Ancestral Lineage Healing
For Individuals, Families, and Communities
It’s no mistake that our ancestry is called our ‘roots’. Ancestral lines are a major source of input in our life experiences. When healthy, ancestral lines are a natural ‘root system’ that supplies us with support and nourishment. The well ancestors bless our lives and help us live according to our life purpose. When unhealthy, they can destabilize us and cause systemic issues. These systemic issues can show up in a variety of ways including persistent dysfunctional life patterns, illness, addiction, and poor psychoemotional health.
Here are some of examples of what people can get from doing lineage healing:
- A connection to your wise and loving ancestral guides.
- Access to knowledge contained in the ancestral collective.
- A connection to spirit and the sacred that comes from your own roots.
- The healing of ancestral and cultural wounds, and the issues that arise from them.
- Boundaries with the not-yet-well dead and differentiation from that energy.
- The ability to function in the world from a place of being personally resourced by your own ancestors and their traditions.
- A greater sense of personal identity, purpose, and belonging.
- The support of your well ancestors in creating your life path.
- Preparation for the death and ancestralization of both you and your extended family.
Those are some of the personal benefits. Our ancestors, well or otherwise, are present (and influential) whenever we interact with another person or within a community. Imagine what is possible if the members of communities worked together from a place of healthy ancestral connection.
For some, the prospect of taking on ancestral lineage healing may seem like a daunting task. So it’s important to note some features of this particular process:
1. The establishment of healthy boundaries with the not-yet-well dead is the first step. This step is reinforced throughout the process until the not-yet-well dead have become well and ancestralized.
2. Everyone has healthy, vibrant, and helpful ancestors, and it is these ancestors who do the work. It is not the job of the client to fix their lineages. The job of the client is to show up, ask for the work to be done, witness some of the healing that takes place, and commit to having an on-going mutually-beneficial relationship with the well ancestors.
The premises of this work are as follows:
- Consciousness continues after death.
- Not all of the dead are equally well.
- The living and the dead can communicate.
- The living and the dead can strongly affect one another.
(From Daniel Foor’s book Ancestral Medicine, 2017)
An extension of the last premise is that through the repair process healing and elevation can occur for the ancestors to the benefit of their living descendants.
This is an experiential process and only requires “putting on the hat” of the above premises. As working with the ancestors is new to many people, a client’s relationship with them is something that will develop over time.
I adhere to the Ancestral Lineage Healing Practitioner Code of Ethics.