Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Kickin' it with Schützenberger and Sleigh Bells

""The dead pass down to the living," according to Roman law.
We continue the chain of generations and, knowing or not, willingly or unwillingly, we pay debts of the past: as long as we have not cleared the slate, an "invisible loyalty" impels us to repeat and repeat a moment of incredible joy or unbearable sorrow, an injustice of a tragic death. Or its echo."
---Anne Ancelin Schützenberger, The Ancestor Syndrome, xii.

A mentor of mine once said that people who go to college to major in psychology, go to see what makes them tick. I have often wondered if that could be done to those that we are tracing in lineages, to see their patterns, trends and processes to follow them. Why they do what they do. One of my favorite books to trace these behaviors is Devil in the White City and how H.H. Holmes morphs from one identity to the next; what are the portions of his true self that he kept with him during all of those transitions?

I found The Ancestor Syndrome in 2010 by accident. I was on Amazon looking for something else when it popped up. I decided to purchase it and I have not regretted it since then. It aligned with other publications like Psychic Roots and several Jung publications. The Ancestor Syndrome: Transgenerational Psychotherapy and the Hidden Links in the Family Tree is a trip of a book. If you want to look at things differently, specifically with how you do genealogy or how things are passed down, it is definitely worth a read.

It inspired me to write a piece connected to it. In November 2014, I submitted my premature brainchild, a genealogy "theory" piece on the introduction of "Geneapsychology" -- the merging of genealogy and psychology -- to NGSQ for consideration. It was declined and I agree with the reasoning because it was not a fit and not ready. Usually when a piece is rejected for publication, I let it sit and then see if there is anything worth saving, but I am letting this project sit for a few more years. I was happy to see that, as a coinkidink, Stephen B. Hatton's excellent piece in the March 2015 NGSQ titled "Thinking Philosophically about Genealogy," had some of the same reading/studying materials that I cited in my dead piece.

The Ancestor Syndrome: Transgenerational Psychotherapy and the Hidden Links in the Family Tree by Anne Ancelin Schützberger.

And you need something loud for this. Consider Sleigh Bell's Treats, specifically "Infinity Guitars" and "Crown on the Ground."