Since I began traveling in Europe in 2015, I have visited many WWI and WWII museums, concentration camps, memorials, battlefields, cemeteries, destroyed villages, bomb craters, and other places in which sad/bad/negative/evil things took place. Being an empath I tend to feel much of the energy in these spaces, whether than is positive or negative. I know many of my readers experience similar things. How often do you consider the emotions these places create in you that can be used for change and healing? Or do you experience them for a moment and brush them off and move on?

Dachau ovens. Photo by author.

I read an article recently called, Why We Should Visit Museums That Make Us Think and Cry. I tend to feel, think, and cry in many places I visit so this article really called to my soul. The article focuses more on human and civil rights museums rather than military, but the concept is still the same.

“It’s really important to consider historic and contemporary issues from multiple perspectives so we can combat bias and prejudice – which we might not even realize we have until presented with an alternative view. This is fundamental to understanding and promoting human rights.” Throughout history, and even today, we can see patterns of denial and minimization of human-rights atrocities, along with efforts to silence the survivors and witnesses. These issues are not easy or comfortable, but it’s our role and responsibility to provoke thought and conversation that leads to education – which is the most powerful force for human rights in the world.”

Dr. Jodi Giesbrecht, CMHR director of research and head curator

Why Are These Spaces Important?

These spaces are important because for many of us, not all, they create conversation. Often we will visit places like this with someone. As we wander through an exhibit, a cemetery, a concentration camp, or other place, things call to us that we must comment on. Through conversation we hear someone else’s point of view about what is being expressed in the exhibit, etc. Conversation may create questions or points of view for us to sit with, meditate on, journal on, that we had not considered.

These spaces through conversation, meditation, thinking, push us to feel something more than we might have just reading an article or seeing someone’s vacation photos on Facebook. This may then create the need in us to do something about the issues we now know more about. This includes things from history like the Holocaust or combat in World War II.

How can we do something about those issues since they are in the past? Many people are still dealing with the trauma and effects of these events, among many others that have happened in our collective history. Inherited trauma creates in the descendants of those who participated or lived through these events, issues that create chaos, depression, sadness, anxiety or panic and many other things in their lives. Unresolved grief can devastate a family for generations. Yet by visiting these places that evoke emotions and thought, we can best determine how we personally should move forward to help heal the collective.

Doing something could be that we start talking with our own families about their experiences in the war, civil rights, genocide, Holocaust, or other collective trauma events. Writing those stories, learning the lessons, and sharing with others – even within our family – will help.

My belief and what I have experienced throughout my career as a family and military researcher is that if I can impact ONE person, it will ripple out beyond anything I can imagine. Some people do not believe this. They believe you have to stand and speak in front of thousands to have any effect on change or healing. That isn’t my belief. I have seen that if I help one person – teach one person – facilitate some healing in one person – they will go on to do more and tell others what their experience was and how the learned/changed/healed – and that may inspire someone else to look at their life and beliefs and make changes.

What is Your Experience in These Places?

What have you experienced in these places? Where did you go? What happened while you were there? What thoughts and changes did you make? What conversations did you have? How did it impact your life, living, and reality? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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Question 15 July 2020

What beliefs are you holding that were inherited through your family?

 

Many of us hold beliefs that do not serve us, which were handed down through our family lines. Verbally, non-verbally, through our DNA, and other avenues. A common belief is in LACK or SCARCITY of things we require, including money. This is just one example.

Some beliefs around money which hold us back and can be released are:

  • I don’t deserve money.
  • I never have enough money for my needs.
  • Money is security.
  • Money is power.

What other beliefs do you hold?

Please comment below to share with others if you feel comfortable.

I also invite you to journal on this question on your own.

 

 

Question 17 June 2020

When exploring my family history or living my life, is it valuable to divide and separate people thereby making some more important than others, especially at the expense of making myself small? Why or why not?

 

Please comment below to share with others if you feel comfortable.

I also invite you to journal on this question on your own.

 

You might also consider reading my article, is division necessary in family, ancestors, & Community healing?

 

Question 10 June 2020

When I look at what’s happening in the world today and find similar events in my ancestors’ lives, what lessons are available for me?

 

Please comment below to share with others if you feel comfortable.

I also invite you to journal on this question on your own.

 I contemplate many questions. Question to which there are no right or wrong answers. Questions that when asked in a safe, sacred space can create beautiful, healing discussions. Warning! This post may trigger some people. There are no right/wrong answers but I do give you a lot of questions to sit with.

 

Is creating division and separation really necessary to do personal, family, ancestral or community healing?

Last fall I read a book My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem about racialized trauma.  While his book is meant to be read over a period of time so people can work through all the exercises he provides, I read the book in about three days. Why?

My learning style, especially with books full of exercises or workbook pages is to read it through then start over. Also, I was hosting a webinar and felt this book would be important to mention. Reading it first to understand what it was about was important.

In this book, to achieve healing and remove white supremacy and racism from the country (his book is focused on America), we must separate and divide to do our work. White bodied people (Resmaa’s words) should do their work. Black/Brown bodied people (his words) should do theirs. Blue bodied people (his words – police) should do their work. It appears only in some cases can we come together to discuss.

Do you agree with this? I have several thoughts/answers to this question. What you feel is up to you. I am presenting different sides of the question to consider.

 

Yes I agree

When I first read the book and then went back through it, I could see why he broke people into groups. Just as it is true that a woman who has never gone through IVF or lost a baby, cannot fully understand what that is like. Or someone who has or had cancer – those who have not cannot fully understand all the mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional things that come up. The same for those who are in white, brown/black or blue bodies. If in this life we are in one particular body with a specific lineage (we won’t even get into past lives) then we cannot fully understand someone else’s life and history. In some ways it makes sense that you would divide and work in groups of people like you with similar stories.

In division there can be created a safe space to discuss what comes up for a specific group – again whether you are talking about racism, cancer, loss, grief, etc.

 

No I do not agree

This is where I started asking questions on the other side. Earlier in 2020 I watched  a webinar Resmaa participated in, in which he talked about racialized trauma and his book concepts. Reading a book is one thing – if you read energy you pick up a certain energy that way. When you see someone teach, speak, online or in person, you have access to another level of energy.

The longer he spoke, the more the energies of anger, frustration, irritation rose. That may not have been apparent to all people watching but for me, being sensitive to energy, it really was. No longer did I feel all good things about his concepts.

I also began to wonder as a facilitator or speaker, should we be grounding and providing the information in a calmer manner, especially if the topic is triggering? Or is there a place for the anger to rise? If it does, will that turn people off from your message?

Recently in speaking with others about the concepts in my ancestral lineage healing group, most people, including those of color, were put off and angry that such a book could be written. After all, aren’t we trying to come together rather than separate?

After explaining the purpose behind it, most people in the conversation could see that perspective. They may not have agreed with it but could understand it. The entire conversation we had, which lasted about a half an hour was beautiful. Peaceful. Healing. Considering we had people in the group of color, white bodied people and at least one whose lineage contained KKK members, most people would think it would erupt into a violent abusive conversation.

It did not. It was healing and beautiful.

There is a part of me that feels the more we divide and encourage division and separation to do our work, the more of that we will see in the world. Where you put your attention and energy is what you create more of – whether you want it or not. 

So if we continue to separate – are we creating more of that?

 

why do we have to divide and separate?

This brings me back to my original question. Why do we have to divide and separate and group people? This world and our country is so full of division. Media and social media have an agenda to continue promoting division, racism, inequality so those who choose to, continue to hate, be abusive, divide, murder, and assault.

More people are waking up to this agenda. More people are doing their personal inner work to heal themselves, their patterns, their lineage, so issues like this will maybe some day cease to exist.

So today I sit on the fence, one leg on each side, contemplating if division is the best way to heal. I can see both sides of the issue and for some people one way works where the other doesn’t.  There is no one right way to heal or do your inner work, no matter what the “experts” and “gurus”  and authors tell you.

 

What do you think?

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Today I start a new chapter in my life’s story. Today I start a year-long journey in Wendy DeRosa’s Intuitive Healer Training Program and Certification.

The program starts with a 5-day retreat online which begins this evening. I’m ready and excited and know massive transformation will come from this experience both personally and professionally.

How did this opportunity show up? About 9 months ago I told the universe, If you want me to follow this new path you better send the teachers, education, and money!

You know what happened? Within about 24 hours the first teacher showed up. Within a week I had three. Since then I have taken several Ancestral Lineage Healing, Grief & Loss, Embodiment, Inherited Trauma, PTSD, connecting with the ancestors, ritual, and other courses with several different teachers. I’ve also done a tremendous amount of reading on these topics and more. Yet I still didn’t have the right teacher for whatever my path I needed to be on.

Then in February the Evolved Empath Summit happened online and I purchased the video recordings and received several bonuses with them, including a full course by Wendy DeRosa, Energy Training for Empaths.  That class changed everything.

A few weeks ago I signed up for her Intuitive Heart Program and am almost through that. It too has opened me up in ways I didn’t expect.

Wendy has a year-long certification program and I had briefly looked at it when I first visited her website a few months ago. Not being sure of my next step and not being sure I was ready to invest the amount she was asking, I waited. I also signed up for the Foundations of Embodiment Certification with Mark Walsh, a Brit, which starts next week, so I wondered if I could handle two intense programs at once. Mark’s program ends by early August so it is not as long a commitment, but there is still a lot of work and reading for it.

Last week on the last day in the last moments, I applied for Wendy’s Intuitive Healer program. The universe shouted NOW! I listened. Had I not, I would have had to wait a year and I knew that wasn’t possible.

So, we are in week 8 of lockdown from the invisible enemy and I’ve had no new clients coming in because the world is shut down. The universe came through though with the money for this class and I know all will be well.

I look forward to this journey. Already the bonuses that came with the program and her meditations are shifting things for me.  I can’t wait to find out what else shows up and shifts.

my invitation to you is to tell the universe what you want and watch for it to show up.  it may not show up how you think but it will show up in the highest and best way for you!

 

© 2020 Ancestral Souls

Over the last few years I have begun studying different aspects of ancestral lineage healing, family patterns, family secrets, and other topics as they related to my military and family history. Many of my clients have also been seeking resources around these topics. I have one to suggest to those just dipping their toes into this pool. Healing Ancestral Karma by Dr. Steven Farmer

I discovered Dr. Farmer through The Shift Network when I received an email for his class “The 5 Ancestral Realms” in the fall of 2019. The class description gave a different view of working with the ancestors than Dr. Daniel Foor in his book and course (which I’m taking currently). After signing up for Dr. Farmer’s course, I ordered his book. The book wasn’t required for the course but contributed to what I was learning.

The book has short chapters which make absorbing the information easier. Reading the book I was also introduced to many others books, which of course I had to purchase, to add to my ancestor education. Reviews on those will be scattered over the next few months.

Healing Ancestral Karma provides primary sections on:

  • Getting Acquainted with the Ancestors
  • Making Contact with the Ancestors
  • Healing Ancestral Family Patterns

Within those sections he introduces readers to these topics and many more:

  • Making contact with your ancestors.
  • Contacting spirit and animal guides.
  • Energy, DNA, and Ancestors
  • Mediumship
  • Automatic Writing
  • Shamanism
  • Family Secrets
  • PTSD
  • Creating a family altar

I walked away from this book with some new strategies to work with ancestors and new ways to create rituals and family altars. Whether you have been doing energy and ancestor work for years or are just getting started, this book will contribute to your practice.

Would you like to explore more around the topics of Ancestral Lineage Healing? Join my Facebook group, Genealogy Ancestral Lineage Healing.

You can also explore my webinars and courses on ancestral healing topics on my Finding the Answers Journey website.

Would you like another opportunity to expand your gifts?

 

Register for this course here through 30 March 2020

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© 2020 Ancestral Souls