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| 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.
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:-
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)
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...
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)
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