Ancestral blessing is an ancient practice of invoking your ancestors to request their guidance, protection and support. By honoring those who came before you, you can receive their wisdom and aid.
What is an Ancestral Blessing?
Ancestral blessing means connecting with your ancestors and asking for their blessings. It typically involves:
- Building an ancestor altar to honor passed relatives
- Researching your genealogy and family tree
- Making offerings of food, flowers, or liquor
- Observing cultural traditions that venerate ancestors
- Praying or meditating to welcome ancestors and request their intercession
The goal is to recognize your place in an unbroken family lineage. By showing reverence for ancestors and seeking their counsel, you invite their protective, stabilizing energy.
Ancestral blessing has roots in many diverse cultures from Asian to Native American. It remains relevant today.
Benefits of Ancestral Blessings
Why connect with ancestors long gone? What do the dead have to offer the living?
Ancestral blessings provide many benefits:
- Wisdom for life’s challenges – Ancestors who lived through difficult times can offer solutions to modern dilemmas. Their broader perspective provides insights you may overlook.
- Support during transitions – Major life changes like births, deaths, or new jobs cause stress. Ancestors smooth these transitions by lending spiritual stability.
- Protection from misfortune – Your ancestors act as guides who steer you away from poor decisions or bad situations. Their blessings create a protective aura.
- Physical or emotional healing – Through rituals and prayer, ancestors can help heal old wounds or chronic conditions by bringing peace of mind.
- Sense of belonging – Knowing your roots and having ancestors guide you provides grounding and purpose. You understand your place in the greater chain of family.
In short, ancestral blessings invoke an intangible but powerful source of help. Ancestors wish to see you thrive.
How to Receive Blessings
If you desire the gifts of ancestral wisdom and support, here are some methods:
Build an Ancestor Altar – Create a sacred space to honor your ancestors with photos, flowers, and offerings. Pray at this altar to welcome their presence.
Research Genealogy – Learning about your family tree helps you feel connected to ancestors. Understanding your origins provides context to request their blessings.
Observe Cultural Rituals – Participate in traditions like Dia de los Muertos or Qingming Festival to celebrate ancestors. Adapt rituals meaningful to your heritage.
Request Dreams – Ask your ancestors to visit you in dreams and offer guidance. Maintain a dream journal to record any messages. Dreams are a medium for ancestors to connect.
Pray Sincerely – Pray from the heart for ancestor blessings and protection. Clearly request their intercession before major life events.
Make Offerings – Provide food, flowers, candles or liquor as gifts to ancestors to honor them and gain their goodwill.
Ancestral Blessing in Action
To see ancestral blessing’s power, consider these examples:
Healing – Jessica had migraines for years. Doctors provided no relief. She prayed to her grandmother, visualized her presence, and asked for healing. Her migraines soon ceased completely.
Life Transitions – Frank felt anxious after retiring. Lacking purpose, he created an ancestor altar to pray to his hardworking grandfather. Frank was inspired to find new hobbies giving meaning to this phase.
Business Success – Angela wanted to start a company but lacked confidence. Studying her entrepreneur great-grandma, she found courage to launch her business. Angela leaves altar offerings to thank ancestors for ongoing guidance.
In each case, tapping into ancestral wisdom provided tangible benefits and comfort. Connecting with family roots can profoundly enrich your life’s journey. Seek their intercession!
As Baba Dodu, I say – call on your ancestors, friends! Their blessings turn aside misfortune and clear the path to joy. Contact me for rituals to connect with your lineage and summon their aid!