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Unveiling the Layers: An Integrative Therapeutic Approach to Exploring Legacy Burdens

Updated: Apr 21

Welcome to the sacred journey of self-discovery and healing. In our exploration of legacy burdens, we embrace an integrative therapeutic approach that blends various modalities including IFS, EMDR, Transpersonal, and Somatic therapies to honor intention, meaning, and purpose. This approach is not limited to any particular therapist or counselor but is accessible to all primary therapists, healers, and clients seeking profound transformation.


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Healing Legacy Burdens

Exploring Legacy Burdens:

In the gentle embrace of therapy, clients traverse the landscapes of their past, unearthing the legacy burdens that have shaped their lives. These burdens, steeped in ancestral wisdom and collective trauma, weave intricate patterns within the tapestry of the soul.


  1. Abandonment Issues: IFS therapy guides clients in befriending their inner child that has been exiled, offering compassion and healing to the wounded parts of themselves that carry the scars of abandonment. In a safe-enough and sacred space clients can use the imagination, as the Shamanic journey entails, to powerfully reconnect with their inner child and the the gifts of their ancestors for greater self-love and acceptance.

  2. Survivor's Guilt: Using IFS , somatic, and transpersonal techniques, we can facilitate the unraveling of ancestral wounds, gently guiding clients through the labyrinth of survivor's guilt to reclaim their sense of wholeness and belonging. Through meaningful protocols we can pass back burdens to be transmuted into nature, and carry forward and retrieve the gifts to embody. Healing the ancestral lines past, present, and future honors the resilience of their lineage and release the burdens that no longer serve us.

  3. Ancestral Trauma: With a reverence for the wisdom of the ancestors, we can integrates transpersonal work into therapy sessions, guiding clients in ancestral lineage clearings healings. Allowing clients to safely embark in shamanic understanding to commune with their ancestral energies, receiving guidance, wisdom, and blessings from the realms beyond.

  4. Cultural Expectations: Through Polyvagal theory and greater understanding of the EMDR's adaptive processing (AIP) model, clients can shed layers of cultural conditioning and reclaim their authentic Selves. Much programming is stored in our nervous systems and our bodies that can be gently released in order to connect to the adaptive and meaningful information that got lost along the way. By honoring the wisdom of their indigenous roots and ancestral lineages, clients rediscover the richness of their cultural heritage and embrace a path of authenticity and empowerment.

  5. Inherited Beliefs: With Self-energy qualities like curiosity and compassion, we invite clients to explore the inner landscapes of their psyche, uncovering how parts hold the inherited beliefs (epigenetic and energies) that shape their current perceptions, symptoms, and behaviors. Through IFS techniques, clients reclaim lost parts of themselves and rewrite the stories that no longer serve their highest good.

  6. Family Secrets: In the sacred container of therapy and within Self-led space, clients can untangle the webs of family secrets, held in shame, and ancestral traumas that have been passed down through generations. Through shamanic -informed IFS techniques, clients embark on purposeful journeys to retrieve lost fragments and parts to help liberate themselves from the burdens of ancestral shame and betrayal.



Further Understanding Legacy Burdens:

Legacy burdens are the invisible threads that connect us to our ancestral past, shaping our experiences and perceptions. Rooted in ancestral trauma, cultural conditioning, and familial dynamics, these burdens can influence our behaviors, beliefs, and relationships. Through an integrative therapeutic approach, we illuminate these hidden wounds, providing a compassionate space for exploration and healing.


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Powerful Healing

Exploring the Layers:


  1. Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy: Dive deep into the inner landscape of the psyche to uncover fragmented parts of the self carrying the burdens of the past. By befriending these wounded parts with compassion and curiosity, facilitate inner harmony and integration, allowing clients to reclaim their wholeness and authenticity.

  2. Shamanic Understanding: Embrace some of the wisdom of shamanic rituals, soul retrievals, and ancestral lineage clearings to create a bridge between the physical and spiritual realms. Invite healing energies to flow through the ancestral lineage and into the present moment, fostering deep transformation and connection.

  3. Transpersonal Psychology: Explore the depths of human consciousness and the transcendent dimensions through meditation, visualization, and guided imagery. Journey beyond the limitations of the ego self, tapping into the wisdom of the higher self and the collective unconscious.

  4. Polyvagal Theory: Recognize the intricate interplay between the autonomic nervous system, emotions, and social engagement. Cultivate safety, connection, and regulation to create a nurturing container for healing, allowing clients to release stored trauma and restore balance to their nervous system.

  5. Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Model: Utilize the AIP model of EMDR therapy to facilitate the processing and integration of traumatic memories and limiting beliefs. Empower clients to release negative cognitions and emotions, paving the way for profound healing and transformation.


Honoring Intention, Meaning, and Purpose:

This integrative therapeutic approach honors the intention, meaning, and purpose behind each individual's healing journey and can be adapted to meet their needs and worldviews. Whether you are a primary therapist, healer, or client, you possess the innate wisdom and resilience to embark on this sacred journey of self-discovery and transformation.


Providing clients a sacred sanctuary for healing, where ancient wisdom and modern therapy converge to illuminate the path of transformation. By weaving together the threads of IFS, somatic therapy, EMDR, and shamanic work, clients embark on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and empowerment, reclaiming their truth and stepping into the radiant light of their authentic Selves.


With love, AGLOW


Stacy Ruse, LPC


AGLOW is a global hub for therapists and the world. Led by trauma expert Stacy Ruse, LPC, providing training, consultation, and counseling services. Specializing in an integrative approach using EMDR, IFS, Somatic & Transpersonal therapies to inspire therapists and individuals alike.

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Stacy Ruse, LPC, is an esteemed Evergreen EMDR consultant, IFS-Institute consultant, and founder of Aglow Counseling. Stacy teaches a therapeutic style that is characterized by the art of EMDR & IFS therapies with a transpersonal twist, transcending the conventional boundaries of traditional therapy. Her holistic approach acknowledges the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit allowing individuals to tap into their innate resilience and ignite their personal transformation journey. As a trauma expert, national and international trainer, and clinical consultant, Stacy's approach is deeply rooted in trauma-informed methodologies.




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