Ancestral and Generational are often words used interchangeably. However there is a difference, Generational being the immediate family line traumas.
I have found from the clients I work with at Root Cores, clearing their past generational issues, clears the way for not only them but for their children and future generations. I work closely with generational and childhood trauma as they are entwined as part of the human journey.
Ancestral is far more expansive inluding past lives. Reference to “My Ancestors” in many cultures means more than human life, it refers to all forms of life, rocks, trees, four legged winged ones as in the Lakota prayer Aho Mitakuye Oyasin “All my relations” the interconnectedness of all life. The Soul Journey.
It is said our actions now, effect seven generations into the future. (Iroquois Nation 1140). With our human only ancestors we can go back many generations, 7 and beyond, there is a lot of traumas in that for sure. What I’ve found in my work at Root Cores is there is an enormous amount of trauma just within three to four generations, parents grandparents, great grandparents, for most of us that is as far as we know, in their physical form, other relatives beyond that, we only know from photographs, or stories handed down, as a connection to our family origins or ancestry,
Other people may not have any idea of their ancestry, cultural geneocides, adoption or fostered, big traumas on their own, which I also work successful with.
Through the immediate generations, there are world events of collective trauma. The industrial revolution, before then 95% of humans lived on the land, the potato famine in Ireland, Gold rush mass migration to Australia, New Zealand, California. 1914 -18 World War 1, The great depression in the 1930s, then WW2 1939 -45, A very sustained time of collective tension, fear and anxiety. Many choose immigration to new countries for safer family life. Then more wars Korea, ,1960s civil rights & hippie movements, The Kennedy assassination, Vietnam war, The Cold war, The Cuba missile crisis, the modern-day wars the Gulf and Afghanistan, 9/11 to name a few. Collective fear for human survival.
In our direct family line, members of our family unit have been directly and non-directly impacted in some form by collective traumas, which often lead to generational and personal trauma. some is conscious, much was taken inwards to dwell in the subconscious.
Mothers raising children in war times being both parental roles. Mostly young men going to the war frontlines, ultimately to protect their loved ones back home, Soldiers returning shell shocked with PTSD, Alcohol abuse as a way to numb the memories, abusing loved ones, physical, emotional, sexual in those altered states of mind, much was hidden behind closed doors. In some cases, young victims later became adult perpetrators.Babies in the womb feeling the Mother taking on her stress levels, Effects of the home and social environment, spread wildly through generation after generation.
Adopting parents already affected by those collective traumas plus shame of not be able to produce biological children. Children conceived out of wedlock in times of little contraception, given up for adoption, aborted or unmatched couples forced into marriage for fear of family shame or to gain higher social statis.
I’ve barely scratched the surface of hidden family secrets, shames, there is so much trauma alive in those 3 to 4 generations alone, to clear from the subconscious layers.
We are fortunate to live in times where we can safely release those deep buried imprints of trauma, to move beyond just surviving into living fully recovered, that’s the way we can make the greatest impact,starting with self, our own healing, our health and wellbeing, our sense of self-worth, self-love, our self-belief expands as we are no longer under the constraints, bondage, false loyalties of past family events.
The ripples go out into future generations, with the past generations cheering us on, in joy, proud of us for being able to break the generational cycle, thriving not just surviving, taking the healing steps, evolving beyond where their steps finished.
We can heal the collective, its starts internally within each individual as healthy humans mind body Soul aligned, love of self brings a return to respect for All life thats when the ancestral healing begins as a side effect of generational healing, “Aho Mitakuye Oyasin” .
I am a practitioner of Ancestral,Generational and Childhood trauma healing . visit http://www.root-cores.com or rootcores.com.au