DNA is not Destiny Anymore!
Unwanted Behaviors/Disorders can be Healed
Positive Lifestyle Changes can do it!
By Liz Jelinek, PD
Constellations experts suggest it is possible for an individual to become entangled with the “fate” of an ancestor. Some believe that the emerging “soul”—out of love”—decides to carry the fate that belongs to an ancestor. This may sound like a virtuous thing to do—to honor an ancestor so highly that the soul decides to carry the fate of another, but this generally creates many difficulties—often leading to extreme dysfunction and unhappiness. In the early days of constellations, it was thought that ancestral traumas and behaviors were passed from the ancestors to the present in some metaphysical way by an “energy field.” German psychiatrist and early constellations expert, Albrecht Mahr coined the term “Knowing Field,” a term that is still used to this day.
The Knowing Field has been explained in a variety of ways. Some have suggested that it’s similar to Jung’s Collective Unconscious, but Liz was convinced that there was something more unique than that—something very personal and unique to the individual’s own family system. Liz returned to graduate school to find the answers—she went in search of the personal systemic unconscious. Liz first discovery was Rupert Sheldrake’s morphic fields and morphic resonance—a “non-local” explanation. Sheldrake suggests that information is carried from one individual—person or organism—with no physical contact between them.
Sheldrake demonstrated that once a type certain breed of laboratory rat learns a maze, similar rats around the globe learned the maze much faster that the first rats, Sheldrake’s first success with non-local transfer of information and/or behaviors. He was able to replicate this phenomenon in a variety of different ways, and posited the information, or learning, was carried in what he called morphic fields, and new learning took place through morphic resonance. Sheldrake’s theories of morphic fields and morphic resonance were possible explanations for Liz’ “systemic unconscious,” but were not quite exact enough to describe this Personal systemic unconscious—that carried information, behaviors and experiences of the ancestors to a specific individual across generations.
And so Liz continued her research, and what she discovered was a brand new science that had grown from the findings of the Human Genome Project, the multi-agency research project that successfully sequenced the entire human genome. The project was completed around 2002 and the field of epigenetics exploded soon after. Scientists had a road map to explain the transmission of information, traumas, behaviors, n experiences, from one generation to the next—and it was not being transferred by some “field”—it was passed biologically from one generation to the next by epigenetic changes in gene expression.
Since the Double Helix of DNA was discovered in the early 1950s, “hard” inheritance was accepted along with “DNA is Destiny!” This was pure Darwinian inheritance. But as the science of epigenetics evolved, it became obvious that “soft” inheritance was possible. Liz’ research found that the environment impacts the expression of the genome, turning switches biological switches “On” or “Off”—silencing some genes and activating others, while the underlying DNA remains the same. These changes in gene expression are stored in the epigenome, which lies above the genome—from the Greek “epi”, over, or above. Once stored, the changes can be passed on to subsequent generations for as many as four generations, and perhaps even more. This process is known as “soft” inheritance because epigenetic inheritance isn’t hard-wired in the DNA.
Liz discovered, as she continued her research that it’s possible for an individual to inherit full-blown PTSD, as a result of a traumatic experience of an ancestor. Individuals with epigenetically inherited PTSD present with symptoms as pronounced as those of soldiers who’ve been to war. The phenomenon of inherited trauma was first observed in children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors. Such individuals tend to lead confusing and dysfunctional lives, often spend years in talk therapy—with little of no relief, and some develop feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, while others can develop serious anxiety disorders. Using what she has learned from her research in epigenetics, and from her constellations training, Liz has had remarkable success—first in identify previously undiagnosed inherited traumas or PTSD, and the honor of helping troubled individuals to heal what was not theirs to carry.
Epigenetics is an exciting field! Perhaps the most exiting aspect is that an individual can change the epigenome by making positive changes in lifestyle. By changing to a healthy diet, adding regular exercise, meditation, and by finding joy from creative pursuits, unwanted inherited epigenetic changes can be reversed and mental and physical health can be restored. And these positive changes can continue throughout the lifetime of the individual!
©Liz Jelinek PhD 2017