We reap what we sow, but we also reap what others before us have sown. If we do this unconsciously, we find ourselves victims of unfortunate circumstances, but if we are conscious of what we have taken on from our family legacy, we can turn it around.
Doctors Bedi and Matthews have worked with people who have carried the burden of their families' best achievements, worst failures, and unrealized dreams. With their experience, we learn to recognize our karmic inheritance and settle our family's karmic accounts so we can redirect our energies in accord with our own true path and passion, our soul's calling. Bedi and Matthews explain how ancestral karma gets energetically encoded in the chakras of our subtle body and manifests as chakra blockages or overactivity. They provide case histories from their patients, an analysis of the Kennedy family history, as well as the archetypal example of the history of the House of Atreus--the Greek legacy of family betrayal stemming from Tantalus to Atreus and Thyestes, to Agamemnon and finally, Orestes. In addition to these examples and illuminating case studies, the authors teach us how to use dreamwork, journaling, and diagramming our family tree as tools for identifying and overcoming inherited karma.
To totally comprehend our roots and to realize our destiny, we must look beyond our individual life and understand our ancestral context in order to make sense of our journey. Once we have identified the blessings and the curses we have inherited, we have the possibility of choice. The best way to break old patterns is to work on establishing new ones.
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About the Author
Dr. Ashok Bedi is a Jungian psychoanalyst and a board-certified psychiatrist. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of Great Britain, a Diplomat in Psychological Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of England, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and president-elect, training analyst, and faculty member at the Analyst Training Program of the Carl G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He practices psychiatry at the Aurora Psychiatric Hospital and the Aurora Health Care Networks. He is author of
Path to the Soul (Weiser Books, 2000) and and the co-author of
Retire Your Family Karma (Nicholas-Hays, Inc., 2003). His website is pathtothesoul.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Doctor Bedi is a true artist. By this I imply more than the fact that he's an excellent writer. Just as the great artists of our time have made us look at life and see it in a way we were never able to imagine, so does doctor Bedi cause us to look at our patients with a fresh eye and a new perspective. Psychotherapy resembles teaching. A Therapist must have endless amounts of energy, hope, and enthusiasm that is communicated to one's patients. Hence the importance of a fresh look & perspective In this, his second little gem of a book, doctor Bedi teams with Dr Matthews to teach us how each of us has not only the opportunity, but also the challenge of working on our ancestors¿ unfinished tasks as well as our own. In other words they try to show us how we can resolve the problems with which our ancestors struggled , while actualizing our own innate potentials and gifts. With lucid clinical examples they define such basic themes as 'what is karma?' They illustrate how karma is basically a combination of action and consequence and demonstrate that in reality karma may span several generations- which is what they call family karma. Doctors Bedi and Matthews have outlined three sources of karma each of us must address to reach our true potential -- individual, family, and past- life karma. If we do this we can ' retire' the karma that we have generated or inherited. There is a chapter on the illustrations of family karma in ancient and modern legends. As Henry the Fifth put it in Shakespeare's play 'Not today my lord, oh not today, Think upon the sins my father did in encompassing the crown!' The authors quote examples that range from Greek mythology to the modern-day Kennedy Dynasty. They show how to explore family dynamics and relationships and describe in detail how exactly we inherit the family karma. At the end of every chapter there are journal exercises that illuminate, with great clarity, the questions and tasks that we need to ask ourselves and our patients. To make sense of our pathway to our souls and our life's journey we have to comprehend ultimately our own roots. They liken this to a river -- the only way to ultimately understand a river is to examine its source in the mountaintops and to follow it to the valleys and springs and marshes. This to me is the essence of the book. Our understanding of ourselves begins with the little rivulets that lie deep inside our psyche, and are fed by ancestral waters that have existed before we were born. We have to examine these streams as they gush forth into the open and become wider and ever more forceful cascades that ultimately shape the bedrock of our personalities and carve out the canyons and valleys of who we ultimately become. This book shows us how!