According to Principle, the Fall damaged us physically as well as spiritually. The original sin affects our genes and our cells. The physical body became “a haunt of Satan.”

“The object partners to these evil spirits are the spirit selves of evil people on the earth, and the vehicles through which these evil spirit selves act are their physical selves.”

“The works of evil spirits …will gradually lead to an increase of anxiety, fear and selfishness and cause [a person’s] health to deteriorate.”

The original sin affects our genes and our cells.

The Fall was “a deeply distressing or disturbing experience,” what medical science calls a “trauma.” New age practitioners believe that “unresolved trauma is stored in the body. …Emotionally-charged events from your past can still be haunting you in the form of “Trapped Emotions,” emotional energies that literally inhabit your body. …trapped emotional energies will often gather around the heart, creating a ‘Heart-Wall’ that may block you from giving and receiving love freely.”

Current university research backs this up, showing that “trauma leads to stress responses in children making them more likely to develop psychological problems either during childhood or later as adults. Anxiety and depression appear to be the most prevalent disorders in childhood with aggression following closely.”

Scientists now connect the psychological to the physical: “Childhood trauma may bring on changes in how genes are expressed. Researchers at Butler Hospital, a unit of Brown University, found that childhood trauma may bring on epigenetic changes …that may raise the risk of psychological disorders through the physiological stress response. 

“Research is showing …[the inflammation] response occurs when a person experiences psychological distress and trauma. …this inflammation can be psychologically toxic. …This [extended] inflammatory response …suggests inflammation of this type is chronic. …this trauma comes from varied sources, including …sexual abuse.”

This trauma comes from varied sources, including sexual abuse.

Psychologist Sigmund Freud called it repression, “an unconscious mechanism employed by the ego to keep disturbing or threatening thoughts from becoming conscious. …‘some force …[that] pushed the pathogenetic experiences in question out of consciousness.’” Freud discovered sexuality at the root of this force.

To summarize, science, psychology and new age practice tell us that sexual trauma results in chronic physical and mental illness, that it affects our genes, and that all people suppress its memory.

From this perspective, the sexual Fall is the trauma at the root of the human race. At the cost of his life, True Father uncovered its historical cause and the path of healing.

(Citations and references: Exposition of Divine Principle 69, 71, 137; Dr. Bradley Nelson, The Emotion Code; “Trauma Changes Cells- New Research,” January 28, 2015 07:55 by Dr. C. Wayne Winkle,Phd ( “Epigenetics …suggests that the glucocorticoid receptor gene may be locked in the ‘off’ position due to methylation of the gene. This apparently occurs as a result of the trauma experienced in childhood. Preventing this gene from expressing its effects appears to lead to increased sensitivity to stress and increasing reactivity to stress in adulthood. This increased sensitivity and reactivity to stress may then lead to psychological and physiological illnesses. …This kind of research may lead to an understanding of the relationship between childhood trauma and increased risk for psychological disorders;” Hope Rehab, Thailand,; “On the History of the Psycho-Analytic Movement”


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