What grounds you?
For me, having roots and a strong identity entwined within a past that continues to live through my very breath nurtures the constancy of my soul. To belong without question – as a birthright – keeps the blood flowing in the right direction, so to speak. Yet setting out to find words which describe ties to our ancestors and to our natural world is not an easy endeavour.
Searching for passages that convey the depth of these ties was, therefore, challenging. Found renditions of rarely expressed thoughts are sometimes incomplete, superficial, and occasionally prosaic. Depicting thoughts into words which capture our correspondent intentions is not an easy undertaking, particularly when we want to concisely communicate the profound and the complex. Fortunately, it was not an impossible feat for I happened upon this moving message:
“I am of the same spirit as my ancestors, indestructible and free. It is this same indomitable spirit that connects me to the eternal strand woven into all of creation, animated by its divine Source, regardless of time, matter and space. I am the container of the past, the present and the future. I am part of the tree of transcendence. I live with its roots embracing the earth, I am one with its branches merging with the sky. And together with the rest of my Kapwa, we shall unravel the promise of freedom, whether fighting for it in the streets of EDSA or Egypt, or realizing it in the deepest frontiers of the inner self, and in the realms beyond.”
by Mila Anguluan-Coger (“Reflective weavings on my inner banig” at http://www.babaylan.net/wordpress/category/babaylan-and-community-healing/)
The eloquent passage above could not have better explained that feeling of being one with that from which we sprung and with those from whom we inherit our selves. Thank you, Mila, for making this feeling known to consciousness. Such feeling of connectedness is a gift that has been lost in a realm where logic and reason reign. The unexplainable is easy to dismiss. And yet, during those moments of connection — we know, KNOW — a priori, that the experience is real.
Further gratitude to Perla Daly who created a mandala that symbolically synthesizes the same subconscious non-verbal connections with magnificent vibrance, as seen below. Those who are interested in purchasing her work can follow the appropriate links to order on her website at http://bagongpinay.org/bmandala/