Healing Your Ancestral Patterns
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Healing Your Ancestral Patterns
Taken from the book Healing
Your Ancestral Patterns
The Importance of the Ancestors
This is one of the most fascinating branches
of healing that at present gets very little attention. A significant
part of our life patterning stems from our genetic inheritance.
In many cultures, both sophisticated and primitive, a great deal
of attention is given to the ancestral family, for ancestor worship
is one of the most widespread of all religious belief systems.
In Taoism time is regularly set aside for consulting the ancestors
and prayers are offered up on their behalf. The same was true
in Ancient Egypt and we have some textual accounts of the specific
requests that were made to the ancestors to help resolve daily
problems. The ancestors were seen as having a direct link with
the spiritual world and therefore in a position to bring positive
benefit to the family. It was perhaps also intuitively realised
how directly their energies affected the world of the living
In his book Karma and Reincarnation
Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama, who is the Head Priest of the Shinto Tamamitsu
sect of Japan, makes this profound statement:
connection manifests as one link in a long chain of ancestral
karma that stretches back through time. Your link to your family
allows you to be born into that specific line - it is a link
that needs to be understood and respected. In this modern scientific
age it is very difficult for people to accept the fact that they
are responsible to their ancestors, that they are actually liable
for the actions of their ancestors if the resulting karma has
not yet been dissolved. Many find it absurd to think that the
actions of an unknown ancestor could possible have anything to
do with what is happening to them today. But time and time again
when investigating someone's karma, I find problems that stretch
back generations. Their spirit is not just an individual entity,
it is also part of the family spirit that births and nurtures
At a spiritual level time and space impose
no restrictions so, in one sense, your ancestors are living concurrently
with you. This can be a hard concept to take on board, for the
Western mind has become conditioned into thinking only in linear
terms. Other cultures not so restricted accepted a much greater
fluidity in the movement between past present and the future.
The ancestors were alive and connected to them. In propitiating
the departed they were positively helping the flow of Ch'i in
In Western culture we have forgotten much
of this inner knowing, for how many of us think about or even
remember our grandparents, let alone our great grandparents.
From my own experience it is generally not necessary to go back
further than your great grandparents generation, although the
Bible talks about the sins of the fathers "even unto the
third and fourth generation" that is to say your great great
The concept behind this form of healing
is quite simple. It suggests that where traumas, problems or
strong types of behaviour have occurred with one or other of
your forebears, the energy from this experience gets passed on
to future generations. This is so even if the experience happens
after the direct offspring have been born. Conversely if you
heal one of the ancestral patterns it becomes immediately available
to your own offspring. The reasons why this should happen is
I believe based on 'resonance'. We carry at a genetic level the
resonant patterns of our forebears which, like a radio set tuned
to our ancestors, allows a transfer of energy or information
to take place. Healing this type of situation can be carried
out in exactly the same way that you would apply 'distant' healing.
You do not need to have a clear picture in your mind of the way
that your ancestors looked for the healing to be effective.
In his book "Healing the Family Tree"
Dr. Kenneth McAll recounts a case of a women in her early thirties
who suddenly developed a fear of water. Researching into her
family patterns she found that an uncle had died in the Titanic
disaster. A healing service was carried out in which the uncle
was "committed.... to the Lord". Healing this ancestor
freed the women from her phobia. In most cases it is only necessary
to deal with your direct ancestors, that is your parents, grandparents
and great grandparents, but in some cases, such as the one just
cited, healing another relative may also be appropriate.
It is an interesting supposition that the
enmity felt between the Arabs and the Jews could have an ancestral
cause. Both trace their origins back to Abraham; the Arabs tracing
their descent through Ishmael the eldest, but illegitimate son,
whilst the Jews are descended from Isaac. Had both sons been
treated evenly perhaps the present level of antagonism between
these two races might never have occurred. In a similar way there
are a number of aristocratic families in Britain that have family
"curses" that appear to run inexorably down through
the generations. Healing such situations must be based upon forgiveness
and the acknowledgement of each others rights.
Before you can consider helping others
in healing ancestral patterns this way you first need to work
on your own forebears. Sometimes the traumas carried by our ancestors
can be very powerful and in these cases it can be beneficial
to work with a therapist or friend. I have worked with a considerable
number of people on ancestral healing with some amazing insights
and release of blocked energy.
Ancestral myths, too numerous to mention
here, abound in many cultures. In the Ancient Egyptian story
of Isis and Osiris, his brother Set cut Osiris into 14 pieces.
This is a curious number that does not find echo in other traditions.
However, it is worth noting that 14 is the sum total of your
ancestors back to your great grandparents generation. Adding
your parents (2), to your grandparents (4) and your great grandparents
(8) gives 14 ancestors in all. It could well be that part of
the symbolism of this myth is to do with healing our genetic
patterning, through our forebears. In the myth Osiris is reconstructed
by Isis which relates to the "love" principle within.
Also your family tree chart mirrors exactly
the developing tri-grams of the I Ching of Ancient China. This
starts off with two lines yang _ and yin _ _ which represents
your father and mother. The next line represents your four grand
parents and then progresses to the 8 tri-grams that are the basis
of the 64 hexagrams. The I Ching was originally used in Ancient
China by the Emperor to consult with his ancestors for the benefit
of his people.
To start the process of ancestral healing
you will need to construct a family tree chart filling in as
much detail as you can. There are a number of Family Tree programs
that can be downloaded from the Web to assist this process.
It does not matter if there are blanks.
You next need to consider whether any problems you are experiencing
in your present life were similarly found in other known members
of the family. If so the cause almost certainly lies within the
family tree. If you do unsure upon which side to look you can
either use a pendulum to dowse for the answer or, alternatively,
I often get students to imagine a bright coloured spot-light
is shining on their chart indicating which ancestor needs to
be tackled first as part of the healing process. It is fascinating
how often the obvious is not highlighted, but the attention is
drawn to another of the forebears. Another method is to make
up a set of 14 cards marking on each a separate ancestor. These
can then be shuffled and an ancestor selected. Once this is done
carry out the following exercise.
Ancestral Healing Exercise
(Time 10-15 minutes.)
Aim: To clear and heal blocked energy within your family tree.
You will need to download the Ancestral Healing Chart for this exercise (click here)
- Adopt your normal meditation posture,
carry our a body awareness and relaxation exercise and sense
a connection to your spiritual self. (You might
like to imagine this as light within you.)
If you have not already done so look at
the chart and imagine that a 'golden light' is shining on the
ancestor who most needs integrating and balancing as an energy
- 'Tune into' that ancestor, and try and
sense what it is that needs healing and carry out a normal healing
procedure in the same way that you would is sending distant healing.
- If you sense the need for forgiveness
bring forward this energy to the ancestor
- When you have completed this part of the
exercise, sense or imagine that the new healing pattern is flowing
down from that ancestor to yourself.
- See this energy integrated within your
- Send a thought of thanks and acknowledgement
and thanks to the ancestor before carrying out a closing down
Healing Your Family Tree
This type of healing can be applied to
all sorts of conditions stemming from your ancestral tree. For
example, if you are suffering from arthritis and there is a predisposition
for arthritis in your family you can move back to an earlier
ancestor who expressed this complaint. Carry out the healing
in exactly the same way that you would with distant healing on
a real person. You might need to do this on a number of occasions,
seeking also to balance this on an emotional and mental level,
as well as the physical. Finally, when you have completed the
healing, sense that it is coming through the family tree to yourself.
This exercise can be repeated until you have got to know and
balance the energies of all your main ancestors. They will then
become an integrated aspect of yourself and freed of any blocks
that they might be carrying. On the other side of the coin, as
soon as you free blocks within yourself at this level it immediately
releases this dynamic for your children, if you have any, so
in a way you are also healing future generations, for each parent
is potentially a great grandparent to a future generation.
If I am giving healing to a person and
sense that there is some pattern from the family tree that is
impacting on their life. I will carry out a standard healing
treatment on the ancestor and then look to integrate this within
the individual. For example if I sensed that a trauma from a
grand-parent, was affecting the life of a client, then I would
spend time giving healing directly to that ancestor, before finally
sensing that energy being re-integrated within the person.
© David Furlong 2014
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James Alcock -
David's Great Grandfather
In Taoism time is
regularly set aside for consulting the ancestors and prayers
are offered up on their behalf.
Eliza Alcock -
David's Great Grandmother
the Bible talks about
the sins of the fathers "even unto the third and fourth
Sometimes the traumas
carried by our ancestors can be very powerful and in these cases
it can be beneficial to work with a therapist or friend
..as you free
the family blocks within yourself, it immediately releases a new dynamic
for your children.