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Healing Your Family Ancestry

Article by Angie Webster

We understand that we are physically affected by our family ancestry through our DNA and mentally through our parent’s influence on us during our upbringing, but it goes much deeper than that and carries much further through time and space than we tend to realize. The DNA and the decisions of relatives we never even met echoes through us and those ripples still continue to affect us until they are healed and the waves are calmed once more. Indeed, they will continue to ripple through our lives and even through the lives of our children and grandchildren until the healing is complete.

For example, we all have seen how abuse can carry on from generation to generation, even if it doesn’t carry itself out in the same way. Sometimes it will be a husband who abuses his spouse, and the next generation it may be the daughter allowing herself to be abused by her husband, abusing herself or even her children. In the next generation, the cycle will continue in a new, yet familiar way. It doesn’t stop until someone is able to recognize a new way and heal the pattern in their mind, their heart and their family. The same is true for cycles of abandonment, poverty, war, religious zeal and many other things. Or for any unhealed pattern or illness in a family line, physical or otherwise.

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But how do we heal the patterns in the minds or DNA of family members we may have never met, from our long distant past? Or from far into the future? How can we heal our present family situation when we feel so deeply involved in the outcome?

When we notice a pattern arising in ourselves, particularly if it is one that repeats in similar ways in members of our family, whether it is with a health issue or a negative behavior pattern, then we can send healing to the entire family line, starting with ourselves and echoing outward. So, in the same way that the illness or damaging pattern echoes out through space and time, we will echo healing energy out through space and time, through all the DNA, molecules, mental, emotional and auric layers of our family ancestry.

To do this, relax and take a few deep breaths as you focus on the pattern or illness that you wish to send healing energy to. Try not to get too emotionally caught up in the outcome of the healing and simply allow the energy to flow. Activate CKR, SHK and HSZSN, and intend that the healing flow throughout all of space and time, to any and all family members affected by this illness or damaging behavior pattern. Visualize the DNA of any who need the healing energy being infused with its light. See their neural pathways shifting and opening to allow for new understandings that will make healthy patterns possible. See the healing energy flowing through their minds and bodies, infusing their cells, flowing through every direction of time and space. Imagine any damage that has been done, now being healed and any lessons that were needed, now have been learned, all flowing in with the healing energy.

Once you feel this is complete for this session, close the session by sending a final boost of CKR through time and space through the family line, past, present and future. Try not to be too focused on a particular need or desire for a specific person or outcome. Instead, just allow the healing echo to continue to ripple throughout time and space as it needs to, trusting that it will find its way where it needs to go, much as water flows into the spaces it must fill.

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Angie Webster
Angie Webster

Angie Webster is a Reiki Master Teacher and author. Angie’s primary focus is animal Reiki, which she adores. She also teaches classes and workshops about Reiki and spiritual growth. She works often with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Infinite Reiki, Infinite Healing: How Energy Medicine Healed my Life and What It Can do for Yours. Reiki and a healthy lifestyle contributed to her healing after a 20-year struggle with neurological and chronic pain issues. She comes out the other side with a new perspective on life and now seeks to empower others, guiding them back to their own innate healing abilities. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.thinkific.com, https://www.facebook.com/HolisticSpirituality, http://www.serenityenergyhealing.com/

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  • kiran July 24, 2014, 8:43 pm

    How can we send healing to entire family line…

    • Angie Webster August 4, 2014, 7:45 pm

      Kiran, try using the process I outlined in the article above. You will probably have to do the process several times, as new layers that need healing come into your awareness. Healing energy can be sent into any molecule, DNA, cell, organ, event, habit, truly anything. Since time and space are irrelevant to the healing energy, you can ask that it echo through the entire family line, in all directions of space and time.

      • kiran August 5, 2014, 5:08 pm

        Thanks Angie for reply.

  • ekta gulabani July 26, 2014, 6:19 am

    Hi Angie , in my family people are suffering from depression which seems to be genetic
    I hope this will help.
    Thank u

  • krishna August 5, 2014, 8:16 am

    Angie I feel no connection with my family and I am resentful of some of them as I think some peoples mindless actions made the whole family suffer.It’s strange that I want them to sort of feel sorry for their actions.Sending healing seems like letting them off easy.How do I deal with such bitterness?

    • Angie Webster September 15, 2014, 1:19 am

      The first step is to heal your own wounds. Send healing to yourself and to the situation or situations that are triggering the resentment and bitterness in you. As you do this, try saying “I am willing to forgive so that I may be free.” Repeat this as a bit of a mantra. Forgiveness does not mean that you let the person continue to do the wrongful act or that you will continue to participate in being hurt. It means that you release the feelings that tie you to the event that hurt you. In that way, you are no longer allowing the event to continue hurting you again and again. It releases you.

      Once you are able to do that, then you may be able to feel the link in your family ancestry to you and to your children that all your family members have and you will want all of the thought patterns and DNA to receive healing for the benefit of yourself as well as any who come after you. They affect all of the family line, so really you are doing it for everyone, not just the ones who hurt you. You could even think of it as retroactively healing the events that were so painful to you, in a manner of speaking, since time and space make no difference with Reiki.

      • krishna November 12, 2014, 2:20 pm

        Thank you very much Angie and Pia.Much love …

    • Pia Louise November 11, 2014, 2:59 pm

      Krishna – I would like to respond to you with my own opinion. I can relate to your feelings of resentment toward family members – what I call my family of origin. I have what I call my own ‘tribe’ now people whom I consider family but are not blood relations. They are my true family because they offer me mutual respect and emotional support. That is family to me. imho.
      I journal each morning and I have decided it is important for my well being to forgive the family. Because of my sensitive nature and temperament I feel I was the scapegoat and much of the overall anger and fear and anxiety was directed towards me and played out as abuse – physical and emotional.
      Now as an adult I am grateful for who I am and how I am ‘wired’ to be sensitive. I have cultivated many loving aspects of myself towards others and I see how the other members of my family of origin really are not the same as me. They are very caught up in society and ‘success’ and not really happy with themselves. I know that statement is a huge generalization.
      I want to heal my family ancestry and family of origin as a gift because I have the knowledge. No one will ever know and no one need know I am doing this for us.
      To get back to my point about my morning journaling – I acknowledge and write about my resentments even as much as saying I am grateful for them. I can’t tell you why it would take too long and I’ve really written too much now as it is!
      I have seen subtle changes in my physical reality from acknowledging and working on healing resentment and I feel it releases me from the ties to people I don’t connect with but am related to by blood, birth and DNA.
      If you read only this part understand – I feel so free and light. My energy is light now and it is affecting my reality. I am released from the bondage of resentment. And I do write about resentment when it comes up again; and each time I am grateful for feeling it because it is just a feeling and does not have to be part of my character. Reiki is a wonderful gift and it will expand who you are and what you receive by healing your ancestry. Saludos – P

  • Namratta September 29, 2014, 7:01 pm


    Thank you for posting this article. The information shared is invaluable.

    Can I do a general healing without getting into the specifics-? For example, the traits which are not serving a family line in any way should be removed in the highest and best way.

    Can I work on a family line other than mine? Do I need permission?

    Can I also say the Ho’o ponopono prayer while doing the reiki treatment to the family line?

    Please advise.

    Thank you.

    Love and light,


    • Angie Webster October 16, 2014, 2:08 am

      Namratta, You can do a healing without getting into specifics, as you said, for the greatest good. You can say the Ho’oponopono prayer while doing the healing. I think you could send healing for the highest good of any situation or group, even without permission. That is my opinion, and others may not agree. However, it may be most effective with your own family line,as you are directly involved. I am not sure since I have not tried it.

  • Marianne Nilsson October 7, 2014, 8:48 pm

    Tack för efterlängtad sätt att hela o läka familjemönster genom alla tider o platser <3

    Ska det sändas Reiki till min familjs DNA genom tid och rum ? Inklusive mig själv .

    Går det att rita, göra en karta på oss alla i familjen, ja en karta som på bilden här ovanför ?

    Tacksamma hälsningar i Kärlekens ljus

  • Indira November 9, 2014, 11:58 am

    Thanks a lot for such a useful article. I want to know when I heal my family line, (past), should I send healing in general or should it be seperate for the maternal side and paternal side of family seperately ?

    • Angie Webster November 9, 2014, 11:40 pm

      Indira, when I worked with this originally, I started with myself and the patterns in myself that I could also see were present physically or as emotional or habit or karmic patterns in family members. I sent the healing first to myself and then envisioned the healing echoing out through time and space to any and all family members that the particular pattern I was focusing on were touched by, regardless of which side of the family that involved. I very much encourage you to begin with yourself and notice how these patterns touch your own life so that you may heal that as well. That stops the cycle from continuing forward with new generations. Let it echo out to whoever it needs to touch, throughout time and space. Any DNA pattern or thought pattern, any echo in time an space. Allow healing to flow wherever it needs to. Your intuition will guide you. Simply let it.

  • Indira November 10, 2014, 3:31 am

    Thanks a lot for the guidence. Indira

  • Shaheen November 12, 2014, 6:04 am

    I want to know the starting prayer for healing our family ancestry. Thank you.. 🙂

    • Angie Webster November 12, 2014, 11:04 pm

      Shaheen, I have no specific prayer. I usually simply say something that sets the intention I have for the healing. In this case, it might be the Metta prayer or something like it:” May all be well, May all be safe, May all be happy, May all know peace, through all of time and space, starting with me.”

  • rupali December 16, 2014, 5:27 am

    hi Angie
    i read your article and it is quite interesting. my family suffers from diabetes
    so i will definitely follow your instructions but i just want to know for how many days i should give the healing..
    moreover use of other symbols can be done? or should we only use CHK, SHK and HSZSN?

    • Angie Webster December 16, 2014, 4:00 pm

      Rupali, You can let your intuition guide you in the issue of how many days to do this and what symbols to use. There is no harm in using other symbols, and it may help, but it isn’t necessary. If you do this and you feel more days are still needed, then by all means repeat it. It may be a good thing to repeat it many times over months, coming back to it now and then.

      • rupali December 17, 2014, 5:06 am

        thanks Angie 🙂

  • Maitry December 17, 2014, 2:40 am

    nice article.. thank you

  • Nelly May 8, 2015, 5:08 pm

    I would like to know if you can do this with your kids but not the problems they seems to inherit from you but their other parent. Although that parent is reluctant and don’t see the problem do you need their permission or you can work on the kids?

    • Angie Webster May 9, 2015, 9:56 pm

      Nelly, you don’t need the permission of the other parent to use Reiki with your children. It is a good idea to practice healing all aspects of the family line, in all directions of time and space, using the distance symbol, rather than making distinctions about where you feel a problem came from. Making use of the mental and emotional symbol along with the power symbol will help to heal any emotional pain or forgiveness issues which may be contributing to problems. I recommend you offer healing to yourself as well since you are also their parent. Your DNA and your wellbeing will have an ongoing effect on theirs!

  • Rose June 14, 2015, 2:01 pm

    Hi Angie, thank you for the article, I would like to know how can you help somebody with many issues from her past as a kid, specially abandonment and physical and psychological issues. Thank you

    • Angie Webster June 14, 2015, 3:39 pm

      Hi Rose,
      You can use this same technique for that situation. In fact, that was why I began working with the technique myself. There is a great deal of these types of issues in my own family line, as there are in many families and I wanted to bring healing to it. I have been working to refine the technique as I worked with myself and others over the last year. I recently began offering a service based specifically this technique and what I have learned. If you would like more information, you can contact me at angie@serenityenergyhealing.com.

  • Melissa Gerber October 26, 2015, 5:56 pm

    I hope this works. I’m told that my paternal family line is being spiritually affected by an ancestor who made a pact with Something infernal.
    Besides that, there is cancer and some tendencies to ADD and nervous depression.
    Wish me luck.

    • Angie Webster October 26, 2015, 7:18 pm

      Light and the Higher Dimensions–True Source– are always more powerful than those things that hold themselves separate from that. Trust in that and begin by working with releasing any layers of fear energy you may have within yourself. These energies are patterns as well, and may also be related to the family line, as many times fear energy is learned. All healing that you do for your ancestors and descendants must first begin within yourself. Start each session you do with that understanding and spend several minutes at the beginning and the end of the session focusing inward in order to release any patterns within you that connect to these familial patterns. See them releasing and healing in all directions of time and space, reaching all that have been affected by them. Sending you blessings.

  • heather Macdonald June 11, 2016, 11:53 pm

    I’ve been working on healing ancestral lines lately too.. since I’m a family tree researcher and reiki healer ive let my guides lead me into interesting ways of sending a neutral style of healing during meditation to ancestors and all descendants of me and my kids, even my twinflame with his higher self permission … it’s early days so I know results will appear in due time.. my path is leading me with both these professions as want to combine them.. only recently I launched my fb page as a professional researcher and looking forward to how it melds with my reiki practice

  • divinesoulsinger November 4, 2016, 9:48 pm

    TY for sharing

  • Nishrin December 20, 2016, 10:13 am

    Lovely information. Thanks for sharing. Lots of love and light.

  • oceandreamsweb April 26, 2017, 7:22 pm

    This was very helpful! Thank you for sharing this. I am actually in a program to learn new ways to bring abundance and prosperity into my life, for my family and I. SO this was perfect timing! Many Blessings sent your way!

  • RAM April 27, 2017, 4:45 am

    Good artical and information.

    Thanks for your help for mankind.

    God bless you with Light, Love, ABUNDANCE and power


    Divine Light , Divine Love and Divine Power.

  • Sooryakantha Shetty August 16, 2017, 5:31 pm

    Wow! Great Article. Thank you so much..I am suffering from diabetes since years, Now I am 38 years old. someone please suggest me the route for come out this disorder.

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