I had a similar very rough birth (I actually unintentionally wrote "rebirth" at first lol). I remember a traumatic experience when I was maybe 3 or 4. Someone was terrorizing us (my siblings and I) and I clearly, like it just happened, remember watching this stuffed animal we had rise from the dresser and float across the room. Then I remember a blanket that was on the ceiling, that was put there before above the bed, the animals on it were moving.
Anyways, I have no idea if that happened in that way, really. It was so long ago and memories distort and change over time. Recently I was listening to a talk by Rick Doblin of The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) http://www.maps.org/about/staff/
who was talking about those with PTSD who have benefited from MDMA (Ecstasy) therapy. Basically, MDMA suppresses the fear centers of the brain and increases activity in the frontal cortex, which is where we put things into context. They are able to re-experience memories of traumatic events without being re-traumatized.
What I'm getting to is his explanation of how memories work. He says when we uproot or remember something, that memory is reconstructed and then put back into "storage". So when experienced again on MDMA, the memory is reconstructed stripped of all the fear and anxiety associations that were attached to it when the trauma happened.
I found this so useful and had a sort of "AHA!" moment because this is what I experienced with meditation. I would sometimes uproot some memory that I didn't even know I suppressed and it would be like blowing a gasket. One time it was like 2 memories were competing for my attention and sort of "wrestling" each other. They weren't always traumatic experiences, sometimes just some weird thing I forgot about that was some how associated with fear or anxiety. A much more rough way but I think this was a re-experience of the event complete with the fear and horrendous feelings, but in this case, in meditation holding those feelings in attention, they were experienced fully (physically and emotionally) for the first time and the memory was stripped, re-calibrated and re-stored as just a memory without all the negative associations.
I don't know, maybe this is a useful contribution, perhaps just rambling...
"Seek truth in meditation, not moldy books. Look in the sky to find the moon, not in the pond."
- Persian proverb