How Journeywork Helped me Connect With my Ancestors

The first journey I had contact with an ancestor was one that I took about 2 months ago. My intent for the journey was an exploratory one and so I had asked my teacher to take me to a place I had never been to and so he did.  The journey started the usual way. I got on my horse and I rode him down in to the earth. I came out in a beautiful dark forest scenery which was a place in the underworld where I normally start out my adventures. To my right was a slow-moving river, black as the blackest night. There were no stars or moon out however it felt warm and balmy.  He held me by the hand and pulled me in to the river and so we swam. We started to swim deep down, the water felt very comfortable and I was enjoying myself very much. As we continued to swim down I saw that we were swimming towards a cave. We approached it and came out of the water to a dry and empty cave which was well-lit. Once there I saw only a rocker and a beautiful old lady working on something that I couldn’t see very well. She was quite, focusing on what she was doing. Her small hands busy, her hair was long and silvery. She was thin and petite. She saw me and my teacher approaching her and she looked up, acknowledge our presence but went back to whatever she was working on. I had an overwhelming feeling that it was family. So I asked my teacher if she was family to which he replied yes. Then I asked from which family tree she was and he said she was my maternal grandmother’s grandmother. I heard the call and so we started to journey back home. Once back in this ordinary world I had many questions that I wanted answers to.

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In my ordinary life I was in the planning stages of making a rattle. As I mentally worked on this project, I would hear instructions on how to make it and the things that this rattle should and shouldn’t have. I kept hearing to add a pink quartz bead in it and I kept resisting doing so. I didn’t quite understand the importance of it but I had made up my mind that this item didn’t really needed to be part of it. Later that month I participated in a guided meditation in which the goal was to connect and with an ancestor. At that moment I obviously knew exactly where I was going. Once the drums started I knew that I had to go back to that cave and so there I was and there she was. Patiently she was still working on whatever she was working on which I was not yet able to quite see. I tried talking to her but she would just ignore me and then I asked my teacher why wouldn’t she talk to me. He replied why don’t you just sit down next to her. All of a sudden a second rocker appears and so I sit. Then I realized that now my hands are also busy doing something. I look at her and I asked what are we working on since I was still unable to see clearly what it was. She then replies, we are working on your rattle. She then tells me that the reason I need to add the rose quartz bead, is that it is to stand as a symbol and connection to her. She said that she is helping make this rattle. She explained the reason she was so adamant about adding the rose quartz bead is because she wants the love she has for me to be present and represented that way in the rattle. I told her that I was very thankful for all her help in making this rattle and that I will certainly add the rose quartz bead. I felt the warmth of her heart and mind blend together with mine in what felt like an embraced though we were still sitting down working. I heard the call and it was time for me to return. Once I started to actually work on the rattle I kept hearing her guiding me through the process. She was amused at the fact at how weird sewing with hide felt to me. I am so thankful that I had the chance to meet and work with my ancestor. This is a picture of my grandmother on her rocking chair. As I shared with her grandmother it made me remember her as well.

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On this third journey my intent was to visit my grandfather which I was not very close to but I had sensed his presence in an area of the underworld that I had visited before. It was truly emotionally healing to see him. He was so happy to see me and he was so young-looking. He was so proud of all the vegetables and plants he had in his garden. He was just so genuinely happy to be there in this little cottage with lots of gardens around to tend. He even showed me a beautiful pumpkin, it was quite big! I asked him how he was and he answered that he was good and that he wanted to introduce me to his mom. I was shocked as I never expected this and I never had the pleasure of meeting her. I apologized for not coming sooner to see him and I apologized for not being as close to him as I should have had. He apologized for some of the mistakes that he had made but he reiterated how much he loved me and others in the family and how truly happy he was that I was there visiting. I asked about my grandmother. He said that she was not there. His expression was sad and pensive. He said that she had come back (I guess he meant that she was in the ordinary world again). It was not clear but I saw an image of her dancing, not sure what it meant, it could have been a memory. I heard the call and so I gave him and his mother a big hug and told him how happy I was to be there and that I would come again. I left feeling a much stronger bond between us. This is a picture of my grandfather and my grandmother when they were young.

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I am so thankful that journey-work has provided me with the ability to interact and establish a stronger connection with my ancestors. I am also so happy and excited at the fact that ancestors come and help us without us really even asking for their help. They do so because they love us and they want to facilitate whatever they can during our journey in this lifetime. Have you journeyed and met ancestors this way as well? How was your experience?

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Thank you Beaver!

I would like to take this moment to say thank you in this ordinary world to Beaver! When Beaver came into my life I didn’t know that there would be new direction that my life was going to take, but all I did know, was that now, I had Beaver to share my journey with. I welcomed him in April 2013 and I was very intrigued about his presence. Anyone that knows me can tell you that the first thing that I would have done was to look him up in a resource book like Animal Speak or Animal Spirit Guides to research what are normal circumstances in which Beaver is called upon to help. This time around I felt no such compulsion. Instead I embarked in a total acceptance of his presence and I just wanted to establish a friendship with him.

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Every time I journeyed it was so nice to see him there smiling and ready to be my wing man! We never spoke though he did have fun together. One thing I can tell you is that he really enjoys dancing. One memorable event was when he came into this reality to say hello and share a walk with us. My family and I went for a walk by the Fox River when my husband very excitedly said to the children “Look! There is a beaver swimming by us in the river!” I couldn’t  believe it! We have been there to many walks and we had never encountered one before, but on that day this wonderful young beaver decided to join us in our walk. It was so nice to connect with him in this reality.

I went about my days in contemplation and just living my life as a mother, as a wife and then a new realization came to me. I realized and accepted the fact that I wanted to help others. Every workshop taken, every book that I have read was preparing me to be able to be of service to others.  So in no time at all, I made my lists of things to do and things I need to get this new venture of the ground. Any moment that I had open and available I spent working on my new venture. I be honest I couldn’t believe how much time and energy it actually took, but what surprised me the most, was how much help and support I was given by my family and friends. I certainly could not have done it without them and specially without Beaver.

Now in retrospect I see how Beaver was the perfect power animal for me during this time (even though I didn’t know at the time, that I was going to start this new venture). I never felt overwhelmed with the task at hand and I never doubted that I would reach my goal. Looking back I see all those qualities in Beaver. He is steadfast and hardworking. He will get done what he needs to get done, no matter how many set backs he might encounter, he will just go ahead and continue on. He is a family man, he works hard but he always takes time out, to spend with his family in his lodge. My family is my number one priority, so he helped me keep that balance between my family, friends and work. He made it seamless for me. It didn’t feel like a task at all.  Some times I pictured him coming home to his family and telling them about his day.

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So what have I learned? I learned that Beaver is who you want by your side when you have work or goals to achieve while making sure that your family and community does not get neglected. For the Beaver doesn’t give up in adversity because their work is truly about survival and he is a creature that is part of a great community. He will lend his determination and industrious nature to you, so you can see your task at hand completed. So hail and well met to Mr. Beaver for he will always be welcomed in my life and thank you for all the great insights and strength you have given me in the past few months. I am a lucky gal to have a friend like you!

Have you had Beaver in your life’s journey? How did he helped you? Feel free to share below I would love to know!

 

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