20th Anniversary Issue The Importance of Ancestors in Our Lives Today I am delighted to share an excerpt from my latest book, High Beings of Hawaii: Encounters with Mystical Ancestors, published in 2019. When most of us think of ancestors, we think of blood ancestors who have lived in the past and from whom we have received DNA and learned family patterns. Examining our blood lineage is important as the increasing popularity of websites like Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org and WikiTree.com attests. Our motivation for engaging in these practices might stem from curiosity to discover where we come from and the gifts of our lineage to healing ourselves and not passing our family wounds onto our descendants. Thinking of ancestors in a linear way, which is how most often we view our physical ancestors ranging from past to the present (great-grandmother > grandmother > mother > daughter) does not accurately represent the multi-dimensional reality in which our ancestors exist. Rather than viewing ancestors as existing only in the past, it is essential to embrace the reality that they exist, like us, in all dimensions, including those outside of space and time. Yet, they can influence us from these non-physical realms. Ancestors in physical lineage include our family (such as parents/ grandparents/ etc.), our tribe (Celtic/Jewish/Sioux/etc.), and our nation (Canadian/ German/ Egyptian/ etc.). For instance, if our ancestors descend from Ireland (even if we were not born in Ireland) we carry within our genes the poverty and suffering of the Irish people who endured successive famines. And if we have German heritage, we inherit the trauma of two world wars. For...
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