Ancestral Family Practice

Exploring Patterns Over Generations

The ‘Roots of Constellations’ blog explores Ancestral Family Focused Practice through a ‘systemic lens’.  This transgenerational approach is a way of looking back over at least three generations, giving insight into the recycling patterns of family disconnection, relationship behaviours and emotional attachments. My personal ancestral family journey has emerged alongside my professional work and is a reply to the Ancestral Call to RE-Member lost ancestral family practices.

RE-Membering and RE-Connecting

Today many people with diverse cultural heritages in both Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas have begun to question their loss of identity and wish to RE-Member and RE-Connect to lost traditions.  Often a 'return to roots' leaves the seeker adrift in the modern world.  People often respond to the 'Ancestral Call' late in life and require Elders and family members to help them remember!  Often the Elders wish to forget!  The question becomes, "How and where to start the journey?"

Family Research and Professional Practice

It took me a lifetime of searching to remember the connection to my ancestral heritage, a few years in the wilderness with little direction and serious illness to 'wake-me-up' to the 'call of my ancestors'.  Finally, I found my way back to parental homelands in South America and further back to my ancestral lineage in West Africa. My ancestral family practice incorporates my personal and professional journey to find and follow the Indigenous Wisdom of my ancestors. To RE-Member that which was lost in the middle passage. To Re-Connect to heritage and tradition and to Re-Imagine a new way of working with the knowledge found.

Indigenous Ways of Knowing

These 'Indigenous ways of knowing' are connected to 'old as time' cosmologies, that are focused on nature, community, ritual and oral storytelling traditions. These tools may appear simple but go deep and have often been forgotten or lost to people in modern Western traditions. Combining Western systemic theory and ancestral transgenerational knowledge provides a framework for my approach and a clear sense of purpose for my work with individuals, couples, families and organisations.

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