26. Ancestral Reverence as Devotion to the Earth - Daniel Foor

Your body is your ancestor altar, how hungry ghosts affect the living, the earth as the repository of ancestral wisdom, & more...

In the Intro:

  • Cleatus B. Wright , January 20, 1929 - February 27th, 1929

In the Interview:

  • The hunger for our ancestors
  • The story of Daniel's first ancestral connection, and the healing that followed
  • The ancestors are the collective wisdom of our species in all its beauty and trauma
  • Time collapses when in communion with the ancestors
  • Not all of the dead are equally well
  • The deeply embedded alcoholism in my fatherline
  • Addiction as the hunger of the dead moving through the bodies of the living, and the act of taking the substance as a form of ancestral communion
  • There are very few personal problems- a look at unmetabolized ancestral pain and systemic injustice
  • The dead can change
  • Ancestral forgetting as a function of the damage wrought by colonialism
  • We don't arrive at healing by exiling those who commit harm: an approach for white folks wishing to address their slave owning/colonizing/oppressive ancestral legacy (rather than ignoring it or living in perpetual guilt)
  • The role of the ancestors in social and earth justice
  • The interweaving of ritual, genealogical research, and healing
  • Synchronicity 
  • They are shaking us awake in the burning house- the growing sense of urgency coming to us from the ancestors at this pivotal point in human history
  • The dead are in the earth, and the ancestors are animating the earth that is our bodies
  • Approaching activism in a more ritual oriented way
  • When a child is a returning of an ancestral lineage, mothering is my main form of ancestral reverence, and remembering that our children are the future ancestors of our further descendants
  • Are souls that die suddenly lost in limbo?
  • I ask Daniel a vulnerable question about my mom, who died in a car accident in November 2015
  • The most important way that we prepare for death is to be ethical and kind
  • Animism: living humans are just one kind of person / coming into relationship with the wider web of being