We are the Representatives of all of our Ancestors. We are "fronting" for them. We are actually a composite of all of them - not just genetically, but on every level of our being. We *are* them - just remixed.
Until we are aware of this, we are in a state of Dissociative Amnesia and we are at the mercy of those Ancestors trying to find Peace through us, often in unpleasant ways. We, paradoxically, don't normally become conscious of this until we have done a lot of repair work - unless someone who has experienced the process of coming into this awareness tells us what is really going on beneath the surface of our conscious feelings and thoughts.
There is no "out there" versus "in here". There is only Here. When someone is buried in the ground, they are buried in the Ground of Being.
To the extent that they were at Peace when they died, our Ancestors are at Peace within us. To the extent that they were not at Peace when they died, they are not at Peace within us. Those are the feelings of apprehension, "irrational" fears, depression, "irrational" impulses and other unpleasant feelings that we experience, apparently for not proximate reasons.
If we have a heavy legacy of unhappy Ancestors we will be troubled with upsetting emotions, challenged with physical problems and/or confronted with overwhelming experiences. We are not defective if this happens to us! It is actually a badge of merit that says: A lot of very unhappy people have invested their hopes in You. Knowing this won't make our lives less chaotic, perhaps, but we will not feel that our troubles are our fault. We are only faulted with the unkindness we do.