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Healing Ancestral Trauma: Release The Pains, Unwrap The Gifts

You probably have heard that Fall and especially the month of October is a time of ancestral work. That is true because the veil is thin. In a time of Halloween, Samhain, the Day of the Dead, All Soul's day—whatever it is called in your culture or on the land where you live in the time of the year when we hear people saying 'The veil is thinner.' The veil is the barrier or doorway between the different worlds, the seen and the unseen, the living and the dead, the body and spirit, time and timelessness. 

We, humans, are more receptive to the world of Spirits, feel their presence, connect with them through our memories, sudden triggers of fears and insecurities, or on the contrary, discover dormant powers of resilience, allowing us to withstand the curveballs of destiny.

Our ancestors, our bloodline is very important. Western society diminished the importance of the Elderly, of the Crons, forgot respect for their wisdom and life experience. But all the indigenous cultures around the globe saw ancestors as allies that can teach us, protect, and be our guides in life. 

I recently bumped into a very curious Ancestral Mathematics. In order for you to be born, you needed:
2 parents
4 grandparents
8 great-grandparents
16 second great-grandparents
32 third great-grandparents
64 fourth great-grandparents
128 fifth great-grandparents
256 sixth great-grandparent
512 seventh great-grandparents
1,024 eight great-grandparents
2, 048 ninth great-grandparents

Can you imagine, for you to be born from 12 previous generations, you needed 4,094 ancestors in the past 400 years? Impressive, isn't it. Now imagine for a moment, how many struggles and battles your ancestors had to undergo for you to exist today? How many love stories and happiness? How many losses and sorrow? How many expressions of hope for the future?

If you think it is all past, you are wrong because ALL your ancestors live inside of you through the mitochondrial DNA that you inherited through your mother. They were passed genration after generation, building up the amount of traumatic experinces. They live in us in our cellular memory, and residues of their lives can form "miasms" [2] in our subtle bodies. 

The word miasm means a cloud or fog in the being. Samuel Hahnemann introduced the theory of miasms in his "The Chronic Diseases", in 1828. Its meaning can be expanded and seen as a primary defect, a root cause, a shadow, fragment, or internalized relic of an actual disease passed down the genetic line; a vaccine defect; a pre-disposition [dyscrasia] towards a predictable pattern of certain diseases and disorders within a family, race or the human race; and a defect of the vital force. [2]

There is a form of trauma from our ancestors, meaning that younger generations inherit trauma from older generations. The so-called transgenerational trauma is frequently experienced by marginalized people with ancestry that have experienced violence and discrimination based on their racial, religious, or cultural identities. Inherited trauma has also been present in war veterans' families, as noted by the American Psychological Association. According to the American Psychological Association, "researchers exploring the intergenerational effects of the Holocaust, the Khmer Rouge killings in Cambodia, the Rwandan genocide, the displacement of Native Americans, and the enslavement of African-Americans" have determined that "the transgenerational effects [of trauma] are not only psychological, but familial, social, cultural, neurobiological, and possibly even genetic as well" [3]. 

The drawing below, by licensed psychotherapist Ayan Mukherjee, illustrates the concept of transgenerational trauma very well:

Working seriously on ancestral healing and transgenerational traumas require dedication, patience, and receptivity. The aim is to identify, transform, and integrate these passed down traumas to stop being hard-wired and operate in us on an unconscious level. By working on ancestral trauma now, you choose not to pass it to the next generations and secure a better future for our children and our planet.

The overall ancestral work includes:

  • Research and analytical work 

  • Emotional healing and trauma release

  • Work with unconscious mind, release of cellular memories, changing epigenetic expression.

  • Energy Work, Plant Remedies,Psychotherapy, Soul Retrieval and other types of Shamanic Healing Work

Wonder, what can you do on your own NOW? A good starting point is to reflect on family lineage while mindfully attending to how you feel emotionally, what is going on physically, and what thoughts are arising

Map out a simple family tree of the branch you are interested in working with and explore your place within it. Now look at each family member and briefly right the significant events and tendencies in his/her life:

  • What did he/she go through?

  • How the personal and social events effected him/her emotionally?

  • What is your relationship to the suffering of that family member?

  • Are you willing to feel it and see its place in your own life?

Some plant remedies can significantly deepen your research, analytical and emotional healing work.

Essential oils I use to connect with and receive messages with ancestors are:

  • Galbanum (Ferula gummosa) was used for thousand years as the Oil Of Truth, A Light Barer (to bring light to the darkest corners of unconscious mind) and oil to speak with the dead.

  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis),

  • Sage (Salvia officinalis),

  • All types of Cedarwood,

  • Labdanum and Cistus (Cistus ladanifer) is master Shadow worker that brings to conscious awareness what is kept in unconscious mind and in cellular memory.

  • Angelica (Angelica archangelica)

  • Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)

  • Rose Otto (Rosa damascena)

  • Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)

  • Marigold (Tagetes erecta).

Essential oil like Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides), Frankincense (all types), Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi) are excellent choices to create a warm nurturing grounding from which you begin your reflection. 

It is crucial to feel grounded, safe, secure, and present in your body for the cells to release and information and be mindful of what comes up. 

You will find precious essential oils mentioned above in my Shadow/Dreamwork Collection, such as Maitri/Self-Love and Shadow aromatherapy formulas.

Inhale them before your spiritual practice, meditation, altar work, or before bedtime. Apply on pulse points and over your base, solar plexus, heart, throat, and third-eye chakras to bring the essential oils into your bloodstream so they can reach every cell of your precious body.

Flower essences are potent allies in Shadow and ancestral healing. Based on the Flower Essence Society research, I put together a potent flower essence elixir called Dreamwork to enhance the dream phase and your receptivity to the communicated messages. It contains a powerful synergy of Angelica, Star Tulip, Black-Eyed Susan, Cosmos, and Mugwort. It is a safe but potent way to connect with your ancestors, spirit guides, or your subconscious. 

As we progress with our internal and research work on family history, the stories become more apparent, and an in-depth integration process occurs. This integration involves a gradual perceiving and acknowledging of our ancestors with our conscious minds. They take back their place in the family tree, and the integrative healing takes place in the past, the present, and the future simultaneously.

To support your research, analytical and emotional healing work, search for a trustful expert such as a counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, energy healer, emotional healing expert and support group, and family constellations.

If you want to deepen your understanding of Self, what shaped your presonality, what belongs to your True Self and what blocks you from living your full potential, I offer private sessions where I work with you and nature to help you achieve your fullest and brightest expression.

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