In dualistic systems (good vs. evil thinking) there are some identities and traits that are favored and others that are considered “wrong” or “bad”. This leads people to try and assimilate to the identities that are considered “good” and hide or disown the parts of themselves that are considered “bad”.
In this episode, Monika discusses how that kind of binary or dualistic thinking can impact your sense of identity, belonging, and self worth when you’re told by your religious leaders and books of scripture that your ancestors were “cursed” with dark skin because they were evil.
Monika talks about her experience being raised in Mormonism on a Navajo reservation and how that informed her identity as a child, what eventually led her to question what she was taught by the church about her indigenous heritage, how she began to feel pride in her ancestry and love for the Navajo part of herself, and how that’s allowed her to begin to heal generational trauma for herself and with her kids.
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