SR Releasing Loss of Roots - Supporting evolving through all the effects of Loss of Roots. (Research Resonance)
There are many different experiences that can lead to a sense of loss of roots. Here are a few examples.
Refugees, Economic Migrants and Diaspora ('the dispersion or spread of any people from their original homeland')
Refugees requently lose everything they possessed; we can witness this nightly on TV news. They carry on their backs what little they can, as they stream across borders, across the seas, with virtually nothing except the clothes they are wearing. They may be fleeing famine, war, oppression or be economic migrants, hopeful of new opportunities and a better future. Either way, the loss of connection with their land and culture can have siesmic consequences on a conscious and unconscious level, and this impact can echo down through generations. This can also be the case for cultural groups such as the Jews, Palestinians and Irish (after the Irish famine).
It may be worth considering the Tuberculosis resonance as well where there is a family history of emigration/imigration/diaspora as TB can lead to a tendancy to roam, travel, explore.
The United States, Canada, Australia and much of South America, as well as London and other big cities, are frequently made up imigrants (and their descendants) who left their homeland due to religious persecution, famine, lack of opportunity, poverty, government policy etc. In the USA the people drifted gradually westwards, generation after generation, and many are still unsettled - rootless.
The colonisation of Australia is another example. As well as exporting convicts, the British government sent over 100,000 children to Australia last century. Many of them were abandoned illigitimate children, taken from children's homes, told that their parents were dead, and shipped to Australia as servants. This mixed trauma of abandonment, betrayal and loss of roots runs deep for many of the offspring.
Hurricane Mitch left more than 11,000 people dead, and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes. It was the deadliest hurricane to hit the Western Hemisphere in more than 200 years. Peter Chappell visited Honduras after the hurricane and spoke with a woman about the impact of the hurricane: "She explained to me about the loss of her land. The river changed course and swept her house and the land it stood on away. She said 'I can rebuild my house with my bare hands, I can remake my possessions, but I can't because I've lost my land. The land I own has disappeared into the river'. She was distraught to say the least."
When children are adopted by parents from different countries or racial/cultural background, as well as loosing their birth parents the child may also loose their maternal language, culture and country. For example, a Chinese baby girl, unwanted because of her sex, may be adopted into the West, loosing her roots, her land, her language in the womb and this may become the defining issue of her life.
What is your Anchor?
While loss of roots may lead to certain challenges in your life, it also potentially frees you up to find your own deep meaning and purpose, your own ground to stand on, once you have released the associated trauma. (The SR Earthing Tool may also be helpful in finding your own ground.)
What is your anchor or reference point in life - the place that you return to; the ground that you stand on? This can take many different forms, for instance:
- A physical place or country
- A cultural group
- A religion or spiritual perspective
- Another particular way of seeing or understanding the world (for instance the scientific paradigm)
- A vision or ambition for your life
- Family, community or a particular person or relationship
Reflect on how this shapes your life, your behaviour and your decisions (conscious and unconsious).
How much do you know about your family history and your culture of origin, and what can you find out by researching or talking to relatives? If you know your family story, it may be helpful to tell the story (maybe to a friend or your children) perhaps illustrated with a map, photos or belongings passed down to you. Be aware of what feelings arise in you as you describe your family's journey.