01/03/2015 Comments Off on Ancestors

Ancestors defined:
one from whom a person is descended and who is usually more remote in the line of descent than a grandparent
antepasados-mujeres ancestor blessings

“I am the now of the then. My body is the embodiment of all my ancestors who came before me. They live on in me.”
― Jarod Kintz

“The songs of our ancestors are also the songs of our children.”
― Philip Carr-Gomm

“When we know about our ancestors, when we sense them as living and as supporting us, then we feel connected to the genetic life-stream, and we draw strength and nourishment from this.”
Philip Carr-Gomm

“The Aboriginal world began long ago when the Ancestors sang in Dreamtime the cosmic rhythms that give shape to the things we see, and it is the beginning right now, when a living Tiwi sings the Dream songs that continue, or are, the world.”
-Huston Smith

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors.  All of them are alive in this moment.  Each is present in your body.  You are the continuation of each of these people.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

In different hours, a man represents each of several of his ancestors, as if there were seven or eight of us rolled up in each man’s skin, – seven or eight ancestors at least, and they constitute the variety of notes for that new piece of music which his life is.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Distinguished ancestors shed a powerful light on their descendants, and forbid the concealment either of their merits or of their demerits.
Gaius Sallustius Crispus

Over the course of the millennia, all these ancestors in your tree, generation upon generation, have come down to this moment in time-to give birth to you. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like you. You have been given a tremendous responsibility. You carry the hopes and dreams of all those who have gone before. Hopes and dreams for a better world. What will you do with your time on this Earth? How will you contribute to the ongoing story of humankind?
Laurence Overmire


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