Ancestral Memory and Solstice Energy Part I

Ancestral Memory and Solstice Energy is upon us.  This is  part of an article I wrote for the Malibu Chronicle.  Malibu Chronicle Malibu Chronicle.
As the winter solstice approaches, we shift our energies toward connecting and celebrating with others. In ages past, before we got entrenched in the huge commercial undertaking of The Shopping Season, our species used to be sensitive to the unique solstice energies that surround the planet when it is spiraling farthest from the sun.

Yule logBut if we breathe deeply into our inner space, we can still feel the ancestral memories—cultures lighting candles and fires—for the god Dionysus and Mithras, for Christmas, Chanukah and other festivals. Can we feel in our bones the memory of the Stonehenge Druids lighting candles as the sun’s rays hit the solstice stone? The Romans’ winter Saturnalia Festival consisted of two weeks of revelry allowing the upper and lower classes to mix, all dancing around a giant log that burned for two weeks.  A tradition carried on in Northern Europe resulting in a French log-shaped chocolate cake!

Can you feel this heritage, this ancient connection to our magnetic planet and the photons of astral energies? This interconnectedness with the past is expressed in Hegel’s theory of zeitgeist or time-spirit: the world as a giant organism unfolding as spirit and mind through time. Jung called this planetary emotional funnel the Collective Unconscious. These deeper memories are the carpeting of our subconscious.

And biologically, genetic studies reveal that we still carry the emotional joys and scars of our forefathers in our mitochondrial DNA. Until recently, we thought that our genetic make-up was inalterable. But this other kind of DNA, in contrast to nucleic DNA, is in fact accessible and re-programmable. Now we see that what our ancestors experienced leaves a biological imprint on us. We can affect this legacy by what we do, what we eat, and what we think. We can feel these influences and memories and choose how to react to them and to our current experiences. In Part II I will suggest ways to mitigate the negative heritage of our early centuries or our own early years, and enhance the positive legacy.

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