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Grandparents and the Family Tree

by Denny Johnson


Grandparents are the fruit of the family tree. Contained within them is years of light, wisdom and experience. When this fruit is given freely, the child, the family, and society prospers. Children are the roots of the family tree. These tiny white fibers of innocence begin their invisible journey from within the sacredness of the earth. They pass first through the middle of the mothers body. She holds them close and preserves their wholeness through nutrition and the sense of touch. Mother is the trunk of the tree. She represents the feminine principles of firmness and stability that unifies the family. She also provides the access and means to experience the feelings that inspire the love of life.

The heart of the relationship between the mother and the father is represented by the place on the tree where the branches begin. Mother hands each child to the father, whose duty it is to individualize the branch of each child into its appropriate place in the light. Father is the branching of the tree, he represents the masculine principles of individuality and the will to live. The birth order and gender of the children determines from which branch of the family tree the child is accessing their individuality. When each child’s individuality is acknowledged and nurtured by the father, that child’s branch extends higher and higher into the light. There, it breathes and unites the light from above with the strength from below. In time, this sacred process forms a blossom of joy and the fruit of a lifetime is offered to the world.

There is a spiritual and actual relationship between the fruit of the tree and the roots. When fruit falls to the earth, the fruit's flesh is readily absorbed by the roots, and the entire tree grows stronger. In the same way, there is a relationship between grandparents and grandchildren. When grandparents communicate with their grandchildren, the "circle of life" is completed and everyone benefits. Parents are more involved in the everyday life of the child. Parents are directly responsible for behavioral modification and daily nutrition. The language of parents is more physical and direct. The language of grandparents is spiritual and indirect. This indirect language of grandparents is symbolic, and is communicated mostly through feelings and storytelling. The duty of the grandparents is to deepen the spiritual and emotional well-being of their grandchildren.

There are lines of life flowing and extending through the family tree, and being expressed by the grandparents. These lines rise and fall like waves on a river. These waves follow the nature laws of genetics and have an indirect but powerful effect on the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of each grandchild. Often, there is a greater similarity between a child and one of the grandparents than there is between the child and either of the parents. This natural linking connects the mind of a grandparent with the mind of a specific grandchild. This allows for the continuation of the lines of life into future generations. This connection also provides an opportunity for the voice and feelings of the grandparent to deeply penetrate the mind of the grandchild. Like water feeding the roots of a tree, the feelings of grandparents can extend and strengthen the existence of the grandchildren. When a grandchild receives stimulation from all four grandparents, the "tree of life" grows stronger, and everybody lives longer, healthier lives.

This "tree of life" is inside the temple of the human body and is represented by the glands, organs, meridians, and body systems. Mother represents unconscious; the central and sympathetic nervous systems, and anything that provide integrity and the enlivening of feelings in the body. Father represents the conscious mind, para-sympathetic nervous system, and anything that provides growth, movement, and individuality. Children represent the twelve cranial nerves, laughter, innocence, and anything that awakens to the increase of life. Grandparents represent the brain, truth, wisdom, and anything that yearns to love god more.

All of us in this world are one mind; we are one body and one spirit. Like society and the body, the family tree is also interconnected. Each person has a specific contribution to make to the happiness and health of the family body. When we identify and support the individual needs of one person in the family, the entire family benefits. Likewise, each person in the family tree has a specific gift to give the family. When this gift is acknowledged within a child, it begins to be more revealed in their personality.

Understanding the patterns of Grandparent Energetics along with the patterns of Sibling Sequences helps parents and grandparents to more easily identify how to meet a child's specific needs. Each child's life is like a story with different lessons and gifts. When a child hears a story that contains within it lessons similar to the ones the child has in life, a change begins to happen. The symbols and patterns of a story help the child's mind to resolve weaknesses and enhance strengths. If a child hears a story in the voice of a grandparent, the effect of the story goes even deeper. This is especially true if the grandparent reading the story matches the lesson the child is learning in the story. For example, the grandfather on the father’s side represents the symbols of FIRE, COURAGE, and HEART. The primary lesson of a number two boy is how to handle emotions (fire) with the aid of a focused mind (sword). If the grandfather reads him a story about a courageous boy who uses a sword to kill a fire breathing dragon, a natural alignment occurs and the child learns the lesson more quickly. The result is that corresponding areas within the mind and body of the child are vitalized.

Recognizing the influence of Grandparent Energetics and Sibling Sequences gives everyone the opportunity to strengthen the family tree.


Grandparent Energetics

All grandparents are important. Beyond the personalities they contain, each grandparent contributes a different and specific energetic vibration to the development of the grandchildren. The universal characteristics found below are modified by the birth order and gender of the grandparents, parents and the individual child. The number of possible combinations creates the infinite uniqueness in all of us. The knowledge of these universal qualities and the feelings flowing through them can greatly enhance your appreciation for who you are and the unity of all life.

Grandparents

Father’s Father

Father’s Mother

Mother’s Father

Mother’s Mother

Description

Growth, Strength

Excitement for Living

Holds, Nurtures

Preserves Life

Inspiration, Awakening

Wisdom & Service

Giving, Receiving

Feelings & Mystery

Qualities

Courage

Enthusiasm

Action

Joy

Brotherhood

Self-worth

Stability

Balance

Control

Compassion

Family

Bonding

Inspiration

Leadership

Direction

Revelation

Individuality

Purpose

Receptivity

Creativity

Freedom

Peace

Sisterhood

Belonging

Expressions

Emotions

Moving

Touching

Body

Speaking

Holding

Mind

Seeing

Imagination

Feelings

Hearing

Symbolic

Elements

Fire

Metal

Gem

River

Sun

Earth

Wood

Tree

Ocean

Planet

Air

Mountain

Grass

Spring

Star

Water

Mist

Flower

Lake

Moon

Body Organs

Heart

Gall Bladder

Liver

Pancreas

Lung

Intestine

Kidney

Bladder

Body System

Circulatory

Digestive

Respiratory

Eliminating

Color

Red

Emerald Green

Gold

Light Blue

Direction

South

North

East

West

Time

Late Morning

Afternoon

Sunrise

Evening

Season

Summer

Autumn

Winter

Spring

Child

Younger Brother

First Daughter

First Son

Younger Sister

Creative Example

Dancing

Singing

Writing

Painting

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