On Behalf of the Ancestors
We are being called upon by the spirits of those who have come before and by the very spirit of the land herself.
Our lineage is a gift from the ages. Our ancestry is encoded in our DNA. Lineage plays a big part in the lives of our indigenous prophecy keepers. But what of the modern westernized person in suburbia – who has no idea of their lineage, or what their ancestors have coded in their DNA? For those whose ancestry has been lost in the melting pot of the United States, where every one is a little bit of this and little bit of that, how can they link into their ancestry and know what wisdom is encoded in their biology? The average American born person doesn’t know the names of their great-great grandparents.
We are shifting into a new world, the energy of the Earth is rapidly changing to cleanse the pain of the past to birth a new World of Peace. All the sages of the past worldwide have prophesized this time, each culture has it’s version of a time when the world will be in harmony. We are shifting to that world now, even as the world seems to be getting more polarized, be aware this is the last dying breath of duality.
Yet what of our ancestors, those who were a link in the chain of events who brought us here, how will our shift in consciousness to peace affect those who have gone before?
Will we view history differently? Will their gifts to us be left behind as we raise our awareness from ‘me’ to ‘we’? Can we truly leave the gifts of the past behind as we evolve the higher consciousness? Or, are we called upon not only to heal ourselves, our DNA and our split psyches, but also our ancestors, so that all the generations, past and future may be blessed and raise consciousness with us in this coming time of peace?
Four years ago, at the beginning of a year long rites of passage series lead by Maria Yraceburu, she stated that during the year we would discover more of who we were and many people will uncover their ancestry. I dismissed this. My DNA is a melting pot of European genetics that has been lost by many generations in the U.S. Now I know better than to dismiss the prophecy of a prophecy keeper. During that year my sister began to trace our family’s ancestry. She discovered many amazing things by following the line of Spanish settlers in California carried by my father’s mother. We found, among many other notable settlers of Alta California, Don Jose Francisco de Ortega. He was the scout for the first land expedition up the coast of California, he is believed to have been the first European to lay eyes on San Francisco bay, he was the father of the first European child born in California and he helped to found the chain of Californian missions, working closely with Father Serra. Father Serra, founder of the California Missions, stated in letters that he considered Ortega his esteemed brother.
Soon after we had discovered this, my son started the 4th Grade. In California all 4th Graders learn about the missions. The project he chose involved going to a mission and doing a report on it. He chose to go to Mission San Juan Capistrano which is located at the end of Ortega Highway, the highway named for his ancestor. While we were there I felt an unease and eeriness. I didn’t want to spend too much time there. There was the main church in ruins from an earthquake in 1812, there was a graveyard the size of a mini-mart parking lot that had over 2,000 bodies of Native Americans buried in it, and there was an unsettled sense of sorrow. Then my left heel started to bother me, I was limping and I just wanted to leave.
It felt strange to me to have this ancestor that was a heroic figure in history, who also played a big part in the loss of almost an entire race. When the Spanish came to Alta (upper) California, there was an estimated population of over 300,000 Native Americans. By the time California became part of the U.S., about 70 years later, there were an estimated 16,000 Native Americans left.
I felt weariness and guilt. I had become a student of Native American ways, my spirit connected to the wisdom of the elders and their traditions became my traditions. But what of my ancestry? How do I reconcile this, or how does any one? Most people of my community who are involved in learning the Earth traditions are also sons and daughters of the conquerors. Their ancestors are the Western Europeans who annihilated the races of this land to have freedom. Were they heroic or bloodthirsty? Are they to be honored or disavowed? What part of them is brought into being by our own lives? What of this has been passed down through our cellular memory? What are we to do about it?
There is a Native American prophecy that states: “Our ancestors will be born in the children of our enemies.” In other words, some who were previously born as Native Americans will be reincarnated into the lineage of the conquerors.
Well, here we are. Our spirits are called to the Native American ways, yet our bodies carry the guilt of our ancestry. How can we reconcile this? Is our body to be the enemy of our spirit and creating a split in consciousness that is holding us back from embracing the world of peace we have been creating?
Our coming has been foretold for generations – we are the Rainbow Tribe. We are the people born of all races who are of one spirit. Yet without creating peace within our own psyche and DNA, our prophecy lingers waiting to be fulfilled. It is a dormant potential that each one of us is personally responsible to awaken.
Following the visit to the Mission, I told Maria of my experience and that I was inspired to do healing ceremonies at the missions. She said she would dream on it.
In the meantime, the pain in my heel became more and more intense, and for months I tried everything, until I finally called a gifted psychic healer for help. She told me that a spirit had attached itself to my heel at the Mission and would leave once it gave me its message. With a small circle of spiritual women in sacred space, I called upon the spirit to give me its message. To my surprise it was not a Native American spirit that was trapped in the sorrow of the land, but a spirit who identified himself as a friar consumed by grief and guilt over the atrocities that had taken place at the Mission. He told us of the mass death of Native children to cover up crimes committed by the Padres. His sorrow came through in deep sobs. The scene was horrifying. His heart was broken and his soul could not rest. Even now with the memory of this I weep. We called upon the angels to release his spirit, and I felt it my duty to fulfill my vision of healing ceremonies for the Missions, for California and for all of us who carry the lineage of the conquerors but have the spirits of the Natives within.
After dreaming on it, Maria let me know that she would accompany me on my journey and create a pilgrimage to the California Missions so that we all may heal our psyches our hearts, and our spirits, and go forward to into the World of Peace cleared of the guilt of our ancestors. We will heal our shame and release our blame. The duality of us verses them will become an oneness of shared experience, ancestry and wholeness to usher in this time for all humanity.
I am now preparing for this miraculous journey. The pilgrimage is “Sharing Hearts, Healing Spirit, California Missions Pilgrimage” through Yraceburu EarthWisdom. We are to go to 6 missions in 6 days, doing ceremony with the local tribes, to honor each other to create peace and find the cleansing gift of forgiveness for each and every one of us. We are calling for 24 pilgrims to join us on this sacred journey. We gather in Old Town San Diego “The Birthplace of California” on August 10, 2010 then travel up the coast to the missions in an air-conditioned tour bus and staying in hotels in a fully supported tour, returning to San Diego on August 15, 2010. The pilgrims will be well cared for, but this pilgrimage is not for every one. It will be deeply intense emotionally, spiritually and physically. If you feel you are one of the 24 who are to become part of our healing journey please sign up here:
On a side note: My heel has no more pain since that time of release, and I have learned that Father Serra had a problem with his left heel that made him limp, which started the day he came to California and endured for the entire time he lived in California until his death.
Divine Love Through Forgiveness
Forgiveness is the cleansing balm of the soul and cannot only heal the past, but change it.
The spiritual bookstore I do readings at has a collection of stones each with a word. The words on the stones include ‘abundance’, ‘love’, ‘happiness’, ‘miracles’, and ‘forgiveness’ among others. The clerk told me that the one that never sells is ‘forgiveness.’ I thought about this a lot. As spiritual seekers and those who are bringing in the New Earth, why do we not embrace forgiveness?
I think forgiveness is a hard word, because in it is the supposition that we are holding a grudge. Spiritual people who strive to live in unconditional love suppose they do not need to feel forgiveness. When you feel unconditional love what is there to forgive? I know I thought that way too.
But the spirit of the California Missions friar who came to me to ask for help was seeking to tell his story and receive forgiveness. He cannot be released to continue his soul’s journey until he is forgiven.
Through the winding road I’m following to fulfill the vision of healing ceremonies at the California Missions, I have learned a great deal about forgiveness. The missions were established by the Catholic Church at the request of the Spanish crown to claim Alta (upper) California for Spain. In establishing the missions the Spanish had to convert the Native Americans to Catholicism and make them Spanish citizens. Hundreds of thousands of Native Americans lost their lives, through disease, torture, corporal punishment, and war. Yet, it was not the wounded souls of the natives who are crying out from the land for healing. Instead it is those who created the wounds, those who caused the deaths and misery of an entire race that need the healing of forgiveness. This taught me that the act, energy and feeling of forgiveness in and of itself is healing. Perhaps it is the best healing of all.
I do readings and spiritual healings for those who have been wounded by their parents during childhood and who still carry the dysfunction that their wounds created. The message I get to give to those in pain is to thank their parents and honor them. I stay away from the forgiveness word, but that is what forgiveness is, gratitude and honoring. There is tremendous power in it. If you are truly able to thank and honor those who you feel harmed you, you can release all the pain of the past and even see it completely differently. You are able to forgive them. In forgiving them you also release them and heal their past as well. That is the true power of forgiveness. Forgiveness is an immense healing gift that can change everything.
The great master Jesus said “If you forgive the sins of anyone they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone it is withheld.” John 20:23 ESV.
Does this mean that we, each and every one of us hold the power to release all others from the sins, trespasses, and debts of the past? Does this mean that it is up to us to forgive our forbearers, our ancestors, and all our relations? How can we hold power over something that occurred almost 300 years ago?
When I ask Spirit this question I am shown the web of life running through and around the Earth. In this vision all time is now. Everything that has occurred or will occur is active now. All that we do, think, and feel now affects the Earth of all time. Every breath, every thought, every action, changes this web’s design, and when the web’s design is changed it is changed throughout all time. The past and future are at once. What we do now changes it all.
Then Spirit tells me that the power of forgiveness is the doorway to unconditional love or Divine Love. We can truly live in Divine Love when we practice forgiveness. Without forgiveness we are denying the past has anything to do with us, and blocking the true healing needed to create peace on Earth.
Then I am shown ceremony. Ceremony is shown to me as a sacred act to affect the web in a way to open the door to the World of Peace for all. A ceremony of honoring. A ceremony of gratitude. A ceremony of forgiveness. A ceremony in which those who we blame for creating the loss, the pain, and the destruction of our world are honored and forgiven.
As I reflect on these visions and messages I see that it is a tremendous task. Forgiveness is truly Divine. Not many humans I know of can truly forgive those who have created horrific acts of violence. Can we forgive the heinous acts of war? Can we forgive the pollution of the planet? Can we forgive child molesters, rapists, and murderers? Can we forgive the Nazi’s, can we forgive Hitler, and can we forgive the terrorists who brought down the twin towers?
To enter the World of Peace we must forgive those who caused devastating pain and destruction. As healers our task has been focused on healing the wounded. But for healing to be final and complete we must forgive the wounders, otherwise we are only healing half of the equation. When we heal both sides through the energy of forgiveness we find the Divine Love we seek.
This monumental task of forgiveness on a global scale starts within, then is manifested through ceremony, which radiates throughout time and space. Our Missions Pilgrimage is opening the doorway to the World of Peace through the energy of forgiveness. It is focused on only one part of the Earth, yet it will radiate throughout space and time to create a domino effect opening the gift of Divine Love throughout history.
I invite you to become a part of our journey of forgiveness. It is a challenge that your soul is ready to meet. It will be difficult. It will be heart opening. It will be awakening. Most of all it will change who you are, past, present and future.
I see a vision of a Mother Mary statue with tears of compassion streaming down from her eyes and am told “the tears of the saints are not for the suffering, but for those who have caused the suffering.”