Honoring our Ancestors and Land Healing

The purpose of self-healing is to bring healing to our planet through healing ourselves first. As you delve deeper into your healing journey, there is often healing that comes up around healing patterns that have been carried through our family through generations so that we don’t carry unhealthy patterns forward to future generations. In that process, it is important to honor our ancestors.

For many people, Thanksgiving and the holidays are not just about celebrating, they also bring up grief and past hurts. Now that the holidays have passed, we can bring healing to the planet through honoring our ancestors and the land that we live on and by using our healing gifts to heal the land we live on.

One way you can start honoring the ancestors of the land you live on is by researching and taking the time to learn about the indigenous peoples in that area. In San Jose, that is the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. This website is a great resource and place to start with your research.

When we learn about the land and acknowledge its history, we can then use rituals to honor and thank the ancestors who reside there. This beautiful prayer is one example of a ritual that can be used to honor your ancestors and those whose land you live on.

In addition, you can connect with your own ancestors through stillness, by quieting your mind and bringing your awareness to their presence. As you connect with your ancestors, you can thank them for giving you life and acknowledge their presence in your life. Most likely, your ancestors are excitedly waiting for you to connect with them so that they can assist you in your healing journey by providing support and guidance.

For land healing, we can take time to connect with the earth, its creatures, and what it has to teach us. There are a multitude of ways to do this. You can simply spend time in nature in reverence of Mother Earth, you can learn more about Earth through reading or taking a class, and you can give back to the earth through planting trees or growing your own food. The land we live on is sacred and gives us so much, so practice gratitude for its many blessings!

Thank you so much for being a part of my community! I am sending you so much joy, gratitude, and healing this week.

Love and light,

Natasha Nirvana

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