It somehow hit me this morning how our children embed us in the fabric of life, nature and the cosmos. It's as if my energy got suspended in mid-air if I passed without having had children, because there would be no biological link extending into the future. The energy of my existence extends back in time via my ancestors. But through my children and grandchildren my beingness, my imprint, my legacy, weaves itself into the cloth of life forward as well. It's as if I was a pearl on an endless string that extends into the past and the future.
This interwovenness with all of life and all the people I spend this lifetime with, and possibly those with whom I've spent other lifetimes with, gives me a sense of belonging and of grounding. I feel a connectedness, and that I'm part of something bigger. Certainly, I'm not an island - see an earlier post on that.
Spiritually or cosmologically or energetically, is there a difference between biological family ties and emotional friendship or spousal ties, or is that only a physical perception and interpretation? If you believe in reincarnation, we are part of a group of souls who reincarnate together again and again, switching roles and genders around for the sake of this game. My son might have been a good friend in another life, my best friend might have been my husband or wife in another life and so on. Of course, if you don't believe in reincarnation this is all rubbish.
What's your take?