What If It’s Not Just You? Ancestral Trauma and Honoring Where You Came From

Conversations from the Heart - May 14th 2021

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Growth, Family, Healing

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

Where you come from is rooted deep within you, for better or for worse.

No matter where you go or how far you run, home will always call you back. For those of us that left on purpose, this can be really hard to face.

But, returning to basics and reconnecting with your roots can lead to some surprising discoveries.

In this week’s episode, Rachel has been looking into her ancestry and made a surprising connection. The forest she walks, the water she swims in, and the land where she has found peace, is the same land her ancestors lived on hundreds of years ago. Our ancestral roots run deep - deeper than our parents and grandparents. What does this mean for Rachel, who has been trying to heal familial hardships her entire life?

Our ancestry is found in our triggers, in our awareness, and in our reactions. It’s the plants we recognize from our childhood and the soup our grandmothers used to make. It’s who we are at our core, memories all interwoven on a land that both holds us and brings us to our knees.

But, can we say we’ve healed if we never return? Today’s episode will help you honor the land you come from and connect to a long line of ancestors that came before and are still looking to heal through you.

Key Takeaways

  • If you feel anxious or triggered but can’t find a source, there may be something deeper there. You may have been given a chance to heal something old and ancestral.
  • Return to basics whenever you can. Wash the dishes by hand, hang your sheets out to dry, and light a fire to keep you warm. There is a deeply primal part of us that longs for the simple things in life.
  • If you are struggling to visit the lands that you call home because of a complicated family relationship, remember that your roots are deeper than the trauma. Your ancestral land can be a place of deep healing as well.
  • If you are setting boundaries with complicated family members, the key to knowing when its working is when you don’t leave yourself - when you are still steady and feel secure and grounded in your boundaries.
  • If this episode sparked anything inside of you, take time to process and give it space. Journal for on what came up and let it out onto the pages in order to give yourself space to understand and heal.