On May Day of this year (September 1st, 2019) my first book “Healing Our Bloodlines: The 8 Realizations of Generational Liberation”, will be published on Amazon (hard copy and eBook). This guidebook is the culmination of 15 years of a pioneering approach to inter-generational healing. The work that started off as a few Jewish Holocaust Survivors visiting an unconventional Intuitive Healer has bloomed into an approach to family healing called Bloodline Healing. This approach ask participants to recognize that we all inherit invisible burdens and special gifts from our family trees. Each step is presented in an easy to understand realization that leads to reclaiming a piece of your personal healing.
To help develop Bloodline Healing, I had to delve into my lineage in order to claim the gifts that I inherited from my own ancestors. On May Day, I will become the second member of my family to become an author. The first author in our family was Chester D. Berry, my G-G-Great Uncle through my Great Grandfather on my mother’s side of the family, William Lester Kennedy, who I called Pop. I spent many weekends with Pop, sitting on his lap and learning to draw. He was a draftsman by trade who worked on blueprints during the week and served as the family’s amateur cartoonist on the weekends. Pop was my living connection to Uncle Chester who survived the Civil War only to write about it.
Pop had an original family owned copy of Chester Berry’s book “Loss of the Sultana and Reminiscences of Survivors”. As a child, I remember my Great Grandma Kennedy telling me about a library wanting to buy this book because it was a piece of Civil War history. But she refused to sell it, saying to me when I was 8 years old, “Well, when you get the money for the book, the money eventually disappears and then you’re left with no book. Why would I sell it?” Even though the name Chester D. Berry was mentioned to me growing up, and even though his spirit seemed to resonate from the old dusty pages of the family heirloom in Grandma and Pop’s house, I didn’t really know what his book was about.
G-G-Great Uncle Chester’s book was a collection of firsthand accounts from those who survived the sinking of the Sultana, a riverboat that was carrying released Union prisoners a few weeks after the U.S. Civil War had ended. The Confederate side has lost, so it released over 2,400 Union prisoners to be transported up north via the Mississippi river. It never made it. A mysterious explosion sank the Sultana, killing over 1,700 people. The Sultana death toll was about 200 more deaths than the sinking of the Titanic. Chester Berry was one of those survivors. Years later, he gathered the personal accounts of other Sultana survivors and compiled supporting historical documents to write a compelling testimony of resilience from an event that punctuated the end of a bloody war. In his book, he sought to answer the question, “what happened to the Sultana?”
Perhaps something in my DNA began to stir when Holocaust survivors first found me, inspiring me to begin writing down their testimonies as the survivors of World War II. Like Uncle Chester, I wrote Healing Our Bloodlines to answer a question, “can our families heal from their historic hardships?” The answer is yes. With the help of my colleagues and clients, I’ve found a backdoor to the healing process that leads to the release of family burdens and personal empowerment.
My family eventually donated our original copy of my Uncle Chester’s book to the Sultana Disaster Museum in Marion, Arkansas. Uncle Chester’s original book is currently on display at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. To find out what happened to the Sultana, visit: http://www.sultanadisastermuseum.org/ and read my Uncle Chester’s book on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/s?k=chester+d.+berry&ref=nb_sb_noss
Check Back on May Day (September 1st, 2019) for the release of “Healing Our Bloodlines: The 8 Realizations of Generational Liberation“, on Amazon!