Listening to Your Ancestors
For the past few month, I had been thinking about my family - the dead ones. I have a lot of them. Both parents have been gone a long time, as have my mother's parents. We never knew my father's birth parents, as he was adopted. When my Dad was about 50, one of his half-brothers (mother's side) knocked on our door and introduced himself. He had Dad's birth certificate. Due to that document, we also found some half brothers and sisters on his father's side. Both Dad's birth parents had passed by then, but I had suddenly gained lots of cousins! I was in college then and shortly after that I moved away, so I did not get a chance to get to know all these cousins.
Just about a month ago, I received an email through 23 & Me, ( A DNA testing company) that said I had a new relative that was a 2nd or 3rd cousin. It turned out to be a cousin from my Dad's mother side who I had met briefly about 40 years ago. We started corresponding and he sent me more information on Dad's mother, Julia, who I had lately been curious about. I had a few photos of her but I didn't know much else. Then, about a week later, I was giving classes at a local Psychic Fair and decided to have a reading from a Medium. The first person to come through was my grandmother Julia! She had a lot to say and thought that she and I had a lot in common. She also stated she was a "teacher" on the other side and was hoping that I would tap into her as a guide. During this reading Dad's adoptive mother also came through, as did my Dad. It was a family reunion!
But that's not all! About a week after the Psychic Fair, I received a Face Book friend request from a stranger who claimed that she was related to my Mom's father's family and she had a lot of genealogical history. So, I connected with her and she emailed me anecdotal accounts of my Grandfather's mother's family as well as pictures I had never seen. I had known my Grandfather until he passed when I was 9, but didn't know too much about his family, other than a few things my Mom remembered.
So, what does this sudden influx of ancestral connections mean? I know that this is not a coincidence, rather a clue to something I need to pay attention to. At a minimum, it is a trigger for me to remember who my ancestors are and to honor them. Shamanically-speaking, I know that I can communicate with my ancestors. Because time is linear, I have the ability to check in with them and do a healing session for them. I know that Julia's life was not easy. She was forced to give up her five children in the mid 1920's because her neighbors suspected she was not able to care for them. She can likely use some healing, as can all of my ancestors. To be honest, we can all use some healing. Just being in a human body and living in society, be it 100 years ago, 1000 years ago a generation ago, or today, has caused trauma of one sort or another to each of us that can be healed.
So what am I to do? I plan to journey (communicate with) to Julia. She has already expressed an interest in working with me, so I am looking forward to building a relationship with her and to see how she can help me and how I can help her.
What can you do if you are suddenly presented with thoughts of your ancestors? Or have you always been drawn to a special grandmother or great-father that you never knew? Be still and call them to you. It often helps when you want to communicate with a spirit, to set an appointment with them. So, just say, " I want to talk to you at 2:00 pm tomorrow or next Thursday." That generally guarantees their presence. You can try automatic writing, or you may hear their voice in your head. We all have different ways of communicating with spirits and one method may not work for everyone. Feel free to ask me for help. Just know that your ancestors are willing and able to communicate with you, to help you, and you may be able to help them as well.