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Spiritual: November 06, 2019 Issue [#9852]

 This week: Honoring our Ancestors
  Edited by: Warped Sanity
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We all have ancestors, both of blood and of spirit, and each of our lives rests firmly on the foundation of their sacrifice. They may no longer be there with us physically, but their legacy lives on through us in memory and our actions.

In my pagan tradition, during the last week of October through the first week of November, I display an altar dedicated to those who have passed, similar to what one might do if they celebrate Dia de los Muertos. The altar typically consists of candles, incense, and various memorabilia such as pictures.

This year, I attended a festival, where we had a large ritual which included honoring those who have passed on. We had a large paper mache urn that we filled with written messages to our loved ones. At the end of the ritual, we burned the urn, allowing the fire to carry our messages.

Although, you don't have to be pagan or an indigenous Shamon to honor your ancestors. Whether you follow a spiritual path that includes honoring ancestors or not, most of us do so each time we share a story about a loved one who has passed on or tidy up their grave, leaving a gift of fresh flowers. Even the continuation of traditions, like making grandma's special pie during the holidays, is a way of honoring an ancestor.

I believe the best way to honor our ancestors is by utilizing the wisdom passed down to us. Those lessons are gifts, which create an opportunity for us to reach our potential, become better humans, or simply avoid errors. What lessons did you learn from a past loved one that you continue to abide by? How did they help you become a better you?

Editor's Picks

Eyes of Blue  (E)
Honoring the Dead Contest Entry October 2019
#2202848 by Lovina

 Mary Florence Chaplin Newland  (E)
To My Maternal Grandmother
#2203207 by Prosperous Snow Thankful

Waiting for the Charge  (13+)
Free verse. Music boxes, aggressive deer, and my grandmother.
#2203518 by Satuawany

Passive Suicide  (18+)
A Tribute To and Reasons Behind My Friend Gus's Death.
#2204214 by WhataFlare

The Past Lives On  (E)
The promptings of loved ones in our past, linger on in the deeds they urge in our hearts
#2204301 by Bob's Turkeys

The One Who Loved Me  (13+)
A poem about my gran... for Honoring the Dead.
#2137908 by Kittiara

Dance With My Father  (E)
A poem about my Dad, written for "Honoring The Dead Contest."
#2137692 by Choco Ohhhh NaNooooo!

Her Green Dress  (E)
Contest Honouring the dead - 32 lines 4/11/17
#2139744 by alf8collier

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