This book will evoke in the reader a Spiritual energy, hope, compassion and understanding of healing from Intergenerational Trauma and Addiction. The author brings to life our journey as Indigenous Peoples globally from atrocities, oppression and multiple loss to healing and liberation of Spirit, mind, body and emotions. Written with soul language, poetry and story telling, Elders' teachings and ceremony, the author brings to life resilience and transformation. The author allows us to journey with her through her oppressive life and poverty in South Africa to her journey onto Turtle Island (Canada) and her joining with the Indigenous Nations in British Columbia and Northern Ontario. With audacity and courage, she reveals that anything that is loved can be healed and that we are born to heal. Furthermore, Teresa brings love, compassion, kindness, prayer and ceremony to life that will touch every soul with renewed faith and hope for healing. She teaches that no matter what has happened in your life, you have the capacity, light and ability within you to heal. Her presence and authenticity move through every word in this book and bring forth a connection to self, others and the world.
Reviews and Endorsements:
When I read the manuscript of this book, I was inspired and amazed by what she has accomplished. She brings cultural practices to life and moves masterfully from strong background literature to stories that capture the healing journey in the words of those who lived it. She offers a guidepost to show the way forward for transforming the deepest wounds and pain caused by trauma, addiction and loss. She takes the reader on a truthful journey within the self to explore processes of healing that are so very much needed in the world.
Teresa has the imagination of an artist, the gift of eloquence and the spirit of a healer. She joins her experiential knowledge of Indigenous cultures and people with her accomplished knowledge of Western counselling methods. She joins past and present, despair and hope, always summoning the best of those around her. She shows that spirituality and reclamation of that which was taken away by colonization is connected to the soul’s infinite compassion, love and creativity. Through the teachings of her Elders, she begins to understand that we lack nothing and that healing is always possible.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
— Dr. Lisa M. Najavits, Director of Treatment Innovations and Adjunct Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School
About the Author:
Dr. Teresa Naseba Marsh, PhD, MA, RN, RP, SEP Psychotherapist, Healer, Author, Yoga and Meditation Teacher
Teresa Naseba Marsh immigrated to Canada from South Africa in 1992 and continued to contribute to healing approaches to overcome suffering, trauma, addiction, intergenerational trauma, multiple loss and the aftermath of oppression. She also works closely with, supervises and teaches Indigenous professionals how to work through a trauma informed, decolonizing lens. She has established programs for care of the caregiver and vicarious trauma. Dr. Marsh works extensively with clients who have experienced multiple loss, intergenerational trauma, addiction and life-threatening illnesses. She is a Nurse with certification in Psychiatric and Oncology Nursing. Teresa completed her degree in Nursing Education and Community Health Nursing Science at the University of South Africa, as well as a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at the Adler School, Chicago. She also completed her PhD in the School of Rural and Northern Health with a focus on Indigenous Health. She is the founder of her private practice, Thunzi Umphefumlo, Assistant Professor, Clinical Sciences with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Laurentian and Lakehead Universities.
Teresa is the author of an Oncology Textbook for Health Care Professionals published in South Africa and also the author of Enlightenment Is Letting Go! Healing from Trauma, Addiction and Multiple Loss. She works as a consultant with Indigenous Communities with a focus on Healing from Intergenerational Trauma and Addiction. Teresa is a certified yoga teacher and teaches Yoga and Meditation individually and in groups. She lives in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, with her husband, Doctor David Marsh.