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Ceremony For the Ancestors
Feed and healing your ancestors. Fix unfinished business. Give love and honor. Bring healing to them - and you. You'll receive more constructions after you register, chi you can do by paying online, or by sending me an email.
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Saturday, October 29th
At Jaime's Midwest Center for Shamanic Experience, otherwise known as my house:
4227 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Cost: $25 per person
In many spiritual traditions, autumn is the time of year to honor the ancestors. It's easy to honor the ancestors you love. And it's even easy to honor the ancestors you nothing about, since you can make up romantic things about them. But what about the ancestors we despise, the ones who hurt us, the ones that brought wreckage to our family history and to our lives?
One of the keys is that we are not honoring the behavior of our ancestors. We are honoring that every life that has ever passed across the skin of the Great Mother Earth has been a hard life, full of turmoil dilemma, joy, grief, yearning for love, and painful choices. We are honoring the fact that our ancestors, even if they were awful people, brought us into this life.
We can ask beloved ancestors for their help in making decisions, and we can ask them to help us not be like the despised ancestors.
And for those ancestors who disappointed, horrified or hurt us with their behaviors, we can ceremonially heal what was unhealed in them during their life. In that unhealed state they perpetrated things on the earth that were wrong. That succinct phrase, "Hurt people hurt people" applies here.
Ancestors can continue to hurt us long after they are gone, and this is why we heal them too - to break that energetic pattern that reaches us even from the other world. Just as the ancestors have embedded physical patterns into your DNA, they have also embedded spiritual patterns that can disrupt your life. These patterns can be re-written through shamanic ceremony.
Another angle of ancestor work is to remember that you have more than one kind of ancestor. We have our human ancestors, but we also have our nonhuman and pre-human ancestors: the earth, the rocks, the winds, the stardust, the tides, the lightning, the creatures great and small - all of these are our ancestors. That phrase, "we are stardust" applies here.
We also have what my teacher calls "milk ancestors." They are not blood relatives, but human beings who nurtured or inspired us, or guided us to live with more love or courage. - in other words, nourished us with the "milk of human kindness." We can also honor these ancestors in this ceremony.
One of my first shamanic teachers said that creating beauty in this world heals the ancestors. So the simplest thing you can do for your ancestors - known, unknown, despised or beloved - is to make beauty. You make beauty anytime you consciously bring your love of the Great Mystery into a physical form, in any way. All art making, from a mural on a wall to dancing silently in your living room, to writing a simple poem, can be created as healing for the ancestors. Merely sending simple prayers to the beloved and despised ancestors can be effective: "Dear ancestors, known and unknown, I remember now, and I thank you for opening the doors so that I could jump up and live in this mysterious, beautiful world."
Neuroscience has shown us that making rituals can generate the brain chemicals that make life happier. This is the scientific explanation for why we do ceremony. But we do ceremony because we are ceremony-making creatures, and because ceremony makes life mysterious and beautiful.
I welcome you to this experience!