We all have a past, a history.
This includes our family, or ancestral history.
As well as our childhood and our own, lived past in this life.
And yes, our history includes our past lives as well.
One of my favorite terms for describing a person’s past is to call it their “roots”, as I am a real lover of nature and the plant world, so this imagery really speaks to me.
The roots of a plant are what grounds it, provides nourishment, and allows it to grow.
And, when there is no soil, water, air, sunlight, a lack of nourishment, hardship, deprivation, the roots of a plant will stretch, grow, crawl up walls or even climb rocks in order to find even a small crack within which it can find sustenance.
Our roots ground us.
In fact, what it means to be “grounded” is to be stable or firmly based on something.
To be grounded means that you have the tools you need to grow, develop, achieve, and thrive.
And so, when you know the past, and can uncover the struggles and challenges of both your ancestors and your own past life personas, you can see how your roots have grown.
Knowing your past gives you the tools to see how you have developed into the person you are today, a perspective that allows you to see the “big picture” of your existence.
This “big picture” can also help you decide where you want to go in the future, and who you want to become.
If you know your roots, your own history, one that includes your soul’s history and your past lives – you then have the tools that you need to grow in any direction you choose.
You can create a future that is grounded in the past.
This quote by the great James Baldwin says it best: “If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go.”