Ancestral Guides…

berry pickingAncestral Guides…

Recently my family and I decided to venture off to pick blueberries in the bountiful woods around a beautiful community in Ontario . As we spent time eating (alot!!) and picking, we reminisced about our ancestors and their wonderful blueberry pie recipes, blueberry pancakes, and the times spent with our ancestors learning the fine skill of picking fragile succulent berries from abundantly gifted plants.

DSC00242Baba & Gigi
During our time together picking berries, I connected with the memories of spending summers out on a prairie farm with my Baba learning to pick Saskatoon’s and create everything from Saskatoon pies, to jams and preserves. I realized that now I too will one day be an ancestor, and the necessity of passing this wisdom to my own family, I had awakened to the incredible role ancestors play in our lives.

The time I spent with my Baba was so valuable to me. I learnt respect for the land and plants, she taught me the importance of leaving some berries for the birds and bears, as well as assuring that the plants are well cared for so that next years crop could gift us with more nutritious berries. She taught me that the land can nurture, and all is in balance when we connect with this land. She taught me the cycle of life.. the birds eat the berries and in their droppings they spread the seeds, the seeds grow to make more plants for the animals to enjoy, the animals enjoy the berries to nourish their bodies, eventually their bodies contribute food to animals within the cycle of prey and predator, or their bodies contribute to the soil with their bones and flesh, starting the cycle again of fertile soil perfectly balanced ready and waiting for the seed to be dropped again.
DSC00281My Ancestor’s prairie farmhouse, a home filled with love & Light!

Some may have called my Baba a Grandma, chef or matriarch of the family, I call her my sacred Spiritual teacher, my Guru, and now since her passing, my sacred Ancestral Guide. When ever I cook, can or bake, I call forth her spirit to assist me, and the creative juices flow!! Together we bake, cook and create the most wonderful nourishing food. When I walk on my land, I can hear in my memory my Gigi’s tractor harvesting the grain for flour and feed. He would always summer fallow his land, leaving nature to do its work verses using chemicals supplied by large companies. Today, some 25 years after his passing, I still remember his teachings, …allow mother earth to do what she knows best, and the land will care for you in wonderful bountiful way. As someone who now hobby farms, I live by the values he taught me about respecting the land.

Another one of my ancestors now in Spirit is My Grandma Jean. Grandma taught me the value of enjoying a good card game and sharing a beer together (she liked the bottom half of the beer!), a lesson in taking time for family. My Grandma also taught me how to walk into a clothing store, scan the entire store in less than a minute and either find what I want or move on…in other words, she taught me how to value my time and not waste it. My Grandma, a widow when she was 38 and left to raise 7 children, taught me how to be self sufficient and creative as a woman raising a family. Rather then give up, my Grandmother sold apple pies and Avon, she had a hair salon and educated herself to become an awesome dietary aid in a hospital. Still to this day when I eat an apple pie I instantly link with the wisdom and sense of Independence shetaught me.

After reminiscing about my ancestors, I began to realize we have many forms of Guides and guidance living with us and within us. I asked Nathan to expand on the Sacredness of our Ancestors and their purpose in our life, the following discourse was shared by Nathan regarding Ancestral Guides…

DSC00085Your ancestors, those being the teachers of Sacred ways that came before you now exist as a resource for you to explore and connect to your Authentic Spirit call for this incarnation. You were attracted to certain ancestors because your energy, be it in emotional alignment with your ancestors or not, needed the lessons, trials, and connections you are experiencing through your ancestors of times past (those deceased) and human interactions with you now. For some, your ancestral teachers are from the original group of which you entered through, or in other words your birth family. For others you will explore and find your ancestors from other nations and families as the teachers of your Spirits call. In the world of guidance, we do not limit Ancestral guidance and Guides. Guides see not color of skin, culture or blood as a necessity to be part of an ancestral line of teachers, we view ancestral guidance, teachings and connections as a vibrational alignment with what makes your heart sing, your Spirit soar, your Highest self come forth. Ancestral guidance is accessed by a vibrational alignment with the Ancestral ways of that which frees your Spirit to its highest purpose, …we as Guides do not limit your Spirits growth by the guidelines of human ways, we encourage you to align with your Truth, that which brings joy and challenge to you.
An Ancestral Guide is a vibration within yourself that aligns with ancient practices and rhythms that best serve your Highest purpose here on this planet. You may feel in alignment with a Grandmother or Grandfather, Uncle or Aunt within your lineage, a relative through whom their life has taught you how to free your Spirit. You may be in alignment with Ancestral Guides from religions, spiritual practices, cultures, and ways that you were not birthed to, but yet they, those teachers that lived in the nations, cultures and beliefs before you awaken within you your Spirits call. Ancestral guidance is not limited by differences perceived by the human eye or cultural rules and beliefs, male or female, those perceived as holier than others, rituals, colors of skin, ney, we see no barriers, limits, rules or rights of passage, to us all is one always and in all ways when accessing guidance….to this we encourage you to…
Seek out and practice your ancestral ways, eat the foods, listen to the music, enhance the purpose of their nation and seek ancestral counsel in all that you do. Call upon your Grandmothers and Grandfathers, your sisters and brothers, call upon the birds, the sun, call upon the teachings of those that have been here before you and awaken within you the truth of your Spirits call. Forget these ancestors and you have forgotten yourself! These are your gurus, teachers, they show you the shadow and light of life, they show you the truth’s of what is and what was and what will be, they have tried and tested reality and their experiences, thousands of years of experiences and education are found in these Ancestors, this is priceless, the greatest education you will ever have.
Gift yourself this wonderful gift of Ancestral connection, let it not disappear. To access their wisdom, to find your Ancestral teachers and guides look within the family you have, be it birth or connections with those you feel a kinship with, see the teaching, …in teaching love did they explore hate or hostility, how do you feel about that. Did they nurture or feed another, in their teachings of the land were they connected or disconnected, in exploring their teachings you will find your truths. Explore how their lives influence the life you are here to live. Perhaps the ancestral struggle for food has left you with the lesson of appreciation and generosity for others, perhaps the ancestral lesson of violence has left you with the lesson of tolerance and kindness, perhaps the lessons of love has left you searching for your own love, and perhaps the ancestral lessons of being one with this land the nations of wings and fur has given you the space to explore your connection with oneness and love. It wont take long to review and connect, be open to the trial of exploration in order to connect with truths for yourself.
Nathan teaches the value of connecting with many different levels of Guidance. His teachings have always focused on the lessons that Spirit Guides, Ancestral Guides, and Angelic Guides are vibrational attunements with Divine energy and this vibrational alignment lies within ourselves, it does not exist as being outside our self with control over us, teaching negative damning lessons! Nathan, my Guide, has taught me that all that I need, want or desire is within, and tapping that source is as easy as taking a moment of silence, and in gratitude with love, asking for the vibrational energy within me to be in alignment with the Highest purpose for this planet.

Here is an exercise Nathan gave to me several years ago as a way to connect with the vibration of my ancestral teachers, my Grandmother, my Baba, my Gigi, and even one day, my parents…

Ancestral Guide meditation:DSC00070 In a peaceful setting,light a candle, close your eyes and remind yourself (visualize) of an Ancestor, ancestral teachings of a nation, people or culture that resonates with you, connect with that energy by visualizing yourself sitting around the candle flame amongst a circle of wise teachers from the Ancestral ways of which you seek wisdom from. This is your council of Ancestral Guidance, there for you to access Divine wisdom for your life journey. Ask these teachers of your Ancestral Council to assist you in whatever your trials are, ask them to share with you their greatest teachings for the Highest good of your Spirits call and for of the world around you. Listen, allow the energy to speak, bathe in the energetic flow of those before you, allow yourself to become more conscious, awaken once you feel the flow of ancestral energy present in you, upon opening your eyes, begin to journal your experience. For the next several days after this meditation, be very present in the moment, allow yourself to follow your hearts promptings, trust, and watch for signs and guidance from your life, those in your life, and your dreams…your guidance from your Ancestral guides will become more evident as you practice this meditation on a regular basis.

For me, when life is confusing or scary, when I feel challenged or lost, I turn to the Ancestral Guide meditation. I light a candle, close my eyes, ask the energy of my Baba, and Grandma to guide me, to align me with my Divine purpose, to show me my answers…I find this to be very effective way to learn how to surpass obstacles and awaken to the guidance available to me from my Ancestral Guides..

On a final note, according to the teachings from Nathan,Ancestral guides differ from that of Spirit Guides and Angels. Nathan shares in his teachings that Ancestral Guides are the first line of Guidance available to us because they have been here in this human earthly vibrational field living life, experiencing the human experience, and have a first hand knowledge of the human aspect of living life.

Next week we will discuss Spirit Guides, until then,

I wish you many blessings and Light!!

Denyse
photo #1 by Elaine Pace – Mother Earth Therapy, other photos by Denyse

Gratitude….

IMG00246Gratitude….
As mentioned in the previous blog post, Love is the essential component for awakening to our life path. Love is the essential ingredient for creating a relationship with our Spirit Guide. Love is one of the key expressions of our authentic self and is accessed through the act of Gratitude for our life, trials, tough times, joy filled moments, and the beings that exist in our life.
In my life, when difficult times challenge me, in times when I feel alone, when life is confusing or even bliss filled, I refer to the following teachings on Gratitude from Nathan and begin to shift my awareness by embracing a Gratitude consciousness . Gratitude is a tool in which I am able to see the Light and gifts within the present moment, and establish a connection to the possibilities that may arise from the situation at hand. Gratitude assists me to become still, to gain a new perspective on things, and to silence the dominant control of needless mind chatter. In this blog post, I have transcribed a discourse shared by Nathan on the topic of gratitude
The simple act of becoming more aware of the blessings of the moment opens the heart to Love. A connection to Love awakens you to the endless possibilities of living a life in connection with your authentic self. Be your own teacher, become an observer of life, and within that observation you will see that simple Gratitude is the key connection to embracing the freedom you seek. Gratitude is far more than simple thankfulness or appreciation, for thankfulness, albeit essential, is the simple starting point of acknowledging appreciation for the moment at hand. Beyond appreciation is Gratitude, an expression of the deep, Spirit filled connection to the Light within that which is before you. The act of Gratitude is a complete and utter connection far beyond thankfulness or appreciation, it is the act of embracing your connection with Spirit , your connection with the presence of the Divine, and knowing the oneness of all that is before you.
Life will challenge you, it is part of the curriculum for being human. You will feel joy, it too is part of the curriculum, and if in those moments you remove your consciousness from the experience at hand to the gift at hand you will open the doorway to your Highest Guidance, to your ultimate authentic life, to Love. If you feel joy, it is good to feel joy, and in that joy is a gift, a gem, a message unfolding from your Higher Guidance. Allow yourself to be still for only a moment, breathe deeply, concentrate on your breath for three breaths in and out, upon the release of the third breath acknowledge either by the spoken word or by writing, 5 gifts that you are grateful for in that moment of joy. You can do so with a wide variety of feelings from sadness to elation, as well as challenges you may have with work or people in your life. In connecting with Gratitude you are moving beyond the emotion, the sensation, the feeling of the experience you are having and you begin linking with a humbling expression which connects to a Higher power within you, thus creating the opportunity for you to grow, become aware, and embrace your life path.
Gratitude in the moment will deepen your experience, take your consciousness to the very depth of present moment awareness, open your heart to Love, and silence the ever present mind chatter.
When you see the sun rise and you feel joy in your observation, close your eyes, breathe three times and express Gratitude for the warmth and presence of the gift of the sun. A being of another nation, perhaps a horse or an eagle, connects with you either through touch or a display of beauty, feel the joy in your heart then close your eyes, breathe three times and give Gratitude for that which is before you. Your heart cries out for love, or longs for peace, close your eyes, find within you Gratitude for what you are experiencing, perhaps you may only be able to see Gratitude for the simple fact that you are breathing, but even in that moment, the Gratitude for simple breath begins the cycle of love and connection to Guidance. Once you have given Gratitude, ask your Guide to come forth, ask for Higher Guidance, engage your Spirit to come forth and share with you the intentions of the moment you are experiencing, from this place of Gratitude you will begin dialogue with your Spirit Guide, from this place of engagement with Gratitude and Love you will begin to become open to the guidance of your Higher self, the guidance of your angels, Spirit Guides, and Ancestral guides.
Gratitude is the humbling experience of embracing the gift within the moment and that within the gift is a lesson, within the lesson is a map, a map to lead you back to your essential nature, back to the Highest purpose of your incarnation, back to your connection with all beings, all nations, all that is animated by Spirit, it is the experience of Love and the surrender to that Love.
As with all words shared by Nathan, he asks that you take time to ponder the message, reflect on your life, and apply whatever you feel would assist you in deepening and expanding your life experience.
In this discourse, Nathan spoke of Spirit Guides, Angels and Ancestral Guides. Over the next few weeks we will explore the teachings of Nathan with regards to Guides, Angels and Ancestral Guides. Until then, in Gratitude, I embrace your willingness to share this material with me, I am honored!
Wishing you many Light filled blessings!

Denyse

Love….

nathan and I by the lakeWhile meditating by a peaceful lake in North Western Ontario Canada, Nathan shared with me insights on love and the importance of living a life filled with love. Here is an excerpt of that communication.

Love, ah yes, the beautiful expression of Creators intentions made manifest here on Earth. Love yourself and others as we, your Guides, love you in order for your life to be in alignment with its highest purpose. As Guides we judge not for there is nothing to judge, all is as it is for the highest purpose of your incarnation, we love you with every part of our vibrational alignment with Creators love. We bathe you in the Light of the Divine, when you are weak we will carry you, when you cry we wipe your tears, when you are afraid we embrace your courage, when you are angry we are your kindness, with every expression of the opposite insight of love lies the seed of love from which you can be all your desires, all your hearts callings, all that you have come here to experience.

Your core self is that of love, this is your heartbeat, the beat that is one with Creators energy. If you are challenged to love the unloved, if you are challenged to love those who challenge you, if you are longing to be loved, run not away from your trials, but run directly inwards to your heart, dig deep within and draw out of you the ultimate love that you can access for those you interact with and the life that lives around you. Love is the very core of the authentic self and gratitude is the key to opening the doorway to authentic self, thus releasing the expression of Creators Love, a love that will bring your heartfelt desires to fruition. Living in gratitude creates true appreciation for the person or situation that challenges you, the life that saddens you, the fear that arises, and awakens the love filled life that awaits you. Live in gratitude for the lessons at hand, gratitude for the opportunity to grow, gratitude for life, for Creator, for you. Ah yes, love and gratitude for you, for the depth of love that you feel for yourself will manifest outside of the self, conflict within equals conflict without, it is so as a universal truth, that which vibrates within will surely create without.

My children, live in love, be in love, exist in love, love thyself, thy brother and sister around you, love those you hate, love those you do not know, live in this space and from here you will connect with and find your highest Guidance. Love is accessed through gratitude, gratitude is accessed through a willingness to be present to the present moment. From this space of Gratitude you will awaken love, your desires, your dreams, your connection with all that is, you will connect with peace, joy, kindness, from this place all core energies can be accessed from this place your life will be true unto itself, from this place called love we , your Guides, can connect with you and you with us….love, love, and love again.

Nathan often suggests the benefits of Gratitude journaling whenever your heart and love feels challenged. Writing 5 things that you are grateful for in the morning and the evening before bed will open the heart space to understand the importance of appreciating the moment, the gifts of the moment and the abundance of love all around you.

Nathans teachings are provided for you to seek your own answers, your own direction and your own sacred path. Take time to reflect on your life path and apply the teachings as best suited for your own personal journey.

Next week I will expand on Nathans teachings about Gratitude, until then, I wish you love, Light and Blessings!
Denyse
photo by Elaine Pace, Mother Earth Therapy

Insights from a Spirit Guide

Nathan – Insights from a Spirit Guide
-The focus of this blog site is to share with you over 10 years of recorded insights, discourses and teachings from Nathan, a Spirit Guide. The postings will occur every Monday evening and will also include occassional inspirational quotes and meditations along with the insights.

Hundreds of people from all over the world have experienced the insights of Nathan during private consultations, workshops and seminars. Now you can also experience Nathans wisdom and insights by visiting this site every Monday evening. This site will offer Nathan’s discourses, meditations, inspirational quotes and more. Upon reading one of Nathan’s insights, I recommend that you take time to journal, meditate, and reflect on the message he has shared and begin to explore how the message may apply to your life path.

If you have a question you would like to ask Nathan, please submit your question through my website, http://www.denyseappelmans.com/ Limit of one question per submission. Questions chosen for discussion with Nathan will be posted, but your identity will remain confidential. One question will be chosen and discussed monthly.

Postings will begin, July 23, 2010

-Denyse