I read a slogan on a T-shirt yesterday. It said:
“I am my ancestors wildest dreams!”
It was a slogan that seemed to get itself pinned, literally ramming itself in to a crack in the crazy-paving of my mind. I couldn’t shake it; it stayed with me.
Why? and what would it mean if I allowed myself to truly imbibe the meaning of this phrase?
As I navigate my way through this journey we have each embarked upon called ‘Life on Earth’ I am increasingly aware of the presence of spirit. More recently people and events that have manifest in my life, confirmed that though I thought I was in charge… many of the things I took charge of didn’t quite turn out the way I thought and I ended up learning lessons or getting a spiritual slap to wake me to whatever dysfunctional nonsense was playing itself out at the time.
So who really was in charge?
The end of the year is always a time for reflection and as I do the same, I thought I’d share with you my learning, my truths. You see they may help someone else gain perspective and that’s all good.
This year I learnt a few things to be sure:
- People can be malicious and mean, but I’m not
- I can’t just be ‘a good person and cry’ when they are I gotta’ ask for help or support.
- I won’t die of I DO ask for help or support.
- I am loveable and worthy of love in all its forms…
No I know you may all say ‘what? She didn’t know that?’ but what I mean is I finally realised in the core of my being, (through some hurt and being treated as though I am unlovable) that I, and yes YOU, my beautiful sisters and brothers are worthy of love.
Of self-love, of the love of your ancestors and the love of that guiding force that supports our lives whether you believe in it or not and of the love of our children and ancestors alike. Ancestral love is where I’m going to place my focus for now.
Many of us forget that our mothers & fathers are our ancestors.
They came before us and despite whatever relationship you had or have with them they are the blueprint you either followed or discarded. Either way they are deserving of gratitude because they helped shape your life.
Now, if your life isn’t where or what you want it to be then from today, you have another 365 days to step into your magnificence and just ‘go for what you want!’ if our life IS what you want at this moment… then ‘whoop di doo’ you either learned great lessons from your ancestors and added to them creating a wonderful life for yourself or you eschewed their examples and now have a blank template from on which you can re-design to your hearts content.
5. I realised too that I have SO much to be grateful for:
- I am fit (ish) for my age and pretty healthy too.
- I have (still) maintained a roof over my head and when I look at the increasing number of people sleeping on the streets in our cities I have to say, I am incredibly thankful.
- I eat, well most, if not all of the time. Yeah the cupboards get a bit bare from time to time, but I still eat.
- I have talents and skills that are transferable and that I can trade for an income.
- I have met some wonderful new people this year that I can call ‘friend’ and I also have wonderful old ones whom I cherish beyond measure
It was in this realisation that the slogan on the tee shirt; ‘I am my ancestors wildest dreams’ started to make sense. I realised that many, of them and those who came before THEM had no choice about where they lived, were oftentimes without food, were kept dumbed down, ignorant and illiterate on the pain of death, let alone able to develop skills, transferable or not!
Even as late as the 40s and 50s many were working for little money and their hours and the nature of their work, for some of us what we experience pales into insignificance and I realise we gotta ‘shut up the wailing’ about how hard life is for us.
Many of our ancestors died untimely deaths because of the hardship endured and many, many I am certain slept outdoors on many an inclement night.
Mulling this over it occurred to me that if my ancestors stood before me now, that in comparison to what they had to endure and sacrifice, that my life, my opportunities and the experiences I have had so far would be waaaay BEYOND the wildest dreams of their imagining, when we examine the limits of their experience.
When they look down at who we are and what we are achieving so many of us are surpassing any vision they could possibly have conceived of and for this we need to be grateful, for this we really should take a moment to nod in their direction and acknowledge the huge debt they paid in order for us to be here as we are; struggle and complaints and joys and frustrations and all.
Whether you believe or whether you don’t believe. My life is showing me that spirit is always with us. They just need us to call on them. Your ancestors, whether you acknowledge them or not, are waiting in the ‘wings’– so to speak (and pardon the pun).
It’s immensely comforting to realise, that there Is a guiding force beyond yourself that is ready, waiting and wanting to guide and support you as you grow into your life, it’s ebbing and flow, its joys and trials. If you want their support it’s easy:
- Connect to spirit (in whatever way feels right for you)
- Listen to the answer (usually whispers, nuances, intuitions) and
- Be grateful
And if this has just been a whole load of woowoo tosh to you at the very least we can at least start the year in the energy of gratitude…Imagine the fantastic year ahead you will create!
Make them proud and remember:
YOU are your ancestor’s wildest dreams!
Happy New Year to you all!
And may the magic of 2020 a new decade, bring peace, all the joy your arms and heart can hold, laughter and prosperity. Love and best wishes from me…