Living With Ghosts – how to use genealogy to release generational trauma
Using genealogy to recognise and release generational trauma
Living With Ghosts is perhaps the first online course in the world using genealogy research as a tool for recognising and releasing generational trauma. One generation passes its incomplete past experiences to the next through epigenetic inheritance.
Living with trauma is like living with ghosts. The trauma impacts your current life but its origins are obscured by the past.
Living With Ghosts
This course consists of 7 modules, each including videos, text lessons, quizzes and exercises (with downloadable workbooks).
Each module guides you through a step-by-step process that increases your understanding of the mechanics of generational trauma. At the same time it guides you to engage with your family’s buried emotional history to bring long-forgotten scandals, losses, and shame to the surface. You can only resolve incomplete past experiences in the present.
This is not a ‘one and done’ course that you can zip through in no time, get a certificate, and that’s it. Generational trauma is something most people never even recognise, let alone clear. And clearing it can, quite literally, take years.
Living With Ghosts provides a structured framework to guide your genealogy research to identify potential sources of family trauma and resolve them with grace.
These are not prerequisites but are recommended studies to accompany this course.
- The Unconscious – humanity’s last great unexplored frontier [FREE]
- “The world is traumatized” – understanding the 5 layers of trauma [FREE]
- Releasing Unconscious Shame – how to access your unconscious
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An introduction to Living With Ghosts.
Module 1: A splinter works its way to the surface
My first experience of generational trauma came after ordering a death certificate.
An introduction to the concept and scope of generational trauma.
The difference between thinking about your family and feeling it is critical.
A quick test for assessing family instability and the presence of trauma.
Module 2: An oil slick is a fallen rainbow
Suzannah Lessard's The Architect of Desire is a brilliant and instructive memoir of generational trauma.
An overview of the multiple possible impacts of generational trauma.
You may know a lot more about your family than you realise.
Module 3: Leaves fall exactly where they need to
A dark moment in family history, hidden in shame for 99 years.
What can science tell us about the mechanics of generational trauma?
The pre-verbal nature of inherited trauma affects our language around it.
Families are stories. What's yours?
Module 4: Bells toll across a distant field
A case study in the explosiveness of generational trauma.
What you can expect on the journey into generational trauma.
After a storm, there are broken branches in the woods. Families are the same.
Module 5: A calling card with perfectly frayed edges
Visiting old family haunts can trigger the release of generational trauma.
Use genealogy research to identify potential sources of generational trauma.
Are you familiar with the children's story, 'We're going on a bear hunt'?
Module 6: A wheel can turn forwards or backwards
We can connect to trauma even through engineering.
Recognising inherited trauma by reverse engineering current behaviour
It's time to apply the algebra of generational trauma.
Module 7: A strange alphabet reveals a familiar story
And now... the final module, where it all comes together.
A step-by-step process for working with generational trauma.
Any memento of the past can be used to access buried trauma.
Clearing generational trauma can bring unexpected rewards.
A concluding message to Living With Ghosts.