What does it mean to explore your ancestor nature? This short video starts you down that trail!
We can look to how the ancestors live in us physically (and in our imaginative sense as well). We can also journey into ancestor nature by way of connecting with a powerful plant ally and teacher: Maize, more commonly known as Corn.
Corn has a rich, vibrant, and long history with our human family. Whether we eat corn or not, gratitude for the co-creative, deeply interactive, respectful and even sacred relationship she has had with humankind for thousands of years can awaken a potent sense of wonder within us. Corn can help us recognize that we too as individuals are the result of an incredible co-creative dance of land, spirit, myriad beings, our own ancestral lineage, and so much more. Understanding and experiencing Corn as nourisher of our bodies, communities, ceremonial life, and spirit is one way to renew and deepen your sense of your own old ways nature!
Where do you sense ancestor nature within yourself? What is that sensation? If you contemplate this sense of “ancestor” within yourself, what thoughts and emotions arise? Take time to journal them, create from awareness of them, and to share about them with a trusted friend (someone who won’t think you’re nuts 🙂 ).
I invite you to entertain the notion that the spirits of plants exist outside of three-dimensional reality, just as do our own spirits. Plants — especially those who are in close relationship to the human family — are often quick to respond (favorably!) to a greeting or appreciation by us human folk. Gratitude is a potent way to connect with a plant spirit.
An offering such as a little water, a song, cornmeal, or some other gift that feels appropriate to you in the moment are time-honored ways for cultivating a relationship with a plant and its spirit. Note that you don’t have to be physically present with a plant to connect with it (though it’s great to do so whenever you can).
In journeying into your ancestor nature, consider calling on Corn to infuse that journey with her own wise ways. If you eat corn, you might mindfully prepare some corn and taste it before settling into reflection. How does Corn engage with whatever feels most “old soul” within yourself?
Suspending disbelief (just set it respectfully to the side for the time being!), ask Corn if she is willing to share some wisdom or insight with you. Notice what arises (emotion, thought, sensation, memory …), and trust that these responses are a gift to you from Corn. Write them down or engage in some other creative expression to explore what they mean to you.
How does awareness of the ancestral nature of Corn nourish your sense of life-affirming wise ways? If you bring that awareness to the next food you eat — a curiosity about its ancestral nature — what awakens in your imaginative spirit and in the felt experience of your body as a result? What shifts for you?
Please share your stories and comments below!
More about Corn Spirit: One of my plant medicine teachers, Shamana Flora, Darcey Blue French writes eloquently and beautifully about Corn Spirit here.
Posted by Jane Valencia