We may not be fully aware of the extent, but most of the paths we have taken in our personal lives are influenced by our ancestors, and are a modern manifestation of our tribe’s principles, skills and talents. In as much as we may not have full details about our lineage today, we are still (unknowingly) upholding our tribe’s ways through some of the work that we choose to do. This is especially true when we do things that we are genuinely passionate about.
AmaDlozi that were warriors who went out to battle and protect the tribe can influence one to work for the police force today for example. A novelist may be influenced by their ancients who were the storytellers of their tribe. Someone who works as a law professional can be influenced by their ancients who were responsible for dealing with perpetrators in the village. It all translates differently today, but these paths are powered by what is in our blood.
In finding out about your roots, you might find links, and you can also use some of that information to make sense of your lifestyle choices. This is not to say these decisions are not yours. They are still decisions that are made by you, but there are also other factors such as spirit and blood that connect you with that path. It’s passed down to you.
That’s part of why you may feel a distinct void inside of you when you are not fulfilling your passions. It’s a dissatisfaction of self and can also be a disconnection from umsamo wakini.
Not having access to information about your roots, however, doesn’t put you at a complete disadvantage, because one of your other biggest references is your feelings about things. Feelings are direction and memory – an internal compass.
Taking up the things that really speak to your soul is one of the many ways that you appease your ancestors and preserve your tribe’s ways. It’s not only about rituals, slaughtering and sacrifices, it’s also about doing the things embedded in your heart. Fulfillment of self is healing, and a victory, for your whole tribe.
Published: 2020-06-22 - 21:51:09