Taxus Baccata Roots. PD/CC Image by Marco Schmidt via Wikimedia.

There are clues that spiral around again and again to validate, remind, or spark new (or renewed) awareness and dedication.

These clues can make up the shiny breadcrumb clue trail we follow, if we know how to look.

When I came across the following musing, in a book I came across quite serendipitously, it spoke to me very deeply.

I know that it’ll speak to some of you, too, as keepers of the ancestral lineage and healers of the family tree (as Malidoma Somé writes).

With all that’s going on and stirring up what divides us, there are times when renewing our sense of our own and our inherited ancestral strengths and gifts may be very helpful.

For many, though, in family dynamics or how they play out in repeating patterns, as well as in our cultural and ‘news headlines’, the familial-ancestral traumas and wounds that get passed along are potently evident, too … clues to the ancestral call for transformation and healing of the lineage, the mending and reweaving of the inherited ancestral tapestry.

Glengesh Pass in Ireland, by Jon Sullivan. Photo courtesy Mr. Sullivan and Public Domain Images.
Glengesh Pass in Ireland, by Jon Sullivan. Photo courtesy Mr. Sullivan and Public Domain Images.

See if this wisdom-musing from Malidoma Patrice Somé stirs remembrance in you, too …

“In my experience there is always one person in every family who has the sensitivity to be aware of, and respond to, the deeper spiritual needs of the family across generations.”

“They are the healers of the family tree and are hailed by departed ancestors who need the healing to take place. It is a reciprocal thing: once we remember the ancestors and approach them with an open mind, they are able to help us, give us the direction we need and remind us of our purpose in coming here in the first place.”

“Our birth story is the latest evolution of our family tree and each of us comes into the world carrying a unique gift that is needed by the community. Yet through the process of being born and the trials of growing up, we often forget what it is that we have come here to do.”

“But the ancestors will keep trying to remind us. They find ways to get our attention: dead-end jobs, health scares, redundancy and accidents are all obstacles designed to jog our memory, to take us out of the trance of consumerism and force us to look deeper into our lives and rediscover what really matters to us.”

Malidoma Patrice Somé

~ Malidoma Patrice Somé, in the introduction to The Ancestral Continuum by Natalia O’Sullivan and Nicola Graydon

One caveat, or clarification:

A Tree Grows From Rock, Wittenoom Gorge, Australia. Image courtesy of Public Domain Images.
A Tree Grows From Rock, Wittenoom Gorge, Australia. Image courtesy of Public Domain Images.

This doesn’t mean that we aim to ‘fix’ anyone else in the immediate family (or otherwise). Most of us know by now that that’s a futile and rather exhausting effort.

But we can become familiar with the patterns in play; choose healthier, more skillful approaches ourselves, including skillful communication, discerning engagement or interactions, and disengaging when that makes sense.

Then we can use our spiritual and energy practices to ‘ripple outward’ along the ancestral lines and into the shared field. That’s really one of the things that being a ‘healer of the family tree‘ and “Being the ‘Medicine'” mean.

How about you?

Do you feel like you’re one of the healers of the family/ancestral tree, and/or a follower of the shiny breadcrumb-clue trails?

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Related Sophia’s Children musings featuring Malidoma Some:

* A Shaman’s View of Sensitivity, Spiritual Gifts, and Mental Illness

Big Love,


p.s. Thanks, g-g- and g-g-g-grandparents and a few other ancestral-peeps, for the flurry of recent clue-messages. I hear you! The conversation continues. Lots of love, Jamie.