• Ancestral Constellations

    A Modern African Ritual

    Ritual in a Different Form A ritual has many different forms! It brings together a community, which according to Malidoma Some embodies, unity of spirit, trust, openness, love and caring respect for the Elders respect for nature and reverence of the ancestors.  Ritual, Power Healing and Community, Some 1991 Pg 52. In my work, what I see, and hear is what I honour and Ancestral Constellations is the development of a modern African ritual, fashioned for a Western audience.   What does this mean in practice, a ritual constructed in 'sacred space!' Every ritual, a consultation, a workshop, a witness constellations session start with the invocation, calling on the ancestors for support and their guiding presence as we take the first step into the past that connects the present. This calling on our guiding angels, the family, community and nature spirits is to seek permission to create a community working together in sacred…

  • Ancestral Constellations

    The Excluded Conversation 

    Starting From Your Own Back Door All communities have to start ‘from their own back door’ if they wish to heal because only they know what is needed and required for change to take place.  In many diaspora communities, we have to start from the inside and heal out and one way of facilitating that healing is through Family and Community constellations that Include the Excluded Conversation.  The Excluded Conversation is one that focuses on the difficult issues that impact our communities and cause distress, dis-ease and dis-harmony.  I am interested in how to support families and communities to look at the ‘deep roots’ of difficult conversations and relationships. Conversations on Historical Legacy In many of our communities, the family is indivisible, both impact on the other.  This is what can make it so difficult for individuals in families to explore their African or Asian heritage, often questions about identity and belonging are…

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    A Caribbean Community in 2066?

    What about the Next, Next, Next Generation? An article in the Economist magazine from earlier in this year entitled, ‘The Next Generation‘ explores the changing fortunes of the Caribbean community in the UK.   And it’s an interesting read!  Not least because at my recent constellations workshop, there were some wonderful people who stepped up and challenged themselves to look at an extremely difficult subject, Caribbean people in the Diaspora and their relationship to one another. We did it is in a slightly different way from usual, looking at the Caribbean community in the wider Diaspora now and where it may be in 50 years time.  Do you know what the outcome was, a BIG question, ‘Will there be a Caribbean Community in the UK in 2066?’ That’s powerful isn’t it, because it begs the question, what is left of the Caribbean Community in the UK?  Where is it now and in what pockets of London can…