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About the Author
Patricia Robertson brings a diverse background to the field of transgenerational trauma, seeking to understand the trauma that passes from one generation to the next in family systems and societies. She is currently a candidate in the Doctor of Social Sciences program at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, Canada researching transgenerational trauma and how a lack of inner peace keeps people from creating greater peace in the world. Her interest in transgenerational phenomena came by naturally. At age 12, Patricia inherited the role of seannachaidh – the family genealogist and storyteller - from her maternal and paternal grandmothers. For decades, she engaged with dozens of lines of her own family system, embracing traditional, emotional and genetic genealogy. Her attention was inherently drawn to the trauma in family systems resulting from immigration, war, religious persecution, oppression and family tragedy.
Gathering with Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians for a decade, Patricia became aware of the inner woundedness of both the First Peoples on the land and the Settlers – the immigrants. She wanted to understand the emotional healing work needed to address the transgenerational trauma legacy of colonization and immigration. Through Royal Roads University, she completed her master’s research project entitled Healing the Personal Wounds of Colonization: Utilizing Third Party Consultation to Transform Canada’s Post-Residential School Societal Conflict.
Through the University of Calgary, Patricia completed an earlier BCom, working for 18 years as a professional accountant in the energy sector, and a BA(Hon) in Religious Studies researching Eastern, Western and synergistic folk religions throughout the world. Beginning study on the religions of the world on September 11, 2001 (9/11) was synchronistic. Patricia completed an Honour’s thesis entitled The Rise of Pentecostalism in Latin America: A Study of Conversion, Politics, and the Dark Secrets within Contemporary Bolivia. Concurrently, she followed her passion and researched the spiritual and cultural practices, ritual and ceremony within Indigenous communities throughout North, Central and South America. She recently completed a journal article entitled Pentecostalism in Bolivia for Religions of the World. Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions for publication by Springer.
Patricia gained a broad understanding of trauma through her own adult life experiences, including: intimate relationships, pregnancy and birthing, many deaths within her inner circle, workplace discrimination and raising three sons with diverse physical, emotional and educational challenges related to transgenerational trauma.
Patricia works as an Integrative Wellness Practitioner through Peaceful Possibilities Consulting, guiding clients from around the world through the unresolved transgenerational trauma of their family systems. She trained with many first and second generation world renowned systemic, family, organizational and nature constellation facilitators, and leading professionals in numerous energetic and integrative body practices.
Patricia has travelled to 63 countries experiencing the richness and diversity of cultures around the world, gaining a strong background in the contextual nature of systemic healing and transgenerational trauma. This book is Patricia’s way of integrating and sharing what she learned while transforming the transgenerational trauma she carried for her own family system.
Table of Contents
Why the Butterfly? 9
What is Healing? (Part 1) 18
What is Healing? (Part 2) 21
What is Healing? (Part 3) 24
Radical Inclusion (Part 1) 26
Radical Inclusion (Part 2) 34
Radical Inclusion (Part 3) 43
Radical Inclusion (Part 4) 48
Where Healing Begins 56
Relationship with Father 60
Emotional Wounds for Men (Part 1) 66
Emotional Wounds for Men (Part 2) 71
Ancestral Emotional Wounds (Part 3) 75
Are You Stuck in Life? 80
Chronic Illness & Emotional Stress or Trauma 86
How You Belong 94
Give and Take in Relationships (Part 1) 99
Give and Take in Relationships (Part 2) 103
Let Go of Fears (Part 1) 107
Let Go of Fears: Ceremony (Part 2) 110
Living in Agency 115
Stop Living in Agency 119
Ritual (Part 1) 122
Ritual (Part 2) 127
Emotions (Part 1) 132
Emotions (Part 2) 137
Emotional Entanglements (Part 3) 141
Intimate Emotional Relationship (Part 4) 144
Emotion (Part 5) 150
Heal Yourself in the New Year 155
Final Reflection 160
Some Suggested Reading 161