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Have mice proven we can inherit emotions and trauma?

In Children and Family, Insight and Self Awareness, Mind and Movement by Angela Anderson1 Comment

Can something that happened to your parents, grandparents, great grandparents or generations beyond affect your life and the choices you make today?

Can emotional trauma and beliefs be passed on in your genes? Are your fears and anxieties really all your own?

Epigenetics looks at how environmental factors, including diet or lifestyle, can change gene activity in subsequent generations. It’s also proving emotional events and trauma can be carried in DNA and be passed through generations.

Brian Dias (PhD) at Emory University of Medicine (Atlanta USA) and Kerry Ressler (MD, PhD) an investigator with Yerkes / Howard Hughes Medical Institute published results in Nature Neuroscience (1 Dec 2013) indicating that memories can be inherited.

Male mice were conditioned to associate the smell of acetophenone (cherry blossom) with a mild electric foot shock. As a result the mice developed enhanced smell receptors, so they could detect it at lower concentrations.

Sperm from conditioned mice were inseminated into non-conditioned females. Their offspring, when exposed to cherry blossom became jumpy. Their pups (the grandpups of the original mouse) also had more receptors and became jumpy at the smell of cherry blossom, even though no other generations received any foot shocks.

Dias found both parents can pass on odour sensitivity, but cannot pass it to fostered pups, indicating that sensitivity is not transmitted by social interaction. They concluded, “some generalized effects of diet and hormone changes, as well as trauma, can be transmitted epigenetically”. Stressful events can affect the emotional behaviour and metabolism of future generations.

Generational transfer

Generational transfer is also mentioned in the Bible. Exodus 34:7 “… visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation”.

When we consider history of the past six generation (150 years) we have two World Wars (and countless other wars), nuclear bombing, genocide, the Great Depression, famine, refugees, stolen generations and many natural disasters. What could be passed on from these events?

Indeed, much can be transferred generationally, whether by beliefs, social conditioning or genetics. Our parents give us life…and also unresolved family emotions issues and trauma.

Now, we can cry ‘victim’ about inheriting all this, but we also inherit a lot of GREAT gifts and abilities. They encoded us for survival – whether they handled it ‘right’ is immaterial – they survived to pass on their DNA, which is indeed a gift to be honoured for.

More than just surviving

Today, it is less about surviving, and more about THRIVING. What can we do about the coding that has ensured our survival but is now limiting us or holding us back? What can we do to thrive?

Back to epigenetics… DNA is not fixed! We do not have to die by the diseases we inherit. Like a light switch, DNA can also be switched on or off. It can also be dimmed. We can change our DNA by the choices we make – diet, lifestyle, thoughts, attitude, awareness…and therapy.

‘Genetic’” is contained within ‘energetic’. DNA is energetic in nature and thus can be changed energetically (re-genetically). Dr Joe Dispenza in ‘You are the Placebo’ shows brain scans to illustrate how thought changes DNA in clients with genetic diseases such as Parkinson’s, Hashimoto, and multiple sclerosis.

Thoughts are energy

When we change our thoughts, we change our energy. A hyper aroused, peak or fully coherent state can create instantaneous DNA changes. Holding a higher vibration over time, such as affirming thoughts that become beliefs, can also create changes in DNA.

Family Constellations founder Bert Hellinger states that families are comprised of energy connecting all members of a group, to which all members have equal right to belong in their natural order.

It used to be common practice to not allow a mother to see or hold their miscarried or stillborn child. This is just one of many emotional traumas within a family that could create a ‘hole’ in the family system, where a life has not been fully grieved or given their rightful place. Family members lost in war, or ‘lost’ to mental asylums, can also create energetic entanglements, where family members generations later may find they are ‘living the life’ of those who could not.

Dawn Clark in her Recoding DNA work discusses how ancestral programming can limit us in our lives, impacting health and wealth. She describes how unresolved toxic emotions, such as anger, grief, guilt and regret can reflect in subsequent generations, and how traumatic events can create core fractures, which splinter through many generations and areas of our lives.

Time to change tell new stories?

Is the ‘not enough’ experience of the Great Depression (or more personal events) splintering into our lives today? Do we feel the ‘not enough’ of that event through our not enough money, love, time, ability or goodness – even when it may not be our current reality. Is our addiction to sugar exacerbated by the sugar rationing or not having ‘enough sweetness’ in life from generations back?

Transfer of genetic knowledge has ensured our physical survival, but is it now limiting our evolutionary growth? We are entering a new phase of human evolution, which is less physical and more energetic in nature. We’re now focussed on the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects far more.

All of us are very powerful energetic beings. We do not have to be limited by others or by the current expression of our genes. Creating a healthier person and planet starts with creating a healthier YOU. You hold the power over what happens to you – watch what you plug into.

About the author

Angela Anderson

Angela Anderson is founder of Healthy People Have Healthy Pets. Her interest in how energetic patterns impact our own and others lives started when her horse got injured. She experienced how denial of her own patterns can create it and how owning it can change it.

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