by Claus Larsen

Cell memory is based on the idea that whatever happens in our lives, each cell “records” it – spiritually, of course. Homeopaths have cherished this idea for a long time now, and people like Dean Radin (see “Book Review: The Conscious Universe” and “An Evening with Dean Radin”) and Gary Schwartz.) also use it to explain purported – but unsupported – claims of a “surviving” consciousness or spirit. The idea draws on the theories of many people, but the basic tenet is that if you remember the bad things that happened to you, your problems will be solved.

Psychic Sylvia Browne takes it a few steps further: Not only do you have to remember what happened in this life, you have to go back to your previous lives and remember what happened then. However, once you remember and see the “connection”, your problem is solved – often immediately.

The concept of cell memory came to Browne 25 years ago through her spirit guide, Francine. Never one for biology during her school years, Browne nevertheless sets out to investigate in a quite unique manner: She gets all her information from Francine:

  • “Our bodies are made up of billions of interacting cells”
  • “Each cell lives, breathes, thinks and feels.”
  • “Each cell reacts directly to the information it receives from the subconscious mind. If, under hypnosis, a person is informed that his finger is being burnt by a flame, the person will develop a blister. Cells are programmed to do this.”
  • “Our subconscious is the place for our immortal souls. It doesn’t matter how sick or well your conscious mind is.”
  • “Our spirit minds remember every moment of our previous lives.”
  • “The instant our spirit minds enter our physical bodies, they infuse the cells of our bodies with all the information and memories they possess.”
  • “Our cells react literally to these memories, from this and all previous lives.”
  • “When we access these ‘cell memories’, we are liberated from whatever was troubling us: Illnesses, phobias, pains, traumas.”
    (Actual quotes from Browne’s statements).

After gaining these pearls of wisdom from beyond, Browne sets out to find evidence in a way that no honest scientist would ever contemplate.

Enlightenment, in three easy steps

It takes only three cases to convince Browne of the validity of cell memory:

  1. Neil experiences a recurring pain in his left foot. Browne then “guides him” (her words) into his previous lives. It turns out that Neil was formerly known as Calvin, a farm boy from Virginia around 1821, unfortunately born with a clubbed foot. This has caused Calvin so much pain that Neil feels it in this life. At the end, Browne absolves (no other word suffices) him of any pain or negativity. Neil is cured instantly.

    Neil tells Browne about the foot pain before the hypnosis takes place. She then “guides him” (again, her words) to the solution.

  2. Julie gets a kidney transplant from a man who have had a liking for cigarettes and martinis. Julie, who has never drunk or smoked before, suddenly finds herself craving just these two vices. Browne manages to “rid her of her desire” by “convincing her new cells” that this wasn’t relevant.

    Browne can – apparently – change cell memory. How is this possible, if it is God who makes cell memory work? Does Browne have the power of God? Is Browne God?

  3. Molly gets a new heart from a murder victim. Soon after the transplant, Molly begins having dreams about a “dark figure in a ski mask”, who, after Molly has been under hypnosis, turns out to be the murderer, who is now behind bars.

    It has not been possible to find information about this murder case. It certainly constitutes a novel way of justice: Forget about physical evidence, just trust your psychic!

After these three cases, Browne is convinced. Even though she is “usually reluctant to generalize”, “an absolute, unapologetic skeptic”, tests things “over and over and over again”, and has never “taken anybody’s word, for anything”, she never questions cell memory again. Some skeptic she is.

Types of instantly curable ailments

Phobias are cured easily. A subject tells Browne what the phobia is, and is then hypnotized. A past life “memory” is revealed, where the phobia is “explained” and is released forever.

A few examples:

  • Fear of sharks: Subject was a Spanish sailor in 1415, having his leg bitten off by a shark.
  • Fear of quilts: Subject was living in Pennsylvania, making quilts, when he was killed by a girl who had a crush on him.
  • Fear of heights: Subject was a young boy in Hawaii in the 1600s, when he fell from a coconut tree and broke his back.
  • Fear of insects: Subject was literally suffocated by a massive swarm of locusts in Africa, 1503

It isn’t just phobias that can be cured. Chronic indigestion, chest colds, pneumonia, lower back pain, numbness in legs and feet, chronic asthma. All these, and more, can be fixed by the wonders of cell memory.

If a subject after a session is still unconvinced, Browne only has to use her own preferred phrase:

‘The words “don’t you see?” are the best bridge I’ve found to help a client make the connection between a past trauma and a present situation.’
from “Past Lives, Future Healing”

She claims she doesn’t lead them on, though…

Accidental infections by bacteria and vira has no place in Browne’s world. Most sickness comes from cell memories, which in turn is “infused” by the spirit world. Whatever isn’t caused by cell memory, we ourselves have written down in our charts.

If a trait like being psychic is genetic (which Browne herself claims), then why aren’t genetic diseases “normal”? Why doesn’t this “psychic gene” show itself to be much more dominant? As evolution teaches us, even the smallest advantage will better our chances of survival. And what better advantage than to be able to be able to see beyond death, to predict the future, even if it is hazy and fuzzy?

Questions arise…

Even though Browne goes through a lot of unverifiable examples, we are still left with some disturbingly untouched questions:

  • Every cell in our bodies has a complete memory of all our previous lives – cell memory. Where is all this information stored? How is it stored?
  • Has cell memory been scientifically proved? By whom? Has anyone peer-reviewed it? Who?
  • When exactly did my spirit enter my physical body? At conception? At birth? When the umbilical cord was cut?
  • When did we become “infused” with “cell memory”? Cro Magnon? Australopithecus?


There is no scientific evidence or any indications that cell memory might be true. When Browne isn’t leading her subjects to the answer, they are making up stories about previous lives. Read more about Sylvia Browne at