Earlier this year, I took part in a private lecture given by a researcher into ancient Salassi culture in the greater Canavese area where I live. As part of my research group in the Damanhur School of Meditation—dedicated to finding the divine in your relationship with nature—we are exploring how this long-lost tribe lived. The Salassi were a Celtic peoples that lived in the Canavese region of northern Italy—the area where I live. Could they be a key to my spiritual heritage?
They didn’t have a written language, so there is really not much to go on. What we have are stories passed on through the generations, some stone carvings, and what the land kiself tells you.
This particular researcher is an expert in Spiritual Physics and Ancient Civilizations, going back to the time of Atlantis. As part of his study, he discovered connections between different fractions of Atlantean culture.
Peoples of Atlantis
I should premise this by saying that even though I know our Damanhurian roots come from being a colony of Atlantis, the opulent society depicted at the end of that civilization has never really called to me. I’m more about communing with the divine in open spaces instead of golden temples, so there has always been a part of me that felt disconnected to that aspect of Damanhur.
But apparently, there was one facet of Atlantean culture that didn’t feel the need to build big temples to connect with their divinity. They instead preferred to feel divinity—inside and out—in the natural world.
After the fall of Atlantis, this fraction mainly went north into the Nordic lands. There they established more nature-based spirituality in the forested lands. As they descended, they evolved into Celtic cultures. Spiritual leaders, such as the Druids, worked in sacred groves of trees that were kinselves temples.
Moving farther south into these lands of Salassi, they inherited a deep understanding of the cycles of life and death. Different from the Catholic and even Egyptian cultures, they felt strongly that the divine is not personified outside of yourself. Instead it is something that emanates from the inside out into the natural world.
Piecing Together a Spiritual Heritage
The deeper I go with this study, the more I understand all the seemingly conflicting things I have loved my whole life:
- My heritage is from a Caribbean island—which I deeply connect with—and yet I have always felt some tie to Nordic cultures. The strangest thing is that even though I hate the cold, I rarely fell it when in Norway and Finland. Could I have once traveled with the Atlanteans that colonized those lands?
- While I grew up and love the sea, I’m not so much about the beach. It’s so much nice to be out on the sea in a boat. Could that be my connection to the Nordic migration to English lands across the vast seas? Coastal cities are very familiar.
- Ireland and Scotland feel like home to me. And the divinity I am ritually connected to is a Celtic goddess who encourages you when you have to battle. Oh, and she also announces death on the battlefield. Did my knowledge of the cycles of life help me better understand the meaning of death?
- It is the nature of Ireland and the Canavese that reawakened me to my relationship with the plant kingdom. When I lived in Barcelona, I discovered that my family heritage was actually Celtic. We traveled down from the Anglo-Celtic Isles through the northern parts of Spain to then migrate to Cuba. Before these realizations, I was a city girl, preferring to live immersed in the concrete. Today, the thought of a non-green city brings me to tears. Did my soul guide me to reconnect with a life heritage that could further my work with plants in order to acquire knowledge necessary for my soul mission?
With every piece of understanding, new questions open. Each question deeper and richer, weaving together my soul’s journey across many lives. This process requires careful observation. Not everything I have experienced I am meant to keep. I’m still shedding pieces of my soul’s journey that were once necessary and now no longer serve. If I don’t let go, they could hold me back from future evolutions.
The ability to embark on this process fully conscious of my strength and with an ecosystem—several ecosystems, actually—of support, makes it that much more fulfilling.
Today, even though I know there is still so much to learn, I feel more whole than I have ever felt. Intuitions about my heritage are being filled with a profound understanding that I am on the right timeline to accomplish what I came here to do. And that understanding brings a feeling of security and peace that no external event, person, rule, or place could ever bring.