There is very little on this subject anywhere in the world. But, as we continue to minister to people who have dissociation it is important we better understand all the elements of dissociation.
Believers are discovering when assisting individuals with dissociation that in some severe cases there are ancestral (or generational) dissociation. This is something we have come across in some cases. Essentially, it is the reality of the soul fragmenting in an ancestor and the broken part being transmitted, spiritually, in a generational manner.
We know sin and curses can be transmitted to future generations so we shouldn’t be surprised that broken parts of the mind can be transmitted by demonic powers…
“The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of their fathers to the third and fourth generation” (see Numbers 14).
Dr. Manbir Singh rightly explains that as many,
“…hereditary diseases are passed on within families from one generation to the next. Just as children may inherit normal features such as brown eyes or curly hair from one or both parents, children can also inherit certain disorders.”
He goes on…
“Whether or not a specific trait or disorder is inherited is determined by hereditary material called “genes.” Genes are the units of hereditary material. They contain coded instructions which direct the development of every cell and tissue in the human body. You might think of genes as blueprints, specifying how the body will develop and function.”
Just as traits can be transmitted through the hereditary material called genes, pieces of a ancestor’s broken soul (the mind and emotions specifically) can be transmitted through the family bloodline. To better grasp this spiritual reality one needs to take a look at the doctrine of man.
Allow me to preface in saying that the doctrine of man that the Church Councils & the Church Fathers, through the centuries dealt with, did not cover or grapple with the issues of dissociation, as they were without the knowledge of dissociation (the fact that the heart can be broken), though the ability / capability to dissociate has been around since Adam. It’s just the Body of Christ didn’t realize this could occur until the medical community came across this reality last century (though some believers may have understood earlier).
The Body of Christ is still being enlightened by the Holy Spirit on this subject. The metaphysical, spiritual, mystical (in the supernatural sense) elements are still being explored and understood.
Understanding the Composition of Humanity
Believers worldwide agree on some essentials, in regards to the composition of man.
- Man is created by God.
- Man is a sinner in need of a Savior.
- Man is made up of the material and immaterial.
- Man will experience a resurrection.
There are some non-essentials that believers differ on. For example, is humanity dichotomous or trichotomous. I, personally, believe man, is trichotomous.
1Thess. 5:23-24 states,
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”
Hebrews 4:13 states,
“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart,”
Man has a spirit, soul, and body.
Another issue that the Body of Christ differs on is the subject of the fragmentation of the soul nature.
I believe the soul, however, can fragment (which the Bible clearly points out when referring to the heart being broken) and as such can be transmitted, spiritually, generationally (which is the topic of this discussion).
The spirit is spiritual (John 3:6, 1 Corinthians 5:5). The spirit will enter eternity upon death, of those who know Christ as Savior. However, the soul, remember can be broken (and as such demons can take advantage of the brokenness and transmit the parts) to future generations (like they do with curses and diseases if the person has not experienced the healing power of Jesus). The spirit though is indwelt with the Holy Spirit and as such cannot be touched by Satan or demons.
Transmitting Broken Parts
Satan can do all kinds of things to the body (and parts of the soul) to believers even after death. Jude tells us that even the “body of Moses” was a subject of dispute as Michael, the angel, and the devil was disputing over the body of this dear believer. Broken parts of the soul can also be disputed if a spiritual right has been given to a part of the soul (not the spirit however when speaking of a born again believer). Demons can assist with the transmission of parts to future generations.
Ministering to those with Ancestral Dissociation
Many victims of generational dissociation will speak of possessing an ancient memory that has nothing to do with their life and experience. This ancient memory is within the mind (the soul). This memory has been passed down through the generations (and with the memory is an ancient broken part from an ancient ancestor).
Speak to the memory in the name of Jesus. Often times a broken part carrying the ancient memory will speak (as dissociative identities will often do). Communicate to the part and ask the part to give the hurt/pain of the memory (as it usually involves trauma and pain) to Jesus Christ. Then ask the ancient part to go to Jesus. As the ancient part is a part of someone from a prior generation and as such one should not allow the part to become one with them.
Often times, an evil spirit will be present with the ancient part and the demon(s) will need to expelled in the name of Christ (ensure you find out what right it was holding onto–the generational spiritual right).
The Resurrection will be Wholeness
Be mindful that at the resurrection, the natural (the body and soul) will be restored by the triune God. So all ancient parts of believers will be whole at the resurrection. We will receive our bodies at the rapture.
1 Corinthians 15 speaks on this:
I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
The change will be complete, the wholeness will be final –the change includes the body and soul.