Joy and the Chronic Pain Experience

Elizabeth Kipp shares about joy and the chronic pain experience with Kristen Maes on the Live Your Passion Podcast.

We can break our old habits, let go of our old identities and become the evolutionary being we were meant to be. In this episode of Live Your Passion Podcast, Elizabeth Kipp and Kristin Maes talk about how to feel joy after years of chronic pain.

What is an ancestral burden?

Here’s an example of an ancestral burden. When I was about four years old, I remember sitting in my parent’s living room with my parents and feeling this weight in the room. And I didn’t know what it was, but I could feel it. It felt like it was coming from my parents and I but I didn’t know what it was. It wasn’t until much later that I got into this work that I understood that I was feeling the burdens that my parents were carrying. I didn’t just feel it in the room; I felt it in my body felt like a weight.

When I got into this Ancestral Cleaning work, I was able to release it. As a young child and growing up, I didn’t know what to say about it. It wasn’t a topic of conversation. I just carried it. I didn’t say anything to anybody. With the Ancestral Clearing work, I realized that my parents were carrying the weight of the traumas, the effects of the traumas that they had a World War Two. My dad went through the Great Depression. My grandparents went through World War One and on down the lineage.

Ancestral burden as a physical weight

So, an ancestral burden can show up as an actual physical weight. A lot of people have noticed when they experience the Ancestral Clearing process that they feel a lightening of the body.

Other examples of ancestral burden

Another example of an ancestral burden is when people have carried grief, not just when someone dies, but they can carry grief from the past in the lineage when there wasn’t time to grieve and the energy of that grief remained as unresolved energy.

We also may have issues around scarcity. People have issues with money. It can be a burden from the ancestors and the experiences they had with not having enough money or perhaps overspending, or maybe their money was stolen, or they stole from someone.

Ancestral behaviors and belief through mirror neurons

We have these mirror neurons, and they help us survive. Part of our learning to be social involves us mirroring our parents. We mirror our teachers and each other. We can pick up behaviors and limiting beliefs from our parents and grandparents through this mirroring. This is another way that ancestral information gets passed from one generation to the next.

What clearing ancestral burdens means

How do you learn to clear ancestral burdens?

It’s like we release a weight and then we might have a little more access to joy in our life. It might help us come more fully alive. One of the benefits that I have experienced from the Ancestral Clearing work is around chronic pain and clearing the effects of unresolved trauma. And Ancestral Clearing has given me greater access to joy.

What chronic pain is

The chronic pain experience changes the brain. Let’s define chronic pain. Chronic pain is any pain, not just physical, any pain – physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, financial – any kind of pain that’s felt for 15 days out of 30 for three months or more. The brain can’t tell the difference between a broken bone and a broken heart. All types of pain send the same signal to the brain: it hurts.

The brain is changed by chronic pain

 The brain has changed by chronic pain. One of the changes that happen in the brain, beyond the chaos that happens, is a marked negative mind. A typical chronic pain sufferer will either blame everybody else or blame themselves for their situation. That negativity also gets turned right into the person experiencing the pain. An example of such negativity is low self-esteem. That negative thinking becomes a habit and it lives in the nervous system. 

Learning to experience joy after suffering from chronic pain for years

Part of healing from chronic pain is changing the nervous system so that you rewire it and can open up access to joy. I remember early in my recovery, I didn’t feel safe to feel joy. I kept thinking, “When is the other shoe gonna drop?”  I was so used to feeling this dark, kind of depressed state that the nervous system felt very uncertain when I was shifting it into a new way of living.

Healing takes time

It takes a little takes time to regain a sense of safety in a joyous state. It’s a practice. And so it takes help. You know, it takes a healthy community and good tools in order to shift that negative bias into a more neutral space. If we can clear all our conditioning around all our biases and all our judgments, what’s left?  All that is joy and love – our natural state of being. Returning to joy and love is the result of our healing, and healing takes time. Joy and the chronic pain experience – the journey to joy is the result of healing.


Listen to the full episode, “How to feel joy through chronic pain – interview with Elizabeth Kipp,” here.


Joy and the Chronic Pain Experience

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