1 What do you answer to a child's question Where do I come from?
Just try it with: "You come from where a human being also goes when he dies and has finished his life." And compare the process of conception as described by Jaap van der Wal with the phenomena of a deathbed.
Conception as a connection and dying as a separation.
2 Do you have an idea what we actually do when we are an embryo?
The first thing we do in our so-called earth life is to shape our body. As an embryo you start with that. Actually, body formation is the primary behavior of a living being: the gestures with which you shape your shapes are, as it were, "preliminary exercises" of the later physiology and psychology with which you later on shape yourself on those levels. And actually you never stop doing this: throughout your life you will shape your body and try to maintain it in forms.
That is "the embryo in us", which never really passes away.
3 Does our existence already start as an embryo, at conception?
Yes, from the first day it is about human design, about human behavior. We don't become human or 'human worthy' somewhere along the way. "Soul," says the embryologist Blechschmidt, "is not something to be added later, but our being is involved in our body formation from the beginning on. We are psychosomatic beings (of soul and body) from the beginning on." Like all living things, we appear in time. The frog does not come out of the tadpole, the tadpole is frog, a phase of the frog. This also applies to the human embryo. It is not a not-yet-human, it is a phase of incarnation.
Read: The incarnating Embryo.
4 Were you also brought up with the myth of that one super sperm that 'fertilizes' an egg?
Then I have 'bad news'. The story is completely outdated. A few dozen, sometimes hundreds of sperm cells enter into a biological conversation with an egg. It is about exchanging with each other, in order to eventually merge. Penetration is not the word for what is happening here. Call it a cellular mating dance.
Read again: Human fertilization in a new perspective.
Or watch the movie that pokes fun at the macho super:
After first looking at how we think it goes these days (images of an ICSI procedure).
5 Do you also think that you once started as a 'fertilized egg' and were built up from cells?
Nothing is less true. And we don't start as a cell, we start as a unicellular organism. I have never seen a 'fertilized egg'. When an egg is f'ertilized' (which is already the wrong word) she metamorphoses a zygote, which is a unicellular human body. We are not made up of cells: every living being organizes itself in cells, because 'the unity of life' is not the cell, but the organism, the whole.
Just listen to my TED talk about what growing biologically is.
6 That we are 'made'? Then by whom? Do our children come from us or through us?
Conception can be described and thought as well as a kind of 'vertical' connection. Spirit connects with a so-called pre-conceptual attraction complex. You can see that from the biological phenomena if you want to. The latter is the most important thing: you have to want to see it. And then you see that the 'horizontal' fertilization (that is, the fusion of a sperm with an egg) is a result. What connects there then? Yes, you have to wait for a whole biography there, then you will know what impulse it was that incarnates there, at that one moment. Children are not made, but children are made possible and ... received.
How about this quote from Harrod Buhner (from "The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature):
Seed of man?
Semen (seed) is Latin
for a dorman, fertilized,
Men's ejaculate is
chemically more akin
to plant pollen.
it is really more precise
to call it
To call it semen
is to thrust an insanity
deep inside in our culture:
that men plow women
and plant their seed
when in fact, what they are doing
is: pollinating flowers.
Doesn't that change everything between us?
(Hadn't that changed everything between us?)
How is that? Interested in the embryosophy of Jaap van der Wal, MD, anatomist-embryologist?