It was a few hours after he died that he showed up in my garage where I was mourning him like I’d never mourned anyone before.
He reminded me of a Peyote Meeting at his home where we looked at the dark to the South of the hogan where we met.
“Yeah,” he says, like he heard me thinking, “It’s always dark out there.”
It felt like he was going to say something else, but he turned back into the hogan, traditional Navajo housing with many ceremonial uses.
The night he died he showed me that dark little valley again. This time, though, violet flames were flying out of the dark into the skies. Triumphant flights, they were. Flames, freed.
“You have to get them out of there, free them,” said my brother, “they’re holding back the living!”
Then the vision disappeared, and I broke down.
In our communities, which can be loosely described as Hispanic, Mexican American, immigrant, Native American, and/or multi-cultural communities, conversations about ancestors are quite common. Sightings of recent dead, mourning altars, celebrations for the dead and all kinds of lights, candles, asking for help from and for the dead – in the daily routine of our lives.
In our healing work, in our meditations and teachings, in almost everything we do, the ancestors are included. They are either at the base of the healing, the subject or the actual key to the healing.
I remember – and it’s been awhile – hearing criticism and humiliation around our ancestor songs, about making such a big deal about people that are gone. Judgments about us living in the past, trying, as many accused, to hold on to hollow, empty traditions.
Lots of history in all this, but cutting to the chase: DNA research is now proving how right our ancestors were about ancestors. The ancestors, it seems, are in our blood, scientifically documented and researched endlessly for its potential in human evolution!
Alcoholism, physical and mental abuse, poverty, creativity, healing gifts and long-term beliefs (whether we like them or not) all pass through our blood and affect our daily lives.
That’s why Healing the Blood is always in the mix. A friend asked me if we did “ancestral healing” at our altar. I’m still trying to figure out how to answer her.
We do things to heal the blood on an almost daily basis, so in that way, yes, we do ancestral healing.
However, we’ve also noticed several organized approaches to ancestral healing sprouting up everywhere: serious, scientific/spiritual approaches to healing family trauma.
This is a good thing. If the living and the dead flow as they should, everyone benefits.
The research on DNA and the science coming out about the spiritual dimensions and the many who live there, in the afterlife, psi, hyper-dimensions, and other worlds, is fascinating, especially in bringing these things into a real and functional understanding.
Within that wide world, “Ancestral Healing,” as it has developed, deserves some study before we can say we do what is now known as ancestral healing.
We are encouraged by this development in the healing arenas and want to support the practice of healing the blood. Our next article will look at some specific things anyone can do to heal their blood, and eventually come to understand what we see, feel and dream about our ancestors.
Your questions, suggestions, ideas about ancestral healing, will help us open this up as an avenue of information. We look forward to it.