Please check out Christina Platt’s podcasts “Why Shamanism Now” for the background on this post.
Christina’s latest podcast was about ancestor work and this entire year I’ve been drawn to that topic.
I really believe our ancestor offer a great and unique opportunity as guides and reference points. For one thing, as I’ve already written, they have a vested interest in your success. After all, you’re their legacy, just as you will one day be an ancestor to your descendants.
They are also “real” people who lived – as opposed to angels, spirit guides and beings of those realms we read about, but may not feel connected to.
But the ancestors can cast a long shadow over us in a negative way. Not everyone who lived, actually lived well. Nor did they die well. And by that I mean, they had unresolved issues that were passed down.
Let me stop here and say, not every family problem is an ancestor problem. Sometimes people are assholes period.
But, maybe you do see a family pattern and wonder if there’s a way to clear that up. Alcoholism and abandonment issues run in my family. I hesitant to bring up health patterns although Christina’s podcast touches on that in a much better way than I ever can. I am Miss Skeptic about a lot of things, so I’m going to use examples from my personal experience.
For myself, I set the intention to find an ancestor who lived well and died well to come forward and help me with those two issues. To be fair, I can certainly live my life pretty well, even around this fear of abandonment, and while I am a social drinker, I’ve seen some serious alcoholism/addictions in the family.
But I feel like the fear of abandonment, even though I recognize it, may be stopping me from living my life fully. (I have no idea what that means – except there’s this little haunting thought as I make decisions “who’s going to get mad, maybe I don’t really need to do this fun thing for me. I should go do dishes.”)
Now, for the record, I don’t have kids, so I’m doing this for me and allegedly this will carry forward to decedents of my siblings (families are already experiencing what I saw with my grandparents/parents/self).
We’ll see how this goes. I will keep us all posted.