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A practical guide to connecting with your ancestors for personal, family, and cultural healing.

  • Provides exercises and rituals to help you initiate contact with your ancestors, find ancestral guides, and assist the dead who are not yet at peace.
  • Explains how to safely engage in lineage repair work by connecting with your more ancient ancestors before relating with the recently deceased. 
  • Explores how your ancestors can help you transform intergenerational legacies of pain and abuse and reclaim the positive spirit of the family. 

Everyone has loving and wise ancestors they can learn to invoke for support and healing. Coming into relationship with your ancestors empowers you to transform negative family patterns into blessings and encourages good health, self-esteem, clarity of purpose, and better relationships with your living relatives.  

Offering a practical guide to understanding and navigating relationships with the spirits of those who have passed, Daniel Foor, PhD, details how to relate safely and effectively with your ancestors for personal, family, and cultural healing. He provides exercises and rituals, grounded in ancient wisdom traditions, to help you initiate contact with your ancestors, find supportive ancestral guides, cultivate forgiveness and gratitude, harmonize your bloodlines, and assist the dead who are not yet at peace. He explains how to safely engage in lineage repair work by connecting with your more ancient ancestors before relating with the recently deceased. He shows how, by working with spiritually vibrant ancestors, individuals and families can understand and transform intergenerational patterns of pain and abuse and reclaim the full blessings and gifts of their bloodlines.

Ancestral repair work can also catalyze healing breakthroughs among living family members and help children and future generations to live free from ancestral burdens. The author provides detailed instructions for ways to honor the ancestors of a place, address dream visits from the dead, and work with ancestor shrines and altars. The author offers guidance on preparing for death, funeral rites, handling the body after death, and joining the ancestors. He also explains how ancestor work can help us to transform problems such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and religious persecution. 

By learning the fundamentals of ancestor reverence and ritual, you will discover how to draw on the wisdom of supportive ancestral guides, heal family troubles, maintain connections with beloved family after their death, and better understand the complex and interconnected relationship between the living and the dead.

©2017 Daniel Foor, PhD All Rights Reserved. (P)2019 Inner Traditions Audio. All Rights Reserved.

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“Ancestor reverence is one of the pillars of Yoruba traditional religion, and it is my pleasure to recommend this book on ancestral healing by my student (omo awo), Daniel Foor (Ifabo wale). Through numerous visits to our home in Nigeria, I have overseen his initiations to Ifa, Orisa, and the ancestral medium society (Egungun), and I know him to be a person of good character. I urge everyone to benefit from his guidance on ancestral reconnection. Remain blessed.” (Oluwo Falolu Adesanya Awoyade, Ode Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria)

“Daniel Foor invites us on a journey to meet our ancestors, those we know about, those we have never imagined, and those who might like to talk with us. He draws not only on personal experience but also on the shared and tested relational practices of indigenous communities in Africa, North America, and elsewhere. This powerful book arises from years of work with groups and individuals so that as we read it we can benefit not only from the teaching but also from practical exercises. Ancestral Medicine offers a host of possibilities for our further reflection and practice.” (Graham Harvey, author of Animism: Respecting the Living World)

“In traditional societies, ancestors are venerated and considered sources of wisdom even after they have left their physical bodies. In contemporary times, few children are conversant with their cultural and ethnic heritage, much less the lives, occupations, and even the names of those family members who passed on only a few decades earlier. In his remarkable book, Daniel Foor provides an antidote for this regrettable situation. Foor’s text and exercises provide numerous ways to make one’s progenitors a living presence - one that is inspirational, instructive, and, for many readers, transformative for themselves and their families.” (Stanley Krippner, PhD, coauthor of Personal Mythology)

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detailed overview of traditional spirit work

fantastic book covering a broad spectrum of ancestor work. Daniel clearly has done his research and found a clear detailed way of expressing this

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  • 19-02-2020

Wonderful Intro to Ancestor Practice

If you have ANY interest in learning more about the Ancestors, look no further. A wonderfully, thoughtfully written book describing Ancestor practice starting a square 1. A "must-read" for people on the Quest.

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  • Louise mcfadyen
  • 01-07-2020

Better to read than listen.

The guys voice goes right through me, really struggling to listen to this, I own the book, wish I'd just made the time to read it, I thought I could listen while I tidied the house or took the dog a walk, nope.

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