A couple of Christmases ago, I gave every member of my family a kit from ancestry.com. There was great interest in learning more about where we came from and who we came from. The anticipation for the results was as exciting as Christmas Eve as a child. Sharing the results with each other strengthened our bonds as family. Somehow knowing more about our lineage and ancestry enriched our lives and strengthened our sense of belonging.
Ancestry.com is on to something. Learning more about who we are and where we come from helps us to feel a greater sense of wholeness, yet, this is only part of the story. Ancestry only takes us so far.
In my experience, our lineage and ancestry go further back than that. It goes back to Source. That is our common ground as humanity. We originate from the same sacred place and that place and source are the most fundamental and holy aspects of who we are. And yet, many of us have forgotten that most important element of who we are. In fact, it is the only element that is constant. It is the only element that really matters in how we show up to world.
Imagine if we remembered that we are each sacred and holy beings? Imagine if that were the first thing we saw in others? What would be possible in our humanity?
People are starving for understanding of who they are. That is why ancestry.com is so successful. Let’s go back further to our sacred ancestry that lives within each of us. How do we begin to remember who we are, and live and lead an inside-out life?
- Practice stepping out of your head and into your heart. What do you find there?
- Practice keen observation. Begin to notice the sacredness that is all around us in each other, in nature, in music, in laughter, in service
- Serve from the heart and not the head. Be purposeful about your “why?” Allow that to be the foundation in which all else gets anchored.
- Show up in love and compassion first for yourself and for others
Watch your world unfold as if you are seeing it for the first time. Let me know what you find.