Our Ancestral DNA

Shannon O'Flaherty
8 min readMar 1, 2022

You are the ancestor that changes everything for your bloodline. Think about that for a minute. A lot of people never even think about our ancestors because we’re busy being us, here and now in the present moment getting on with our lives, but our ancestors paved the way for us.

They set up the path and the template of who we would evolve into and become, here and now. We tend to think of our ancestors only as going back in time but we are also the ancestors of our future descendants.

We’re going to be the ancestor (of the past) when our children grow up, when our grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great, great-grandchildren grow up. And they’ll be looking back on what seeds we planted, to put in motion for the future.

What are the consequences of what we’re putting into play now for our descendants? Just as we’re living out the consequences that our ancestors set before us and also, of course, all of the wonderful things that they put in place.

Octavia E. Butler, the first African American female science fiction writer said,

“All that you touch, you change.

All that you change, changes you.

The only lasting truth is change.

God is change.”

Think about that. What our ancestors touched, changed them, the world, and us. What will we touch and change?

If you go back ancestrally in your family line and generally in the world at large you can see that our ancestors had to fight for pretty much everything they had, even if it was literal fighting to cut through the land to create a path on which to travel. They had to fight to make every new invention just to survive and have resources.

I’m so grateful that I’m living in this time, in this century, where life is pretty easy, and we’ve got all mod cons and don’t really have to think about survival on a day-to-day basis. But our ancestors did.

They were afraid a lot of the time and suspicious because they were concerned that they would lose their livelihoods or even their actual lives, resources, or their freedoms. So they kept very close to their communities.

Also, they didn’t have the ability to travel vast distances as we do in this…

Shannon O'Flaherty

Shamanic practitioner, therapist, coach, writer, speaker,educator & group leader on trips to Peru. https://shannonoflaherty.com