Transgenerational Lives in Colour
We enter into ritual in order to respond to the call of the soul.
Ancestral Constellations are a process for exploring transgenerational lives past and present. The approach is both a form of applied genealogy and ancestral search. Generations of children born in the diasporas, are looking for 'roots' in older traditions'. For some 'stepping onto the ancestral path', a constellations is a healing ritual of RE-Membering, that supports the 'seeker' on the journey to new ways of knowing.
I have conducted extensive family research in Guyana, South America and West Africa, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin as well as in South Africa. We are often encouraged to forget about the past and move forward. But these legacies, ancestral trauma, slavery, colonialism and the splitting of families, all help create hidden family dynamics. Unresolved, they emerge in the next generation as recycling patterns of disconnection and loss.
The Ancestral Constellations approach also supports social justice conversations that explore colour dynamics, colourism and shadism in families and communities. This work is not just for Black people, colour divisions impact communities across the world. Many people who come to my workshops are in mixed-colour relationships. They may have bi-cultural children or multi-heritage families coming from different backgrounds and cultures.
RE-Claiming - What Has Been Lost
Rites-of-Passage transgenerational rituals are indigenous ceremonies that connect the past to the present. Elders are seen as a resource in family life and ancestors support community well-being. There is a recognition that problems and illness may be the result of unresolved family patterns. Separations and migration mean that many family rituals are not attended to down the generations.
Part Applied Genealogy and part Ancestral Search, Ancestral Constellations explore your family relationships, community networks and the 'roots' of identity and belonging' . These are powerful rituals that will support you in building a stronger vision of your ancestral tree and the relationships that it supports. RE-Member your ancestors, RE-Connect to your ancestral line and RE-Claim your ancestral roots. If you have questions contact me here.
Ancestral Research Blog
West African Griottes are oral story keepers for a community, passing on family rituals and rites-of-passage traditions from generation to generation. They help to remind us of who we are, where we come from, and where we belong. The Modern Griotte blog is a space for imagining and exploring 'other ways of knowing'. A connection for 'all a we...' to own what we know deep in our bones, the ancestral knowledge of our lineage. Read More