I believe that everything, everything, has spiritual DNA. From the tiniest of newborn humans to the oldest of ancient rocks. Encoded in your cells and in your soul you will find your spiritual DNA.
What is this spiritual DNA? I imagine it is made up of this lifetime's ancestral heritage as well as major events and trainings your soul has undergone in between lifetimes and perhaps even in other lifetimes. I imagine stamped along this DNA is your soul's contract for this lifetime: what you've agreed to do, learn and give in this lifetime to this world.
I say "imagine" because I don't really know. But I do know we do have spiritual DNA. I do know that we have undergone specific trainings in between lifetimes to help further the development of our soul and the gifts and challenges we will face while incarnated on Earth. I do know that we have a soul contract for each lifetime and that it makes sense that this would be stamped into our DNA.
Your spiritual DNA expresses itself in the tugs and nudges that we call "intuition" or "women's knowing" (though men have it too). Your spiritual DNA leads you to dabble in this and learn from that-- leading you to remember or awaken to mysteries within.
For example: Say you're a red-blooded American but have an inexplicable draw to Eastern religions. That's your spiritual DNA speaking to you. There's something in the Eastern religions that you've learned in a past life or that is in someway fundamental to this life that you need to remember. So you go there. It doesn't mean you need to spend your life as a Buddhist nun and it doesn't mean you have the right to culturally appropriate traditions and ideas you don't know enough about. But it does mean that you need to sift around. Open your mind and your heart. See what's making your blood sing and what you need to do about it.
I also believe that many of the ancient Mystery Schools were established to protect spiritual DNA and to carefully awaken the secret codes within initiates. Even the Bible says: “We speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden … No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him, but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit” (NIV). 1 Corinthians 2:7-10.
Has this secret wisdom been hidden in our DNA? I think so.
Genocide, war, immigration, colonization and assimilation are among many of the reasons we have forgotten we have spiritual DNA, much less are able to access it. But I also believe that part of what's encoded in my spiritual DNA is the mandate to help others reconnect to their spiritual DNA.
From growing up on my ancestral homelands, to spending my life as a cultural insider-outsider, to becoming a journalist with an activist streak bent on portraying cultural and racial minorities in a living and breathing light, to spending five years studying how we create and sustain our cultural identities and legacies intergenerationally (and earning a M.A. in the process), to unexpectedly becoming an expat in a foreign land . . . my entire life has insisted I return to my spiritual DNA in order to ground myself and my soul in this life and in the multi-layered cultural identities I have taken on. Half-breed. Mixed Race. Okanagan. Expat. Foreigner. Insider-Outsider. Racially ambiguous. White-passing. Chameleon.
I believe that for those of us who have been separated from our heritage and traditions by space, time, genocide and/or oppression, the first step to discovering and reconnecting to our spiritual DNA is to reconnect to our body's DNA. Where did our people come from? What stories shaped their experiences and are stamped in our blood? Were they alive spiritually? How were they alive spiritually?
In the Northern Hemisphere we are approaching the Thinning of the Veil: the veil between this world and the spirit world will be it's thinnest from October 31-November 2nd, also known as Halloween/Samhain/All Saint's Day/Day of the Dead. It is a time of the year when cultures all over the world have traditionally honored their spiritual and physical DNA in the form of ancestral remembrance and reverence.
If you would l like to meaningfully participate in this ancient observance, but perhaps avoid making a more long-term commitment to your ancestors (you know-- dip your toes and test the waters so-to-speak) I have created a four-week email course that will guide you through everything you need to know to situate yourself in a healthy relationship with your ancestors and to create a seasonal reverence practice.
Course begins this Sunday, October 1st!
Hope to see you there.
In love and sacred darkness,