We carry in our bodies the stories, illnesses, tragedies, pain, and grief of our ancestors. Oftentimes we are unconscious of how the energy of old family wounds informs how we think and act in everyday life. This is why we see patterns of abuse, incest, addiction, poor health and many other traits passed down through generations. From a Shamanic perspective, these traits are seen as energetic imprints in our Luminous Energy Field (read Illuminations) or ancestral curses, which need to be cleared so the ancestral pattern ceases to inform our behavior or health. Modern science has just recently been able to identify what Shamans from ancient times have already known: trauma gets passed down through generations. Now with the science of epigenetics we know that trauma even shows up in our genes.

In my practice I have found that many people with traumatic family histories need ancestral healing for personal healing to occur.

Ancestral imprints may manifest as:

  • A debilitation belief or emotion which you share with other members of your family lineage
  • A pattern of bad luck (feeling the family is “cursed”) that consistently happens across generations
  • A particularly destructive behavior such as substance abuse, addiction or incest which runs through your family
  • Health problems or accidents that appear in “themes” along a male or female lineage. For example: men of the family having heart attacks in their mid 40’s or back injuries that befall women of the family at a particular age

Ancestral healing involves clearing the imprint from our body by integrating several different Shamanic healing methods. Generally this could include an Illumination, curse unraveling, extraction, soul retrieval and the spirit releasing of deceased relatives. Ancestral healing helps clear patterns in the family line – almost like re-working our DNA – and ends the cycle of suffering for future generations.