by Gogo Thule
I think many people look at earth-based spirituality as worshiping
the outside world; something outside of yourself.
Spirit has shown me it's
about honoring, remembering, celebrating an aspect of myself, wisdom
that is being passed on to me and that I feel called to reclaim.
Whether we hear it or not, the ancestors still speak to us from
where they are, in our dreams and in the coincidences of our daily
life. They have wisdom to pass on to us spiritually.
We are the ancestors, and
they are us. There is a lot of power on your side.
Listen, they will speak.
Why We Honor
Because we are
Whether we acknowledge it or not there are ones that came before us,
ones that opened the way for you to be here, ones who prayed for you
before they knew you, and worked for your future.
Whether we are in tune or not they walk among us in the spirit
realm. We stand on their shoulders. They are still in our blood, in
our bones, and when they heal, we are uplifted.
Ancestral Essence says,
"our ancestors hear
our prayers first."
When most hear the word
ancestors, they instantly connect to their blood relatives that they
may or may not of known. In indigenous traditions this word is more
We have the ancestors and
spiritual beings of the waters, the air, the fire, the earth, the
blood ancestors of your father and mother's lineages, elevated
ancestors and the adopted ancestors or guardians who have chosen to
work with you in past and present life times which come in the form
of gods, goddesses, angels, spirit animals, and more.
The reason that certain animal totems and/or gods guide you is
because you come from a lineage of people who worked with those
energies and lifetimes of agreements to work together.
We not only come into
this world with physical parents and relatives but also guardians
connected to our lineage, helping spirits, a powerful and huge
In my tradition, that of
the Sangomas of South Africa, the
Ancestors are the center of our work because they connect us to the
rest of the spirit realm.
Because what we
need to heal started long before us…
They say that when we do our own inner personal healing, we heal 7
generations forward and 7 generations back.
The memories, the power,
traumas, pains, and wisdom of our ancestors are currently running
through our blood/DNA and thus stored in our energetic/physical
Some of us are dealing with sadness and depression, imbalances,
illnesses, phobias/mental issues, and life patterns that are
connected to what our ancestors went through as well as experiences
that are signs of ancestral messages.
I once assisted in
spiritual work with a young girl who was very sad and fussy in a way
that began to concern her mother.
We did an ancestral
reading to find out there was a male ancestors that was having some
kind of trouble that was being expressed through this young girl.
Many of us are going through life having experiences and challenges
that our modern day environment can't explain.
Some are seeing, hearing,
and sensing things that they can't piece together because we no
longer know how to interpret and recognize the signs and language of
the ancestors nor the spirit world.
Then there are those,
like me, who simply felt that something in my life was missing and
The fact is to ignore the ancestors is to ignore a part and aspect
of yourself. It's like to have 2 hands but not use one of them, to
not nurture it, as well as to not tap into a place of power within
you that we all have.
is wisdom to reclaim that vibrates within us…
They walk with us every day, they see your struggles, they can see
what's in your way and constantly protect and lend us their wisdom
through intuition, synchronizes, and life experiences.
They are able to see what
we can't and guide us back to our higher-selves.
I am honestly fascinated and in awe of how much wisdom we walk with.
As a shamanic medicine woman, I've been called to work with my
elevated ancestors who were healers in ancient times. I once had a
vision where my ancestors appeared as lions.
I know this because at
some point they picked up some chalk and drew their human faces on a
board. I was scared initially and ran into the house when I saw
They followed and
eventually I realized they were here to guide me. First one of the
lions had a wound on his shoulder.
This ancestor lifted my
hand up to the wound and it was healed. Then they took me to a
window and showed me how to physically and spiritually float up and
through the window and fly up into the sky.
This vision and many of my experiences on this journey with clients
and myself has showed me how connected we are to them, how much they
already have mastered and how we possess this wisdom if we make the
connection, choose not to be afraid, and honor their ancient