Science now shows that the unresolved traumas of our ancestors gets passed along to the future generations through changes in the DNA and how it is read within our bodies. Stress and traumas that have not been resolved result in alterations to the chemical tags attached to the DNA that turn genes on or off, which affect what will be expressed within that person.
So you can be borm with a tendency towards fear, anxiety, depression, etc as a result of the unresolved stress and trauma passed through the family line. This stress and trauma can be healed and released so it no longer affects you, your children and grand children. Family Constellations can help us achieve this and stop the cycle. We can be free and healthy and pass this on to the future generations, so they feel strong, supported and capable of becoming all that they can be.
Videos on intergenerational trauma
Here are some videos and articles explaining the science of how this works. Welcome to the world of intergenerational trauma and ways to heal it.
In this video, Mark Wolynn, author of the book ‘It didn’t start with you: how inherited family trauma shapes who we are and how to end the cycle’ explains intergenerational trauma, how and why it happens and how to stop the trauma being passed on to future generations. I loved this book and got many useful insights from it for myself, for the courses I teach and the clients I serve.
In this video Gabor Mate explains the impact of trauma experienced by a child while in utero, during the Mother’s pregnancy, and how this shapes the life they will lead.
Dan Booth Cohen explains how we inherit imprints of trauma, anxiety, etc, from our ancestors. These imprints affect our ability to function effectively in our lives. No matter what we do to heal, if we focus just on our self and what has happened in our life, these imprints do not shift as the original source of the issue is not being resolved. Family constellations can help us resolve them (3:19 mins).
Articles on intergenerational trauma
- Science Alert article, 2018 – Scientists have observed epigenetic memories being passed down for 14 generations
- Medical Xpress article, 2017 – Epigenetics between the generations: researchers prove that we inherit more than just genes
- CNN News article, 2017 – PTSD risk may be passed down through our DNA
- Huffington Post article, 2016 – In sickness and in health, it all begins in the womb.
- 7:30pm Report, 2015 – Magda Szubanski shares her story of intergenerational trauma & its impacts on her life.
- BBC News article, 2013 – Memories pass between generations
- Medical Daily article, 2013 – The family tree of phobia: epigenetics explains how we inherit fear from our ancestors
- Discover Magazine article, 2013 – explaining epigenetics and how trauma and tendencies for anxiety and depression can be inherited from earlier generations in our family.