the future and the past intertwine

The future lies in the seeds of the past.

The Yellow Emperor, China’s legendary Ancestor, has been honoured by celebreties, politicians and ordindary folk for some years now, in an annual pilgrimage to his homeland in Shaanxi.

Worshipping the Yellow Emperor

China’s semi-legendary emperor was said to have united the warring tribes around the Yellow River homelands, and adopted the dragon as a totem to represent unity amonst warring tribes.

 

Worshipping the Yellow Emperor courtesy of Chinanews.com

This year, over 10,000 people came from across China and the world to pay respects to the cultural Ancestor at Qing Ming Jie, on April 4th.

I wasn’t there, but here’s the words of a friend who sent me these photos, posted on Chinese chatsite Wechat. She said

as a Chinese person, I had the opportunity to attend the Ancestor Worship ceremony, and amongst loud music of cymbals and drums, I deeply felt as national pride as a descendant of the dragon.

The future is breed from the jewels of the past, shining through like light from a far away star, inspiring, guiding, supporting us.

The future is what we make of it, what we intend with our hearts.

The Yellow Emperor has been worshipped in China for so long, for his committment to unity amonst disparate peoples, for ‘creating that which is China’ , and his many contributions include the legendary “Yellow Emperor’s Book of Internal Medicine”, a classic acupuncture/Chinese Medicine text still used today. It’s based on conversations said to have been recorded and handed down for millennium. Here’s a sample:

“Their first discussion began with Huang Di inquiring, “I’ve heard that in the days of old everyone lived one hundred years without showing the usual signs of aging. In our time, however, people age prematurely, living only fifty years. Is this due to a change in the environment, or is it because people have lost the correct way of life?”
― Maoshing NiThe Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine: A New Translation of the Neijing Suwen with Commentary

Looks like some things never change.

What future do you want to create? It’s contained in your thoughts, actions, and words, so be careful with them, tread gently amongst the morass of your mind, pay no heed to negative thoughts and emotions lest they coalese into the future. Be careful with your heart, as the heart is the barometer of the future.