We each have 2 biological parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great-grandparents, 16 great-great-grandparents and 32 great-great-greats! Each of these 62 lives, in particular, the 5 generations that come immediately before you, and their experiences, have left marks that affect your genetic expression. This happens whether we have met them or not because their information is passed on in the DNA, your actual genes, and on the DNA, in epigenetic tags.
This is not a cruel trick of nature, but rather a way for older generations to prepare their progeny for what they have experienced the world to be. For example, during the 2nd World War, supplies were cut off to the Netherlands and there was a famine. Babies being born were very skinny. Researchers now know that the famine experience created an epigenetic marker on the gene IGF2, turning down their metabolism in response to the lack of food. A helpful strategy for someone with little food. They could then pass their experience of the world onto further generations to prepare them, to help them ‘hit the ground running’ so to speak, via epigenetic tags on the DNA given in the sperm or egg.
The problem lies in the fact that future generations did not need this low metabolism strategy for survival. In fact, after these infants were born, the famine was over and they had access to normal amounts of healthy food. Their bodies, however, were locked into the dysfunction their experience of the famine created. The epigenetic maker remained in place, suppressing their metabolism for the rest of their lives and creating severe disease and illness for them. Those babies are now in their 70’s and depending on whether the famine affected them in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd trimester, they have through their life times experienced much higher levels of obesity, schizophrenia or are particularly prone to cardiovascular disease.
One of the keys on my healing journey was to heal and release ancestral trauma and the way it had changed the expression of my DNA. My ancestors were a group of people who had been persecuted several times over the last 500 years, including being burnt, beaten, raped, imprisoned and used as slave labour, tortured, starved and I am sure some unpleasant things I had never heard about. My grandfather was a three year old on the last train to leave Russia before the Iron Curtain was dropped and he continues to talk, with chills, about this time in his life today. I learned that the whole epigenetic landscape of my DNA was set up for hyper-vigilance and extreme caution. My ancestors passed on the information needed to help me survive, except that now living in Canada, I no longer needed those skills.
While researchers may be still unaware how to work with these epigenetic tags, your body contains all the information of your lifetime, and what was passed on by your ancestors. As a BodyTalk Practitioner, I can listen to the story of how epigenetic tags were created, in your lifetime or what you got as a family gift. There may even be strengths from your genetic line that you are not able to tap into yet!
Check it Out: Here’s a great video: Epigenetics: Why Inheritance is Weirder Than We Thought