Guest writer, Debra Morrill
Last week Julie touched on the topic of ancestral healing in her blog entry. She said, “We also carry the stories of our ancestors and can release these as well.”
Doing ancestral healing work is a powerful way to heal. Let me tell you a story from my own personal healing journey.
One of my ancestor mothers visited me during a healing session around my desire to be more present with myself. She identified herself as Wilhelmina and appeared grief-stricken, cradling a dead baby in her arms. Her husband had been away from home when her infant child died, and so the responsibility for digging the grave fell to her. It was winter, and the act of laying her beloved baby in the cold ground stripped her raw. She was not able to share the depth of this pain and grief with anyone, so it entered the family genetic stream and carried through the women in the line, finally down to me, her great-great-granddaughter, many years later.
Witnessing her pain and doing healing for her in that session helped shift the energy of unexpressed grief in the family line and within me. This healing helped me be more present with myself, including a willingness to open my heart wider and the ability to make better daily food choices.
How does ancestral healing work?
We all know from junior high health class that we receive genetic information from our ancestors that determines physical characteristics like the color of our eyes and hair and the shape of our body. Energy from our ancestors also passes through the family line. From a favorite grandmother, for instance, we may inherit a love of cooking and a warm, nurturing heart.
We can also receive our ancestors’ unhealed wounds and unfinished business. This explains why certain issues such as physical or mental illness, addictions, incest and abuse tend to travel in families.
Deep, unexpressed emotions such as grief, anger, guilt, shame and fear can also be passed to us from our ancestors. These emotions may be so powerful they show up as a visible energy in family photographs. They can make it hard for us to be present and make healthy choices.
Soul loss also travels through family lines. During a traumatic event, part of our soul may split off and go away because it doesn’t feel safe. If the soul piece doesn’t return, we have soul loss. A person with soul loss may feel a vital part of their self is missing, and they may fill that void with an addiction, including food.
The out of balance energy continues in the family line until someone pursues healing for the issue either on their own or with a shamanic healer or other energy healer. Because of a concept called circular time, just one or two family members can break the pattern and heal the wound in the family line.
The usual view of time is chronological – first A happens, then B, then C. But in the spirit world, the ordinary concepts of time fall away. Past, present and future exist at once. Ancestors long been deceased, current generations, and generations yet to come all receive healing.
By working in the spiritual realm outside of time to shift energetically at the source of the original wound, we can clear deeply entrenched energy patterns and create an opening for our whole being to return to balance.
To take it further:
• Journal about the positive inheritance you’ve received from your family line. Are there positive traits, skills, abilities you haven’t acknowledged that could serve you or support you now in your healing journey?
• Look at old family photographs. Journal about the emotions, the energy patterns, the ways of relating that you see. How have these affected you?
• Pay attention to your body. When an ancestral pattern is activated, you may feel heaviness throughout your body or pain or tightness in a certain area. Journal about how this ancestral energy feels and how it affects your body.
• Create a family tree tracking patterns of energy – illness, injuries, cause of death, relationship issues, addictions, abundance issues, etc. Journal about the common themes you notice. How do these issues manifest in your life? How do they affect your health and relationship to food?
Debra Morrill has a shamanic healing practice in Prairie du Sac, Wis. She focuses on ancestral healing and helping clients access their inner wisdom for healing. She also teaches workshops on ancestral healing. She can be reached at email@example.com or 608-279-4319.