If you ask anyone from any culture what is generation trauma, you may get a lot of replies stating, “I don’t know”, or even an answer that after thinking about it for a few minutes would describe the pain endured by many in their family, their neighborhoods or even those who share their nationality. What’s even more interesting is that if you ask what the cure is, you may get silence or even more replies of, “I don’t know” and moreover, “I don’t know and I have no idea of what to do about it….but somebody needs to do something”.
Generational trauma is exactly what it sounds like: trauma that isn’t just experienced by one person but extends from one generation to the next. “It can be silent, covert, and undefined, surfacing through nuances and inadvertently taught or implied throughout someone’s life from an early age onward,” licensed clinical psychologist and parenting evaluator Melanie English, PhDArticle: What Is Generational Trauma? Here’s How Experts Explain It by Claire Gillespie
Published on October 27, 2020 Health
Some would say it sounds like PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder); however, I want you to hear what Dr. Joy DeGruy has to say about her topic on Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome being different from PTSD and she explains how trauma can be passed on generation after generation. As an African American woman living now in Israel, which I consider also a part of Africa and not the “Middle East”, I can totally identify with what she says. Being outside of the bubble of America has helped me to begin the healing process.
So, seeing this video and knowing what some experts would say the definition is of Generational Trauma and more specifically to Africans worldwide who suffered a horrific holocaust, capture, murder, insidious treatment called slavery and terrorism for centuries and still to this day post-slavery……….what can we do to heal and move forward?
The Most High is a loving El and just as there are people who hurt and destroy, there are those who He blesses us with in our lives to heal and thrive. In each culture that has suffered atrocities from mankind, there is a formula for healing and I believe it is within that culture itself in which the people understand one another’s story, plight, struggles, fears, weaknesses, strengths and may have a tendency to have more compassion for one another….it’s called ones culture.
Culture is defined in many ways, one being: all the ways of life including arts, beliefs and institutions of a population that are passed down from generation to generation. Culture has been called “the way of life for an entire society.” As such, it includes codes of manners, dress, language, religion, rituals, art.
The African Holocaust of the Transatlantic slave trade destroyed 15 million or even more lives. With such devastation, it would take the Most High and each other to heal…..more over, our culture is put in place to protect us. Our belief in the Most High and following His instructions is our protection & healing. As a woman of Jewish faith, I whole heartedly believe this. The below Torah verse speaks to this subject of the laws of the Most High and how it is to be incorporated into our every day lives and culture.
Deu 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
To each and every one that reads this post, this is to be our healing balm of Gilead to stop the trauma, heal, move forward and ultimately thrive so that each and every one of us that chooses to can be a light unto the world and help others to do the same.