For over two decades I have explored the most cutting edge energy healing techniques from all corners of the globe as a private practice energy healer and teacher of shamanic and intuitive healing. What I found through my vast and varying experiences with clients, and exploring the most effective ways to assist them in healing the very core of their challenges, is that a majority of physical, mental, and emotional imbalances primarily originate from unhealed trauma energies, repressed emotional energies, and limiting belief patterning within an individual. During my years working with clients, I discovered time and time again that regardless of a person’s life experiences, the very deepest roots of these three factors nearly always led me back to ancestral trauma in some form. My explorations of the relationship between primary causes and the origin point of those causes led be to publish my book, Awakening Your Soul’s Truth, which outlines the relationship between limiting beliefs and our challenging experiences in life. The major concepts presented in the book explore ways to uncover limiting belief patterns that we may not be aware of, how they might be affecting us, and provides healing techniques for shifting these beliefs to an expression that is in alignment with our authentic self. Where exactly do these belief patterns come from though?
When we think about ancestral healing, we often associate it with “ancestral karma” and how that karma might be affecting us in some way. It might seem a bit ominous to think that we could be affected by the negative or harmful actions of our ancestors, or that we are being punished in some way for simply being born into a lineage. This perspective is a common one, yet it comes from a great misinterpretation of karma and its role.
Before we can fully understand ancestral karma, we must understand what karma is in general and what its role is. Karma is not about punishment, collecting points, or judgment. Karma is a fundamental law of the universe and can be thought of as the law of cause and effect. Karma exists outside of polarity, meaning that there is no good and bad, right and wrong, black and white, etc. Karma simply means that for every action or “cause” there are effects of that cause that are meant to bring balance to the original action. This means that karma isn’t something to be feared, it is really just a function of the universe that is meant to keep things in balance. It is no different than the laws of physics that we might be familiar with, such as the law of universal gravitation. If we fall out of a tree, we don’t think that gravity is punishing us by making us go down and eventually hit the ground, because we know that gravity is simply a law of physics and exists regardless of our relationship with it. Karma is the same way. It is simply the way things work, regardless of our relationship with it.
We all have traits that we inherit from our family members. We might be very aware of some of these traits – we might have Mom’s nose, Dad’s ears, and Grandma’s sensitive stomach. But what about the energetic aspect of our genetic lineage?
Not only do we inherit certain traits and patterns physically from our ancestral lineage, but we also inherit energetic patterns, trauma energies, and belief programs from our ancestry. We can be very deeply affected by the energies that get passed down to us through our genetic lineage as well as our soul lineage. From an energy healing perspective, it is essential to address the influences that these ancestral energies have in our lives and on our being. There are many limiting patterns, trauma responses, and even physical illnesses that can be primarily caused by unhealed and unbalanced ancestral energies that have been passed down to us. Ancestral healing works with these energies to heal these patterns on an energetic level, and transform dense and toxic energies that have been passed down from our ancestors into a more healed expression.
This type of healing work is transformational not only for ourselves, but for our entire lineage and all lineages we are connected to. Because of the multi-dimensional nature of our DNA and of our soul, ancestral healing work that we do on ourselves affects and heals the entire lineage. This means that all we really need to do is heal ourselves in order to share profound and transformational healing with our entire ancestral lineage.
When we think of ancestral healing and shamanic practices in general with regard to ritual, we may instantly think of indigenous ceremonies, ritualistic dancing and drumming, and even the use of plant medicine to achieve healing and connection. Looking at the various methods of ancestral healing taught in the West, these rituals are often based on a particular indigenous tradition or cultural practices that have been taught to or adopted by Western shamanic practitioners and healers. This is certainly acceptable, especially if the practitioner has had a direct learning and initiation experience within a particular indigenous tribe. Teaching the skills and techniques that they have learned through their personal experiences is absolutely what they should be doing to contribute their expression and wisdom to the rest of us.
It is important to understand, though, that shamanic and ancestral healing do not originate from, nor are they tied to any particular indigenous tradition, culture, or ritualistic practice. There are many great misunderstandings that come from thinking that this type of healing can only be legitimate or effective if it comes through the traditions, ritual practices, or instruction of an “authentic” source – meaning foreign indigenous peoples. In the Western world, we think that we must seek methods for this type of connection through another culture or tradition, primarily because we have lost or forgotten our connection to this wisdom and to our ancestors within our own culture. This leads us to believe that we must follow a ritual that we have learned to the letter or that we must have certain substances or “shamanic tools” in order for a healing to truly be effective. We have forgotten our own roots and our own power to heal ourselves through our personal and unique understanding of the universe.
You may have heard of the Seven Generations philosophy. Its historical origins can be traced back to the Haudenosaunee peoples of North America who live by the philosophy that we are all connected within a community, not only in our current lifetime, but generationally as well. This connection extends both forward and backward, and it is understood by these native peoples that any actions we take have a lasting affect, not only on individuals in the present, but on future generations as well. Those who follow the Seven Generations philosophy in their lives and in their communities prioritize the lasting effect of the decisions they make over the immediate effect. Living by this philosophy honors the wellbeing of all creation beyond the present time first and foremost.
While this philosophy can be historically traced to the Haudenosaunee peoples, it is a way of living that we see throughout many cultures, both indigenous and otherwise. So much so, that it has become a key principle in relation to sustainability and environmental protection. We even see “green” household products and energy companies using this term in their branding. In some cases, this is the philosophy that these corporations follow in their decision making, and in other cases it is simply a marketing tactic. Either way, the term “seven generations” has become very recognizable in mainstream western culture. Taking future generations into consideration when making policies and decisions is an important step to ensuring the longevity of our species as a whole, however there is also a deeper level to the Seven Generations philosophy that goes beyond physical practices and policies.