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Inter-Generational Trauma

INTER-GENERATIONAL TRAUMA

What is Inter-Generational Trauma?
Have you ever heard of intergenerational  trauma?  Until I became a Psych-K® practitioner I’d not really thought about it.  Now, I can see that it is effecting pretty much everyone – in one way or another.

If we don’t have the opportunity to heal from our traumatic experience, we may unknowingly pass them down to our ancestors through epigenetics.  Our behaviour will also assist with ensuring that the effects continue through generations.

What does that mean exactly?  It will be different for every person.

For example, my father was born in Germany in 1942.  From conception to his birth, he was living in a very uncertain and dangerous time.  His early childhood years were full of fear, violence, hunger, uncertainty.  Until he escaped and immigrated to Australia in 1956, his life was one big story of stress.   Imagine then coming to Australia, speaking only Hungarian (long story there) and having to settle, learn the language and start a new life.

How has this effected me?  All of the things he dealt with have been imprinted on my genes – which is epigenetics.  It doesn’t mean my DNA or Genes were changes.  Just that I am likely to have tendencies, genetic memories, possible health situations from this that are different to other people.  It could effect health, stress factors, feelings of safety.

It’s also interesting that I react to certain things that I know have never been experienced in my lifetime.  For example watching a documentary and knowing I”d been there.  Or having a reaction as if I had experienced exactly that.  Strange but it seems, pretty normal given the new research emerging.

Thinking about entire cultures puts a new perspective on what people are experiencing. According to Australians Together, Indigenous people in Australia have experienced trauma as a result of colonisation, including the associated violence and loss of culture and land, as well as subsequent policies such as the forced removal of children. In many Indigenous families and communities, this trauma continues to be passed from generation to generation with devastating effects. Research shows that people who experience trauma are more likely to engage in self-destructive behaviours, develop life-style diseases and enter and remain in the criminal justice system.

The high rates of poor physical health, mental health problems, addiction, incarceration, domestic violence, self harm and suicide in Indigenous communities are directly linked to experiences of trauma. These issues are both results of historical trauma and causes of new instances of trauma which together can lead to a vicious cycle in Indigenous communities.(1)

This kind of issue can be seen in any colonised culture as well as cultured who have endured war, slavery and any types of genocide.

The more you look at it, there are so many issues of trauma across most cultures. 

How does this trauma effect us?

Given how far back this goes, pretty much all of us have our own trauma imprinted on our genes.

When you really think about it, it’s quite scary to think that every single thing that has happened is technically still with us now.  From Religion, to how women have been treated, to ego driven power plays. This is all still with us. 

It also doesn’t have to go back that far – it can be something from your parents.

A few of the areas it will effect are:
  • self worth
  • feelings of safety
  • health
  • forgiveness
  • trust
  • feeling worthy of
  • love
  • stress
  • anxiety / depression
  • food issues – eating too much, not eating enough
  • hoarding – particularly if you were without for so long
  • not feeling settled
  • unable to relax – feeling jumpy
  • having a scarcity mindset
Really this is just a small list.  The issues are very complex and will be different from one person to the next.

If you are a person who has or is going through trauma, there are ways you can heal this now – BEFORE passing it down to the next generations.  Not only are you healing yourself but your children and so on.

How to heal from the trauma

With Psych-K® we can work on that trauma and change your belief system.  This will quickly and easily replace a belief and help you to let go of the shackles and really live.
With an experienced Psych-K® facilitator, you will be able to replace all of the feelings and beliefs mentioned about such as:
  • Safety
  • Self worth
  • self love
  • forgiveness
  • money blocks
  • having enough
  • self confidence
  • self respect
By changing these fundamental beliefs, you will be able to move forward.
These will also help:
1. Healthy Diet: Eat more nutritious foods and limit processed and junk food. What you put in your mouth has everything to do with what goes on in your head.
2. Physical Activity: Move your body. After sleep, exercise is the best thing you can do for your brain.
3. Challenge: Regularly push your brain out of its comfort zone.
4. Novelty: Enrich and grow your brain by exposing it to new things daily.
5. Laughter: Be playful and have fun. Your brain loves to laugh and it’s good for it.
6. Connection: Maintain intimate, close-knit human bonds. Your brain needs to be connected to others. (2)
 
For more information on Psych-K® or to make a booking, please send me a message.  There is information here on my website.  I’m also available for a FREE 15 minute discovery call to see if it is the right fit for you.   
You are not alone in your healing journey x
 
References:
(1) https://australianstogether.org.au/discover/the-wound/intergenerational-trauma/
(2) https://upliftconnect.com/heal-your-brain-by-reversing-generational-trauma/
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