5 Ways To Celebrate And Connect With Your Ancestors
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5 Ways To Celebrate And Connect With Your AncestorsCreate Your Own Day Of The Dead Celebration
How is your connection with the spirits of your deceased loved ones? The dead may not be with you in body, but they’re with you in spirit. You can learn to connect with those who have passed on, and there are certain times of year when it becomes easier. As a spiritual teacher and energy healer, I can feel the spiritually significant shift in seasons occurring this month. It’s an ideal time for you to bridge the gap between the physical realm and the spirit realm. Are you ready to receive guidance, support, love, and reassurance about the immortal nature of your soul?
The spiritual significance of the days at the end of October and the beginning of November have been recognized since ancient times. What we now call Halloween has its roots in Celtic harvest festivals. Many cultures observed this midpoint between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice as a period of indistinct boundaries between physical and spiritual, and a powerful time for communion with spirits. As part of their celebrations, the Celts would honor the dead and invite them into their homes, make offerings of freshly prepared food, and communicate with loved ones who had passed to the other side.
This tradition is alive today in Mexico and other Latino cultures where Day of the Dead, or Dia De Los Muertos, is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, coinciding with the Catholic holidays, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Dia De Los Muertos honors the dead by celebrating their lives and re-enacting the happy times that families spent together. It encourages the belief that death is a natural part of the cycle of life, to be faced without fear. It also encourages the living to reinforce their connection to their ancestors, who have so much wisdom to offer. Families gather at the gravesites of loved ones with their gifts of food, drink, and flowers and spend the night in a candlelight vigil, celebrating those who have crossed over.
Day of the Dead celebrations are growing in popularity across the U.S. as well. Isn’t the spiritual appeal of honoring and connecting with those who have gone before felt by all of humanity? Reaching out to beloved family members who dwell in the spirit realm and have so much to offer is a source of comfort and encouragement everyone can understand and appreciate.
This time of changing seasons is perfect for celebrating and paying tribute to the transition between life and death--an opportunity to strengthen your connection with the spirit realm. Here are 5 powerful ways you can participate:
1. Honor the Deceased
Just as Day of the Dead celebrations include inviting the spirits of loved ones by putting out favorite food and drink, you can set a place at the table for a loved one during this month. You might bring objects of personal significance to the deceased to their gravesite, or set up an altar or a candle in their name, or have a party to tell stories about their life and celebrate their time on Earth. Honoring the dead can happen many ways—choose the method that feels right to you.
2. Pay Attention to Your Dreams
Spirits without bodies often prefer to make contact with you through your dreams. A spirit may visit to give you a warning of an impending event, or advise you about your health, or provide other helpful information or guidance. You can usually recognize a true visitation dream. The dream might feel much more “real” and vivid than other dreams; the spirit may reach out or hug you, and you still feel the contact when you wake; and you may experience extremely intense emotions of forgiveness, anger, relief, and love.
3. Remember You Are Not Solely a Physical Being
When you make a true connection with a spirit from the other side, it will reinforce your sense that you are not just your body. You are a soul housed in a body for this lifetime on Earth. When your body dies, your soul does not; it simply transitions back into the spirit realm. Once you have interacted with souls who no longer have bodies, you will have no doubts that spirits live on. This expanded perception of yourself gives you the strength to confront the fear of death, which just may be the greatest gift of connecting with spirits in the beyond.
4. Connect with Your Ancestral Guides
The belief behind Day of the Dead rituals is that deceased loved ones return to Earth on that day to be with their families. In my work as a spiritual teacher and energy healer, I detect the presence of ancestors, not just on this day, but all year round! I urge you to take the opportunity to connect with those beings on the other side who are there to help and support you, if you will simply open the door. They might be loved ones who have recently passed, ancestors who you know through stories or photographs. These guides are available for help with healing, spiritual development, creativity, to protect you, or even to help you find a soul mate!
5. Live in the Light
By always striving to replace fear with love and to convert darkness to light, you will be celebrating the essence of Dia De Los Muertos. As a spiritual being having a human experience, you can choose to celebrate life and joy in the face of death. The pain of losing loved ones when they die can be eased by connecting with the spirit realm and knowing that life goes on. Fears, doubts, and negative emotions can be swept out of your consciousness by the light of love and spiritual connection.
In December, as the winter solstice approaches, I’ll be retreating to the healing vortex of the magical Ojai Valley. Once again the veil between the physical world and the spiritual world will be at its most permeable. If you would like to learn more about strengthening your spiritual connections---as well as celebrating that connection with like-minded friends, please join me! Click here for more information.