Chi Young Kim
I was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the U.S. when I was 3 years old. After immigrating, I witnessed my parents struggled to adapt to life in the U.S. while retaining their connection to Korean culture. I saw the impact of leaving one’s country of origin, the land and felt that divide within myself as well.
I am grateful to have to grown up participating in traditional Korean ancestor reverence practices - such as tending an altar and offering food to my grandparents during holidays significant in Korean culture. While these rituals were meaningful to me, and a source of comfort, I also sensed that there was unwellness in my lineages affecting me and my family. The impact of this intergenerational trauma played a large part in what compelled me to seek out healing for both myself and my family.
Over the years I explored diverse paths, from living in a Spiritist mediumship center in Brazil, to studying with a teacher from Mexico City in the Toltec tradition of Nahualism, to completing a practicum in integral psychotherapy. In 2011, I attended a community grief ritual with Sobonfu Somé from the Dagara people of Burkina Faso, West Africa. During this ritual I had a powerful experience of my own ancestors, and also realized there was something deeply healing about the expression of grief in community. As modern western culture does not support being with grief in healthy ways, I was inspired to support people to be well resourced and not feel so isolated or stigmatized in their grief. I support individuals and groups at a bereavement support organization to embrace the transformative potency of loss toward a more authentic and wholehearted life.
I also realized that it was important to engage the wisdom and traditions of my own ancestry. This led me to engage in my own ancestral healing in the method developed by Dr. Daniel Foor. I am now a certified ancestral lineage healing practitioner in this method.
Ancestral healing has enabled me to connect and embody the blessings of my ancestral elders, to feel a greater sense of belonging and to be in deeper connection with the beloved Earth and other-than-human kin. My connection is an ongoing relationship that deeply nourishes and sustains me.
I currently live in Ashland, Oregon, traditional homeland of the Takelma, Shasta, and other Native peoples.
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