There are so many expressions in our culture to exemplify the power our ancestors have in our lives, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” or “The Sins of the Father are passed to the children” which is taken from a biblical passage.
So what does this mean for us? Can we expect to make the same mistakes our relatives did? Not necessarily. We can make different choices. We do carry our ancestors with us in a deep way. Chinese medicine speaks of something that is called our ancestral chi (energy).
My friend and acupuncturist Lisa Gibilie offered this information:
In the area of the crown chakra is the acupuncture point known as Bai Hui, “one hundred meetings.” This is a point that is physically and mentally uplifting, a meeting place of the Yang meridians of the body. It is also where we meet with our ancestors, the place the soul exits the body at death, the place we connect with the Universe.
We have an inherited essence, which is known as our Ancestral chi (Yuan Qi), also called Source or congenital chi. This includes specific physical traits such eye and hair color, past life cellular memories, as well as our connection with the Divine. Over work, over stress, poor lifestyle choices, environmental toxins, aging, and unresolved desires and emotions are financed by our inherited essence. We cannot alter our Pre-Heaven Qi (pre-natal constitution), but we can guard and protect it with right lifestyle and treatment aimed at resolution of those issues that deplete it.
Our ancestors are accessible to us through our constitutions, our gifts and even our challenges and issues. These influences can be friend or foe depending on our consciousness, our flexibility and our willingness to work with these aspects.
The topic of ancestors and their power and influence is something that is very personal to me. My beloved stepfather passed away in 2003 and that was a wonderful opportunity for me to be of service to him and also to do shamanic “psychopomping” work, which is about helping a dying person safely across to the other side. As a shamanic practitioner, I do work with spiritual guides or helping spirits that can take the form of power or totem animals. My dad loved owls when he was here and I inherited part of his ceramic owl collection. He has appeared to me in the shamanic world several times now in the form of a lovely, brown owl!
In my healing practice, I will often see a client’s relative(s) around them spiritually to offer guidance, protection and support to them.
A weak constitution and stresses can make a person more likely to be affected by negative congenital problems. We can positively affect our energy through diet, self-nurturing, healing treatments and a positive attitude.
An example of this is in a healing treatment with a client named Jenny. She was a cigarette smoker and wanted to quit. Jenny had tried many methods, all of which had been ineffective for her. In our session she told me that her grandfather was a smoker and died from lung cancer. His death traumatized her family greatly and they were all quite upset that she had taken up the habit of smoking.
As I looked at her energy clairvoyantly, I could see an intrusion in her solar plexus area. I felt strongly that this was connected to her grandfather and was some type of thoughtform regarding addiction and smoking. I felt that she had picked this up when she was a young girl as she was defenseless to resist it, also that she wanted to take some of this from her Grandfather to help him. We worked together to release it which was quite easy and painless for her. She called me a week later to tell me that she had not smoked a cigarette and had no desire to do so!
Our ancestors are part of our personal legacy, our path and our promise. In shamanic terms, we are all part of the “web of life” that connects each one of us to each other and the universe. I have found that overcoming ancestral or genetic limitations in my own life has given me a strong sense of personal power and accomplishment. A spiritual teacher once explained to me that what we clear and heal for ourselves we also heal for our ancestral lineage through our positive intentions to do so. What a blessing!