This past month we have been focusing on the connection we have to our mothers, grandmothers, and feminine ancestors that have walked this Earth prior to us. Not only are we biologically connected to the women that gave birth to us, but we are also spiritually connected to them. We are connected to their powers, their sorrows, their life experiences and a lot more.
Why is it important to know this and connect with them?
Well, the more we learn about our history and ancestry, the more we know ourselves. How much of your mom do you see in you? And don’t take it as something negative, this is a gift, power, and ability we have to learn, heal and grow.
We get a lot of things from our mommas. Our attitude, our preferences, our observations and even some of our opinions can come from our mothers.
Of course, that’s a whole lot of nature and nurture involved in the making of your uniqueness. But outside of personality traits and attitudes that we may adopt from our mothers, we get a lot of it genetically. It’s in the DNA.
We get almost all of our mitochondrial DNA solely from our mothers. What is mitochondrial DNA? Well, if you remember from biology class, mitochondria are organelles in the cell that perform a super important job. They are the energy-producing factories of the cell, without them a cell would not be able to generate energy from food. Whether you are male or female, the Mitochondrial DNA is only inherited from your mother and the structure of it, is not like the double helix DNA shape we are familiar with that we get from both parents, it is actually separate from it.
Although males also get the mtDNA from their mothers, they cannot pass it down to their children. The male sperm has its own mitochondria DNA that powers the journey from the vagina to the egg in the ovaries but once they reach the ovum, the male mitochondria DNA exhausts and dies. Maybe that’s why men get tired once they cum….?
What is even more fascinating is that it traced back to more than 200,000 years ago to a woman in Africa who scientist call “Mitochondrial Eve.” So this DNA has been passed down from mother to child...and so on until this present day.
But if you think about it, it would make sense that we are more our mother. We lived inside of her. Her DNA literally provides us with the building blocks to have a functioning body. That mtDNA is transmitted through the female egg