After taking a pole, this week’s Proper Chat will be on Generational Trauma. If you haven’t yet read about what a Proper Chat is, please click here: https://kimberlyhighland.com/a-proper-chat/.
I have certainly experienced generational trauma, and I think most of us have to a greater or lesser degree. This is why, in part, when several people asked for our next live Proper Chat interactive discussion to be on generational trauma I was keenly interested. (Thursday, December 11am CST, Zoom log in information at the bottom of this blog.)
Through some of my certifications, I already had some working knowledge of it but dove deeply into further research over the last weeks. One of the most important things to consider is a term called: epigenetics.
According to the CDC epigenetics is briefly defined as: “Your genes play an important role in your health, but so do your behaviors and environment, such as what you eat and how physically active you are. Epigenetics is the study of how your behaviors and environment can cause changes that affect the way your genes work. Unlike genetic changes, epigenetic changes are reversible and do not change your DNA sequence, but they can change how your body reads a DNA sequence.” https://www.cdc.gov/genomics/disease/epigenetics.htm
Studies have been performed by leading scientists around the world documenting everything from a child in utero whose mother experienced trauma while pregnant, to survivors of domestic abuse, poor nutrition, or even acts of nature, i.e. tornados. These changes often manifest through health issues, food, chemical, or sexual addictions, and/or mental or emotional stability. You may have never experienced direct trauma, however, epigenetics proves the way trauma can be passed down through multi generations, and can affect us as much as firsthand trauma.
The great news is these events do not need to control our lives, and the affects upon us are completely reversible because neither our genetic makeup nor our DNA sequence is altered; it simply alters the way they work for us or against us.
During our Proper Chat we’ll open the floor to anyone who wants to share their story or may have important input regarding epigenetics; but the most important thing we’ll discuss is what we can do about it—how we can heal.
I look forward to seeing you on Thursday and hearing your stories, thoughts, experiences, and suggestions. This is an insightful video for further study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQbvKHivXFo.
Love, your sister along the journey,
Proper Chat ZOOM login INFORMATION:
Meeting ID: 849 2870 2034