When I was young, maybe third grade, I learned about the Salem Witch Trials. I began absorbing as much of the information on these tragic events as possible. I read books about the people involved, rented movies and documentaries, and soaked up all I could about one of the biggest cases of hysteria in our country. I read a book containing letters written by women accused of witchcraft, awaiting trial and those who were convicted and waiting to be hanged. I had immense empathy for these women (and some men). I could feel the fear and helplessness that consumed their words. What I found especially terrifying was how privilege and the lynch mob mentality that determined who lived and who died, and the victimization and oppression, mostly toward women and minorities. Regardless of a lack of evidence or that there was no evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, people lost their lives simply because someone pointed a finger at them.
In the Spring of 1692 the Salem witch trials began and were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts. There was no merit to the accusations and was mostly based on hearsay. The Salem Witch Trials is considered to be one of the most notorious cases of mass hysteria of colonial America, and in the history of the United States. By 1693 the trails concluded in Salem with the executions of twenty people, fourteen of them women and some of the children.
These numbers might seem minuscule. You may read that and immediately think about the number of people who die today in one school shooting and brush of these statistics. However, while the number of deaths during the Salem Witch Hunts may not be the largest massacre this county has ever seen, it was a pivotal foundation of energetic and hereditary trauma at the forefront of this countries birth.
When we experience trauma, suffering, loss, grieving, we internalize the emotions and they become energy we transmit into the world. Regardless of being conscious or subconscious, our feelings attach themselves to our thoughts, our words, our intentions, and they ripple out into the lives of the people around us. They affect our partners, coworkers, everyone we come into contact with and is even passed on to our offspring.
Trauma is Inherited
A study conducted by a research team at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital and led by Rachel Yehuda showed that genetic changes caused by trauma suffered by Holocaust survivors were being passed on to their children genetically. The study consisted of 32 Jewish men and women who had been a prisoner at a Nazi concentration camp, had to hide from the Nazis, or had been exposed to or been witness to torture during World War 2. Yehuda and her team studied the genes of the survivors and their children then compared the results with Jewish families who were not in Europe at the time of the War.
The results showed genetic changes including changes to the region of genes that directly affects the regulation of stress hormones, in not only those who lived through the Holocaust, but their offspring as well, and found epigenetic tags on the same part of the gene in both the Holocaust survivors and their children.
The results of Yehuda’s research have had a major impact on the scientific, psychological and even spiritual fields. Yehuda said about her findings, “To our knowledge, this provides the first demonstration of transmission of preconception stress effects resulting in epigenetic changes in both the exposed parents and their offspring, in humans.”
What this study proves is that trauma is passed on to our children and can even change our genetic makeup. The Salem Witch Trials were terrifying for everyone involved and were a cornerstone of the intention of this country.
After the trails, the court and community admitted their wrongdoing, eventually pardoned the deceased, and even financially compensated their families. The community at large was horribly affected. They lost loved ones, wives, sisters, mothers, friends, because of nothing more than hysteria caused by gossip. The pain of those events exceeded the initial proceedings and that wound remained raw for many years.
As we now know spiritually and scientifically, our thoughts become things, and our words, actions, and intentions manifest into reality. With a country founded on slavery, privilege, massacres, and such painful wounds, what do you think we have created?
Witch Hunts in Modern Society
The Salem Witch Trials may have happened at the beginning of our country but witch hunts themselves and the mob mentality have reached a new level of an epidemic. Unfortunately, it has become so common and socially acceptable that it escapes most people.
We see witch hunts every day on social media platforms, in the news, and in everyday social settings. The conversation of privilege is also more prevalent today than ever before. Scapegoating, judgment for different beliefs, being a minority, persecution simply for being “different” are all things we are facing in this country and the world, and have become rampant in our collective conscious/unconscious. With today’s technology and social media, people can extend a “witch hunt” into the entire world through a viral post and create hysteria in moments.
A New Consciousness
The dilemma we are seeing now is that these issues have become so triggering that the conversations are mostly not lending to the healing process, they are actually contributing to the wounds and in many cases, causing more damage and trauma. We have to have the conversations of privilege and discuss the reality of the world, but we also have to address the spiritual solutions. We have become a trigger filled society, so hurt by the past of or civilization and our own personal pasts, that we generally can’t even process information without attachment. We are not seeing things the way they are because we are too busy seeing them the way we are.
A trigger is a human reaction to a worldly event. It is a wound that is unhealed and being clawed at. If we are constantly being triggered by our wounds we cannot view the problem with a higher consciousness. This requires us to heal the wounds personally through spirituality in order to heal globally.
Albert Einstein famously said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
The only way our world will evolve is by providing spiritual solutions to the human consciousness that created them.
This doesn’t mean we have to stay high vibe and can’t talk about what is happening in the world. In order to heal we have to expose the underbelly but bring in the spiritual truth to rectify the situation. The only truth is a spiritual truth. This doesn’t mean ignoring the worldly reality. We have to address the pain points, struggles, and adversity in the world, but we cannot continue to do so through fighting and playing off of each other’s egos.
How Can We Heal the Past?
In physics, there is no time. Therefore, by healing in the present we are essentially healing the past. Similar to how hypnotherapy, Theta, rebirthing, or even forgiveness, as well as many other modalities, work, we can work to heal the past by healing it in the present, thus resulting in a new manifestation based on our shift in consciousness. This doesn’t mean the events didn’t happen or are irrelevant. It means we are removing the negative energetic charge that has been festering and is now boiling over into the world and in our collective consciousness.
Spiritual Activism is the healing of oneself, communities, and the world, through spiritual action. If we truly want to make a difference, we are going to have to address our worldly conditions with spiritual solutions. This includes healing our own human beliefs of separation, paradigms, and trauma. Being a Spiritual Activist™ means stepping back from the chaos and seeing the spiritual in every situation, and providing solutions that heal, not just put band-aids on the wounds. A Spiritual Activist is brazen, honest, and ready to do what it takes to make a difference in the most loving, and impactful way.
We have tried fighting for change and while sometimes we have to aggressively seek development, I invite you to instead to become a Spiritual Activist™ and at least see what kind of change it creates in the world. There is a famous quote, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Let us instead use Spiritual Activism™ to heal our past, practice truth in the present, and create a united, loving, and peaceful future.
To Our Past, Present and Spiritual Future,
Would you Like to learn more about Spiritual Activism™ and becoming a Spiritual Activist™?
Join me in Salem Massachusetts this September to begin healing the colonial wounds of victimization, oppression, and privilege, in a way that has never been done before.