Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Audio Book Review: Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing by Daniel Foor

Release Date: August 6, 2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster audio
Format: Audio
Length: 11 hours 3 minutes
Narrator: Andy Rick
Genre: Spiritual
Buy: Audible | Kindle | Paperback


Synopsis: 

A practical guide to connecting with your ancestors for personal, family, and cultural healing.
  • Provides exercises and rituals to help you initiate contact with your ancestors, find ancestral guides, and assist the dead who are not yet at peace.
  • Explains how to safely engage in lineage repair work by connecting with your more ancient ancestors before relating with the recently deceased. 
  • Explores how your ancestors can help you transform inter-generational legacies of pain and abuse and reclaim the positive spirit of the family. 
Everyone has loving and wise ancestors they can learn to invoke for support and healing. Coming into relationship with your ancestors empowers you to transform negative family patterns into blessings and encourages good health, self-esteem, clarity of purpose, and better relationships with your living relatives.

Offering a practical guide to understanding and navigating relationships with the spirits of those who have passed, Daniel Foor, PhD, details how to relate safely and effectively with your ancestors for personal, family, and cultural healing. He provides exercises and rituals, grounded in ancient wisdom traditions, to help you initiate contact with your ancestors, find supportive ancestral guides, cultivate forgiveness and gratitude, harmonize your bloodlines, and assist the dead who are not yet at peace. He explains how to safely engage in lineage repair work by connecting with your more ancient ancestors before relating with the recently deceased. He shows how, by working with spiritually vibrant ancestors, individuals and families can understand and transform inter-generational patterns of pain and abuse and reclaim the full blessings and gifts of their bloodlines.

Ancestral repair work can also catalyze healing breakthroughs among living family members and help children and future generations to live free from ancestral burdens. The author provides detailed instructions for ways to honor the ancestors of a place, address dream visits from the dead, and work with ancestor shrines and altars. The author offers guidance on preparing for death, funeral rites, handling the body after death, and joining the ancestors. He also explains how ancestor work can help us to transform problems such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and religious persecution.

By learning the fundamentals of ancestor reverence and ritual, you will discover how to draw on the wisdom of supportive ancestral guides, heal family troubles, maintain connections with beloved family after their death, and better understand the complex and interconnected relationship between the living and the dead.

Review:

Very accessible book on working with your ancestors, healing family patterns and reclaim blessings of your bloodlines.  There are meditations and ceremonies that are outlined in the book that are easy to follow and explained well. While the author suggests you research your lineage back seven generations it is not necessary to do this to commune with the ancestors. 

If you are like me you may not be able to trace your lineage back that far due to adoption, and first generation American grandparents that are no longer alive to point me to the place to look for more relatives. Then due to nature of the family I do know even DNA kits aren't as helpful as one would think.  

There is no specific dogma taught in this book it is just a very well written book that shares many rituals and traditions from different cultures on how to commune with the ancestors.  How to protect yourself from ancestors who are not at rest and how to help those souls that do not seem to be at rest. It also touches on how to help your loved ones cross over to become ancestors. 

This is a book that will stick with me for a while and I have a feeling I will be returning to it again and again. 






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