A lot of the emotional pain we experience – in daily life or in a deep healing and awakening process – is ancient pain.
It’s ancient patterns of thoughts and beliefs that create emotional pain.
In what ways is it ancient?
It’s ancient in that it’s universally human. It’s what people from many times and cultures have experienced. (I imagine many other species experience this type of pain as well.)
It’s ancient in that much of it has an epigenetic component. It’s biologically passed on from our ancestors.
It’s ancient in that it’s passed on through the generations through belief and behavior patterns, from parents to children.
It’s ancient in that much of it is passed on through culture, through beliefs, norms, expectations, and so on.
It’s ancient in that much of it comes from very early on in our lives, sometimes even before we had language.
If reincarnation is correct, it’s ancient in that a good deal of it may go back many lifetimes.
Why is it helpful to notice this?
It can help us notice the different ways painful patterns of beliefs and behavior is passed on over time – into our life and beyond.
It can help us be aware of how we pass on these patterns, to our children and others in our life and perhaps even society, and counteract some of it.
It helps us see that we are not alone in this. It’s pretty much universal.
It helps us see that it’s not as personal as it may seem. It’s not just about me.