What is I.T.?
Before we can understand Inherited Traumas (I.T.), we have to first understand some terms.
(1) What is the difference between genetics and epigenetics?
Epigenetics literally means "above" or "on top of" genetics. It refers to external modifications to DNA that turn genes "on" or "off." These modifications do not change the DNA sequence, but instead, they affect how cells "read" genes. Epigenetic changes alter the physical structure of DNA. Genetics is the study of genes, genetic variation, and heredity of living organisms. Epigenetics is the alteration in heritable traits in the gene expression which does not involve the changes of the DNA sequence. In other words, genetics is the field which deals with the total content of genes in a living system and is the study of heredity, - the passing on of traits from parents to their offspring. Genetics and epigenetics explain different phenotypic changes in traits of different organisms with the evolution of modern science. Genetics is a pathway of science concentrated on the study of genes, heredity and genetic variations of living organisms. DNA is the molecule which is responsible for inheritance where the genetic information to be passed to the next generation from the previous is stored. Epigenetics is a subcategory of genetics and refers to the development of different heritable phenotypes (observable characteristics) due to the influence of external factors, such as behavioral patterns and environmental conditions. These are the key differences between genetics and epigenetics. Epigenetics prove we are born with a set of genes (genetics) that can be turned on and off, depending on environmental stimuli. For example, if a child grows up with an overload of toxic stress, their stress-response genes are activated. This then becomes habitual in the brain's wiring. Meaning, they are then easily triggered by stressful situations and even hypervigilent. This often causes onlookers to perceive that individual as being over-emotional, hypersenstivie, or hyperreactive. This brain's wiring can then be passed onto their children.
(2) What is the difference between epigenetics and evolution?
Epigenetics is the study of changes in gene expression that occur via mechanisms such as DNA methylation, histone acetylation, and microRNA modification. When these epigenetic changes are heritable, they can influence evolution.
(3) How many years are a generation?
Scientists and researchers use an "average period" of a generation as 25–30 years as determined by the age children are adults and become parents. The most important set of genetic instructions we all get comes from our DNA, passed down through generations. Scientists have observed epigenetic memories being passed down for 14 Generations.
- Therefore, using the 25 years x 14 generations, that means we can inherited traumas from as far back as 350 years ago.
- Using the maximum of 30 years x 14 generations, we could inherit traumas from 420 years ago.
- For the purposes of our program, we use 385 years (the middle of both extremes). So as of this year, we can experience ancestral trauma and memories from as far back as the year 1637.
(4) What is the difference between inherited traits and acquired traits?
Acquired traits are the one that a person develops during his lifetime. These are not passed from one generation to another. On the other hand, inherited traits are present in the person since the time of his birth and are passed on from one generation to another.
(5) What is the difference between transgenerational and intergenerational?
- Transgenerational: acting across multiple generations
- Intergenerational: between or across generations.
- As the interest in transgenerational epigenetics has increased, so too has interest in the development of means to diagnose, prevent, treat, and prognosticate disorders or disease that may be transmitted through transgenerational epigenetic inheritance. READ MORE
(6) What is Generational Trauma?
Generational trauma (aka intergenerational or transgenerational trauma) is trauma that is not just experienced by one person but extends from one generational to the next. It can be undefined, silent, covert, and one day surfaces through inadversities or implied beliefs that seem out of the blue. These traumas cause genetic interruption and lead to reactivity being heightened, especially in populations who experience a great deal of trauma or who are more susceptible to ongoing trauma.
(7) Who inherits trauma?
Everyone. Science has shown that every newborn baby or infant is born with inherited traumas. Nobody is exempt; nobody escapes it. In fact, Dr. Mozelle Martin explains that being adopted at birth is when she experienced her first trauma as a newborn. Many don't see adoption as a trauma. However, everyone suffers trauma by virtue of being born and the related violent, physical, and psychic separation. The physical event of birth where the infant moves from perfect harmony and union in the womb to the painful state of separation from the mother constitutes the earliest anxiety a human experiences. This is true for those who are not adopted but is drastically amplified for adoptees because we are thrust into the arms of strangers. In other words, children are born into an inner state of confusion and chaos, and their quick exposure to burst of unmitigated events are unbearable to the now screaming newborn.
Picture yourself as a newborn suddenly bombarded by internal stress and external life, it is overwhelming at best. However, that traumatic experience is too deep for an infant's mind to process. The child depends on the mother for the comfort needed to be able to handle unpredictable and unpleasant situations and the related emotions. Without relief, the infant grows to hate the emotional states that are within him. He will learn to rid himself of emotional stressors instead of welcoming them into his sense of identity. This often leads to alcohol and drug use and abuse and other risky lifestyle choices. The more nurturing a mother, the less "birth trauma" will haunt the infant as he ages into adulthood. Either way, many of us continue to cope and co-exist with trauma. Sometimes it feels too mind-numbing and too overwhelming to overcome. Sadly, many become depressed and contemplate suicide.
(8) What types of situations cause inherited or generational trauma?
Some of life's biggest challenges are our own but some are inherited that can lead us down a self-destructive path thereby causing more trauma... traumas that may not have occurred had we been born without I.T. Traumas can be anything... from child sexual abuse to witnessing something like 9/11 to surviving catastrophes such as the 2004 tsunami in Asia, and literally anything inbetween. Some of the I.T. we could have inherited may be related to genocide, immigration, slavery, famine, abandonment, domestic violence, alcohol and drug addiction, child neglect, refugees, survivors of combat-related trauma, and more.
(9) What is the difference between inherited trauma and historical trauma?
Generational traumas are addressed throughout this page. However, historical trauma is when an entire group suffers the same trauma. For example, Holocaust, Rwandan genocide, Bosnian genocide, and Darfur genocide. When historical trauma is left unaddressed, it can have a cumulative impact that reverberates across generations in the form of psychological, emotional, and even physical trauma. This is a large part of what is being acted out by groups across the world today - the BLM riots, ANTIFA, and other similar extreme groups.
(10) How Do Traits Get Expressed?
- Biologically, the proteins in the cell are made up of information coded in the cellular DNA. A segment of this DNA provides information for one protein and is called a gene for that protein. These genes influence traits. When someone experiences a trauma, the microglia eat away at nerve endings instead of working to overpower the damage. This causes the brain to go haywire which then comes across behaviorally.
- Behaviorally, you may feel hypervigilant, sense a glim future, mistrust others, feel emotionally distant or be aloof, struggle with high anxiety, depression, panic attacks, insomnia, nightmares, issues with self-esteem, have precarious health or dysfunctional immune system (auto-immune disease), cause dementia, unhealthy learned beliefs, toxic behavior patterns, illogical thoughts and expectations, and more. These can then be passed down to future generations via the genetic chain. Also apparent can be cognitive problems, antisocial behaviors, risk-taking, and other PTSD symptoms. Other signs include emotional numbing and depersonalization, unresolved grief, isolation, social withdrawal, fearfulness and hyper-vigilance, memory loss, irritability and anger, nightmares, flashbacks, inability to connect with others due to lack of trust, and often a fixation on death, dying, or suicide.
- These are the most common symptoms in children: disciplinary issues, poor grades, cutting classes, and dropping out.
Another point to consider is desensitization and we'll provide two examples below:
- in families with a history of incest that gets repeated with each generation, the family becomes desensitized (numb) ot it and feel powerless and hopeless thereby allowing it to contiinue.
- in children who see very graphic images on their television news in 3rd world countries, such as Mexico. When they walk by deceased bodies, it doesn't phase them.
(11) Why is it important to Break the Chain?
We all come from and carry the past with us. However, life moves fast and we forget about our culture and history... our genetic roots. In order for us to stop passing the same genetic or inherited traumas onto our future generations, we need to stop blaming our ancestors and instead, connect to them to honor their life, death, and our generational living cycles and survivorship. By undergoing our successful program, you are able to observe your ancient ancestry, previous generations, and observe your own live... relationships, behavioral tendencies, belief patters and more. After awhile, we just start excusing it by saying, "suffering is part of being human and it's normal to feel this way."
You will be better able to answer these questions:
- Who am I?
- Who are we?
- Why do I feel different than what others think of me?
- How have inherited traumas distorted my identity?
- Why do I tolerate what I do?
- Why do I express emotions the way I do?
- Why am I always angry, sad, or anxious?
- How can I break the chain and live freely?
- Why am I only surviving and not thriving?
- Why do I put up with things that are not good for me?
- How can I protect my children or grandchildren from these generational traumas and patterning?
... and so much more!
Plus, ancestral healing restores the nervous sytem of those and you are connected to so you can operated in a world without being constantly rooted in past traumas and memories.
Generational or inherited traumas crate a wound inside of our subconscious and that's why we pass these same ideas onto the next generations. This is our "baggage". For example, if someone survives a school shooting, these kids may be afraid of going to school. As an adult, they will tell their kids about their experience, and their kids can inherit their fear of going to school. Even if they do not tell their kids about their experience, their kids can experience fear of going to school but not know why. These patterns, wounds, and ancestral curses can affect our career, finances, relationships, how we see others, the world around us, and ourselves. They affect how we show up in the world, how we create our sense of peace or avoid doing so, and we fail to be true to ourselves. It's like an identity crisis.
Let's look at some statistics:
- 1 in 7 children experienced any kind of abuse or neglect during the previous year
- Every minute, 20 people are physically abused by their partner
- Approximately 10% of women develop PTSD during their lifetime compared with 4% of men
- Approximately 50% of women experience sexual violence during their lifetime compared with 20% of men
Fortunately, brains and lives are somewhat plastic. Resilience research shows that the appropriate integration of resilience factors — such as asking for help, developing trusting relationships, forming a positive attitude, listening to feelings — can help people improve their lives.
Most of the time, we believe something in "wrong" with us or someone tells us we need to "change" our ways or mindset. When in reality, we may be carrying the beliefs, patterns, behaviors, and memories of our ancestors, including our ancient relatives!
- Many newage practitioners will claim they can do an "energy healing".
- Perhaps they can but that doesn't change your ancestor's energetic bodies.
- Instead you have to connect directly to your ancestors and that's where our program comes in!
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