How Do Our Ancestors Influence Our Lives Today?

How Do Our Ancestors Influence Our Lives Today?

written by: Dr. Linda Howe
by: Dr. Linda Howe
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Many spiritual seekers face a challenging paradox: knowing that love is

the key, yet growing up in a family where they feel invisible or, worse, unloved. Perhaps this is an advanced learning opportunity.

After all, between lifetimes, within the infinite spiritual realm known as the Akasha, we have the opportunity to choose aspects of our next life. Why would anyone considering the myriad of opportunities, decide to be different from their tribe, with all the discomfort this brings? In my case, I enjoyed a glamorizing notion that I was more spiritual than other relatives; in fact, my ego told me I was there to illuminate their way! Waking up, I began to realize I am not here to judge the "spiritual" level of anyone. As I explored this issue in the Akashic Light, I saw that my family members were all fine, enjoying their own lives without my spiritual guidance!

At an earlier point in my journey, I had heard about going into the Akashic Records to erase lines of connection. But as I grew in spiritual maturity, I recognized this idea as magical thinking. Examining the issue within my Akashic Records, using my Pathway Prayer Process©, gave me a chance to view my family relations through the steady, spiritual lens of my soul. Applying a perspective of love, compassion, and appreciation, turned my view upside down.

From an Akashic perspective, I could see that everyone is good, whole, complete, and perfect at their spiritual core, and that each encounter we experience is part of an elegant orchestration meant to awaken us to our—and everyone else's—fundamental goodness. With this came another insight: it is not necessary to try to change or erase past interactions—which is a very good thing, since it is impossible anyway!

My focus then shifted from trying to eliminate what was, to finding peace with what is. I understood my true karmic imperative: to accept, and then grow beyond, unwanted ancestral patterns no longer serving me. A tsunami of emotions flooded me as I endeavored to figure all this out. Questions swirled through my mind:

*How do I love myself in the presence of those I don't understand?

*How can I possibly love those who don't understand me?

*How can I extend respect to others when I am baffled by their life choices?

I was beginning to learn that the spiritual practice of unconditional love is not for cowards! In the presence of these questions, the Akashic Light shone more brilliantly, illuminating the deep truth that, even amidst difficult beginnings, the love at our core can never be corrupted or destroyed. We can find the love we need, nestled in the cave of our own hearts.

Within the Akasha, we see that negative judgment and condemnation act like Krazy Glue. Whatever we resent, fear, or resist—sticks! Conversely, acceptance facilitates release. Simply accepting an old family belief or practice (not necessarily enjoying or approving) allows us to relax and accept its positive contributions to our ancestors. With this perspective, we can see how what is a painful pattern today, may have been life-saving to a great-great-great-grandmother!

For many years, I struggled with speaking up in an appropriate way. Either I was so fearful, I'd freeze, or start blithering on. Observing my female relatives, I recognized this as a family trait. Taking this matter into my Records, I sensed a child clutching onto her mother's skirt, and a soldier yelling, "Shut up! Or I'll kill you!" In an effort to protect her children, the mother shouted — and paid the price. In that moment, the little girl made a life-saving decision: never ever speak out, no matter what.

Her children, and their children, and their children's children, were all beneficiaries of this idea, perfect at the time. However, generations later, the well-meant practice had become a crippling limitation. This realization broke my heart wide open! Years of resentment toward the women in my family for being "poor role models" immediately vanished, transformed into gratitude and love. Now I could move on to learn how to communicate more effectively in this era.

As we accept the positive contribution of any belief or practice, we are able to release our resistance, fears, and negative judgments of it. Our attachment dissolves as our need for the pattern is relinquished. Consider that each pattern we carry was positive at its origin. Once we learn to illuminate and embrace our ancestral patterns, even giving credit to our ancestors for their wise choices, we become empowered to form new, more life-enhancing behaviors. We experience peace within this newfound freedom. It seems that John Lennon was right: "You can learn to be you in time!"

For a more extensive discussion of this topic, you can order my latest book from Amazon, Discover Your Soul's Path Through the Akashic Records: Taking Your Life from Ordinary to ExtraOrdinary, published by Hay House, or take one of my online or in-person classes—see Don't deny yourself the support you deserve. It is my great joy to share the Path with you!