Today marks the end of the Celtic year, the eve of tomorrow’s Celtic New Year. It is the juncture between two halves of the year with the notion of casting out the old to move into the new. Samhain (Halloween) is when the veil between the seen and the unseen becomes thinner. It’s a time to reflect on those who’ve gone before us and to recognise the role they may have played and continue to play in our lives.
We were not born with a blank slate as we have been born into families whose lives extend back through generations. We inherit from them not just our DNA but also cellular memories from beyond this life. Our ancestral energy resides in our cells -an energy that has been programmed from the beliefs and attitudes that created the reality of those who walked the land before us.
The issues of the past that we refuse to deal with, will always tend to reappear as fate. Carl Jung
As families, we can inherit beliefs that have been handed down through the generations. For example, parents who didn’t follow their dreams and were disturbed from doing so, may pass this damage into their children by telling them not to follow their dreams and to be practical. When this happens, even if a child has a particular calling or gift, their belief prevents them from following their life’s mission. Even though they may get a “good” job they fail to follow what inspires them and may end up feeling frustrated and cheated. Another belief could be, that in order to succeed in life you need to work very hard. This can cause a child to feel their sense of value only comes from work and may affect their health and family life.
In some families, humour is outlawed, in others feelings are ignored or anger is controlled and secrecy is encouraged. All of our families carry scripts that run through our lineage. Sometimes these scripts are either consciously or unconsciously running through our energy body. For instance, we may have had a self- sacrificing grandmother whose lack of self -love was passed down to her daughter and then onto her own child. Unless those beliefs are unearthed and released, we stay bound by invisible cords to our ancestral patterning. This in turn affects our level of consciousness, our health and our destiny.
The imprints of ancestral pain, hurt and tragedies can prevent the healthy flow of energy in our body. They stay stuck at a cellular level in our energy pathways and unless dealt with, may find a physical manifestation through an illness. Unresolved traumas that have never been faced can pass down the family line. When a conflict is not resolved in one generation, it can pass onto future generations. So although we can work to increase our energy and to deal with our own emotional baggage we may have generational patterning imbedded into our cells. Trauma and unhappiness don’t just die with those who pass over.
Some symptoms of ancestral bondage include a sense of back luck in the family, an inability to move forward, compulsive behaviours, irrational fears, addictions, inability to forgive and rage. These imprints carry the frequency in which they were created in the first place and can even attract back to you the same people and places in an effort for them to come into consciousness. What may have been repressed in one generation is expressed in another as unresolved traumas that have not been faced tend to recur again and again. If alcoholism, suicide abuse and unresolved grief have been swept under the carpet, the next generation are left to pick up the pieces.
On my healing journey, I started on my physical healing which took place over several months. When I was physically well I began to look at ways of healing my emotional body. I recall telling one of my aunts that I was determined to heal my ancestral DNA. Fortunately ,the right teachers appeared at just the right time and I was introduced to the oils of Fragrance Alchemy.
These Fragrance Alchemy oils help to clear the blockages on the meridian pathways such as fear, guilt, shame, disappointment etc. By using the oils with the various meridians I was able to unblock the cellular memories that were preventing me from moving forward with my life. Genetically I take after my dad’s family whose past was fraught with conflict, fear and money worries. As I worked on healing my ancestral line I noticed that I was able to release not just my pain but the pain of generations past. I found that as I healed the past, it was easier for me to feel compassion for those who walked before me and to extend that same compassion to myself. I discovered that ancestral imprints are not fixed and impermeable as we can release them.
There is a wonderful line in a Course of Miracles that says "When I am healed, I am not healed alone.” When we change ourselves, we affect both the past and the future. We even affect our existing relationships with family members with whom we may have had a fractious dynamics. We can live the life we truly want.
Updated article 1st November 2018:
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