We’re Connected With Our Ancestors. We’ve Just Got To Talk To Them

We are all deeply connected with our ancestors, even if we don’t know exactly who they are. But just imagine if we could draw on their wisdom anytime we needed it? This community is here to show us how to do just that.

We’re Connected With Our Ancestors. We’ve Just Got To Talk To Them
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Descended from enslaved West Africans, the Gullah Geechee people still reside in the Atlantic coastal regions of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

The Gullah’s food, art, music, and language have directly influenced Black Southern culture. 

So has their spiritual practice of talking with the dead. 

”Talking with the dead” is less about actual talking than it is about sensing or feeling the deceased person's presence. Preserved through ancestral Afro-Diasporic practices, the Gullah sense the dead through their songs, storytelling, basket weaving, praying, and “seekin’.”

Seekin’ is when the Gullah receive a message or vision in their dreams. Receiving a dream is a sign that they are ready to be given a task or mission from Spirit, so they should be on the lookout.

Harmful systems like capitalism work to keep us distracted, or too exhausted, so that we don’t have the time, energy, or intuition to build relationships with our dead. 

Failure to form deeper connections with our ancestors makes it harder for us to receive messages from them. 

Alice Walker writes, “Let us be intimate with ancestral ghosts and music of the undead.”

Like any deep relationship, our relationship with our ancestors is intimate and must be nurtured. 

Our ancestors possess knowledge that is key to our understanding of  liberation and how we achieve it. We access their knowledge by building relationships with them, which starts with learning how to talk to them. What conversation would you most like to have with your ancestors?

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