There is a huge collective calling to work with ancestors right now. The time is ripe. Humanity is at the doorway of our evolution into higher consciousness. It’s definitely happening, it is just a question of if it will be sooner or later. In order to make this leap as graceful as possible, our collective healing must progress swiftly and gracefully. That is why we are doing our personal tending; meditating, retrieving our power and soul essences, recapitulating a lifetime of stuffed emotions, integrating our shadow, doing the forgiveness work. And as part of that, we are looking at the lineages that brought us to where we are now.
Humans have experienced a lot of trauma, especially in the past 12,000 years when nomadic cultures began to gather together in groups and settle. More conflicts inevitably arose. And of course we are human, so our emotions and relationships get out of hand. They damage ourselves and others and can fall upon the land to create an unpleasant lingering vibration. Like all the other pollution we have created, it’s up to us to clean it up.
Many of our ancestors have healed after their lifetimes on earth. They can serve as helpers to us in our own personal tending and also in the tending to other unhealed ancestors and wounds in our lineages. As I talked about in my previous article, they can be valuable allies. And once we have a relationship with these whole and healed ancestors, they may ask us for help in tending to our lineages. Because we are embodied, we have the power of will. The way I see it, we are like a nexus point for past and future lineages.
When we decide to consciously do this tending, we may want to set up an altar to honor our ancestors. We can start with photos and maybe an object or two that reflects something about them, and that feels right to us. We may offer them gifts of a bit of food or drink that we know they were fond of and maybe find a picture of a coat of arms, family crest or clan totem. This is very similar to the ancestor altar that I ritually set up around Samhain, also known as Day of the Dead, except I leave it up semi-permanently when I am focusing on my ancestor relationships. It works like an energy center for me. And also a beacon for them.
And if we or our parents were adopted and do not have knowledge of a blood lineage, start with the adopted ancestors. Let them know we honor them for all they have given us, getting us to where we are right now, where we need to be. And then they may be able to introduce us to blood ancestors after we start doing the journeys, meditations and journaling with that intention. We may also be called to work with soul lineage ancestors instead.
We may also be called to tend to the land where we live now, or where our lineages come from to remove heavy or negative energies that are lingering on it from our human traumas and dramas. We always want to make sure we receive explicit permission from the land, as it is alive, with many beings on and within it. We always ask first if the work is right for us to do, and in the best and highest good for them and for us.
Just as there are healed ancestors who are allies, there are unhealed ancestors who are not helpful, and can cause chaos and keep old wounds moving through the lineage. These are the ones our allies can help us tend to. We all have unhealed ancestors, and not everyone is called to do this kind of work. It can be messy. It takes training, very good journey skills and an excellent and deep relationship with your allies and helping spirits. If we are called to it, we will be drawn to the tools and teachers we need to help us.
But even if we are not familiar with or trained with this kind of work, we might occasionally get called into service during dreamtime or our shamanic journeys. A few years ago I was called to journey for a soul retrieval for my father who had crossed over 25 years ago. I was surprised and happy that I could help facilitate that for him. And it got me interested in learning more about ancestor tending.
All it takes is one person to tend to an unwell ancestor or heal a wound in the lineage and that is automatically transmitted forward to descendants, as well as backwards to the rest of the ancestral line. It transcends time. Strands of the collective web become whole and healed. It’s a powerful way to be of service in these shifting times.
To help you tend to soul issues that may manifest in physical, emotional, mental or spiritual aspects of your life, and to give you tools to empower your path to harmony and well-being.
-There are so many kindred spirits doing the work out there. I include these links to help our community connect with one another.
FAIRY CONGRESS - Offers a summer weekend gathering in person with workshops, circles and of course faeries and nature beings! They also offer a winter virtual weekend with amazing guest speakers like Orion Foxwood, David Spangler and R.J. Stewart. I highly recommend joining the online network to participate in monthly workshops, circles, and book clubs.
SACRED HOOP Magazine Guide to Shamanism Compilation- http://www.sacredhoop.org/Pages/FreeGuide.html
Owner Valeria Pearson lovingly created SOLE TO SOUL YOGA studio with a community focus. There are classes for all levels and events that lift the spirit. I am delighted to partner with her to offer a kirtan chanting circle once a month.
My friend and herbalist mentor, LAWRENCE BIRCH is a Certified Clinical Herbalist, plant whisperer and shamanic practitioner. If you need custom tincture blends or are interested in a wildcrafting apprenticeship, he is the teacher extraordinaire:
ROGER WHEELOCK and GAYLE RUTH are shamanic practitioners and teachers in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. https://www.rainmother.com/ I am grateful to be able to take part in ceremony with them, and to support their love for the Peruvian people through the World Ayni Association. Roger has a practice in Asheville, NC https://www.communityshaman.com/
NEW WORLD KIRTAN = Kitzie's podcasts include interviews with artists and kirtan music. I love attending her weekly Satsang group and the New World Kirtan Band concerts -