Gate 5: Ancestral Grief

Link to the recorded talk and discussion:

From Francis Weller:

“Ancestral grief is the grief we carry in our body from the sorrow experienced by our ancestors.”

“All trauma has grief, but not all grief has trauma. Trauma may need its own gate.”

“We live with a diminished inheritance; a legacy of unattended pain.”

“Opening to our sorrow connects us with everyone, everywhere. There is no gesture of kindness that is wasted, no offering of compassion that is useless. We can be generous to every sorrow we see. It is sacred work.”

Martin Prechtel: “We are haunted by the ghost of our unwept ancestors.”

Ancestral grief is similar to intergeneration trauma, transgenerational trauma and collective trauma.

Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance is the transmission of epigenetic markers from one organism to the next. Trauma can leave a chemical mark on a person’s genes, which can then be passed down to future generations. This mark doesn’t cause a genetic mutation, but it does alter the mechanism by which the gene is expressed. This alteration is not genetic, but epigenetic.