When I was getting ready to visit Burkina Faso early in 2016, I didn’t realise that it would be the start of the ‘remembering’. And an ongoing journey to find my ancestral home in Africa. Little did I know that the path would lead me to explore ‘the Diviner’ in the constellation and my role as an African Diaspora facilitator.
A Diviner for Our Times
Although this word ‘Diviner’ can seem off-putting, like ‘messing around with the extra-ordinary and our ‘departed ancestors’, it’s really a role that supports the emergence of our personal abilities, our gifts and our life purpose. And it has another role, it helps to heal our transgenerational line.
Today as I stand here, I can see the dots being joined between the modern practise of family constellations and the old traditional practices of divination and ritual healing. It has become clear to me, that the path I am on, is one of personal and professional development. And a journey to learn some of the old ways and up-date them for a modern world.
A Healing Rite of Passage
It’s like a ‘Rite-of-passage‘, remembering in the present, what I knew from the past, a common experience in many indigenous communities. But in the modern world, we have increasingly forgotten how to honour those that came before us. And we have forgotten how to conduct many ‘Rite-of Passage’ ceremonies.
To embark on a journey to help us embrace what has been lost is to acknowledge and respect family and community traditions. In doing so, you help to heal the wounds and trauma from the past, so that you can sit peacefully in the present and create positive change for future generations.
Often we want a quick fix, or to find alternative ways of knowledge without having to navigate some of the difficult and traumatic histories that have gone before. We have forgotten some of the ‘old way’ in seeking the modern and increasingly we are turning back to study the past wisdom that would serve us well in the present day.
All people on a spiritual path find a mentor, or in some cases the teacher finds them. Usually, an apprentice healer in the African tradition would study with a teacher for at least two years, often more and even then the journey continues until the end of one’s life.
In many African cultures, there are two types of healers, one who is more psych-socially orientated and one who works mainly with medicine and herbs, although of course there is a cross over. As a group facilitator, mental health trained nurse, reiki practitioner and trans-generational coach, I fit very much into the former working with spiritual dis-ease.
It feels more authentic to adapt my knowledge and approach to fit the more modern western world that I occupy. This combination of African Ancestral Wisdom and Western Systemic Philosophy supports the transgenerational healing of individuals, families and communities and it honours a remembering of the ancestors in the African family tradition.
There are many problems that African Diaspora people facing in reclaiming their cultural heritage and healing their families. Mine is just one approach, one way! I look forward to walking with you on the path.