Look to the Ancestors to Tame Your Spiritual Unrest
Look to the Ancestors
Seek Your Spiritual Path
To look to the ancestors to tame your spiritual unrest is the best way to find you highest truths and your own spiritual path.
Often we struggle for days, months, even years, seeking something that is missing in our life. Even after attaining what we had always wanted there may still be a void. A yearning for some unknown desire keeps tugging at our hearts. We may feel lonely at times, even when we are surrounded daily by loved ones. We may not understand what this loneliness is or what causes it. This is what I call "Spiritual Unrest".
Native American peoples have a profound awareness of their own spirituality and in every thing in nature. From an early age tribal members have gone on spiritual seeking quests, Vision Quests, to find their spiritual strengths.
Today, in this time of uncertainty and concerns about the future of our country, in keeping up with our busy days packed with chores and errands, with trying to stay up to date with the news, and numerous other things we have on our "must do" lists, we do not have as much time to focus on personal growth and needs.
It is so important to set aside some time each day to devote attention to our spirituality. A miniature Zen Garden, Bonsai tree, or Japanese Stone Garden on your desk top can provide you with a few minutes of peace. Sometimes that is all we need to break away from mental stress and regain balance and harmony.
Regain Balance and Harmony
Have we Lost Touch?
Have we lost touch with our ancestors? Have we lost faith in them? Has knowledge of our heritage been blocked from our consciousness due to repression?
Part of our purpose in life is to teach our youth -- to leave them a legacy of their heritage and to instill in them the importance of their own spirituality. This is not an easy thing to do in this age of keeping up with technology and social networking.
In the days of our ancestors there was more time to focus on the training of the younger generation. A major portion of their life was spent in passing on to the children stories and teachings from their ancestors. It was of top priority to pass on to the youth the most important things in life: to know they are loved, to know they are an important part of the family, how to survive, how to take pride in their heritage, and give them the gift of spiritual awareness. Help then find their own creativity and interests in life.
These are things a child needs so they may grow strong in their beliefs and potential. I do not intend to give the impression this is all a child needs today, but, I feel it is the most important basics of what a child needs.
Teach the Children to Find Their Creativity
Stay True to Yourself
I believe that every one, regardless of their faith, needs something to believe in, to rely on, to find comfort in. Spiritual growth is something we all need.
My definition of "spiritual growth" is basically: belief in yourself and your faith. To draw comfort and knowledge from what you believe in, to allow yourself to stay true to yourself and your belief system or faith, is spiritual growth.
Quite often I get emails from readers, mostly Native American peoples, who are seeking a connection to their past, to their ancestors. For numerous reasons they have lost touch with their heritage. They seek some knowledge of where their ancestors came from and who they were, what they believed, and what their traditions were.
They seek some connection to their past so they may go forward with renewed energy, pride, and a sense of purpose. There may be many reasons this knowledge has been repressed or hidden from them -- then something may trigger a memory or a deep subconscious need and they start reaching for enlightenment to fill that void in their life.
Sadly, there was a time when people were afraid to admit they were of Native American descent. Fear of being shunned, discriminated against, or put on a reservation made them bury their pride of heritage. Because of this many younger generations have not learned of their ancestral ties.
Young Native American PowWow Dancers ~
Folklore and Mythology ~
In many cultures folklore and mythology are a huge part of daily life.
Both these subjects are based on truths and often contain lessons for a child to learn from. They also instill a respect for their heritage and belief systems.
In Japanese folklore, Momotaro is one of the popular heroes. His name means Peach Tarō. During WW ll, Momotaro was seen as the hero who would save the people. He was sent from Heaven to a childless couple. His purpose was to fight evil and bring peace to Earth.
In India, there are many festivals celebrated throughout the year. The festival of colours, Holi, is usually in March, at the approach of vernal equinox.
It is a reminder from an ancient Hindu legend that celebrates good over evil, when Prahlada disagreed with his arrogant father and remained devoted to Vishnu.
Folklore and mythology is a very important part of staying connected to ancestors and one's own heritage.
Tricksters, mythological beings like Coyote in Native American legends, are mischievous and love to play tricks on others. However, even the tricksters always have an important lesson to teach about good and evil, right or wrong. As a child grows, he or she begins to see the importance of what the trickster legends mean and how to apply these lessons to life.
International Children's Folklore Festival in Bulgaria, 2014. It is very beneficial spiritually to involve children in folklore festivals.
I have been blessed with the knowledge of incredible experiences of many people who have shared their stories with me - who have suddenly realized what it is they have been missing in life. To hear or read about a connection they made with an ancestor is a joyous feeling. To know that these people have found out things about themselves because they made a spiritual connection to an ancestor is a very fulfilling experience.
To know even little things, like one can carry on a particular skill an ancestor had, is a tremendous boost to their spiritual growth. It is like finding a lost loved one when a spiritual connection to, or knowledge of, an ancestor is found.
If you feel a void in your life, I encourage you learn about your ancestry, explore your heritage, find your spiritual path, and grow spiritually. Become who you are meant to be, become all you can be.
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© 2010 Phyllis Doyle Burns