Chi Young Kim
I was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the U.S. when I was 3 years old. After immigrating, my parents struggled to adapt to life in the U.S. while retaining their connection to Korean culture. I witnessed firsthand the impact of leaving one’s country of origin, and felt that divide within myself as well.
I was fortunate to grow up with traditional Korean ancestor reverence practices - such as offering food to my grandparents during certain 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 eventually 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 currently work with teens and adults at a bereavement support organization, facilitating grief support groups.
I realized that it was important to engage the wisdom and traditions of my own ancestry. This led me to do my own ancestral healing in the method developed by Dr. Daniel Foor. I have completed training and am currently in the process of becoming certified as a practitioner in this work.
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 our 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 indigenous peoples.
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