Thursday, August 6, 2009

Daily Ancestor Ritual

Living Tantra explains why you should perform a daily ancestor ritual and provides instructions for setting up your altar and communicating with your ancestors.
Who are our ancestors? Our ancestors are those with whom we share strong patterns of consciousness and energy. We have different names for this patterning: our bodies, our habitual activities, and our habitual emotions. The nearer ancestors are to us, the more habitual patterning, or karma, we share.

The purpose of performing a daily ancestor ritual is twofold. First, we communicate to our ancestors our gratitude for our human lives. Second, we state the intention to
benefit our ancestors through our dharmic activities in this life. Both of these purposes can be achieved because the largest context for our lives is Great Time, or all-atonceness. How do we benefit the deceased? By working to unwind the karmic tensions that we share with them. Relaxing our compulsive, destructive patterning also unwinds it for our ancestors. Read more

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