Article by Patti Deschaine
Reiki, that wonderful energy that soothes and facilitates healing can do more than just handle everyday tasks like calming anxiety and easing aches and pains. It can also assist with increasing intuition. It facilities connection to the elements and to Spirit. It provides a bridge to Spirit Guides, animal totems, and even family members who have passed on before us. Reiki heals physically, mentally and spiritually and can be sent to future and past events, moving effortlessly through time and space.
If we deal with physical emotion and spiritual ills in our own lives, what happens after we leave this world and pass on? Do those traumas and pain simply cease to exist? Or are they part of our soul story? And do they continue to repeat in our lives to come and in the lives of our families and descendants?
If we are held back by our emotional pain, we struggle to find peace and success. So too, our ancestors may have unresolved issues or wounds. They may hold the pain of a sudden or traumatic death that prevents them from moving into a peaceful transition. Circumstances related to trauma or loss that happened in this realm may still trouble them, and be passed on to our lives and our families.
Ancestral healing as a practice you will want to enter into with a reliable, experienced guide that can provide a thorough understanding of all aspects involved. Our current world population has wonderful, kind people, but it also includes those who are selfish and unkind, and whose intent is to harm. The same holds true for those in the afterlife. There are lovely supportive ancestors and those who are as not so loving and kind. You will want to take care to interact only with those who hold your wellbeing for the highest good.
Regardless of your beliefs about the afterlife, you do have an intuitive connection to those in your family line who have passed. Connecting to our ancestors provides us with a wealth of support and strength. Just as our close family relatives wish to be there for us today to provide guidance and wisdom, so do those family members who have passed on. When we heal our ancestral line, we benefit in many ways and we strengthen our bond with those who have a keen interest in our wellbeing.
Like many other forms of energy, the process begins the moment our awareness awakens to possibility. When we first learn of Reiki energy, we become curious. As we begin to be open to energy, we get a little taste of what connecting to energy feels like. So it is with connecting to our ancestors. We become aware and receptive. We set our intent to interact with supportive loving family members and the channel opens.
Start with honoring your ancestors in small ways, maybe you have a photo, a piece of jewelry or keepsake that was passed down to you. Add this to your altar. If not, offer a small token such as a feather or a beautiful stone. When you meditate or use Reiki to self-heal, send love to your past family members. This can be to recent relatives that you are familiar with or relations that are many generations past.
For some of us, there is the option to document and track our ancestry. There are many tools available today for this purpose. However, if your ancestral history is murky or missing due to adoption or other circumstances, you can connect with your ancestors through intent and quiet contemplation. When you do this, you will want to prepare by finding a time when you will not be interrupted: a time when you can create sacred space, and surround yourself with protective light. Be clear about your intentions and state that you want to communicate with a loving, supportive relative.
Once you begin to connect to your ancestors you may find it easy to have awareness of their presence during your day. I find this has happened for me.
My mother liked to do crossword puzzles and she apparently passed this trait down to me. Often, I find myself looking at a word problem that is unfamiliar to me. Though I may have no idea what the answer is, the solution will come to me and I sense her presence. Our ancestral lineage can provide help in many ways. Certainly, gaining the support of many generations of ancestors who love and steady us as we walk our path has wonderful benefits.
Ancestral connection can provide us with a profound sense of heritage and belonging. It is a vital source of strength and comfort and can be an antidote to loneliness. Use Reiki to connect and to send healing to soothe past trauma or family issues. You will bring a sense of peace to yourself, and your people, both in this realm and in the afterlife.
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Patti Deschaine is a traditionally trained Usui Reiki Master, Lightarian Reiki Master, and owner of Maja Energy Works and Reiki Healing. She resides and practices in Wilmington, NC. She enjoys all types of Reiki and particularly loves using Reiki on animals. Patti can be found at http://