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Spirituality, Sufism & Starbucks: Honoring Your Ancestors

Embedded in our genetic makeup lies the blueprint of our ancestors. Their jubilance. Their sacrifices. Blessings. Prayers. Even their suffering. We carry them. We share their story. No matter our ancestry, whether it be that of slavery, genocide, or holocaust survival – we all hail from the same thread that affected our fore-bearers.

We have concluded Samhain, Halloween, Dia De Los Muertos, and festival of Isia. But did we really take advantage of these spiritually laced days to honor our ancestors? I hope I didn’t lose you yet, because after I explain the historical significance of this energy I will explain the Islamic significance, as well.

We are a part of a chain, both physically and spiritually. We are descendants of the first line of inhibitors on earth. When you take spiritual initiation, whether it is in Sufism, Kabbalah, Buddhism, or Christian deliverance – you are connecting with the spiritual lineage that came before you. Consequently, our beliefs, attitudes, and tests are a direct link in that chain that makes up the spiritual imprint.

What are imprints? And where are these imprints? Imprints are a frequency stamp of specific ideas, beliefs, limitations, and thought patterns the subconscious mind accepts and then imprints as certainties. This serves as an impactful frequency pattern with a resonance of permanency. Therefore, they become stuck in our consciousness as acceptability.

Have you wondered why a family member of, for example, a holocaust survivor gets instantly influenced by just the mere mention of the horrific era in which their forefather lived? It is because the energy of the crime is still being relived in that descendant’s etheric body.

If you are plagued by an illness that won’t go away; if you are consistently experiencing moodiness, depression, or an emotional imbalance, but can’t find relief in medicinal therapy, or you are overwhelmed by financial hardship, or struggle in relationships, and no matter what you do or how hard you try, the problem isn’t alleviated, the answer could possibly lie with your karmic ancestral lineage. If we choose not to heal this karmic contract, we will remain radiating at the low vibration in consciousness that is prolonged by the imprints we are tied into.

Since we know energy is instant and there is a healing remedy for all energetic ailments, we have Divine trust in the fact that these imprints can be cleared. I have personal experience with releasing my own karmic ancestral stories. While this form of healing is not my specialty, if you are interested in learning more about this, please reach out to me and I will refer you to the healer I worked with.

If we wish to honor our ancestors we must release them and the karmic contract. We must let them go so that they are free to transcend from the world of death to which we have imprisoned them. You are reliving your own ancestors’ narrative into this reality, however, you will not find freedom as you are still locked into your experiences of the past. Thus, you are literally holding your own self back. Regardless of whether the soul lingers or transcends onto another plane, the ancestors being honored still exist. Giving recognition for their contributions to your life is an excellent way to honor them.

“Our ancestors hear our prayers first.”- Author of Ancestral Essence

One of the greatest ways to honor your ancestors is to keep their progeny together and in touch. As humans we cling to an idea about a lineage of people who validate our own present existence. This is why, in many cultures, they have family reunions. The various festivals and days of remembrance I mentioned earlier (Samhain, Halloween, Dia De Los Muertos, and festival of Isia, just to name a few) serve this very purpose. We have to honor those who have come before us. We have to honor their journey, their struggles, and their triumphs.

How does Islam tie in? Many people may see ancestor veneration as an outdated tradition, even superstitious. However, there are many halal ways to partake in ancestor honoring.

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) advised us to recite Surah Yasin on the deceased. The power of this surah cannot be fully expressed in words. The soul of the departed is elevated in the next realm just by the recitation of this chapter. Additionally, he said, “When a man dies, his acts come to an end, but three, recurring charity, knowledge (by which people) benefit, or a pious child, who prays for him (for the deceased).”

The veil between this world and the next is thin between the fall harvest and up until the winter solstice. Furthermore, the hours between midnight and three o’clock AM are the loneliest hours in the grave. Visit the grave of a loved one, if you are able to, and offer your prayers.

We have to honor those who have come before us.

The new moon in Scorpio arrived on Sunday, October 30th at 10:38 AM PST. New moon energy radiates anywhere from a week beforehand to a week afterwards. Scorpio is a water sign, whose deep waves of emotional energy are powerful, and magnetic in confronting the realities of death, life, and the painful process of rebirth. This year’s new moon in Scorpio coincides with the festivals that revive us to honor our ancestors. Like I said, the veil between the realms is the thinnest now, therefore, making contact with those who have departed easier. What a glorious time that invites the deceased to the living realm and also invites the living realm to remember the deceased.

We already know that [physical] death will come, but what are we doing to prepare for our spiritual rebirth? My last test in shedding an old layer of myself from this past summer came the day of the Scorpio new moon. I had to acknowledge that one of my spiritual teachers no longer served my highest good, so I severed spiritual ties with him. I honored myself and my ancestral lineage by not being bound to a belief that is outdated and dishonoring of my own spiritual evolution. After all, I am Egyptian. We all know the Ancient Egyptians were not constrained to an old paradigm.

Each day is sacred. Connect to your Source power and assess what needs to die within in order to make room for a rebirth.

For those in the Islamic faith, I encourage you to meditate and chant the attribute, “Al-Fattah” (Opener). May you be given clarity during this harvest season.

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