Dina Bernat-Kunin is a graduate of the BlueStone Institute as a certified energy practitioner and works as a Healer in private practice in Los Angeles . She spoke with us about her experiences working as a facilitator at Bloodline Healing workshops.
Interviewer: Besides being a Bloodline Healing Facilitator, what training do you have as a practitioner?
Dina: I’ve been practicing since 1987 as a traditional social worker/therapist/clinician. I also did a 2 year certificate training program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the southern CA psychoanalytic Institute in Los Angeles. I graduated from the BlueStone Institute of the Healing Arts as a certified energy practitioner.
Interviewer: Can you recall a moment when you realized that Bloodline Healing had a big impact on someone you were working with?
Dina: One particular client had a history on both sides of the family of a lack of nurturing and caring. Everything was focused on survival and there wasn’t a lot left for really being able to see each child as an individual. She didn’t receive what she needed, because the parents didn’t receive what they needed emotionally. So she really went through life with a lack of trust. When she started making connections and really bringing to herself as an adult, what she needed as a child, she was able to start trusting herself and start trusting life.
Interviewer: What are some of the reasons why people have tried Bloodline Healing in the past?
Dina: People feel that the decisions and choices that they have made in life have been impacted by things that they are not fully aware of. They have that sense that there are things at play in their family or their lineage that they are bound to. They feel they have to live with this family script and they don’t feel free. Discerning the burdens of ancestors and lineage allows them to make clearer choices and really step off that family script to create their own. That doesn’t mean disinheriting the gifts of their family, it means that they can embrace the gifts that their family gives them, but also embrace who they are as an individual and being able to move forward in their life.
Interviewer: What makes this a unique approach to healing in your eyes?
Dina: In this work, we really make an effort to connect to our lineage and explore not just our nuclear family and our own individual life, but what we inherit. And the experiences of our grandparents and great-grandparents and what they’ve gone through. Sometimes their emotional experiences have not found closure or found expression and their stories are unfinished. So then there are things that get passed down. That’s a very unique way of looking at who we are.
Interviewer: What’s your favorite part of the workshop?
Dina: I love the support that people just naturally want to give to their co-participants. We teach how to give that support so that people feel safe. That really allows people to bring all of their feelings; even the uncomfortable, challenging feelings that they don’t always want to acknowledge or show. I love those moments where they make this connection to their lineage. We work at exploring family trees and as people are talking and sharing, they start to see things they haven’t seen before. They say “Oh, I can see why I struggle with this. Look at my family. It’s not just me. This is maybe not just my burden”. You see this look on people’s faces when they start to put that together. And it’s just this expression of, “Oh, there’s hope for me”.
Interviewer: What advice do you have for a first time participant?
Dina: It’s really important, almost vital, that if you’re coming to the workshop that you have some container outside of the workshop that you step back into. That you’re doing some other kind of personal work and getting continued support. Because a lot comes up that can be surprising and maybe even feel a little overwhelming. So you need a safe and containing place to come and continue to process after.
Experience this potent and meaningful work firsthand at one of our workshops. Join us for our annual Brandeis Bloodline Retreat on Feb 6-8th, 2015 in Simi Valley, 45 minutes outside of L.A.