#Reverb15 – Day 6: Ancestral Healing

As each year progresses, we unknowingly gather many thoughts, beliefs, and patterns to us. In fact, what we are carrying may have been passed down to us from previous generations.

Looking at the thoughts and patterns that may be holding you back from living the life you want, trace back through the generations of your family and see if your beliefs originated generations ago.

In 2016, how can you bring healing to these patterns of thought that are holding you back?


They have. I know they have. It is a double-edged sword really.

I’ve let go of many, many beliefs because I found them appalling.

Most, if not all those beliefs came from my father and his side of the family.

My father’s beliefs were the ones from which I worked  hard to release myself.

It resulted in me releasing myself from him entirely so that I might have peace.

I don’t know that I need healing in 2016 from these beliefs. I’ve made my peace with them  a couple years ago.

It’s a process though and I think as long as we recognize the patterns and see which ones are healthy and which ones are not, we are okay. It’s when we sit – glued as it were – to those beliefs just because and refuse to waiver—refuse to grow, that problems arise. We stagnate and perpetuate those beliefs.

I believe what I believe because it is what I choose to believe. That is such a profound thing to realize. It didn’t happen until I was about 37 years old. And it is finally – truly sinking in that this is my reality and no one else’s.

That is freedom.


Reverb is a yearly writing challenge that takes place in December. Being the end of the year, it is the perfect time to reflect and think about all that we hold dear to us and to let go of those things that are weighing us down or holding us back. I hope you’ll join us as we share in this wonderful yearly ritual that has become so dear to so many – especially me.


6 thoughts on “#Reverb15 – Day 6: Ancestral Healing

  1. Yes, Tracy, I agree with you that we need to be able to recognize patterns and decide if we are perpetuating something that isn’t healthy.
    Your work to heal those beliefs has cleared ground for new things to grow. I hope you see the power in your choice to heal. Blessings.

  2. It is so hard to separate ourselves from a parent. I find myself getting so sucked into the toxic nature that my mom radiates, her negativity and her unwillingness to let go of the past. It is so much easier to just avoid her and the house entirely. Any conversation or attempt to discuss anything is lost. And it’s so sad isn’t it? But it is time, as you say, to accept my own reality.

  3. I have had to separate myself from my family several times. This time it has been over two years. I’m not sure that there will be a reconciliation, but then I’m not sure the others were exactly reconciliations either. I do know I’ve been better and happier the last two years in regards to that stressor. Thank you for writing this. It is calm and direct and helps me to feel like my decision is right too. I think I’m going to read this a few more times.

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