Gapping the Generations: The Spirituality of a Family
As we continue our progression towards becoming a unified global family, it is important to remember that this global family is representative of our immediate and extended families; as above, so below. If we want to see the whole world coming together under a banner of peace and harmony, we first need to look at our own families and take the time to heal those potentially difficult relationships.
The souls that are around us, especially those who are our parents and siblings, collectively chose to come together for a specific reason. By taking a step back, looking at those closest to us and finding the gift that these individuals bring into our lives, we can help strengthen our family bonds, and this in turn will build our global family stronger as well!
James Redfield illustrated this concept in his book “The Twelfth Insight” when the characters in the story started looking at their lives as souls who have lived many lifetimes, realizing that the people around us have often been there from one lifetime to the next.
Chances are your parents, siblings or children have been in your family many times over. So if you are having a difficult relationship with a member of your family, there is a great potential that this difficult relationship has existed through many lifetimes.
Earlier in this book series, it also talks about several specific perspectives coming together to challenge each other in a way that strengthens that small group as a whole. If we really want to start bringing our global family together, starting to identify those lessons we still need to learn through our immediate family is where we need to start.
Compassion As A Lifestyle
When we take a step back from our individual perspectives and the judgements we can often have towards how other people live and act, we can find those lessons that these souls have for us.
For example, if you have a grandparent you don’t get along with who is very conservative and strict, trying to understand the society they grew up in and the environment they had to go through, we can find compassion for them instead of judgement.
Often the lifestyle choices we make are influenced by our current society and the trends that are going around. These local and global tendencies shape how we look at the world and once we believe something, it becomes more difficult to look at something else that challenges that belief.
It’s far easier to fool a person, then it is to convince them that they have been fooled.
So when we look at the previous generations we can see that, just like us, they are a result of the society at that time; it thus becomes apparent that their ideology will be influenced by the larger societal trends of the day as well.
When we look at this from the perspective of being compassionate to people, we can see that if we had been subjected to the same environment, chances are we would have made similar choices; we really can’t say otherwise until we walk a mile in their shoes, as the expression goes.
By being more compassionate and empathetic towards the conditions that bred our parents and grandparents, our brothers and sisters, aunties and uncles, we can start to see the way the experiences of our family members can help us grow by learning from their actions, mistakes, and successes.
People will often try to convince you that their way is right and yours is wrong, but by being open to trying to understanding what caused the other to believe what they do, we can find a deeper lesson from their experiences and learn from them.
The people closest to us are there for a reason; by being open to finding that reason and learning from all experiences without judgement, we can bridge the gaps between the generations, strengthen our immediate families and in turn, further build our global family!
Thanks for reading, and remember to give your family members a huge hug the next time you see them. They are in your life for a reason, and likewise, you are in their lives for a reason too!