History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived.
But if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
Our family legacies can give us strength to heal the world. When we do our personal work — creating an inner revolution — we are better equipped for the outer transformation so desperately needed in our world today. The inner work begins with a deep dive into our families’ legacies—their riches and resources, tangles and traumas—because these intertwine within us to form the patterns of who we are and who we are becoming.
In this month-long course, we will study our legacies through texts, exercises and ritual. Classes will orient around trauma science, depth psychology, and case studies to better understand how personal life-riddles are founded on our ancestral legacies, and how we can transform their seemingly impenetrable lead into radiant meaning.
Our first group meeting will be a 75-minute video call on Thursday, June 6 at 5pm PT, 6pm MT, 7pm CT, 8pm ET. Subsequent course content will be delivered to your inbox once a week — June 13, 20, and 25th — and will include recorded sessions, discussion forum, and readings. Course registration also includes a 45-minute private session with Rabbi Tirzah. We will conclude with a group video call check-in and closing ritual on Thursday, June 27 at 5pm PT, 6pm MT, 7pm CT, 8pm ET.
This course is for you if you:
- Wish to deepen your transformative work in the world from a place of personal awareness.
- Want the blessings of wise and well ancestors whom you feel are out of reach.
- Want to move forward with your life but feel some heaviness in your family of origin that keeps you unsure, unsteady, or lacking direction.
- Have relatives who have died or left the family under difficult circumstances such as war, displacement, accidents, suicide, mental illness, or addiction.
While this work is based in Jewish source teachings, it is open to people of all ethnic and faith backgrounds.
- Obtain Wounds into Wisdom, our core text for this course. A further list of articles and books will be provided.
- Keep a 30-day Journal to record your dreams, reflect upon assigned questions, and chart your meditations.
- Before your personal session with Rabbi Firestone, please submit a brief outline or letter with your ancestral history (no longer than one page please).
- A promise to maintain confidentiality. We ask that you honor the personal stories you hear within the context of our virtual classroom.
What you will learn:
- To identify the patterns of trauma and richness that have been laid down by earlier family members and ancestors, and understand their effect upon your life.
- To make contact with well, benevolent and helpful allies and ancestors to open new pathways for increasing your creativity, health, and spiritual evolution.
- To find keys that open doors and set you, and those you touch, free of unconscious compulsions caused by earlier traumas, injustices, or separations in your family.
- To add your energies to the ongoing healing of your family, tribe, and the larger world.
Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, PhD, is an author, Jungian psychotherapist, and founding rabbi of Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado. She is a leader in the international Jewish Renewal Movement and a renowned Jewish scholar and teacher. Tirzah has taught nationally for over 30 years about body-mind psychology, Kabbalah, feminist mysticism, ancestral healing and other modern applications of ancient wisdom. In 2019, upon the release of her newest book, Wounds into Wisdom, Tirzah began touring the US and facilitating workshops on intergenerational trauma healing nationally.
Frequently Asked Questions
The field of intergenerational trauma healing, also called ancestral healing is both very new and extremely ancient. It applies to all groups and ethnicities who have suffered grave challenges such as war, discrimination, poverty, or displacement. Intergenerational Trauma Healing is based on the understanding that the past does not simply disappear. We can learn to release the patterns and behaviors that have come down to us and strengthen and energize the legacies that are positive and life-giving.
The more awareness we have about what our ancestors and families went through in the past, and the patterns that grew out of what they endured, the more compassion we naturally have for those who came before us and for ourselves. The more compassion we have for our people and for ourselves, the less reactive and fearful we become, and the more freedom we have to choose how we want to live our lives and what we want to pass down to our children.