The word “Inspiration,” comes from the Latin inspirare, “to breathe into” or “to draw air into the lungs.” Beginning in the 14th century, the English usage of inspire referred to the taking in of Divine influence, that is to be “divinely inspired.” We see inspiration as something which comes from a force greater than ourselves.… Continue reading Creating a Stash for Inspiration
In the post, Healing a Legacy of Trauma, I write about how many cultures believe that when we die, our spirits don’t immediately shed the concerns they had in the physical world. In fact, quite often, the spirts of those who have died, remain in the physical world as “troubled spirits.” These troubled spirits often… Continue reading Who are the Ancestral Guides?
I’ve mentioned that healing my ancestors became important to me because it was through healing my ancestral lineages that I, too, began to heal. Initially, my desire to learn more about my ancestors and to connect with them occurred when I found out my dad needed to be in a nursing home. My dad had… Continue reading How I Got Involved in Ancestral Healing
With years of therapy, coaching, and a plethora of self-help programs, it never ever occurred to me that I might want to consider how the pain and trauma experienced by my ancestors might be contributing. Like many people in the United States, I believe that when we die, our spirit somehow lives on. But it… Continue reading Healing a Legacy of Trauma
In my work, I refer quite often to my “ancestors.” But what does this term “ancestors” actually refer to? I know when I hear the word, “ancestors,” the image that comes to mind is of Sunday school illustrations of Old Testament stories. As a Jewish kid I learned about the Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob… Continue reading Who are the “Ancestors”?
As someone who has often felt like an outsider, the topic of belonging has a special resonance in my heart. My teacher, Larisa Noonan, wrote a post recently about belonging and she asks a provocative question, “where does permission to belong really come from?” Read it here: http://larisanoonan.com/choosing-to-belong/
In Western culture, there isn’t much guidance on how to connect with and spend time with healthy ancestors. I, myself, looked at Ancestral Reverence practices as something people did who didn’t know better. It was fine for indigenous cultures and “New Agey” people. It wasn’t something I did. Over the last three years however, I’ve… Continue reading What Does Time with Ancestors Look Like?
In the recent film, Bohemian Rhapsody, singer Freddy Mercury muses aloud that in the moments he is onstage performing, he feels most fully himself. Onstage is bliss, communion with his audience. It is when he is most inspired. And then, he says, indicating his quiet, posh home, the rest is this. Freddy Mercury didn’t lack… Continue reading Chop Wood, Carry Water
Most of us know that the gifts we have didn’t spring forth out of nowhere. When we’re little, we’re bound to hear “you draw beautifully just like your mother did at your age,” or “you have your dad’s ability for working with numbers.” You don’t need any advanced knowledge in genetics to know that our… Continue reading Gifts from Our Ancestors
The phrase, “embody your gifts,” sounds great to me. But what exactly does it mean to embody gifts (assuming of course you know what your gifts are). The definition of embody is ” to be an expression of or give a tangible or visible form to (an idea, quality, or feeling).” Synonyms include personify, manifest,… Continue reading What Does it Mean to “Embody Your Gifts?”