Historical Fiction. A lot of people do not like this genre because they do not consider it “real” history. I quite enjoy it because I read a tremendous amount of “real” history every day for my work and personal growth. Sometimes it is nice to get lost in a historical fiction book, even if it is WWII based, and be exposed to new ideas. I appreciate it when the author does her or his homework and provides a bibliography or additional titles within their Author Notes. I know I am not the only person who explores things they had not heard of because they read about it in a historical fiction book.

The Paris Orphan by Natasha Lester

I read The Paris Orphan on Thanksgiving. It’s almost 450 pages and I could not put it down. I even stayed up late to finish it because I had to know how it ended, even though I had an idea, though hoped I was wrong.

This book is historical fiction inspired by the life of female model and war correspondent and photographer, Lee Miller.

The main character Jessica May is a model for Vogue and a photographer, who chooses to join the war effort and has to deal with discrimination, rape, abuse from the men in the military, a desire to do more than “be a pretty face” or someone’s “sex doll”. The author brings in real-life female correspondents like Martha Gellhorn, Hemmingway’s wife, Lee Carson, Iris Carpenter, and others as she weaves her magic with words.

Jess, like all other women during the war, had to prove themselves over and over. To constantly beg or demand for the opportunity to do the job they were hired for. To go where women had not gone before and help men realize they were fully capable of doing so. Jess and her colleagues also had to deal with traumatizing topics of life and war.

Jess is confronted during the war with the issue of not only hearing the Russians went through and raped German women, but also knowing the American soldiers were doing the same to French, Belgian, Dutch, and German women. We would all like to think none of our soldiers/family members could have done this, but we might be surprised at just how many did if the truth came out. Jess debates writing an article about this after being unable to stop a rape from happening. In the end, to avoid being kicked out of her job, she opts to wait until the war is over to write this particular story. The author raises a question in her reading guide about whether or not this was cowardly or brave.

She also fights her own battle with her male superior officer who tries in every way to make her life a living hell. Sadly, he usually succeeded. She and the other female correspondents all have to deal with his ego and imagined superiority. I wonder how many of our female ancestors, whether in military service or who worked any job outside the home during the war, dealt with these issues and never spoke of them.

While I have done a lot of reading and research on women in WWII – WACs, WAVES, WAPS, Nurses, etc. and knew of the discrimination they were up against, knew the rumors men spread about them being “easy” or “sluts”, the sexual abuse some endured, and how they had to fight for every opportunity even when they could do it better than a man, I knew very little about female war correspondents. I have researched some male war correspondents and photographers and have some books about them. It wasn’t until I read this book that a whole new world of research opened up for me. Thankfully the author provided several books in her notes that I can read.

Why are these topics and this book important?

The more I read this book, the more I admired the women who came before me. The struggles, abuse, trauma, and other things they endured to provide new opportunities for women in the future. I also realized there are many topics I still need to learn more about. Also, as I read, I felt sad because we still have a long way to go in how we view, respect, and treat women.

In 2019, women are still, around the world, fighting for rights, equal pay, and to not be viewed as sex objects because men can’t always control themselves. We are still fighting to be seen as equals. We are still fighting to have our bodies protected and not be told by men what we can and can’t do or how we can or can’t operate our bodies, and who can and can’t touch us. I sometimes wonder, how far have we really come since WWII? Sometimes it does not feel as far as we think we have.

This book and it’s topics also made me wonder what stories are within my family, like Jess’ that were hidden. Jess ends up enduring terrible things during the war, things she keeps secret until almost her dying days. Things she felt would protect her family and those she loved. I’m aware of the abuse that runs through the female ancestors in my family and I wonder if we acknowledge it happened and can work on healing it – how much we can change the world and ourselves.

My Invitation To You

I invite you to explore the deeper, darker, secretive stories of your family. To see if it is possible to discuss these topics with older family members and find out what their experience was. Knowing these things may help you better understand why family members are or were the way they are. To better help you understand the blessings and burdens you carry through your DNA and lineage. I also invite you to write the stories about this for your family. This doesn’t mean you have to share publicly, but get them down on paper so they aren’t lost. There are many lessons to be learned and healing to be done if we are brave enough to start the conversation.

Author’s Suggested Books – Further Reading

These are a few books the author put in her Author’s Note at the end of the book. She also included a reading guide which makes this book a great book for book clubs.

  • The Woman War Correspondent, the U.S. Military, and The Press by Carolyn M. Edy.
  • No Woman’s World: From D-Day to Berlin, a Female Correspondent Covers World War II by Iris Carpenter.
  • The Women Who Wrote the War: The Complete Story of the Path-breaking Women Correspondents of World War II by Nancy Caldwell Sorel.
  • Lee Miller’s Way edited by Antony Penrose.
  • Lee miller: A Life by Carolyn Burke.
  • Martha Gellhorn: A Life by Carolyn Moorehead.
  • Women War Correspondents of World War II by Lilya Wagner
  • Women of the World by Julia Edwards.
  • Where the Action Was: Women War Correspondents in World War II by Penny Colman.

What Do You Think?

What do you think about these topics? Have you explored them within your own family history? How have you been able to move beyond and heal the trauma of the past?

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© 2020 Ancestral Souls

We have made it to June 2020 and the world, especially America is pushing the dark into the light. This is making us all very uncomfortable. Unstable. Nervous. Scared. Pushing a lot of guilt, shame, doubt, anger, rage, hate, and other negative emotions to the surface. Some belong to us, some belong to our ancestors, others belong to the collective that we feel in our bodies, hearts,  and souls.

So what do we do with all this? How do we stay sane as the world is slowly deconstructed? All the things we believed were for our good are slowly being taken away. What will they be replaced with?

What energy are you primarily living in? Fear – which creates more of that in your universe? Doubt? Anger? Confusion? Grief? How are you exploring that and healing it?

In my new video I explore a huge realization I had last night – I am no longer ok with this life. I want out. I am no longer happy with the stories I’ve lived or tell and not happy with most of the characters, including the ones I’ve played.

When we reach that point, it is a step into complete freedom, which for most of the planet’s residents feels very scary. After watching my video – please share in the comments how you feel. What are you going through? How has your life and your ancestors’ lives or military histories affected how you process and deal with current events? I invite you to subscribe to my mailing list so you will receive more articles, resources, education, and tips on how to create your life in the new way this earth is being created.

 

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2020 is a year of intense change on the planet. It is what some call The Great Awakening as millions around the world wake up to the games that have been played for centuries. The lies told by the media and government to keep us divided, poor, unable to think for ourselves, to not care for our bodies & souls as we should, and wreak havoc and create trauma for everyone. The lies and manipulation and control of religion to make sure we follow whatever path has been laid out so those in power remain in power and the rest of us feel we have zero choices and are wrong or shamed for any choice we make outside the strict box.

As we sit here in June 2020, just one day after (I hope) all the worldwide riots and protests have stopped, it is time to go within and ask ourselves the hard questions.

 

Am I blindly following my ancestral beliefs and patterns?

We are a combination of our personal experiences in this life plus the experiences and traumas of our ancestors and the collective on earth. 

When we are born, we come into these bodies with our own knowing and beliefs. To fit in with our tribe we marinate in the soup of what our parents believe, how they behave, how our siblings, extended family, and society believe and behave. We learn to adapt to become part of the tribe for survival. Usually it isn’t until much later in life that we stop to explore WHY we believe all we believe and choose to behave as we do. At this point we realize we have a choice in how to create our lives and can let go of our family’s, society’s and the collective’s negative or destructive beliefs.

Each of those who came before us make many choices to survive, based on what they learned from their families, society, religion, and education. Over centuries of programming people into believing certain things – most people don’t even question their beliefs or behavior anymore. Those who are awake – do question.

Often those who are awake are seen as “crazy” or “stupid” or in need of mental health services because the questions we ask, the possibilities and magic of the universe of which we are aware, and the layers of lies we see, according to most people on the planet – couldn’t possibly be true. Therefore there is something really wrong with those of us who are awake and questioning. I mean, if we go against what the media, family, religion, education, government has told us over and over – we can’t possibly be right….can we?

Those who step outside of the box and think for themselves, question everything are often the loners in the family who have said ENOUGH! Enough of the negative patterns. Enough of the old beliefs that only hold me back. Enough of the lack mentality. Enough of not being allowed to be our full and honest selves. Enough of not being able to speak our truths. Enough of ignoring our intuition and invisible guides that surround us always. Enough of keeping people in our lives who do not honor us but only seek to shame, blame, and put us down.

Our ancestors may have not been allowed to do their inner work due to the times in which they lived, but we have a choice now. Moving forward, this will be one way to create our reality on this planet as the earth gets a consciousness upgrade.

 

So what do we do to stop the patterns?

It starts by acknowledging you are a POWERFUL INTUITIVE BEING. Go within and tune into your knowing. Start doing your healing and clearing work to more easily release the old patterns. Start speaking your truth and be true to yourself even if it means you lose family and friends. A new tribe will show up for you. Not all who cross our paths are meant to be in our lives forever. Some are there only for a season to be our greatest teachers to help us learn our harder lessons and become who we are here to be.

Also start ASKING QUESTIONS and RESEARCHING. Ask questions when your intuition tells you something is not quite right. Listen to your body and knowing. Then dig. Explore all those resources outside mainstream media or what social media has programmed you to believe are reliable sources (based on their agenda). Stop looking for the “experts” to only be those with an advanced degree. There are many people on the planet tuning into the universe who have information to share. Many who are in the know but can’t reveal their sources.

They say truth is stranger than fiction. Isn’t that the time we are living in? As more comes to light the rest of 2020, the truth will be stranger and more horrifying than fiction. I have wondered how many of my family and friends will need mental health services when the truth comes out. So many have chosen to label me as in need of services because I’ve tried to wake them up and keep honoring my knowing and do my inner work. But the reality is – I’m more equipped to handle the truth at this point and I do worry about the others who are not.

Do your inner work and honor your truth. I started my conscious spiritual journey 21 December 2012 when many on the planet woke up. Since then I’ve spent thousands of hours a year working on my inner stuff and healing the abuse and trauma in my lineage, with various teachers. I’ve also committed to a meditation practice which has increased tremendously this year. As hard as some of the things that have come up have been, I’m grateful I walked through the fire and was willing to look at the dark parts of myself and my lineage. Had I not – I think I would have been a mess through all the changes this year.

One thing everyone can do is continue planting seeds for those who are not awake. Tell your story and how you chose to wake up and question. How you chose to look at your family patterns and beliefs and let things go. Others will wake up this year as the truth comes out. Those of us who have been doing our work and shining our lights will be needed even more.  It will be a good idea to continue your self-care and spiritual practices and see where you can improve so you remain grounded and sourced as these changes occur.

Finally, we can thank our ancestors and family for their burdens and blessings, beliefs, life, and impact on our lives today. Without them we wouldn’t be here for an exciting time on the planet. One many of us have lived lifetimes for, always hoping peace and abundance would come. It will, be patient and continue doing your work. Shed the old ancestral beliefs and patterns.

 

Do you need support or resources?

I am here to help people explore their beliefs and shed old patterns. I have many ways to help you.

Explore my private facilitation session options.

Join my Genealogy Ancestral Lineage Healing Group.

Sign up for my newsletter & receive access to the free Finding the Answers Journey member area. Plus you will receive information about my soon to be released Ancestral Souls Healing Circle Membership. This will be a monthly membership in which we explore topics around personal and lineage healing.

Join my Roots & War Writing Group to start writing your stories.

© 2020 Ancestral Souls

There are so many ways to look at our genealogy and military family history in deeper ways than just compiling a family tree. The Genogram, a diagram outlining the history of the behavior patterns (as of divorce, abortion, or suicide) of a family over several generations, is one tool that can be useful to dive deeper into your past and also heal your present.

 

what does a genogram look like?

The best way to show you what a genogram looks like is to give you something interactive. View a short Genogram video depicting the Skywalker family from Star Wars.

how are genograms helpful?

Genograms can show us through various symbols showing relationships, births, marriages, deaths, patterns, and some biographical data, what is happening in a family at a point in time. Therapists use genograms to explore what a new client is dealing with at the time they start therapy. One nice thing about a genogram is it can be continually expanded as new information comes in or the therapy sessions continue.

So if this is a tool for therapists, why should family historians or those seeking to do self-healing use it? I use it because it shows the family patterns and issues we may not otherwise see. Sometimes a visual example is better than a story.

When I completed my genogram in December 2019, while reading the book Family Secrets by John Bradshaw, I was astounded and shocked that I was living pieces of my paternal grandparent’s lives. Not the blessing part of their lives but the burdens. Expanding this again in May 2020 I learned even more patterns I was carrying forward in my life and relationships, not only on the paternal side but the maternal side. John’s book helped me explore many aspects of my family history and he gives many examples of how family historians can use genograms in a simple way.

This knowledge created a turning point for me in which I had to choose to continue these patterns or allow them to surface and look at the dark side of my family and personal history. Look at the choices I’ve made unconsciously, that now I can bring to the conscious level and explore. What is working? What is not? What can I let go of or change? Do I still have to repeat negative or destructive patterns? It is all a choice.

 

Other uses of a genogram for self & family healing

Interestingly, this diagram can be used for so much more than behavioral patterns. We can map out the beliefs and patterns for an individual and family relating to the following topics. This information can help us explore our personal patterns and negative traits in relationship to different areas of our life. Looking at these areas can allow old patterns and inherited ancestral burdens to come out of the dark into the light to look at. Once we are able to look at these things, we can heal and release them so they not longer affect us or our ancestors or descendants.

  • Health history
  • Culture
  • Religion or Spirituality
  • Occupation
  • Ethnicity, Immigration, Migration
  • Business, Government, or other Institutional relationships
  • Play
  • Family Constellations

 

Would you like to explore this more?

Join my mailing list to be the first to hear about my new Ancestral Souls Healing Circle Membership, launching in June 2020. In this healing circle we will have monthly Zoom meetings to explore topics like this and other deeper genealogy and family pattern topics. When you join the mailing list you also get access to the free member’s area of Finding the Answers Journey, which is my course and webinar website.

Do you have questions or would you like to work with me? Email me at info@wwiirwc.com to discuss.

Disclosure – the book link is an affiliate link. I make a tiny percentage off the sale. This does not affect the price you pay.

© 2020 Ancestral Souls

The Shift Network is offering a new course by Dr. Judith Orloff. Have you read any of her books on being an empath or handling the energy? I have two of them and they changed my life. Her tools are easy to use, she explains things in a way anyone can understand and offers positive energy.

If you’ve not taken a Shift Network class, I highly recommend it. Each class has several weeks’ worth of modules, usually a healing or exercise is done each class, and there is a worksheet for continued practice or writing. Most offer a private FB group in which you can also discuss and there is Q&A after each session. I’ve found these classes so valuable.

Register today to watch the free 60-minute webinar.

 

Dr. Judith Orloff’s Keys to Being a Healthy Empath: Practices for Protection, Surrender & Listening to Your Intuition During Stressful Times.

If you’re an empath or sensitive person, it’s more important than ever to reign in your extrasensory “feelers” — and start using your special intuitive powers to attend to your own physical and emotional wellbeing…

… so you’re not energetically drained by the world’s suffering, others’ stresses — and your own emotional triggers.

On Wednesday, May 27, bestselling author and psychiatrist Judith Orloff, MD, will share how you can start building effective energetic protection skills and lean into the art of surrender —  to become unburdened of toxic energies and able to transmute your life experiences –– in a free video event, Dr. Judith Orloff’s Keys to Being a Healthy Empath: Practices for Protection, Surrender & Listening to Your Intuition During Stressful Times.

You can RSVP for free here: https://shiftnetwork.infusionsoft.com/go/khe/a21099

During this self-empowering 60 minutes, you’ll:

  • Learn about your brain’s mirror neurons, and how they activate both your empathetic predisposition and your gift for greater sensitivity and intuition
  • Learn what intuitive healing means for empaths and sensitive people… and how to access this gift
  • Discover the key to surrendering to anxiety and fear, and how thinking and feeling it doesn’t mean you have to take it on energetically
  • Discover the importance of energetic protection in accessing, enjoying, and sharing your intuitive gifts
  • Experience a guided meditation to feel into the power of surrendering, so you can gain trust in the moment and be there for yourself and others 

Judith teaches empaths, and everyone, how not to succumb to their triggers and all the cries of the world, and, instead, to listen first to their inner voice — what she calls the voice of energy.

To be a healer — for yourself and others — you need to feel your own strength. Judith can show you how to find this inner power consistently… through practices you can access quickly and easily. 

You won’t want to miss this special hour to start enjoying each moment and your unique predisposition for greater compassion, love, and a clear knowing that can help you and others heal.

You can RSVP for free here: https://shiftnetwork.infusionsoft.com/go/khe/a21099

Disclaimer: The link is my affiliate link and I make a small percentage off the sale of the course. This does not affect the price you pay.

© 2020 Ancestral Souls

In my continued study of topics related to personal and ancestral healing, through some conference I registered for online I received an email about a webinar by Troy Love, author of the book Finding Peace. A Workbook on Healing From Loss, Neglect, Rejection, Abandonment, Betrayal, and Abuse.

He had  a free offer of a 5-day email course and after watching his short video about the course, I signed up and then purchased his book.

Books have a way of showing up in my life when I need them or one of my clients needs them. This book showed up for the people in my writing group specifically I discovered, but also for my personal healing.

Troy’s workbook takes you through a group therapy setting in which he introduces the cast of characters and their personal stories. All stories and people are fictional. His chapters then take the group, week by week, through some deep healing. While upon first flip through of the workbook, you may think the worksheets are not that in-depth or “exciting” but they can create massive transformation and deep healing if you do the work.

Chapters:

Week One – The Group and Wound Assessment (Core wounds we suffer)

Week Two – Core Beliefs

Week Three – Core Emotions

Week Four – The Shadows of Shame (there are six

Week Five – Numbing and Mutated Emotions

Week Six – Faith, Hope, and Compassion

Week Seven – Tattoo Removal (the ink stains of core wounds in your heart and body)

Week Eight – Peace and Pain

Throughout the book and each chapter, Troy also has some graphics that clearly show how we start with core wounds and work out through a circle adding layers of beliefs, emotions, shame, etc. This is similar to what I’ve seen in other healing books and classes but presented differently.

I think it’s important to study different teachers and approaches because we will pick something up from one and not another. We all heal and process in different ways.

I recommend this book for anyone starting to look at their personal core wounds, beliefs, emotions and healing. This workbook is easy to use, the narrative he presents for his group meetings give many perspectives of wounds and family history and patterns. It allows us to take personal responsibility for our choices and also to see that we aren’t alone in our wounds and feelings.

Further, I think this book can be used for you alone or in a small group setting, as Troy has illustrated. If you can find a core group of people to work with, create a safe, sacred, open, non-judgmental space – I see this working well.  You do not need to be a therapist to use this workbook.  However, if you feel things are triggering too much, you should consider seeking professional help.

What books have you read recently that our readers might find helpful? Please share in the comments.

 

Disclaimer: The book link is an affiliate link and I make a tiny percentage off the sale. This does not affect the price you pay.

© 2020 Ancestral Souls

The current world circumstances have created many things for its citizens. Anxiety, fear, feelings of lack, financial difficulties, job loss or delay, mental health issues, and many other things on the “negative” side of the balance sheet.
On the “positive” side of the balance sheet, some people have chosen to take this time out from our old lives to create, explore, be curious about their lives, family patterns, genealogy, military history, and really looking at what they would like their life to look like when restrictions are released and we step into this new reality.

To help more people have the opportunity to work with me to help them explore their families, create something new in their life, or discuss other topics, the fees for my private facilitation sessions purchased in the month of May have been reduced.

 

what are facilitation sessions?

Facilitation sessions are an opportunity to work with me privately on any topic you need to discuss. This is not therapy. This is a combination of intuitive healing, energy healing, connecting with your higher self, Source/God/Creator/Spirit, and any other helpers who are there for your highest good. Throughout sessions I ask people a lot of questions they journal on later or meditation on. Sometimes there is “homework” for them to explore an aspect of what we talked about.

Clients have discussed topics such as: adoption, DNA, inherited trauma, creating a new business, relationships, meditation, healing modalities, choosing for themselves, removing blocks, writing, research, and more. The possibilities are endless.

 

You can watch a short video and explore the sessions  on the Finding the Answers Journey website.

sign up for facilitation sessions

There are three facilitation support options. Coupon codes expire 31 May 2020.

support resources

If you need support, I offer several options.

Facebook Group: Genealogy Ancestral Lineage Healing

Private Facilitation or Coaching: Finding the Answers Journey

Find me everywhere: LinkTree

© 2020 Ancestral Souls

As we navigate this worldwide purging, cleansing, and transformation on the planet, people are reacting in many different ways. Have you noticed this? It is almost as if people have forgotten we are allowed to be different. We are allowed to have different beliefs. This country was founded on people having different beliefs and we were given the rights to this. Yet, the longer the worldwide lockdown goes, the more division we see. The more anger, verbal abuse, and hate we see popping up online -from people who IN REAL LIFE would never say those things to us.

My role here is to invite you to question your beliefs and look at where you function from. Agree with what I pose here or don’t. Like the questions or don’t. Choose to shift into a different energy or don’t.  Keep me as a contact/family member/friend or don’t. It doesn’t matter to me. It’s all a choice.  You have a choice in how you live your life. I’m here to present questions and options. You do what you want. I’m going to create my life in a way that is true for my heart and soul whether you agree with how I do it or not.

It’s all a choice.

 

people have forgotten they have a choice

  • Have you noticed how people we once thought of as family who loved us react in abusive, hateful ways to things we say or post online because our beliefs and choices do not align with theirs?
  • Have you noticed how people we once considered intelligent critical thinkers follow the herd and fear based information and go after anyone who posts something that contradicts their beliefs?
  • Have you noticed people who are FB friends or contacts on other platforms who never interact with you are suddenly trolling your posts to just verbally puke on you because you don’t align with their beliefs? Do they get all excited over trolling posts? That’s a destructive energy they are playing in. Do you like that energy?
  • Have you noticed how people we thought were one thing (because we labeled them as such) are really so much more?
  • Have you noticed you are not alone in your beliefs – that there are people out there who get you and you can be a support to each other?
  • Is there anything else you have noticed I didn’t mention?
  • Have you been surprised at who has come out to attack you because you believe something different? Or that you share something alternative to mainstream media/herd mentality beliefs and brainwashing?
  • Have you noticed there is a serious divide about those who believe the herd mentality that EVERYONE should stay home because of a virus that is not as deadly as the flu BUT because the media told you it will kill you – you believe it? Have you noticed no one ever cared about the numbers of people who die on a daily basis NO MATTER WHAT is happening on the planet but are VERY upset about the virus deaths? Does this mean those other deaths never mattered?

you have a choice in how you react or respond

EVERYONE has a choice in how the react or respond to things that frazzle their brain. Create cognitive dissonance. Go against their ingrained beliefs. Yet with the domination of censorship and an agenda to create fear, division, hate, and anger on all media channels both online and offline, people have allowed themselves to be conditioned (brainwashed) into believing their way/beliefs are the only ones allowed. People in general stopped questioning things they intuitively know are wrong or go against their beliefs.

What else contributes to this? Constant violence and sex glorification/abuse we see everywhere we look. People don’t even question it most of the time – they just say PRAY FOR… rather than doing anything to change things. The violence and sex continue to create fear based responses and PTSD type triggers in us. It changes our bodies, brains, nervous systems, responses and reactions to things. Sometimes we don’t even realize it has happened until we blow up or get really sick because the programming of society has been a slow constant drip for decades.

No one questions it. But it has left people in fight or flight states often and they forgot they had a choice in how they respond, react, or live their lives.

We all have a choice in how we live our lives. Who we allow to be in our space. What choices we make. What we believe to be TRUE for us. It doesn’t matter what other people think.

 

how do we change this?

Change starts with each of us individually.

  1. We need to start looking at our own beliefs and responses. Ask the hard questions about WHY do we respond or react this way? What happened to us throughout our lives that created this “monster” inside us that feels it has to lash out at anything different?
  2. Ask yourself why you feel the need to troll people’s social media so you can “feel good” about how much hate and verbal abuse you spew at them because they disagree with what you believe. Get real with it and start to change it.
  3. Look at your family history. We all inherit trauma from our ancestors going back several generations. Sometimes our reactions to things are so decontextualized we don’t even know why we react or respond in a certain way. This is good to acknowledge and start to work on to release.
  4. We need to start doing our inner work to allow the dark parts of ourselves, the fear based parts, and the wounded parts to surface. Once things go from unconscious to conscious, we can look at them, heal and release them. DARK TO LIGHT.
  5. How do we do this? Some people rely on religion and faith. Others doing energy healing or spiritual work. There are more than a hundred different modalities to help shift your beliefs and energy and release the past. There are many different options and a lot of information online and in books and classes to explore.

We are moving into a new era of life on this planet. One in which we will have greater freedoms, greater choice, more equality, and more options to create the life we truly desire. The questions for you are:

  1. What kind of life do you really want to live?
  2. What kind of energy do you want to play in?
  3. What kind of people do you want in your life – those who help keep you in fear-based and negative living or those who help raise you up and support you to create something greater?

Please share this article widely so more people will consider their choices.

support resources

If you need support, I offer several options.

Facebook Group: Genealogy Ancestral Lineage Healing

Private Facilitation or Coaching: Finding the Answers Journey

Find me everywhere: LinkTree

© 2020 Ancestral Souls

Does the question I posted in the title of this article trigger you in some way? If so, then I have your attention. My target for this article is that you open your heart and mind and help you begin to question your reality.

As the world sits in their homes for the better part of the last month and a half or longer, we are learning a new way of BEING, THINKING, FEELING, HEALING, and CHOOSING. Many call this The Great Awakening. Many are choosing to exit the Matrix (a land where we are controlled, programmed, used as slaves for a select few.)

The old way is gone and will not return. We must ask ourselves, ‘What do I need to look at within myself to contribute to the changes on this planet? What healing do I need to do so we can go from dark to light? What are all the things in my life that have kept me under someone else’s control or have programmed me to believe things that aren’t actually true for ME? What are things that have kept the human race DIVIDED and in an energy of ANGER and HATE?’

 

“The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.” Morpheus in the movie The Matrix.

The choice to know will be yours. What will you choose?

I used Genealogy here as one of many ways we allow the matrix to control us. Divide us. Make us blind to the truth. We could substitute any number of things we enjoy or are involved in (Education, Religion, Politics, Exclusive Organizations, etc.

The main questions to ask yourself are, How does my participation in this [whatever you chose] keep me bound in the matrix? Or am I aware it is a tool and I can use it for other purposes?

Let’s explore both sides of this question.

Is Genealogy a tool of the matrix?

First of all, I’m going to give you only a few examples on both sides of this question. It is up to you to delve deeper and consider how YOU feel about this question. To wake up and make new choices about how you use genealogy, or any other hobby, job, religion, political affiliation, etc. to stay in the programmed and controlled state you are in. We are all in various stages of this, though many are breaking free of this and raising their level of consciousness to make new choices for the new reality we are moving into.

Before we dive in – remember – no one is perfect. These questions are asked for you to look at your beliefs and choices in a non-judgmental way. We all are here to grow and change. If we can stop judging ourselves and others, change comes much faster.

Yes

In what ways is genealogy a tool of the matrix and how does it keep us programmed and under control? How does genealogy potentially keep us divided and in a negative energy state?

Well, we have DNA research. Not only do large companies have our DNA, but if you’ve been paying attention the last several years, most have given access to many law enforcement agencies without user permission. You have to ask – who else did they give my DNA to?

While we are on the subject of DNA – the results may create division as we separate ourselves by race or into ethnic groups or regions of the world. This can become a “my ethnicity or region is better than yours” issue. It can also create division when people are unaware they have family of Jewish descent or who came from Africa. Racism and division has not gone away yet on this planet.

Race, Ethnicity, Gender. Next we can explore tools like the Census that require a lot of personal information from us and our ancestors that allows people to be grouped and divided. Even though many people recognize that during the largest immigration to the U.S. between 1880 and 1920, and even before that as waves of different ethnic groups came over – there was a lot of discrimination and division.  Remember how Irish and Italians were the “lesser people” until new groups immigrated?

This still happens today. It has been programmed into us whether we admit it or not.

Superiority Issues, Cliques, and Division. Have you noticed there are a lot of specialized groups available to those who fit a certain criteria? If you are willing to do the work to prove you belong? If you are willing to pay the fees to join? Think Mayflower Society, DAR, SAR, Daughters of the Confederacy, and there are so … many … more.

Have you ever considered why you choose to join these groups? What did they promote when they began? What do they stand for today? What do they promote? Why do we honor still today people and groups who promoted colonialism, destruction of native peoples, raping of the land, and slavery? Unfortunately within many organizations (genealogy or otherwise), if you aren’t part of the “club” you aren’t as valuable. Is that really the reality you choose to live in? Are those the beliefs you choose to have and promote?

Yes, these are hard questions to ask ourselves and until recently, people have not bothered to ask or been brave enough to ask. Even those people who are not affiliated with any of these groups – it is still in our DNA, passed down through our ancestors, a programming around race, colonialism, white bodied people versus everyone else. It is something everyone should look at within themselves.

Want to learn more about this specific question and the concept of White Supremacy? Read Resemma Menakem’s My Grandmother’s Hands, and open up to where all of this really came from and why people, even outside America, are still programmed to believe certain things about where we came from and who is “superior” and “worthy.”

No

Now let’s briefly explore the other side of this question. In what ways can we break free from the matrix and not allow genealogy to program and control us?

DNA Research. We can use DNA research in a more respectful way and push for companies to not sell or grant access but instead, use our DNA for what we signed up for.  We can use it not for division but inclusion and creation. What kind of world can we create where we see everyone as valuable and equal regardless of ethnicity, race, gender, etc.? What kind of world can we create where vaccines will not put a microchip in us to be used to control our every move and choice? Are you ready to give up your freedom? I invite you to do some research on this right now.

Race, Ethnicity, Gender. Rather than dividing people based on these things through genealogy research, why not embrace the differences? Each person, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, job, political or religious affiliation, are on this planet for a purpose. We are all valuable. We all have something to contribute.

Superiority Issues, Cliques, and Division. In this new reality we are co-creating through this “Covid-19” military operation, my hope is we will all make choices that break down the barriers that once existed where only certain people are valuable. My hope is that those who have created these cliques and divisions will re-evaluate. Let’s be honest – even as adults – most of us experience the “high school cliques” energy. Is that really where you want to play or is some greater more abundant, expansive energy available?

Where in your life are you in an energy of being superior? Where have you formed cliques that exclude others because of (race, religion, they don’t have the right pedigree, they don’t believe in x, y, z, they are the wrong political party, etc.?) Isn’t it time we go deep within and get honest about where we function from? Is it time to look at the organizations to which we belong and ask if they really promote the values we choose to live by? Do we really need to continue to create so much division in the world?

Let’s explore inherited trauma and the “bad” guys

Finally, let’s look at inherited trauma and the “bad” people in our families. There is a lot of energy being played with on social media where people think it is funny they have a criminal of any kind in their family tree. It’s a competition to see who has the worst offender. I question why this is funny for you and would you consider it funny if your descendants laughed at things you did? This energy is another way to create division and programming.

For those who are hiding their “bad” ancestors, I invite you question why? That which remains hidden or ignored still affects us. I’m not saying bring it out into the public spotlight but do your inner work and choose how and who you will reveal the information to when the time is right.

Rather than play in this energy of “bad guy competition”, can we stop and explore who this person was, what they allegedly did, and the possible reasons for their actions? Whether you believe it or not, their actions affect you today. Their DNA is part of yours. This is another way to exit the Matrix. Our ancestors made choices that we should not be judging. We were not there to understand and see the other choices which led to that final choice or action.

Not only do we have to look at that within our families and ourselves, but we also have inherited trauma that is passed down. The best studies on this have been with Jewish Holocaust Survivors and their children and grandchildren.  Their experiences, emotions, feelings, and whether or not they healed them, affect us today.

The problem is, our ancestors’ experiences and feelings are so decontextualized within our bodies and subconscious that when we are triggered over something that “shouldn’t be an issue” we don’t understand it and may react in negative ways.

Part of breaking free from the matrix is using our genealogy research and military research to go deeper into the lives and experiences and feelings of our ancestors to better understand what we carry in our DNA today.

That deeper work is what I have been focusing on with clients and myself for the last three years. We can use genealogy and military research to deprogram ourselves. To heal ourselves and our lineage in the past, present, and future if we choose it.

Question everything. choose something greater. create change in your life and the world. we are being given time to go within. we are being given an opportunity to create great change.

 

Do you need support in processing your genealogy and military research?

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Do you need help processing all the results you encounter as a professional? Especially if you work with a lot of death?

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During the exploration you may become aware of how your research clients may need additional support and resources to help them process the information you provide to them. Additionally, you may become aware that you also need help to process the sometimes heavier, more emotional work we do, which takes a toll on us mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.

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Facilitation sessions are available to help you learn how to assist yourself or your clients in healthier ways. In these 1-1 sessions, we will discuss what you deal with in your business. What your needs are. What your clients’ needs are. Where you need help. I will provide tools to help you explore what works best for you.

Learn more about facilitation sessions on the Finding the Answers Journey website.

Use discount code: 3HRFACILITATIONAPR20 to secure your discount. This is a $75 off the 3 1-hour package only. Discount expires 30 April 2020.

© 2020 Ancestral Souls