythology, a modern-day ritual and common beliefs about the heart.


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Jaroslav Vlcek, Dr.Sc.

Jaroslav ("Jerry") Vlcek, B.Sc.F., M.A.Sc., Dr.Sc. is a professor emeritus at the University of Toronto where he taught photogrammatry, photointerpretation and remote sensing in engineering and forestry. He published widely in his fields of study. While on his sabbatical at the University of California at Berkeley in 1972 he began a journey of deep self-awareness, which eventually led to the recovery of his prenatal memories described in his book Journey into the World: My Life before Birth, Address correspondence to the Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto, 33 Willcock's Street, Toronto, Canada M5S 3B3.