The word “Inspiration,” comes from the Latin inspirare, “to breathe into” or “to draw air into the lungs.” Beginning in the 14th century, the English usage of inspire referred to the taking in of Divine influence, that is to be “divinely inspired.” We see inspiration as something which comes from a force greater than ourselves.… Continue reading Creating a Stash for Inspiration
In the post, Healing a Legacy of Trauma, I write about how many cultures believe that when we die, our spirits don’t immediately shed the concerns they had in the physical world. In fact, quite often, the spirts of those who have died, remain in the physical world as “troubled spirits.” These troubled spirits often… Continue reading Who are the Ancestral Guides?
I’ve mentioned that healing my ancestors became important to me because it was through healing my ancestral lineages that I, too, began to heal. Initially, my desire to learn more about my ancestors and to connect with them occurred when I found out my dad needed to be in a nursing home. My dad had… Continue reading How I Got Involved in Ancestral Healing
With years of therapy, coaching, and a plethora of self-help programs, it never ever occurred to me that I might want to consider how the pain and trauma experienced by my ancestors might be contributing. Like many people in the United States, I believe that when we die, our spirit somehow lives on. But it… Continue reading Healing a Legacy of Trauma
In my work, I refer quite often to my “ancestors.” But what does this term “ancestors” actually refer to? I know when I hear the word, “ancestors,” the image that comes to mind is of Sunday school illustrations of Old Testament stories. As a Jewish kid I learned about the Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob… Continue reading Who are the “Ancestors”?