Ancestral Trauma

Back in January 2020 I wrote a post about healing our ‘ancestory’ , which was pre-covid and pre the rolling lockdowns and lock-outs we’ve seen globally. You can read the original post here.

Not long after that life took, for many, a very unexpected turn and we found ourselves living a dystopian movie-like existence.

What has arisen through the difficult months since has been a strong focus for many people on family and ancestry, and depending on how you look at life they are not necessarily the same thing.

In clinic over the past 12 to 18 months and very noticeably in the first half of 2021, it seems like every second patient has presented with trauma in some form on some level, frequently about family, which makes sense given what we’ve all been through over recent months, but also in other forms.

The stories around dealing with our childhood and ancestral trauma have also been coming up frequently in the media over this time and of course many of those traumatised have keep silent or been silenced for years, if not decades, of their lives.

Why has this trauma come up in such a big way now?

Is it that many of us have had a lot of time to sit and think?

Is it that we feel the need to heal the dis-ease that has arisen over the  months of being cut off from family and friends, from our buddies at yoga, from our book club – because the on-line connections are really not the same.

Or is there something more, something deeper happening?

Perhaps the time has come for many of us to throw off the taint of our ancestral trauma and step forward to become whole.

Who are our ancestors?

This is not a trick question with answers like Grandma Mary or seven times great Grandpa Fred Smith who fought at the Battle of Waterloo … although of course it can be and often is!

The connection may of course be back up the line and have the appearance of being obvious when we see things like history of adoption, mental health issues or suicide running through a family.

There may also be things which are perhaps less obvious like history of fathers leaving their children over a number of generations and the hidden secrets that exist within families such as incest, illegitimate children or similar.

A lot of these secrets are deep and dark and there is frequently much shame and guilt around what has been perpetrated. Often we don’t know the details but empaths and intuitives often sense the energy of the secret.

Ancestral trauma may also arise where an individual is part of a group which has perpetrated or experienced trauma – child abuse, religious or racial persecution or similar – where they were or are a part of the overall group experience. This might be in this lifetime or it might extend back up a line.

What do we inherit?

Well apart from the obvious, homeopaths love to talk about the “miasmatic taints”, which in my language is really the family inheritance, but can also extend to a taint that has been inherited through a partner.

So it could be obvious things like asthma, allergies or arthritis, but it can also be the things that are hidden; what I call “secrets and lies”, which I’m sure you’ll understand if it applies to you.

Many of the miasmatic taints recognised by the father of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann who lived through times before antibiotics (1755-1843) arose from the chronic states of the time; syphilis, gonorrhea, scabies. Since Hahnemann’s time we’ve also added tuberculosis and the cancer miasm and Rajan Sankaran proposed a network of other miasms including malaria and leprosy, so you can see where this is going. Each miasm has its own unique picture and under the umbrella of that miasmatic taint we then see mental, emotional, physical and spiritual states.

There is much written about miasms, but the miasm we want to focus on here is the energy of the syphilitic miasm.

Syphilism or the state of humanity best exemplified by self destructive tendencies actually represents well the state of our world, as well as some people individually. It can also relate to conditions which are hidden or destructive such as some cancers, bone conditions, chronic teeth issues and major mental health issues, including a tendency to suicide. Interestingly there has been something of a resurgence in syphilis globally in the past 20 years, perhaps due to antibiotic resistance.

“If I were asked which is the most destructive of all diseases I should unhesitatingly reply, it is that which for some years has been raging with impunity … What contagion does thus invade the whole body, so much resist medical art, becomes inoculated so readily, and so cruelly tortures the patient ?”  Desiderius Erasmus, 1520. *

In Australia, where syphilis was introduced to aboriginal communities by the white man’s interactions with the women, this has lead to chronic and deep-seated health issues. It also covers the hidden secrets of sexual abuse, the suppression of culture, and often the result of these sorts of secrets and lies is alcoholism and suicide, among other things.

Syphilis does not want to be seen, it is the great disguiser and if we think back to, for instance, Tudor times in England (circa 1485 on) when there was frequent and active syphilis in the community, sufferers attempted to hide the condition with clothing and fragrances in it’s early stages!

Mercury, the great syphilitic medicine and early homeopathic remedy, was used to treat the condition and once we had antibiotics, it could be completely suppressed. But what happens when we suppress rather than encouraging the body to heal and rebalance, is that things go inwards and now we see different more chronic, more insidious problems on all levels which may not be revealed until a much later stage.

What may come up in clinic where the syphilitic miasm is active and deep is that the client may not want to go there. Not because they are aware of a syphilitic connection, but just because of the depth and darkness of the taint which has permeated the generations.

These heavily syphilitic cases frequently harbour ancestral issues.

But this syphilitic taint can also be extremely positive if we can turn towards the light, towards healing; enaging in burning away what is no longer viable and destructive and helping create something positive and purposeful through a shift in the energy.

Could our homeopathic remedies which address these miasmatic taints actually be considered ‘re-balancers’ and the miasms themselves be viewed as both positive and negative influences to work with and learn from, rather than factors to be negated or eradicated?

A Bit of Sciency Stuff

While I was putting this post together one of my homeopathic colleagues posted an article about miasms and whether we were creating a new miasm through the time of Covid19. She shared some great links which seemed very relevant to this article on how many generations things pass down a family.

Genes Load the Gun, Environment Pulls the Trigger

Genes Load the Gun, Environment Pulls the Trigger! So relevant to our current world.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) themselves state that genetics account for only 10% of disease, with the remaining 90% owing to environmental variables. And again what are environmental variables if not things we’ve done that no one care about or considered the implications of, that maybe have been hidden and which have come back to haunt us and affect our health and our lives now.

Some of the other points she shared:

  1. An article published in the Public Library of Science One (PLoS One) entitled “Genetic factors are not the major causes of chronic diseases ” cites that chronic disease is only 16.4% genetic, and 84.6% environmental.
  2. Maternal undernourishment during pregnancy leads to neonatal adiposity, which is a predictor of future obesity, in the grandchildren.
  3. The impact of epigenetics is also exemplified by research on the intergenerational effects of trauma, which illuminates that descendants of people who survived the Holocaust exhibit abnormal stress hormone profiles, and low cortisol production in particular.

Furthermore science is now exploring how far a generational taint can reach, meaning that what you do today affects not just you and your health, but your future generations. And a rather scary but hopefully not totally relevant study on some form of worm showed traits imprinted by the environment (or the researcher in this case) could be carried on through 14 generations!

You can read the full post here. It is directed at practitioners but some of the links are interesting to follow.

Diving Deeper

In current times, where we are seeing the awakening to different concepts of life, time and spirituality, this idea can be a little more esoteric and many would immeditely think in terms of ancestral trauma in or through past lives or previous incarnations and we are also now talking about parallel lives, which may be a new and complex subject for many.

While many of you beautifully well-grounded folks may sniff at this, there is plenty of concrete evidence and science, particularly through research undertaken in India around reincarnation, for this to be a reality.

So an example of this might be those people who have experienced trauma in past or parallel lives (as an individual or as a group), who have made a pre-incarnational choice to work through a similar experience consciously in this lifetime, in an effort to break the cycle for future generations. Or perhaps they have chosen to work with people who have lived through a similar experience in an effort to understand and heal at that point in the line.

What about spiritual ancestry?

This is a big topic and depends on where you are in your life beliefs and understanding. So we might look at this as being related to our family’s history as Jews or Hindus or perhaps as Christian missionairies.

But I suspect if you’ve read this far you are probably thinking about our connection with spirit or source, yes about reincarnation, but probably more on a path of spiritual realisation – where we’ve come from and where we want to go – rather than where we lived when we were last here.

Like the DNA that is part of us as a physical being, the record of our spiritual ancestry is less susceptible to being lost over time. I was looking for a way to explain this without it sounding too weird and wacky – although for those of you new to the concept it’s probably going to anyway.

This explanation comes from a website talking about Indian culture which I thought explained it rather well.

“Spiritual inheritance comes in two forms – smriti (oral word) and shruti (written word). Both forms have their significance, but the former is less susceptible to being lost (or destroyed) as it is preserved in the hearts and minds”.

And the Akashic Records?

This then leads on to the more esoteric idea of the akashic records and what went before our current lifetime and what comes after or is running parallel.

In the akashic record (see the definition below) is held all of the data of all our experiences and lives – past, present, future and parallel – which we may draw on in our effort to reach spiritual enlightenment and to become whole.

Wiki def: Akashic records: In theosophy and anthroposophy, the Akashic records are a compendium of all universal events, thoughts, words, emotions and intent which have occurred in the past, present or future in terms of all entities and life forms, not just human.

Why are we exploring this topic?

As the years go by people are become more and more self-aware and are ready and willing to share their stories in order to heal. My concept of this is that while we’ve been singing about being in the Age of Aquarius since the 1960s, we are really only moving fully into it now. According to one astrologer I was reading recently, the Age of Pisces which preceded this time was the era of Christ and Christianity. In the Age of Aquarius, we are moving into an age of enlightenment where people start to think for themselves, to question and to care more for each other and the planet than for profit.

5000 years ago the ancient Hindu scriptures predicted the four ages of man. Currently we are deep in the age of the Kaliyuga which if you want to read more was written about so long ago as if they had been standing in our present times! One could say it’s not looking good, but if you look outside the social media and news feeds, which are filled with sensationalism and fear, we can see the communities building and the kindness for people and the planet filtering through.

Part of this moving towards more enlightened times means a change in the energy that we are living in and through. You might remember a lot of talk up to 2020 about the change from the energy of 3D to 5D, which basically meant raising our vibration, becoming more aware, shaking off the ties that bind and living a more centred life. And shaking off those ties means seeing the world as it really is, looking beyond the veil and in this bigger picture of our lives addressing any trauma – this life, past life, parallel lives – that is holding us back.

We don’t need to cut the tie with our trauma just for mental and emotional resolution, but in order to move forward with this new energy that is presenting itself. If we are still dragged down and eaten up in focusing on negative or distressing events, how can we play our part in the events that are unfolding, how can we heal for the generations to come?

We are now moving away from the focus being solely on the self and moving towards the focus being on community for the benefit of all. And the feeling is definitely there in the majority of the people I see in clinic that they need to “get over it and get on”. They feel they have spent their whole life with their trauma as their only focus and that is proving to not be a positive or beneficial existence moving forwards – more of a groundhog day from which there seems no escape.

How it looks in clinic

One of the benefits of this inner-seeking is that it allows people to share more generously and in more detail and as the practitioner we get a feel the energy of the ‘dis-ease’ we are looking at. Sometimes this comes out as a torrent of grief or emotion, like a flood with the chaotic bobbing of flotsam and jetsam that has to be dug through. But more often these days I’m finding the core of the problem is clear in energetic terms, allowing clarity in the selection of a remedy to cut this cord which binds us to our trauma.

Not every case is going to need to go into this depth of detail, but there are those cases where the patient has spent their life trying to resolve their issues, visiting many therapists, undertaking programs, and perhaps doubting they can ever be well. These cases are the cases where the story may present in pieces like a puzzle, where connections are made and where we look back to see what is holding this person in this space.

Generational issues, such as trauma down the female line, is increasingly being identified and while one could dwell (as I have done personally) on that story, perhaps the better place to dwell is on what that story tells us we need to do or move towards. Perhaps it’s to become a more resilient woman or a more devoted mother, but for each of us in addition to the energy of the trauma, there is the seed of possibility.

Where does homeopathy fit in?

Through this recently increased process of people exploring their issues deeply and searching for tools to bring resolution, people are also beginning to understand the deep healing power of homeopathy, a modality I have always termed a “tangible tool for transformation”.

Homeopathy certainly has its part to play whatever your views are on this process and homeopaths have always had a big interest in the family and ancestral issues that seem to dominate in some cases. It doesn’t really matter what the cause might be, it’s more about how it impacts our life and how we experience whatever our part in the story is.

I often find in clinic that there is a sense that someone’s story relates not to their connection back through their genetic ancestry but to a different place and time. That’s a sense, rather than a reality, but as I said above what we look at is how this experience is playing out in life.

We may see ten clients who are dealing with some sort of trauma which we may term “ancestral” but their story and the energy that goes with it is likely to mean that these ten clients may each receive a different remedy aimed at shifting the energy of what’s going on. We don’t need to work out the cause, we don’t even need to know the details of the story – and sometimes it is too painful to recount yet again – but we can feel into the energy of the story to find a similarly resonating remedy to bring about change.

A quick note on the Power of Potency

Now, homeopathic potency – or where the remedy resonates – is a complex thing, probably in the realms of quantum physics. People often talk about a 10M being stronger than a 200c, but that’s not actually the case. It’s more about what level that remedy resonates on and how deeply it will act for the client you have in front of you. So some people might find that a good old 30c will help them a lot, because this is where they resonate, but what I’ve noticed recently is that I’ve gone from happily giving out 1M and 10M potencies for this level of dis-ease, to needing to use super high potencies such as 10MM (10 millionth dilution) or 50MM (50 millionth dilution).

People are sometimes worried about taking these super high potency remedies. We often talk in homeopathy about aggravation when we first take a remedy and it does a bit of a rebalance within the system. But what I’ve observed with these super high potencies is that actually we have less aggravation than with some of the lower potencies, and this says to me that this is the right level for these people to be working at.

Jill Turland, an Australian homeopath, wrote a book on these super high potencies called Getting Back on Track with Megapotencies which I first read around 2008 and it struck a chord. The time now feels right for some people to address their life story by using these potencies to deal with locked in trauma from a variety of sources and events.

The remedies I am using most frequently in these super high potencies, some of which Jill touches on in her book, are often the very common homeopathic remedies; Arnica, Aconite, Staphysagria and my oldest and most favourite, Natrum Mur for all that grief for self, for family, for ancestry and for planet.

This doesn’t mean that everyone is going to need and only benefit from the megapotencies and it really is down to your own homeopath to determine this, knowing you as they do. For some people these potencies are not going to be necessary to shift underlying and deep seated issues, but there are certainly people coming forward who are ready to delve these depths.

No matter what remedy we choose, the remedy is selected to treat Jane or Bill, not just anxiety or heart disease or grief. When we work at this level, we are always treating the whole person and not just their symptoms.

Remedies can bring those “aha” moments where we make connections, where we realise this isn’t just about us, that these symptoms we’ve carried around for years or a life time don’t belong to us alone. We may recognise that they are something we have carried through for our family, perhaps because we are the ones who will break the link of sickness or madness or shame. And it doesn’t have to be homeopathy that does this, but it does need to be something deep reaching and dynamic.

Sometimes a single remedy can do the job to clear the debris of aeons. The homeopathic manifesto is to “find the simillimum”, the remedy that fits the whole picture, and we are told this will heal the whole case. I’ve certainly had cases like this, those perfect examples of how amazing homeopathy can be, how people really are ready right at that moment to heal. But homeopathy, like life, can also be a journey and if we are looking at a history of “dis-ease” which stretches back over generations and through time, it may take some work and undertanding and more than one remedy to peel back the layers of the onion to get to the core – a favourite phrase of homeopaths everywere!

 

Resources:

Colin Griffiths Homoepath: https://www.griffithpractice.co.uk/about-us/

*https://jmvh.org/article/syphilis-its-early-history-and-treatment-until-penicillin-and-the-debate-on-its-origins/

**https://hpathy.com/homeopathy-papers/is-there-a-new-miasm-in-the-making/


Melanie Creedy originally trained in the UK in the early 1990s and holds a Bachelor of Health Science in Homeopathy. She is registered with the Australian Register of Homoeopaths (AROH) and is a member of the Australian Homoeopathic Association.

Melanie has used homeopathy for 35 years and has been in practice since 1998. Her physical journey began with poor health from childhood, leading her to explore natural therapies. Her journey with homeopathy has seen her run a general homeopathic clinic and The Children’s Ear Clinic in Western Australia, but always the esoteric side has been strong and clear. Her tree change to beautiful Tasmania brought about several ranges of Essences created in the garden at Wyldwood and spread the word to a wider audience.

Melanie’s spiritual journey started long before that and she certainly remembers a deep interest in God when she was under 10 years old. That journey has taken her through an exploration of many facets of spirituality, to a point where she realised her path had to be her own and her walk was alone. As a deep thinker and a passionate blogger, many of these thoughts become blogs in an effort to demystify the myths which are created by so called ‘gurus’, looking to hold the attention of a seeker.

Melanie works with people on their life or spiritual path in relation to physical, mental and emotional issues which are often part of our ‘soul choices’ for this lifetime. Her approach is simple but deep, grounded, thoughtful and pragmatic. Not too much airy fairy speak going on here, just a drawing together of the strings of your life.

She was Vice President and Professional Development Coordinator of the Australian Homoeopathic Association from 2011 to 2015 and editor of the AHA National Newsletter from 2012 to 2020.

Homeopathy is a traditional medicine. It may be used in conjunction with other medicines. For any ongoing chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined by your healthcare professional or specialist. Always seek medical advice in emergencies. The information provided in this blog does not constitute medical advice but is for information only. If in doubt as to the appropriateness of a suggestion or treatment seek advice from your homeopath.