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Family Tree graphic
Images, Pixabay)

Moai statues,
Easter Island

(voltamax, Pixabay)

Ancestor under a starry sky graphic
(sibanidas, Pixabay)

Ben Okri quote/art
(Letters to the Earth; fair use, educational

3 Moai statues,
Easter Island
(JPataG, Pixabay)
Family Tree graphic Ancestors & Descendants

Ancestors are very central to indigenous cultures all over the world, suggesting that they are not only very real but of vital importance to the well-being of all peoples.

We can draw strength from them. A Māori man I met once told the story of how, when extremely fatigued, he called on his ancestors during a professional rugby match and immediately proceeded to score a try, dragging five men across the try line with him.

We may also need to heal trauma and karma that arises from our lineage. In modern society, there are ways to uncover and heal transgenerational trauma, such as Family Constellations and Sound Healing. We can also simply do inner, spiritual work. In this way, we contribute to the enlightenment of not only our ancestors but also our descendants. Omraam Mikhaёl Aïvanhov explains:

"Each one of you carries within you generations of human beings whose descendant you are. That is why, when you are able to triumph over your own weaknesses, you take this inner family along with you on the path of light and freedom. Not only do you help all your ancestors, you also help your descendants, for you pass on to them the inner treasures you have acquired. This is another aspect of the inner life it is good to know about. Working on yourself is all the more important since, in doing so, you improve entire generations: you pass on the fruits of your efforts to them. No one lives or acts solely for themselves; each person lives and acts for a great number of other creatures, for whom they have a great responsibility." 

In the 21st century our great responsibility is so clear. We are desecrating Mother Earth. We are destroying her treasures like delinquent teenagers. We need to become worthy of both our ancestors and our descendants.
We need system change, not climate change. We need mature systems like a Solar Culture and a Culture of Love. Respect!

We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.

(Chief Seattle)

Moai statues, Easter Island
Archaeologists believe that the giant Moai statues on Easter Island represent ancestors.
They face away from the sea and towards the villages, watching over their descendants.

Here are further quotes on ancestors and descendants:-

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. (Greek proverb)

We have seen people who were willing to sacrifice the entire world to save their family. They may have been able to ensure their safety and material well-being, but is this protection enough? Shelter and material comfort have never stopped anyone from suffering when they lack the essential: spiritual nourishment. It is only possible to give them this spiritual nourishment if we ourselves seek to progress each day on the path of the light.
There is no doubt that most human beings love their family, but they don't yet know how to truly do them good. Nor do they know that thanks to the tie linking them to their loved ones, they can have a positive influence on them even when they have left the earth, for these parents' souls will always be there, near them, and take part in their life. If their sons and daughters study and improve themselves, these parents in the other world will also benefit from the efforts they make. And when these sons and daughters themselves have children, their children will inherit the spiritual riches they acquired.
(O.M. Aïvanhov)

Ancestor under a starry sky graphic
Stars are sometimes seen as ancestors. But can you see the stars these days?
We seem to have blocked them out, like we have disconnected from our ancestors...

Walking. I am listening to a deeper way.
Suddenly, all my ancestors are behind me.
Be still, they say. Watch and listen.
You are the result of the love of thousands.

(Linda Hogan)

We are looking ahead, as is one of the first mandates given us as chiefs, to make sure and to make every decision that we make relate to the welfare and well-being of the seventh generation to come... What about the seventh generation? Where are you taking them? What will they have?
(Oren Lyons, Chief of the Onondaga Nation, cited at Wikipedia, accessed 6 May 2020)

Each generation is given two things: one is the gift of the world, and the other is the duty of keeping it safe for those to come. The generations of yesterday trust those of today not to take more than their share, and those of tomorrow trust their elders to care for it.
The contract is broken, and it is happening on our watch. A pathological obsession with money and profit is engineering this breakdown. Warped and spiritually desolate, this system is contemptuous of humanity and the living world, and held in place by a toxic media (power without truth); by toxic finance (power without compassion); and toxic politics (power without principle).

(XR, Why We Rebel, curated by Jay Griffiths with XR UK Vision team, Extinction Rebellion, dated 2020, accessed 13 September 2020)

Can't you hear the future weeping? Our love must save the world. (Ben Okri) [This quote was added to a large grass background and floated on London's River Thames in June 2021 by XR. This was to urge governments to act on the Climate & Ecological Emergency. See: film, here, here, here, here.]

Ben Okri's quote on grass, River Thames, London, June 2021

3 Moai statues, Easter Island

Also see:-

Attachment Parenting

Attitude to the Dead


Success for Society - Environment

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