Intergenerational Trauma and Healing

What is talked about in these three videos has many implications for all sorts of trauma and for both individuals and oppressed populations in general all over the world. When we start understanding people’s pain and suffering from this perspective compassion and empathy for all sorts of things we might not have understood becomes possible. Compassion and empathy can heal us all.

Dr. Solanto discusses what trauma is, how the experiences of colonization “qualify” as trauma, how trauma might be transmitted across the generations, crime and other social problems as understandable responses to trauma and implications for healing individuals, families and communities.

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Trust your exhaustion. Take a rest. A nap. STOP. It’s okay. It’s good to listen to the body. *** Both silence and stillness can be found in all movement and noise as well… silence and stillness are foundational…we need not stop doing anything nor do anything in particular to find them. *** I’ve been spending… Continue Reading →

Trauma is inter-generational. Racism is a trauma that has been with us for many generations. #BlackLivesMatter

If you’re dealing with the trauma in your life and you’re denying racism you’re not really dealing with trauma. Trauma is inter-generational among other things. What white people did to black people in enslaving, murdering and raping them is still in the bodies of every ancestor.

That means the trauma of what we did to an entire population in this country is in the body if you’re black and it’s in the body if we’re descended from the white people who raped, murdered and enslaved the black folk who are still being harmed.

As white witnesses of white supremacist public policies it’s in every white person who has privilege. Yes, it’s in my body too. Own this shit and allow our beautiful black brothers and sisters to heal. Acknowledge that it’s still happening and get started. #BlackLivesMatter

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Waking After a Lifetime: Ingrid’s Voice

This bodymind named Ingrid has so much to say…and what seeks expression is not just for the sake of my own healing, but to serve as a beacon for anyone on a similar path, who needs to know they are not alone. Mine is a path of emerging from profound trauma, adversity, and lack, and of living in the world as highly sensitive, gifted, neurodiverse, and spiritually awakening. We are the people who so often find ourselves in the offices of professional helpers…and I will write for them, too, as it is imperative that those who would presume to walk with us, understand what actually helps…and be willing to challenge that which does not…even though this will take them straight into the heart of their own pain….

Trauma and the body

Trauma that is held in the body over time freezes…the healing process requires defrosting…it can be painful…physically and emotionally. Their is no separation between body and mind. The body is mind, the mind is body. So what is done to the body is done to the mind and what is done to the mind is done to the body. It’s a vibrant, synergistic relationship of oneness.

Courageously move forward (contemplations on healing)

Courageously move forward and into every feeling you ever were unable to feel due to oppressive circumstances. Feel them, let go and be free. Our nervous systems have recorded each and every instance of repression and denial. We have a store of tension from our ancestors as well. This store of repressed emotions, denial, violence etc is stored in our DNA. It is our “karma” …to be transmuted in this lifetime. …

Learned behavior (in the family) matters for mental health

We pass on our dysfunction to our children. We got our dysfunction from our parents. We’re all in this together. We, now, can choose to break the chain as we become conscious and change our own behavior. We need not blame ourselves for how we find ourselves. We really need not blame anyone. We can, however, by recognizing it, start to change the pattern and free future generations. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Ancestral Healing

What Jung calls “participation mystique,” is the deep enmeshment that can happen in intimate relationships when an individual doesn’t do the inner-work to heal their unconscious pain. The wounds get passed through the generations, metastasizing through our relationships and literally shaping our children’s lives. The sickness will stay in the family tree until someone in the outer branches has enough support and awareness to face and move through that ancient grief. … [click on title to read and view more]

Restoring the Body: Yoga, EMDR, and Treating Trauma

“Trauma really does confront you with the best and the worst. You see the horrendous things that people do to each other, but you also see resiliency, the power of love, the power of caring, the power of commitment, the power of commitment to oneself, the knowledge that there are things that are larger than our individual survival. And in some ways, I don’t think you can appreciate the glory of life unless you also know the dark side of life” … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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