HOW PAST LIFE AND ANCESTOR TRAUMA CAN AFFECT OUR CURRENT LIFE
The idea of reincarnation is that after death, an individual may be reborn into another body. This idea has existed in various religions (Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism – all of Indian origin) for at least 3,000 years and in many ancient cultures for much longer – such as Shamanism, Druidism, Native American tribes and Norse mythology.
Although other major religions do not believe in re-incarnation per se, particular groups within them do, such as Kabbalah. A proportion of people from all religions believe in reincarnation irrespective of the teachings of their faiths.
In the USA and Western Europe, studies have shown that 25% to 30% of people believe.
Philosophers such as Orpheus, Plato, Pythagoras and Socrates believed, as did other prominent people such as: Benjamin Franklin, Napoleon Bonaparte, Henry Ford and General George S. Patton.
Re-incarnation is a belief that each of us goes through a series of lifetimes for the purpose of spiritual growth and soul development. It’s closely linked to the concept of Karma – a Sanskrit term relating to cause and effect, more about that later.
Before we are born, we pre-plan our new life with our Soul Group; (A family of Souls that move through all our lifetimes together, sometimes playing different roles, like your Best friend, Mother or Sister). You communicate to them what you want to learn and they attempt to guide us towards our goals, by merging your plan with theirs. However on the day of our birth, the memory of that plan is lost – this seems counterintuitive, however there is a reason. We would, if we could, steer clear of all “planned” painful situations, let’s face it, pain is probably our greatest teacher – but if we could, we’d avoid it like the Plague! Yet, we do receive guidance, and we call it: - emotion and intuition. In simplistic terms, we know when we are on the right path, because it feels good and when we are on the wrong path it feels bad!
So how can your past life experiences affect you now in this lifetime?
I believe that all past life experiences can have power over the way we live our lives. The experiences we face in our past lives create a focal point that we look at our current life time from. For example, if you were a slave in a previous life, you may feel that in this life time you are not valued or you may have a desperate need to be independent!
People often carry over the same behaviour patterns, traumas, skills, talents and beliefs from one life to the next. I’ve always called these "soul-imprints".
And then we have the concept of Karma, the memory of our souls. Karma is the baggage your soul carries on its journey through our different lifetimes. This never gets lost, which means you're stuck with it until you open it up, resolve and heal it.
Without even knowing it, you could be experiencing karma that was created many lifetimes ago. What we didn't finish or experience then, we come back to experience or finish now. Karma places everyone into your life for a reason, and karmic relationships will play out as planned, despite your best efforts. Karma is the consequence of past actions and the opportunity for healing and balancing in the present. It is a balancing action that offers us chances through life circumstances, situations, and relationships to learn important spiritual lessons.
So discovering the particulars of your past lives in detail can have an enormous effect on understanding and therefore improving your current life, it can also encourage us to go deep into our psyche and understand who we are and what our overall life purpose is.
Generational / Ancestor Trauma
There is a famous saying: The sins of the father will be visited upon the son, and this couldn’t be truer when trying to understand our Ancestor/Generational trauma. Generational trauma is a traumatic event that began decades prior to the current generation, and has impacted the way that we understand, cope with, and heal from trauma.
In simple terms, Trauma can be described as an experience that happens in an individual’s life
that creates serious harm, whether that’s physical, mental, or emotional. It can be deeply disturbing to the individual and can cause them to feel out of control.
When we think about our Worlds history, there are many groups that come to mind that have been affected by generational trauma such as descendants of African Slaves, Native Americans, refugees, those that have experienced substance misuse across generations, those who have survived childhood abuse or neglect, and family members of Holocaust survivors, just to name a few.
Current scientific research shows what mystics and shamans have known for centuries: that we inherit the wounds of our ancestors. In fact, “tendencies” in our DNA can go as far back as seven generations! The power of these ancestral wounds requires honour and attention; some may require healing. Ancestors can pass down addictions, obsessions, and behaviour patterns as easily as eye and hair colour!