If your grandfather went to war there is a very good chance he suffered from PTSD.
It didn’t matter which side he fought on, how long he was in war or how traumatic the battles were.
War trauma wasn’t handled well back then. You didn’t speak about it and you didn’t deal with it. You just got on with life.
But the reality for these men was life was never the same.
And let’s be honest. As a former serving solider, I can say it isn’t handled well now either.
I know many soldiers who have a family history of serving and many soldiers, and their families, who have been impacted by PTSD.
My family is one of them.
My Australian grandfather served as an Aviation Engineer in WW2. He was based in Egypt and then in Europe, where he met my English Grandmother, married her and came home. What we know, through stories and my channelling is that where he was based was bombed regularly by German planes.
During one of these events, his best mate, an engineer too, was killed right in front of him. My grandfather’s PTSD was expressed as rage and cynicism.
He was angry and took it out on his family, and in particular my father, who married a German women and the we grew up on a farm with them, made us pretty good target for his outbursts. The only time I remember him smiling was when something “bad” happened and a little smirk would come across his face.
I tended to stay clear from him as a child. I avoided him at all costs.
His father was a Commanding Officer at Kokoda during WW2 and carried guilt over the events that took place. His guilt caused him to have affairs and the guilt cycle intensified.
My German grandfather was pulled out of school at 14 to join the Nazi party. He didn’t really have much choice. He served at the Russian front as a Panzergrendadier and then as a guard at Auschwitz.
In Russia he was shot in the chest by an American and somehow survived. The only time I ever heard him talk about war was when he told me he watched the man shoot him. I still remember looking at the scar as a child and the day I realised it was actually a bullet wound.
His father served and died during WW1. No-one knows what happened to him. I’ve been able to channel that he was bayonetted through the throat and chest region and buried in a mass unmarked grave.
His wife and sons never knew. My grandfather’s PTSD came out through shame, putting people down and being hard on his family.
Laughter and joy were absent from the home in which my mother grew up. I never understood why, but as a child, I felt somewhat afraid of him. I didn’t like to be left alone in his company.
There was a great deal of distance within him.
How is their history relevant to me today?
I’ve had two rounds of depression. The first was in 2008 when I was diagnosed with Ross River Fever and sick for almost 18 months. At it’s worst I couldn’t drive, I couldn’t work and I had just moved so I had no friends around me. I was very isolated and alone. Chronic fatigue also set in.
After the birth of my son, I fell into depression. Postnatal depression. Adrenal fatigue was then treated when my son was 14 months.
My mother also suffered PND which was exasperated by external circumstances. My father has suffered from depression, as have my siblings.
It seems our family is greatly sensitive to depression and fatigue-based issues.
Then I started seeing this pattern emerging in history of other’s I was working with. Depression lines, often marrying up with fatigue disorders, started opening up and trauma and war experiences tended to exasperate the likelihood of depression coming through.
It appears that if you have a family member who has suffered from untreated depression (PTSD or other forms) then the DNA is very sensitive to it.
This is how it works. Our previous 7 generations go into form our DNA blueprint that is passed down to us upon birth. These beliefs, behaviours and patterns are all sitting there “waiting” for our own personal experience to activate our ancestral lineage. Once we have this experience that triggers the DNA cell memories (the experiences of our ancestors that are within us) to open up within us, it tends to be quite a strong responses.
I’m seeing women whose families have history of PTSD having strong experiences of depression themselves.
I was working with a lady whose grandfather served in WW2 for the Allies. His story is very similar to most soldiers story in the places he went and the experiences he had. He also had trauma from the war that hadn’t been completed or dealt with.
My client was going through a divorce and had two toddlers, birthed a year apart all within a 3 year time period. She was overwhelmed, exhausted and working with her GP for depression.
It was something that hit her upon the birth of her first child, then the second child and then the divorce. Each trauma intensified the depression. What I found was how easily activated depression was through her family.
Not just her descendants, but siblings, cousins and aunts and uncles all easily “fell” into depression. Her grandfather’s experiences had created a heightened response to trauma and her lineage easily slipped into depression.
Identifying that the intensity of the depressive based feelings were not even hers to start with helped them loosen her grip on her. Clearing out her lineage and completing the trauma for her grandfather greatly reduced the intensity of the feelings, leaving her with just her “stuff” to deal with. And she did. She was able to work through her feelings more easily than prior to the session together.
What we do know is we are seeing rising rates of depression in our society. It is becoming a very common to hear reports of the levels of depression being felt by high school students, soldiers returning from active service and the prevalence of post natal depression.
Clearing out the trauma of depression from your ancestral lineage can lighten your burden of what you are carrying and releasing the DNA tendency to express the depression gene can have a huge impact.
I’m not suggesting that this is the answer for all of those who are dealing with depression. It is one aspect of healing that is often over looked and the patterns I’m seeing emerging can’t be ignored.
If you are dealing with depression and fatigue based issues please continue to work with your preferred medical practitioner.
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Helena Ryan lives in Brisbane Australia with her husband, son and border collie. When she’s not working she’s reading books, going camping or bushwalking or playing diggers with her son in the sandpit. She loves to garden and travel. She has served in the Australian Army and spent a decade as a Primary School Teacher. In 2011 she helped her husband clear his cancer, a 6x4x2” tumour around his lungs.
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