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Hello, and welcome back to HEAL + LIBERATE, our space for nurturing personal healing and catalyzing collective liberation for a more vibrant and just world.
I’m your host and spaceholder Lauryn Miranda, and I’m so thankful you’re here with me today.
This is a solo episode I am creating today in response to to a piece of writing that I shared recently. I wrote,
YOU ARE THE DREAM OF YOUR ANCESTORS.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I woke up with these words⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Echoing in my mind.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You are the dream of your ancestors.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Let that land, allow the image of you⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As the imagining of your
Wise + ancient kin⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To sink all. the. way. in.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You have been called here ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
By the prayers and hopes⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The tears and visions⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The strength and fire⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Of those who have walked before you.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Lineage can be a complex web of joys and sorrows⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We are all busy transmuting ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Patterns and pains⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
That no longer serve.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But don’t let all that ancestral healing⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Make you lose sight ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Of the beauty and majesty⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Of what it is⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To have been called here, now⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To this lifetime⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
By your people.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You are the one they have been waiting for.
I invite you to take a deep breath, and just allow anything that stood out to you, that resonated, to sink in.
This feels really important to me, because there’s a lot of talk and a lot of practice around ancestral healing that is happening, which is so beautiful that we are living in a time when many of us are reclaiming ritual and connection to our ancestors in new ways, but also in ways that connect us with our roots and our lineage.
It’s actually, if we take the long view of human history, quite strange or unique to be in a place where many of us (I’ll include myself in this) can live fairly disconnected from our more ancient and ancestral ways of being.
Part of that is the reality of modernity. We do so many things each day that your ancestors never did: we drive in cars, we record podcasts, we connect on social social media. And part of it too is this sense that, as the world becomes more globalized, people have moved away from their ancestral lands, whether through chosen migration, or forced emigration for folks who are refugees.
There is a wide variety of reasons why our lineage in particular might have come to a place where we feel a call to ancestral remembrance, to reconnection, and to healing.
I know particularly for myself, as a woman of Acorean Portuguese heritage, my people come from the Acores islands, which are an autonomous region off the coast of Portugal, a little like Hawai’i is to the US, very far geographically and very different culturally, but still part of the same country.
Anyways that’s where my people come from, and they chose to come to the US. My most recent ancestor who made that choice is my paternal grandfather. And on my mom’s side, that choice goes a couple generations back.
We chose in many ways to give up our culture, our language, our food, our way of life for the privilege of becoming “White.”
Really whiteness, there is no biological or real foundation for race, it’s something that has been created. Although the ways that race has been institutionalized are real and having severe and violent impacts on people of color every single day. And that’s part of our work, as people who have been raced as White, to really show up in antiracist ways that can allow us, as a collective human family to dismantle this destructive system of race that has gotten us where we are now.
That’s a bit of a digression, but anyways, my people, unlike many immigrants, where able to pass as White, be raced as White, to receive the privilege that comes with that. But Whiteness isn’t only bad for people of color, it’s also incredibly dehumanizing for folks who are raced as White. And really I see myself and many people of my generation waking up to this reality, whether their people immigrated or came to a new place really recently, or whether that happened a long ways back,
we’re waking up to this need to be connected to those deep roots, to those ancestral ways of being, that will really be the key to living on this planet, in a way that has longevity.
I find myself, and I think many people are doing the same, looking back and asking where did we go wrong? What is it in my lineage that needs healing?
What are those wounds, those pains, those ancestral traumas, perhaps from war, or famine, or slavery, or abuse that are still living in my body?
This isn’t only a spiritual reality, this is a biological reality. We see this in epigenetics that the experiences of our ancestors become encoded in our DNA. And the beautiful thing is - this is more of a spiritual perspective - that when we do that healing in our bodies here and now, when we transmute those old wounds and pains that we no longer wish to carry into the future, we clear that from our ancestral line.
Our ancestors smile on us when we can shift patterns of codependency, when we can break cycles of abuse, when we can decolonize ourselves in whatever way is needed for our lineage, and show up more fully, free from systems and structures that have sought to dehumanize our people in whatever ways, free from those systems of privilege that have elevated our people in ways that were violent and unjust.
When we get free from that in our own lives, when we do that personal healing work, we directly impact our lineage, and we contribute to collective liberation.
I think though that a lot of energy in ancestral healing spaces is spent on understanding what went wrong, what the shadows are that we carry. And this piece I just read about imagining ourselves as the dreams, as the visions, of our ancestors, came through as a balance to that.
Sure, there are ways that our ancestors went wrong, there are pains that were inflicted on them by the times that they lived in. And, at the same time, they hold our lives in deep love and hopefulness and resiliency and strength.
And it’s just as important, maybe even more important, to connect with that well of deep love and connection that our ancestors hold for us.
And to know that we are supported by centuries and generations of people in whatever our work and our purpose and our mission here in this lifetimes is
I like to think of myself as being chosen by my ancestors for this time.
I’m probably the first woman in my family that has had the options that I have to choose to have kids a little later, which is not that late, I’ll probably have kids earlier than many in my generation because I do feel a strong call to motherhood. And I’m the first one perhaps to have full sovereignty over my womb.
I have the capacity to create work and a life for myself that goes beyond traditional roles of women but also includes those aspects of mothering and nurturing that I personally feel called to. I can find creative ways through the internet, through things like podcasting, to share my voice, to share the medicine that comes through me on a larger level.
There’s so many ways in which we are living in such an exciting time and I imagine for each of you listening, there are components of your life and your journey that your ancestors are so proud of, they are cheering you on, they are celebrating you.
They laid the foundation for you to be who you are today.
And of course, it’s a mixed bag, of course there are painful things we are transmuting, and there is also whole lot of strength and power and medicine and giftedness held in our ancestral lines. And the more we can connect with that, the more we can show up as our full selves, the more that
we can live the kinds of lives that will make us good ancestors for the generations to come.
So I invite you, whenever you’re feeling small or uncertain, or perhaps a little lost and confused, perhaps you want to take a little time closing your eyes, putting a hand on your heart, and remembering that
you are connected to generations and generations of leaders, and medicine people, and storytellers, and family sustainers, and people who walked on the Earth with great reverence, and love, and devotion.
And they are with you, they are celebrating you, as you untangle any threads of pas trauma and pain that are still lingering. They support you fully in this. Allow that to really settle in, knowing that you are so supported beyond time and space, and that your ancestors now are surrounding you.
I heard a really beautiful image in an interview on the Medicine Stories Podcast recently, and it was this image that
our ancestors, in whatever realm they exist, are holding ritual and ceremony for us continually, are literally sustaining our existence on the planet, in this human form.
I was just so blown away by and awestruck to receive that image. I had never quote heard it articulated that way before. And part of me had been approaching my connection to my ancestors as something I needed to do, and really work on, and really hold space for. But no, they are holding space for me, they are dreaming me into existence with each day. And just feeling that and sinking into that, is a big sigh of relief.
I hope these words have been nourishing for you, I would love to hear what you think. If you’re listening, feel free to take a screenshot and share on social media. You can find me @laurynmiranda. I would love to connect with you and hear what’s moving in you from this episode.
Thank you for supporting the podcast, for subscribing and rating and reviewing and sharing. It means so much and really allows me to feel energized and energetically sustained in this work.
And a final note, I am visioning with a dear sister and powerful catalyst for change, Lauren Elizabeth - we happen to have the same name spelled differently -
we’re visioning a retreat grounded in ancestral remembrance, elemental healing, and earth honoring for next summer, June 4-7, 2020 here in Northern California.
I would be honored to receive you, and hold space for you, and be in circle with you.during those days. Feel free to send me a little note via social media or over email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll make sure you’re the first to now when enrollment opens on Oct. 31st.
In addition to the retreat, there will also be spaces before and after the retreat to deepen in these themes, to have circle space online where both those of us who will be at the retreat and folks who are just interested in these themes in general, can connect and share and feel nourished.
I’m really excited about this offering, and I would be so honored if this calls to you. Let me know and we’ll chat!
Thanks you being here today and until next time keep healing and liberating.