The book: “The Inheritors: Moving Forward from Generational Trauma”
See below for more details about the book.
How to participate:
1. Join the NING Taos Online Community Website.
4. Read this chapter but also be sure to buy the book and read the whole book before this Week in Dialogue so you can fully participate.Download Now: Inheritors-Invitation
Also download other parts of the book -Click Here for readings.
About the Week in Dialogue with the Author - Gita Baack
The history of man is one that encompasses both acts of kindness as well as acts of evil impossible to understand. Life often brings devastating events: victimization, displacement, marginalization, illness, injustice, economic and environmental disasters, and so on. The premise of the book is that our family legacies, both positive and negative, are passed down from one generation to the next in ways that are not fully understood. Further I have an alarming message that if the inherited trauma is not processed, the cycles of pain, hatred, and violence may be perpetuated for as many as seven generations or more. Imagine what this means for Native people who have suffered eight generations of trauma! Or imagine what this means for people who have inherited anger, hate and racist ideologies as part of their identity! No wonder history repeats itself.
This book, based on my Taos dissertation, follows my journey as an Inheritor of the Holocaust, trying to process the gaps in my family legacy and an exploration of the veracity of a knowledge I had since I was a young child without any way of knowing if it was true or not. It is also a collection of stories and dialogues with Inheritors from different parts of the world, from someone who escaped Syria in the nick of time, to Vietnamese inheritors, to children and grandchildren of war vets to First Nations people’s inherited trauma. In the process of exploring the impacts of the trauma, the book is also a discovery of the many facets of resilience that we also inherited.
The book was written as non-academic book in the hope that it will help readers to uncover and process their own inherited stories and find their resilience finally claiming the whole life that we all deserve and stop the perpetuation of trauma. It is also intended as a resource for all helpers and activists.
The book is intended for:
- Immigrants and displaced persons worldwide
- Holocaust Survivors and their descendants
- Indigenous People and African Americans
- Descendants of families in European countries affected by guilt and shame
- Persons who have experienced the impacts of devastating events
- Teachers, Counsellors, teachers, historians, activists, and helpers everywhere
Some of the questions we will explore:
Chapter 1 —“An Invitation to My Reader”, pages 3 - 8
- After reviewing the rather long list of who are Inheritors of trauma, why do you think it is important for us as relational leaders to be aware of the impacts of inherited trauma?
- How can this understanding help us in relational and peace work as Social Constructionists?
Chapter 4 —“Different Forms of Memory”, pages 39-59 and Chapter 11 —“Moving Forward”, pages 171-189
- Memory work can be about an unknown past or even about someone else’s unknown past. Inheritors of trauma (and resilience) tend to become researchers of the unknown and/or of the un-discussable. After reading this chapter, do you have a memory or sense of knowing that you have not acknowledged or something that you want to research that your have not yet done. How would knowing make you feel?
- Validation of one’s legacy is important to help move forward. How can dialogues facilitate validation of traumatic legacies?
- What would be important consideration when designing dialogues that would help guide Inheritors to move forward from their conscious or unconscious pain, sense of absence and deep seated feelings of betrayal?
- What would be important consideration when designing dialogues that would help guide Inheritors of perpetrators, collaborators or bystanders transform their shame and guilt or their hatred and racism?
- What would be important consideration when designing dialogues that would bring together diverse groups of Inheritors?