Cultivating Diversity
Jun 15, 2021

Ancestral Healing as a remedy to cultural globalisation and appropriation.

Reviving and preserving our old traditions and the beauty of our human diversity can be challenging in a globalised materialistic and consumer society. And yet, bringing back to life our ancestral customs and traditions is vital in healing ourselves, each others and the world.

The revival of shamanic ritual practices and animistic worldview can be seen as expressions of our need to rekindle our connection to the natural environment and our old traditions.

Disconnection often leads to spiritual seeking and sometimes to cultural appropriation where within the seeking, one takes on cultures or practices that belong to other ancestral lineages. This happens because we don’t have a frame of reference for what was practiced by our own ancestors. Practices and rituals have been lost.

By tending to the roots of our disembodiment and disconnection and by connecting with our history and culture of origin we can reinvent and revive the practices and rituals of our ancestors without having to take on cultures, practices or songs that belong to other ancestral lineages.

By repairing our connection to our own ancestral lineages we can access their knowledge and wisdom. This supports us to (re)learn what we need in order to gain a greater sense of belonging and connection. It also allows us to fully show up, well resourced with a sense of personal groundedness and wholeness, equipped to embrace and be inspired by other cultures rather than getting lost in them.

Acknowledgement

I gratefully live and work on Kaurna land. I acknowledge that this land was never ceded but stolen to its people.

I acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia and I pay my respect to past, present and emerging Elders.

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