I always thought I loved myself. Maybe I did when I was younger and forgot as I got older. I had to think more deeply about it after a very beloved Heavenly Spiritual Guide said to me: "When are you going to stop pretending to love yourself?"
If you have come so far in your spiritual awakening as to invite the collaboration of your spirit guide, you may be prepared to receive spiritual mentorship opportunities. This may come in the form of your limits being tested.
Othala indicates that we are carrying a weight greater than a single life can bear. It's telling us that before we can seat into the role of elder in our lines, we must bless those who came before us. We must relieve them.
Despite our best strides in incorporating a shamanistic worldview, we still look upon such bare demands as archaic or outmoded. By our keen intellect, we see ourselves as somehow beyond that base need.
Both Cumes and Kelley emphasized that the spirit guides they connect with are not necessarily recent blood relatives or blood relatives at all. In fact, some of them go back to ancient times. In a sense, "everybody is your ancestor," says Cumes.