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 cult of the ancestors. Ritual, Power Healing and Community, Some 1991 Pg 52. In my work, what I … Continue reading A Modern African Ritual →
If you don’t ask you can’t find out what you need to know! The ‘Power’ was in the Letter When I read the letter and took it to Guyana, I had a better idea about why I was researching my family heritage. And what I was seeking to find out about my ancestral identity. Back … Continue reading The ‘Power’ in the letter →
Life in Birth and Death Last Thursday it was both my 59th Birthday and the one year passing of my father. It was a poignant day, full of bittersweet memories of what I have been gifted from my father and the recognition that I won’t see him again, at least in this lifetime. But he … Continue reading A Healing Ritual for Grief →
Honouring the Living and the Dead Ancestral Spirits In constellations work, from an African perspective, we are summoning ancestral spirits! Sometimes we need to honour those who have departed from the physical life but may not yet be at peace in the after-life. The work of Ancestral Constellations draws on traditional African spirituality, that which … Continue reading Working with Spirit →
Making Sense of the Ancestral in the Constellation Little has been researched or written about the ‘Ancestral’ aspect of constellations theory and practice. After more than seven years of learning this approach and travelling my own healing path, I have understood as a woman of African heritage that I have to step out and … Continue reading Ancestral in the Constellation →
Start before it’s too Late! We often only start family research later in our lives. Maybe we take for granted the cultural traditions that we grew up around. We may have embraced them or thought that they were old-fashioned and not worth paying attention to. Later in life, as ageing parents come closer to the … Continue reading Family Research a Systemic Lens →
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 … Continue reading The Excluded Conversation →
Black Salt at Tate Liverpool Liverpool International Slavery Museum Exhibition November 2018 Lives of Britains Black Sailors I was so lucky to see this exhibition a few months ago, it stories a part of British and African and Caribbean history that is little told. The exhibition was held in Liverpool at the Tate Liverpool. It … Continue reading Black Salt at Tate Liverpool →
Talking Constellations! For the last 7 years, I have been on a personal and professional ‘seekers’ path, exploring identity, belonging and Ancestral Roots. It is a journey that has taken me to re-connect to parental homelands in South America and to research my Ancestral lineage in West Africa. This integration of personal awakening and systemic … Continue reading BAATN Podcast →
It’s Been a Summer of Loss and Change! It’s been some time since I’ve written, as my father passed away in May and I’ve taken time out to think and reflect. Loss on that scale really makes you sit up and think about life. I hadn’t realised that the grief would be so deep and impactful … Continue reading Loss, Change and Citizenship →
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