Be Brave Enough To Live Creatively, And Tune In To The Good Strength Of Our Many Ancestors
C.S. Sherin, January 6th, 2020
Hello 2020, hello you! It is a new year, and a new decade! Wow. Time certainly is interesting.
I have taken this New Year transition as a time to clean out clutter, and to dust out and mop away the grime and accumulations of the past year, and years. Doing that felt so good! New Year’s cleaning and organizing, both literal and figurative, is a way to show up for myself at a time when our world and environment is presenting a lot of stress and overwhelm. The act of cleaning, organizing and such, clears the way for my life a bit, and creates clean, fresh new energy to work with, in the midst of everything else. I highly recommend it!
And while I am not one to take on “New Year’s Resolutions,” I do see this time is as good of a reason as any to review, assess, drop and renew any goals, to-do lists, tasks, and focus for the coming months and year. It is a great time to ditch things that aren’t working in favor of more energizing pathways and ideas.
This really can be a good time to assess where we are, and where we want to head in the near future. There are many things to take stock of: work and work goals, personal issues and goals, relationships and friendships; politics, rights, and welfare; lifestyle, and preferences vs. habits in how we use our time, energy, and other resources. In re-evaluating and assessing these, we may determine that the course we are on is good, and/or…that we need to adjust or completely change course (in various ways) in order to do justice to who we are now, and the circumstances we currently find ourselves in.
For me, that has meant easing away from social media, and discerning what personal and social activities I most want to end and continue.
Genealogy research has become one of my favorite hobbies and work over the years. I am keeping and investing more time to that right now. Also, I will have news in the coming year about a new book I have written, that is in the works! That is another something that I am keeping and investing more time to. These are two personal items I take with me now, to develop for the near future…and that feels good!
However, this certainly isn’t a comforting time in this world. There is so much unrest and severe injustice that persists at crisis point. There are so many countless urgent needs banging at our doors, and even within our own homes. All the while, the media and powers that be spin e v e r y t h i n g — large, medium, small and minute — to their own taste and motives, damned be what is in the interest of the common good of all beings.
It is so easy to despair, to give up, to feel overwhelmed, to be confused in the midst of all the challenges we currently face at large, in addition to personal ones. It is too easy to fall into an ongoing complacency and numbness about all that needs to change, but never does….in addition to the empty, inhumane, and futile and faulty manufactured systems that dictate our daily and weekly routines most often. These are temptations that I hope and trust we all can overcome and discard going forward.
In reality, each of us has the power to claim what is good, loving, and just within: ourselves, within our personal lives, and as we navigate through our daily and weekly routines — no matter who is dictating overall structures. We may not have the power to end and change all that is wrong in this human world…but, we do have power within — who we are, how we think, act, and what we choose each day. Is this always easy? Certainly not.
However, in persevering for and within our own: inner sovereignty, compassion, wisdom and recognition and gratitude for all that is worth living and loving — in this life and world — we open up to a deeper reality, and truer approach to life and living. Easy can often be boring and predictable. Taking the courage needed to be real and true to our own being, heart and soul, and its connection to all that is…that is a real and worthwhile adventure in this life. Let what and who you love, and most wish to invest in, be your compass.
For whatever reason, my personality is such that I am perpetually oriented to a universal and global awareness. My aims and goals have long been centered on awareness at the collective level. I accept that this is simply a part of who I am. Not a lot of people around me walk around with this ongoing mindset. So often, there are few outlets other than writing and teaching, to express this viewpoint that I operate from. A simpler way to say this, perhaps, is that I am a big-picture person.
My heart and mind seek to see and foresee the overall. This is why my professional gifts have been centered around: spiritual care, healing and holistic wellness, research, creativity, educational information and tools, and justice issues. This is why I enjoy providing astrology reports for individuals, family members, partners, and parents and children. And why I enjoy so much genealogy research, and research and archives in general. These aspects always tie in to a bigger picture of the past, present, and most likely future (relating to the collective), and bring many benefits and opportunities for expansion and healing.
One thing that genealogy is lacking though, I realized yesterday, is our relationships and lineages alongside other beings of this Earth…like animal companions, and the roles they play and have played in ours and our ancestor’s lives. As I wrote in an earlier three-part series here, animal companions and other beings of this Earth that aren’t human, have the power to save and change us and our lives in beautiful and essential ways. That and they are a hidden and powerful part of our family trees! Also, the relationships and lineages of the trees and other central beings and elements of this Earth in relation to our ancestor’s lives is overlooked and made invisible.
If you are familiar with the show, “Finding Your Roots,” on PBS with Henry Louis Gates Jr., then you know the incredible power of history revealed through family tree research. And, that power has the same impact in watching someone else discover some of their pivotal historic origins as it is for the person experiencing it. In “Finding Your Roots” so much important history is revealed about the facts of slavery and freedom in our United States history, and the ways in which so many ancestors rose above adversity, cruelty and hatred in the human world — against all the odds. Therefore, there are so many hidden strengths we can look to that live on within us. If, we find ways to clear the mind, make time for, and tune in to those truths carried on within us.
For my family tree, I seek to clarify and clean away what was painful, harmful, and muddy…in order to highlight and claim the hidden beings that contributed to my unique and hidden strengths, and those within my loved ones. I seek to share the most accurate family tree I can, to uphold the bigger picture truths of our melded lineages.
I start this decade with the desire, and actions, to contribute to generational wellness and healing. The actions may be small, but they accumulate…they count for something and have healing power. And with that big-picture view, I see what is also missing, and left unsaid and unnamed…like the lineages of animals, trees, land, rivers, and herbs that supported, informed, and so many times, saved our ancestors along the way. Which also leads to thoughts of the dances, the music, and the friends who also led the way, and made the difference for our ancestors, and their survival.
Along with an appreciation and actions for genealogy at this time, I see the importance in recognizing and naming our spiritual family and spiritual ancestors as well. These are all other beings, besides immediate family, who sustain and support us along the way, seen and unseen. Not all can be named. Yet all can be given acknowledgment and thanks in our hearts and minds each day. That becomes a foundation for a strength — a sustaining bond — between us and all that has been made invisible.