Hello Beautiful Souls-As you may know from reading my blog, I am very intrigued and interested in the topic of self-healing and I am perpetually curious to explore and learn something new. Several months back I participated in a special yoga class that concluded with a guided meditation. I had never experienced anything quite like it and the experience begged deeper questions about how my personal healing could ultimately affect past and future generations.
As we were seated on the floor, our instructor asked us to turn towards our left and envision our family members. First, he asked us to picture our parents. I saw my mom instantly, she stood quietly in front of me with her gentle smile and I felt a deep calm and peace. Next, my dad came bumbling in, acting as if his name had just been called as the next contestant on a game show. (A typical scene that plays well in my head.) Then we were asked to picture both sets of grandparents and then our great grandparents on both sides of our family. After we gathered our family who came before us, we were instructed to turn and face the opposite direction and we were asked to picture our children. I could see both my son’s handsome faces, their strong physiques and beautiful hearts and I felt the joy they’ve brought me over the years. Then we were asked to see our children’s children and then their children, and their children and so on and so on. The meditative exercise proved to be a profoundly emotional experience for me.. Our instructor explained how our actions, our choices, and our patterns affect future generations and past generations. Previously, I understood how my choices affected my children and future generations but I had not given any thought to how my choices affected past generations.
We have what are considered generational traumas. The idea that our ancestors really didn’t deal with their life traumas is quite apparent when we look back and recall how our grandparents and great grandparents accepted their hardships quietly with little complaint. Today we call that stuffing our feelings, and combined with our increased stress, we now know how unhealthy ignoring our emotions can be.
Feelings are emotions and when we store our unhealed emotions, we experience stress and over time holding on to stress can knock our bodies out of balance and that imbalance leads to dis-ease. It is typical for us to go through life and never question how or why we make the choices we do. Oftentimes it is a traumatic event that begs questions and invites change. Most generations mimic exactly what they were taught with no question and many are perfectly healthy and happy but many are not. Most folks find it easier to change their external world than to pay attention to their internal world in an attempt to manage stress. Stress has become as normal as going to bed at night and we each have different levels that we manage. Or do we manage? We spend a great deal of time making sure our bodies are healthy and in good shape but what about our minds, and our thoughts? What kind of daily regimen have you adopted to keep your mind in tip top shape? I am not referring to academics or intellectual learning, I am referring to the daily routine of personal destructive thought patterns and inviting you to begin developing an intense relationship with the awareness of your thoughts. Our constant repetitive negative chatter is essentially our stress.
Mediation invites us to see a clearer vision of our future. We can create and design our stress-free life in meditation. We can heal past traumas and heal dis-ease and illness in meditation. If we can change our inner world, we can change our outer world. We can change our genetic markers and alleviate our generational traumas. When we literally change our minds, we change what we allow and when we change what we allow, we change our energy. Positive energy offers balance and finding balance changes our health and with the domino effect of healthy choices, we can affect our family’s generational healing. We are an example to our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. This is deep intentional healing work and it takes dedication and practice. This work will lift the heavy generational burdens off of your family’s shoulders. I believe this is one of the greatest gifts we can give future generations!
So you may ask, how can our present day practice of healing ourselves affect past generations, the branches of our family tree that spread far and wide in the spirit world? Every healthy intention, every practice of healing our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual traumas, disease or illness, will positively affect all of our family members. We are all energy and we are all connected. I know the power of healing affects our ancestors. I have experienced the acknowledgments, support and love from my dearly departed to know this is true. They are my cheerleaders and encourage me because they see the results of my choices and the positive influence it has on my family tree. Past, present and future.
Healthy choices, spiritual connections and our capacity for self-healing have a greater impact than I ever anticipated. I invite you to start the process or continue the work you are doing to heal yourself and your family. It is truly one of the best gifts ever!
Be well dear friends,