Our wounded child is not only us; he or she may represent several generations of ancestors.
Our parents and ancestors may have suffered all their lives without knowing how to look after the wounded child in themselves, so they transmitted that child to us.
So when we’re embracing the wounded child inside us, we’re embracing all the wounded children of past generations.
This practice doesn’t just benefit us; it liberates numberless generations of ancestors and descendants. This practice can break the cycle.
-Thich Nhat Hanh The Art of Communicating
We all have generational shadows. These shadows are handed down like waves of deep conscious pain travelling through the human condition like a virus.
When I find myself experiencing the crashing wave of generational shadow, I find strength in knowing I am doing the work for all of my ancestors, all of my descendants, along with myself. And yes, the rest of the world as well. We are all just walking each other home.