Personal feelings connected with the grandparent; family traditions, such as established values or unconscious attitudes; spiritual values; old age; death.
The grandparent can also represent what you have come to know, what you have built into you of the divine spark of life, the radiant potential that is at your core. So you might say that the grandparent is the divine or infinite you know because of what you have drawn out of the infinite possibilities of everyday life.
Some ancient cultures believe that dead relatives such as grandparents are part of their life, as if they are sharing your life experience and offering a channel for divine forces to bring changes about. Also grandparents can be seen to give information and support in a person dreams.
Example: Grof said that in some people the experience was of ancestors fairly near in time, such as grandparents or great grandparents. But sometimes they felt as if they broke out of their usual limits of memory and found deep knowledge of ancient ancestors. These regressions were felt to be very much a part of the sub-strata of the person’s present life. I have personally experienced this and what I met gave me an enormously enlarged understanding of my grandparents, my father and my own life tendencies. My recover of ‘memory’ was of several hundred years in the past. It arose from exploring what appeared to be a simple dream. My sense was that I was not reading my genetic code, but a heritage of behaviour strategies passed on to me unconsciously by my forebears.
Example: I am getting near to a place where the deads “live”; it is not a cemetery, it has big walls (it is a place similar to the one I usually go to when I visit my grandparents in my dreams) it is a big space where a lot of people can be. When at first the gates open I am afraid by the thick fog which is everywhere, I can’t see anything, and I feel scared; I started running and I call for the livings; then the fog disappears and I am entering among the deads; they are all packed together, it’s a crowd of beings, I am looking for my grandfather, I see him and I recognize him.
Example: What I see is that if we think of the ancestors as our parents and grandparents, at their death that life experiences absorbed back into that huge collective memory. What they have done and been becomes a possibility in our own life. It is an influence that we either need to understand and reject, or potentials that we can allow ourselves and express. Each year that we ourselves live does not disappear. Its influence is absorbed and tempers the responses to life we experience at the moment. Our forebears, personal and social, have just the same sort of influence in our present life. Emmeline Pankhurst, although she was a major figure in the emancipation of women, was herself simply a link in a chain of influence that had started long before her. She now is a link in the chain of present action on the part of women’s rights.
Useful Questions and Hints:
Do you feel the influence of your grandparents in your life?
Can you feel yourself as a link in an amazing chain of life?
Have your grandparents ever supported or advised you in your dreams?