There was an old African saying that my parents would always repeat to me, though I never took it seriously until I began my own journey into spirituality. It went a little something like this, ‘You are your ancestors. You come back as them, over, and over again’.
I did not understand what this meant at the time. Probably because I didn’t try to, probably because I wasn’t ready to. How could we be our ancestors? Wouldn’t we remember if we were?
Well, what exactly is memory? Memory that you perceive to be images received in your mind? Well, how about karmic memory?
Karmic memory, may not be so easy to identify as something that has occurred for you before, but you will see it manifest, time and time again, in your relationships with others, and in the things that ‘trigger’ you.
Much like [Carl Jung’s] theory, about the collective consciousness, this African belief pertains to the idea that, whatever is not lived through, or completed within our ancestors, will once again manifest through us, and the rest of our generational lines, until it meets resolution.
For empaths embodying the divine feminine, templates such as abandonment, and mistreatment are cemented, from centuries of being left by their men for wars, and raped, and sodomised, as they saw the rise of patriarchy, and the destruction of the divine feminine. This will usually be passed onto the female empath, through her mother, possibly as a direct experience, or, as a distant flicker. It could manifest as anxiety, depression, hypersensitivity to men, (through love, or fear), and even a desire to re-integrate the divine feminine, in hopes to reconcile what was once lost. As this is passed on directly from mother, to daughter, (from the womb initially), there is likely to be karmic issues surrounding the relationship between the two.
For empaths embodying the energies of the divine masculine, the trauma in the family will be directly related towards issues of masculinity, where men’s worth was once tied around their ability to show a significant amount of aggression, defense and outward action. Of course, the divine masculine who identifies as an empath, will struggle greatly with this, as they are predisposed to feminine energies (because of their hyper sensitivity to energy). They are likely to have fathers who are emotionally unattached, unavailable, or not involved in/with their lives.. This could manifest as sociopathy, for the ones who reject to allow their empathy to guide them, or, alternatively, this may manifest as nervousness, and timidity, as this individual carries the stigma of feeling de-masculinised. This is his internal struggle to re-integrate the divine feminine also.
Both the masculine, and feminine templates are stored within the empath for ultimate release. Empaths experience numerous deaths, and rebirths upon their shamanic journeys, and all of these allow them to successfully purge energies stored within their karmic, and generational lines. They will also continuously run into relationships that challenge and trigger their karmic ancestry.
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