Healing Intergenerational Trauma
I am passionate about guiding people toward the healing of intergenerational trauma. Intergenerational or inherited trauma is trauma that is passed down from our ancestors and continues its effects from one generation to the next. Trauma can result from:
The Holocaust and other genocides
Systemic racism, sexism, and oppression
Immigration or displacement
Alcoholism, abuse, violence, and/or neglect
Our ecological crisis
Trauma of this magnitude can effect our relationships, our health, our creativity and work, and our overall sense of being at home in the world. It can result in physical symptoms; addictions; chronic stress, anxiety, and depression; and difficulty forming healthy relationships.
The science of epigenetics tells us what our bodies know already: when people experience catastrophic losses or ongoing oppression, this trauma actually changes the genetic makeup of subsequent generations, meaning trauma is carried in the very depths of our bodies, in our very DNA. Therefore, in order to heal we have to address not only the suffering of the mind and spirit but the patterns held in the body itself.
Healing from trauma can help us find a new sense of ease in our bodies and the world around us. We can learn to be more present and connected with others, and can manifest our lives’ purpose more fully.
I believe that connecting with our ancestors can us help heal ourselves, our world, and future generations. Through dreamwork, embodied practice, expressive arts, grief work, and ritual, we can begin to locate ourselves in our ancestral lineage and form loving connections with our ancestors in an act of healing that can extend into the past and future, as well as deep into our bodies. We can “find our roots” in our lineage, our ecology, and our embodiment.