Who are the Ancestors?!
We as a people find ourselves in times where this has become a common question; who are the ancestors?! Part of the deep forgetting of who our people were and are, where they came from and how they lived has led to so many feeling lost and turning to the mainstream masses for culture and identification. When in fact, You come from people who long ago lived in accordance with nature and were honored by one another for belonging to the tribe. The Ancestors are those that have passed from this life time and made their way to the land of their forebears. Unfortunately, many people that have died are now ghosts, as it requires a mass amount of communal energy to create enough grief to cross a soul over. All of our ancestors once knew this and had, some still do, elaborate death rituals. Many have forgotten the old ways and yet those ways are not lost.. You can begin to reclaim them!
Doing Ancestor work is imperative to help create change! An unfortunate truth is that ghosts require energy to feed on and they usually attach to the next generation; the younger ones of the family. This causes a myriad of issues for all involved and as most everyone has ghosts in their family lines, we all experience the dense energy. Many ghosts are confused, some angry, some utterly depressed and these energies are expressed out through the living descendants. Ancestor work is not just for you but for those that came before you and those that will come after. Its powerful work and can be daunting to begin. And we Must begin!
I come from mostly Hungarian, Slovenian and Finnish people and I was raised knowing this and was taught cultural ways. I come from “peasants” as my father told me once, which I did not, do not take offence to. I had many visions when I was young that always led me to know I have Roma blood, which was confirmed when I was older. These visions were ancestral memories/ traumas, still living in me, as I inherited them. Dark scary memories of being in concentration camps as a child. As I got older I began to learn some history of the Roma people and learned how persecuted they are and have been. So, add to the ancestral trauma passed on there is also heavy shame in being Roma because of how they are seen and judged by others. I have reclaimed this blood and have learned of my great gramma Ninny pictured below, who was a part of a traveling circus in Canada. She eventually made her way to the US. She was a potent healer and powerful woman; I work with her now as I have helped her cross over and she is a healthy Ancestor. This was through communal ritual, prayer and my ability to communicate directly with her and the ancestors. Helping her transition cleared up a lot of energy around ancestral shame and the disconnect from the culture, thus the ancestral medicine.
My Slovenian grandmother was also a healer and broke many rules in her time! She came from Slovenia and proceeded to divorce her husband (big no no for Catholic folks) remarry and purchase and run a pub. She did tarot readings out of the back room. As I share their stories they are honored and all their sacrifices hold meaning. We are who we come from in so many ways and to ignore them is to ignore a part of yourself. Of course there are reasons some stories get buried into forgetting. People do terrible things and die in bad ways… yet they are a part of our family story.
The first ancestor I helped crossover happened to be my great grandfather, who raped and molested every young relative he could. He was possessed and his actions caused an immense amount of pain, created toxic patterns and continued suffering. He abused my father, who in turn violated me. He died with no healing and when I worked his energy through ritual, the change in me was palpable! I had already been in deep process of healing from my trauma, so I was aware of the energy shifting. The only thing I asked of him, once he was in the otherworld, was to guard my children from sexual predatory energy. Once an ancestor is healed they can help us in a real and clean way! We begin to have a reciprocal relationship with them and this can grow and build! Thus we can move through the world with spiritual backing and help grow our spiritual medicine.
Of course we are here to change things so we evolve and thrust forward our soul missions and ways. And we carry our ancestral ghosts whether or not you want to. You can, however, help them! Do research, learn of the cultures you come from, learn their stories, what they ate, how they lived, how they honored spirit, their mythology- all that! Without knowing your own peoples stories and ways, people will continue to appropriate other cultures out of shame, ignorance and pain. You can make a difference! They wait for you to step forward and help them.
Love and Blessings