14th International IONS Conference

B6 Revisiting Slavery’s Legacy: What Would Healing Look Like?—Belvie Rooks, Thomas Norman DeWolf and Dan Booth Cohen, PhD

Thomas Norman DeWolf was astounded to discover that he was descended from the most powerful slave-trading family in US history. When Senator James DeWolf of Rhode Island died, he was reportedly the second richest man in America. Belvie Rooks stood in an Elmina slave dungeon in Ghana, trying to imagine what reaching the “door of no return” must have felt like for an enslaved African ancestor. This session will include Dr. Dan Booth Cohen leading an experiential Systemic Family Constellation exercise. This will encourage participants to perceive the morphogenetic resonance with victim and perpetrator energies that reside in their family of origin and, by extension, themselves. Acknowledging the depths of the trans-generational wounds we all carry allows for deeper dialogue and the possibility healing and of reconciliation. Dr. Cohen is author of I Carry Your Heart in My Heart.

Belvie Rooks

Belvie Rooks weaves together the worlds of spirituality, ecology, and social and environmental justice in her work. She was a writer and producer of the inspirational TV show Courage and currently serves on the board of IONS. Belvie has a masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education. She is one of the featured writers in Moonrise: The Power of Women’s Leadership—Leading from the Heart, edited by Nina Simons.


Thomas Norman DeWolf

Thomas Norman DeWolf is an author and public speaker. After learning his connection to America’s largest slave-trading family, he joined nine cousins to retrace the Triangle Trade from New England to Ghana and Cuba to make the Emmy-nominated film Traces of the Trade. His book Inheriting the Trade documents their journey.


Dan Booth Cohen

Dr. Dan Booth Cohen uses the Systemic Family Constellations approach to foster trans-generational healing for individuals, families and large group systems. Family Constellations are an experiential process that allow anyone to perceive the effects of morphogenetic fields that link members of family systems across distances of space and time. Dr. Cohen is one of the United States most experienced practitioners of this method. He is author of I Carry Your Heart in My Heart: Family Constellations in Prison and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. His website is www.HiddenSolution.com.


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