Where are your ancestors from? Immigrants and immigration are the talk of the day. Here’s the irony, whether your people have been here for many generations, or just a few, your roots are elsewhere. The truth is, in the United States, unless you are Native American, your ancestors are not from here.
You are much more than a combination of your mother and father. Your DNA can be passed to you from anyone who came before you. You’re a little of this and a lot of that. Once you know where your roots, your DNA, came from, it is easier to know yourself and why you are the way you are and what that means for you.
Being an immigrant is not a unique experience. Throughout history, large groups of people have migrated to more hospital climes, physical or political. I’m Cuban so this is very fresh in my experience, but my great, great grandparents emigrated from Spain to Cuba.
Immigration is the way the world re-populates, think of the recent Syrian migrations, post-World War II Europe, the repeated migration of the Jews, the fusion and diffusion of cultures and peoples. This has been ongoing for millennia. We are all a mix of many peoples and cultures. Go back far enough and our roots are commingled in infinite ways.
My family is Scandinavian. My grandparents on both sides of my family lived in farming communities and spoke Norwegian if they had something to say that they didn’t want us kids to understand. I thought it was the silliest sounding language I’d ever heard. I met a lot of their neighbors. They weren’t very sophisticated and I had dreams for myself that included glamor and a lot more refinement! I rejected the idea that I was anything like they were. If that was what it was to be Scandinavian, I didn’t want anything to do with it.
It was decades later, after my dad passed away, that I started to reconsider and realized that I had cut myself off from having any idea who ‘my people’ were or what I had inherited. Now when I see photos or videos of Norway or Sweden, I understand my connection to nature, and why I come alive being near water. The people there look like me. I still think they talk funny but maybe one day I’ll hear the beauty in the language my Great Great Great Grandmother used to sing lullabies.
When you reject where you came from you not only cut yourself off from the things you don’t like, you don’t have access to the countless wonderful qualities that are also part of the package that is you.
The Goddess of Now
The Goddess of Now says we are each a living breathing miracle. She tells us that we are so much more than the sum total of our DNA. In fact, your ancestors live and breathe through you. You carry their hopes, dreams, and even their disappointments in your cells. As you live your life and honor the desires of your heart, you are fulfilling their promise, as well as your own.
The Goddess reminds us that in honoring and taking loving care of yourself, body and soul, you are also honoring those whose lives made your life possible. She encourages you to express daily gratitude for your miraculous body that allows you to experience life.
[thrive_custom_box title=”Energy Shift” style=”light” type=”color” color=”#7100e2″ border=”#1e73be”]Before diving into today’s writing, put your fingers on your wrist and tune into the rhythm of your pulse. Feel the life coursing through you. Feel the link back to your parents and their pulse, their parents and their pulse. Follow that heartbeat as far back as possible. Feel the human chain that is your ancestry. The risks that were taken by those that came before you to create a better life for their family. Feel the courage it takes to leave the known and familiar for a foreign land. Allow the pulse of your heart to travel down that human chain of your ancestry in gratitude.[/thrive_custom_box]
Creative Exploration: Writing Prompts
Using the Goddess lens of Appreciation and Compassion consider your relationship to your ancestral lineage. See what you appreciate about it, and where you might like to upgrade your view of how your ancestry has shaped you.
Pick from the following writing prompts, or create your own.
My people come from . . .
My family traditions . . .
Knowing my ancestry . . .
Write for 2 minutes or more.