Our Fathers and Mothers

By Greg Baer M.D.

January 8, 2016

In 1999, a movie premiered—The 13th Warrior—based on the writings of Ibn Fadlan, an Arab, who traveled in the 900s AD with Scandinavian traders in Russia. In the movie, a Viking chieftain recites a prayer with all his men, just before he dies in battle:
Lo, there do I see my father.
Lo, there do I see my mother, my sisters and my brothers.
Lo, there do I see the line of my people back to the beginning.
Lo, they do call to me.
They bid me take my place on Asgard in the halls of Valhalla,
Where the brave may live forever.

Although the references to Asgard and Valhalla are colored with a specific culture, this man beautifully describes the eternal connection we all have to our forefathers and mothers. We are a product of their blood, their pain, their cultures, their times, and their individual decisions.

And now, as we grow in the power that can come only from love, they know what we have done and are proud of us. They rejoice that we have found the joy that eluded so many of them. We need never condemn them for their failures, but instead, we can benefit most from a deep and overwhelming gratitude for all they did to make our present experiences possible. 

We stand on their shoulders and experience a sense of loving peace that few of them knew. They are enriched by the elevation of our gaze. And many of the line of our people knew—and helped to forge—the lines of the people around us. We are all connected more than we could know.

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About the author 

Greg Baer, M.D.

I am the founder of The Real Love® Company, Inc, a non-profit organization. Following the sale of my successful ophthalmology practice I have dedicated the past 25 years to teaching people a remarkable process that replaces all of life's "crazy" with peace, confidence and meaning in various aspects of their personal lives, including parenting, marriages, the workplace and more.

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