Ancestor Worship in one form or another, has been a way of life since the beginning of time. We can see this through myths, storytelling, death and birth rituals, prayer and many other forms of ceremony. If we think of our bodies as the vessel through which our souls move, and our souls as infinite energy, then we can see why ancestor work is necessary. If energy is infinite, then it is transmutable, meaning it shifts and transforms but never dies. But sometimes energy can become stuck, or stagnant and needs support in moving through its passage. This is the infinite wisdom behind Ancestor Work and the reason why the ancients utilized this practice. They knew that crying, whaling, mourning, ritual, sacrifice, song, and offerings were all forms of worship that assisted in shifting the energy where and when it was needed.
The world of today is so far removed from this practice that we have become emotionally, and spiritually constipated because we don’t make space for rituals in our lives that assist in the transmutation of energy. As spiritual beings in this third dimensional experience, we carry within us the DNA of our ancestors, their pain, their heartbreak, their cycles, their stories. If you or a loved one has experienced some form of trauma, part of integrating this trauma is Ancestor Work.
When you look back at your lineage, the cycle of trauma is guaranteed to reveal itself. You are likely not the first to feel the expressions of it. If this is true for you, it is because that energetic expression hasn’t been integrated. Working with your ancestors allows for knowledge to be unlocked, passed down, and deeper heeling to occur. Through storytelling, grieving, laughing, crying, and offerings, we honor the dead in all of their glory because without them, we would not be here. I encourage you to connect with your lineage through whatever channel feels right to you, research, intuition, your guru, or simply by connecting with family and asking questions. Where did your people originate from? What lands did they travel on? What did they eat? What were some of their traditions? How did others experience them? Knowing the people and traditions you come from allows for a greater sense of self, a firmer foundation on which to stand, and it opens the door to focused and purposeful healing. Ancestor Work offers healing of both the past and the present. Know yourself, know where you come from then tell your story.
A quick and easy way to begin this work is to set up an ancestor altar. Place photos of Ancestors that resonate with you on a table with a white cloth on it. Place a cup of water on the table, some flowers, and anything else that reminds you of where your people originated from. Offerings in the form of food, smoke, or just your voice through song, speech or prayer is always good. The spirits need to be fed! When you cook food be sure to place a portion on your Ancestor Altar before feeding yourself. Placing items on your altar that they enjoyed when they were in this realm is also nice as it shows that you are putting intentional thought into your offerings.
Author: Priestess Rasia Mykonos Pouncie of Silfren Circle
Rasia is a Priestess in the tradition of Palo Kimbesa. This is an ancient practice that has its roots in the Congo Basin. She has been a practitioner for 20 years. In addition to this, Rasia utilizes energy work, crystal healing, tarot, astrology, clairvoyance, and clairsentience in her practice. She provides services with her clients through her practice as a Licensed Intuitive Life Coach and hold a Bachelor in Psychology.