The cycle of ancestral trauma and how to heal
We all are in a continuous journey to heal from our ancestral trauma.
What is ancestral trauma, we have to first understand that. It is an experience that has deep effects on you, physically, psychologically, as well as spiritually.
It is be a curious fact that even when the person who has first hand experienced the trauma and suffered from it has already passed away, we would still, often, see the trauma being inherited by their family members. This happens more frequently when the person who had suffered the trauma had been silenced after and the story has been forgotten now, the feeling of the trauma still manages to linger on long after the people have left.
These are our emotional legacies that often stay hidden and get encoded in our bodies, without us knowing, and by extension they are absorbed into every bit of our existence, from our gene expression to almost the everyday language we use. These emotional legacies often play a major role in our emotional upbringing and physical health. Unless we consciously try and understand these emotional cursors, through means of therapy, consultation, support rooms or shadow work, we will not be able to decode their effects on our lives.
What is to be done in that situation? Should we reconcile with the people responsible with for the trauma, or should we even reconcile with the memory of the trauma. It is not always possible to reconcile and often unhealthy. We have to use our own intuition here about how to go about reconciliation when it is about a trauma.
We have to essentially abide by a process of self healing where we can follow steps to shape a vibrant, authentic and joyful life. Scientific researches about healing modalities can help us understand the experiences of trauma that we gathered in our childhood and how that can have long staying effect on us resulting in body dysfunctions. It gets us wrapped into harmful engagement patterns like co-dependency, trauma-bonds, and lack of emotional maturity.
How to unveil:
But once we start unveiling those traumas, examining them from the perspective of our inner child, as in practically analysing the trauma from the lenses of our childhood self, we will be able to decode these traumas.
Looking through the child’s eye:
A child learns everything from its surroundings during the formative years of his, her, or their lives. These are the vulnerable ages when a child’s mind can be moulded without them having the ability to analyse them. These conditionings create emotional baggage and harm our mental health creating traumas. If the child’s environment is emotionally unsafe, the child will inherently incur emotional wounds. We have to look deep inside that baggage of our own formative years and analyse from where these traumas stem from. This is the only way to deal with childhood or ancestral traumas and understanding the response of your body is the first thing you want to look out for!