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Thoughts about inheriting illness from our ancestors

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Hi Everyone,

Pamela Powers gives us interesting thoughts about how some of our issues may develop. Might they come from strong emotional issues that have been passed down through DNA from our direct ancestors? Interesting idea.

Hugs, Gary

By Pamela Powers, EFT-ADV

When I came down with endocarditis in 2001, a staph, bacterial infection that winds its way to the heart, I knew of only one person in my family who had a heart issue.  If they asked me about any history of heart problems in the family, I would have said that all I was aware of was that my father's heart skipped … he lived into his 80's that way.

As fate would have it, or maybe because I was studying EFT and moving 'stuck' energy, I heard from a cousin with whom I hadn't been in contact in some 40 or more years!  That started me on a quest to get in touch with other cousins … and what I would discover is that the family on both sides of my parents, as well as my husband's, are/ were riddled with people with heart problems.

As I was reading the articles on the EFT newsletter - after having devoured all the DVDs - I started thinking about our ancestors and their genetic code.  If our illnesses are blocked emotions, and if we have a theme running through the family, then it stands to reason, that some time way back in our history, we had an ancestor who had such a horrendous experience that was never resolved, which affected the DNA s/he sent down to the descendants.

If we can surrogate tap for others, why can't we surrogate tap for that ancestor and release healing to the whole family?  So, I began to develop a plan to work on myself and my immediate family, expecting at some point to move out and encompass more and more descendants. The fact that some ancestor so long ago was decimated by an emotional experience so severe that it affected the heart DNA sent down to his/her descendants, speaks volumes of what is occurring today in this family.

In 2001, I wrote "Chinese Power Animals - Archetypes of Transformation" - whereby I saw that the animals assigned by the Chinese to the different years (Year of the Boar, Year of the Horse, Year of the Dog, etc.) were archetypes for the different meridians and organs of the body.  The animal for the Heart is the Horse; quite an apt animal when we start to think of the metaphors associated with it: strong hearted, warm hearted, soft hearted, cold hearted, wears his heart on his sleeve.

In the meridian system, the Heart's emotions are love vs. hate, and yet the Chinese say the dichotomy isn't so much love vs. hate, but love vs. indifference.  When our hearts are broken, when relationships hurt too much, the pericardium - a membrane sac which surrounds the heart moves out to protect it.  

In the Chinese system, that is the Circulation-Sex meridian, or alternately called the pericardium meridian.  It's job is to protect the heart, and in our personalities it manifests as being inhibited, having intimacy issues - the 'head' trip of sex as opposed to the physical function.  And because the animal for the meridian is the Dog, these people will 'bark' and scare people away so they aren't hurt emotionally.  When there aren't previous relationships to base this on, might we not consider the ancestors and the energy we received from them?

It also occurred to me that might be why so many in a family with Horse/Dog issues, never marry, or marry late, and don't have children.  Maybe on a subconscious level they feel the deep wounding of the heart, and don't want to bring children into this world to receive the 'curse'.  I had started to tap for "The Family Curse of the Dog", utilizing the archetype, when all of this information came to me about the heart, and then I realized the bottom line here wasn't the Dog, but the Horse. 

So I changed it to tap for "The Family Curse of the Horse", for if we can heal the collective heart, the inhibition and intimacy issues will take care of themselves.  It also didn't escape me, that if you take the "S" out of "CURSE", what remains is "CURE" - and so when I tap, after I tap for "The Family Curse of the Horse" a few times, the last time I change it to "The Family Cure of the Horse" ... adding some hypnotherapy techniques to the process ... already I can see shifts and changes in the relationships of the family.

Interestingly enough, as I started to delve into this concept, a new book came to my attention, "Biogenealogy - Decoding the Psychic Roots of Illness - Freedom from the Ancestral Origins of Disease" by Patrick Obissier.  Lewis Mehl-Madrona, writes about the book, "Biogenealogy … raises fascinating questions for all physicians and patients to consider - to what extent are psychological, traumatic and survival experiences of our ancestors passed to use through our DNA and to what extent must we consider transgenerational transmission of disease in our search for healing. Obissier presents compelling examples to support his ideas and raises questions that future research and practice must answer." 

Now, as I start the forgiveness process of the EFT protocol, I offer forgiveness to the ancestor who started this problem so many generations ago and tap for that ancestor as I tap for myself or others.

Pamela Leigh Powers, CCHT, EFT-adv


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