How often do we see family patterns that run through generation after generation.  It’s so common for new parents to gaze at their just born baby and try to figure out what characteristics the baby has.  Grandma’s nose, mum’s chin…

But there’s so much more to generational DNA than just the physical aspects.

I knew a family where the first born son died before the age of 30 in each generation.  Was that coincidence?  Was there a subconscious belief within the family line?

How often were you told that ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’ and have repeated the same statement to your child?  Even though you know it’s just a saying, why would you repeat that particular phrase?  Are you repeating the beliefs of not just your parents but their parents before them?

How often we do we hear ‘I don’t want to be like my mother!’, and yet… the similarities are scary!

The science of behavioural epigenetics is showing us that it’s not just physical appearances that we inherit from our ancestors, but also the traits, emotions, patterns and behaviours that they experienced.

“Like silt deposited on the cogs of a finely tuned machine after the seawater of a tsunami recedes, our experiences, and those of our forebears, are never gone, even if they have been forgotten.

They become a part of us, a molecular residue holding fast to our genetic scaffolding. The DNA remains the same, but psychological and behavioural tendencies are inherited.

You might have inherited not just your grandmother’s knobby knees, but also her predisposition toward depression caused by the neglect she suffered as a newborn.”  (Dan Hurley, Discover Magazine, June 2015)

Emotional trauma can span many generations, tracing through a family line, sometimes back to its very inception.

And it’s not just emotional trauma that we see coming through.  Biologist Michael Skinner showed that diseases showed up in fourth and fifth-generation offspring of mothers exposed to a chemical.  “What your great-grandmother was exposed to could cause disease in you and your grandchildren.”

Consider how a tree wrapped in barbed wire eventually grows around the wire, trapping it within the trunk of the tree.

In the same way, the painful experiences of our past become stuck energy within our body, trapped within our unconscious.  This  stuck energy can be passed down the ancestral line.

It’s not all doom and gloom however.  Positive qualities and traits come through also.  Imagine how tenacious and determined our ancestors were, just to survive at times.  Visualise what they went trough and how strong and focused that made them.  Despite their difficulties they may still have raised children in loving nurturing ways.

The good news is there are ways to remove or lessen the influence of ancestral inheritance.

Energy clearing releases the negative energetic ties and brings in balance and harmony to the entire ancestral line,  including those yet to come.  This is the greatest gift to you can give to yourself, your children, and your children’s children.

Another way is to focus on healing the ‘mother wound’.  This is a wound passed down from female to female in the family line through a patriarchal society.

If you look to your mother, and the females that came before her  you may be able to identify any patterns or behaviours or  traits that share a commonality between generations.

By clearing our ancestral behavioural history we can become as energetically clear as possible, enabling our children to enter the world without being hindered or restricted by the negative patterns and beliefs of those that came before them.

What’s vitally important is that we think about what we are passing directly onto our own children, whether our children are here or yet to come.

To heal we must know when we’re being affected by something that doesn’t even belong to us, or whether we’re enacting learned behaviour, or whether we’re defaulting into a behaviour of our own.

Is this something you’d like to explore further for your own family?  Click the button below and schedule a conversation with me.

© Wendy Tullis 2018
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