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Ancestors

The intricate web of cultural and family influences, physically and psychologically, that your body and personality arose from. If it is a particular ancestor, then the personal associations with that person need to be explored.

For instance an uncle may have been renowned for womanising, so would represent that tendency.

Ancestors can also link with deeply buried tendencies we have unconsciously inherited from the long past. Sometimes they point to the fate/karma we are dealing with – the difficulties or traits that arise in our life, that we cannot honestly see have been developed or collected in this lifetime. See: See: guardian of the threshold.

Just as a fox cub ‘learns’ how to hunt from its parents without words, so we absorb the deeply etched negative and positive survival strategies of our parents simply by being around them. It is passed on for generation after generations. They never need to talk about it because usually the parents are unaware of it themselves. If genes come into it anywhere, they perhaps create the reflex response that instinctively draws in the survival tactics that perhaps even our parents themselves have never really been aware they live by. In doing this the higher animals learn what cannot be passed on as instinct, what is not ‘hard wired’ into them. This holds in it a tremendous advantage because ‘hard wiring’ takes a long time. Through this faster method we learn what to be afraid of, what to eat, how to hunt, because the lessons learned by pain through many generations are exhibited in our parents behaviour in dealing with events. This is the information we may obtain through dreaming of our ancestors. See The Conjuring Trick

We also have a huge heritage from the seed that grew in our mothers womb. That seed didn’t suddenly appear, but was the collected experience of life from the beginning of life on Earth. So you as a personality are mostly the memories of this life stored in your brain, but without knowing it, you unconscioiusly have a huge past.

Example:  When I opened the door of the room I was overwhelmed by such a huge awareness of what had been left me as an inheritance by my ancestors that I sobbed for many minutes.  It wasn’t pain causing me to weep, but the intensity of what I experienced.  The strength, persistence, ability to love, as imperfect as it was, the sharpness of mind, the ability to exist within a modern community, were all gifts hammered out of raw human material by my forebears, enabling me to take the few further steps in life that I have. See House of the Ancestors for a fuller explanation.

Example: One of the things I am seeing at that the moment about symbols and dreams is how beautifully they hold tremendous amounts of information and meaning. I am thinking at the moment about the soil, the garden – they are so rich in meaning. Whatever our forebears did, whether they were deceitful and lying or courageous and strong, whether they had honour or were cowards, whatever they did, and perhaps over time they did everything, their lives were the drama that brought us into being. Their lives have given us the substance of our body and our personality. We are the heirs of that drama. What we grew from is what they left us. It was the heritage from the past. In dreams this is often represented as a piece of land, a garden. It was the piece of land – is the piece of land – that you inherited. Whatever that land might be, whatever its condition, that is what you have. Whether it is beautifully rich with orchards growing on it, or whether it is covered in rocks and brambles, that is your heritage.

Bemoaning the condition or being proud of the condition doesn’t change it. The thing is to take up your tools and develop that land. Let us fertilise it. Let us honour it. We can make it rich. We can enrich it because it is the real stuff and has in it all the potentials of life. Because of that, as rocky or as thorny as it might be, we have all that we need. On that land we can let the tree of life grow.

Useful Questions and Hints:

What am I learning or feeling about the ancestor?

Does the theme of the dream point to a facet of my life my ancestral connection is linked with?

If I imagine myself as the ancestor or ancestral dwelling, what arises in me?

Try Talking As to gain real insight into the ancestor.

It is so important to know the message of your ancestors that it is worth while using Processing Dreams.

Comments

-kashemender 2015-11-14 11:15:43

Dear Sir
Om Namo Shivaya
i dream about my father n grand father that they were asking for food.as they have been served, they were not satisfied with that and demanded more…..What should i do so that they may be satisfied after death.It bothers me a lot .
with regards.

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    -Tony Crisp 2015-11-15 10:58:24

    Kashemender – Remember that your ancestors are both dead. That means that the food they are hungry for is not of this earth but of the mystery that is us at your centre.

    To feed them in this way they are asking you to dwell in the formless that we all are and feel it as worship and thank-fullness for your ancestors – for through them you have come into being.

    Worship with the Om Namo Shivaya until it moves you inside and through your body. Movement is Life, and Life is a mystery that we must open to in order to feed our ancestors.

    It asks much of us to worship like that. See http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/the-lifestream/
    Tony

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