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  • Jenn Jones

Beneath the Surface: Healing the Ancestral Echoes of the Selkie Woman

In the depths of folklore lies the myth of the Selkie Woman—a tale of enchantment and sorrow that resonates deeply within the fabric of my family's history. As I reflect on this mythical narrative, I find my heart heavy with emotion, not just for my own experiences but for the generations of resilient women who faced profound challenges at the hands of those they believed loved them.

The Silent Legacy:

The sacrifices made by these women to endure, survive, and silently pass down their grief create a legacy of unspoken pain. It was only through candid conversations with my mother that the veil began to lift, revealing the abuse, pain, neglect, and confusion that shaped her youth, as well as that of her mother and, subsequently, my own.

The unspoken pain echoed not only in our hearts but manifested in physical symptoms—aches, fatigue, and a persistent heaviness that we carried like an ancestral burden.

Conversations with the Past:

In delving into the Selkie Woman myth, I couldn't help but wonder about the ancient song of remembrance for the women in my lineage. During a recent conversation with my mother, I asked her if she believed there was an ancestor untouched by the pervasive trauma we seemed destined to face. Her response carried both hope and a haunting acknowledgment of our shared scars—a testament to the healing that comes with time.

The Physical Toll of Grief, Anxiety, Burnout, and Stress:

As the layers of our family's narrative unfolded, so did the realization that the emotional wounds bore a physical weight. Grief manifested as chronic pain, anxiety as palpitations, burnout as persistent fatigue, and stress as tension etched into our muscles.

Yearning for Safe Shores:

As I sit with these reflections, a yearning for a sea of safety—an elusive haven I have never known—fills my thoughts. It wasn't until my 30s that I began to feel secure in my own skin. Now, nearing 40, I grapple with chronic pain—a tangible manifestation of the grief etched into my bones.

The yearning for safe shores is not just metaphorical; it is a longing for a respite from the physical toll that generations of unaddressed grief, anxiety, burnout, and stress have taken on our bodies.


The myth of the Selkie Woman serves as a poignant backdrop to my family's narrative—a journey of healing, resilience, and a quest for understanding. Through open dialogue and shared stories, we confront the ghosts of our past, acknowledging both the scars we carry and the strength that has allowed us to heal.

In understanding the intricate connection between our emotional struggles and physical symptoms, we find empowerment. By unveiling the myth of the Selkie Woman, we embark on a journey to shed the weight of our haunting past and emerge into a future where our legacy is one of healing, not pain.

Taking Intentional Steps Towards Healing:

Acknowledge Your Pain: The first step is recognizing and acknowledging the emotional and physical toll that grief, anxiety, burnout, and stress have taken on your well-being. This self-awareness is the foundation for healing.

Prioritize Self-Care: Implementing self-care practices is crucial. This could be as simple as carving out time for activities that bring you joy, practicing mindfulness through meditation or deep-breathing exercises, and ensuring you get adequate sleep.

Seek Professional Help: Don't hesitate to reach out to mental health professionals. Therapists, counselors and coaches can provide the necessary support and tools to navigate through the emotional complexities and help you develop coping skills.

Build a Support System: Share your journey with trusted friends, family, or support groups. A sense of community and shared experiences can be a powerful force in breaking the cycle of isolation and fostering healing.

Creating a Sea of Safety for Generations to Come:

Through intentional steps, self-care, and communal support, we have the power to rewrite the narrative. By actively engaging in these practices, we pave the way for a future where the sea of safety becomes a legacy—a place where generations to come may find solace, well-being, and the strength to face their own challenges.

As we break free from the cycles of the past, let us leave footprints of healing and resilience for those who follow. In doing so, we contribute to a narrative that transcends pain, offering a beacon of hope and a roadmap to a future where the myth of the Selkie Woman transforms into a story of triumph over adversity.



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