For Beyond 50's "Spirituality" talk, listen to an interview with Dr. Steven Farmer. He is a soul healer, spiritual teacher and shamanic practitioner. He'll talk about honoring our ancestors to connect with their ancient wisdom and free yourself of unhealthy familial patterns
that keep repeating from generation to generation. You'll better
understand the idea that our ancestors are us and we are our ancestors.
According to Dr. Farmer, there are three types of Ancestors: biological, territorial, spiritual and Earthbound Spirits:
Biological - This is based on genetic makeup through generational DNA, sharing the same gene pool that collectively makes up our family's common physical-emotional-psychological traits.
Territorial - These are ancestral spirits who act as guardians of a land and its inhabitants. They can be material beings, known as the Old Ones, that once lived on Earth.
Spiritual - An ancestral guide that influences you to be attracted and connected to a different geographical area and ethnic culture, other than the one in which you were born. The being can be an ascended master, archangel, spirit animal or other being.
Earthbound Spirits -
These are ancestors who choose to remain on Earth for various reasons,
due to unfinished business that keeps them attached. They must
spiritually evolve to eventually go into the Light of God.
In order to have a good connection to your Ancestors, Dr. Farmer suggests the practice of veneration, which is to show great respect towards them. They ask that we show them acknowledgement, validation, understanding and forgiveness. These acts of respect can help to collectively heal ourselves, our whole family and the Earth.
with the ancestral spirits can be perceived in several ways through
inner vision (called clairvoyance); an inner voice (called
clairaudience); by getting an intuitive feeling in a kinesthetic way
(called clairsentience); or through cognitive inspiration, like getting
spiritual insight (called claircognizance).
Dr. Farmer noted that healing thyself is a means of healing your ancestors and descendents. He offers various treatment modalities to address emotional and psychological wounds:
- Somatic Experiencing
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
- Tai Chi
- Family Constellations
- Forgiveness of Yourself & Another
There are many other forms of self-healing to address the negative cycles of your past. Dr. Farmer encourages you to experiment to find a method or combination of methods that can work for you.