In this monthly podcast about shamanic issues, shamanic practitioner Dory Cote talks about the practice of honoring one’s ancestors and working with ancestral guides.

Questions answered in this podcast include:

• What is the difference between ancestors, and ancestor helping spirits? [0:37]
• When you call upon these ancestors that you have just described, is it similar to calling a friend to help you with a problem? Or do you call them to visit, or do you choose them because of their skills? [5:55]
• Are ancestors similar to power animals, in that one journies to find an ancestral helping spirit? [8:27]
• So a piece of what you are discussing is, what’s in it for them? A teacher likes nothing more than a good student. When we approach with respect, learning from their wisdom helps them too? [11:47]

• Dory, you have done a lot of work with children. Do you see a lot of children who have bloodline ancestral spirits around them? [13:28]

• Do nations have ancestral helping spirits? We have a lot of talk right now about our founding fathers and mothers, in this country. Do groups have ancestral spirits that work with them as well? [14:51]

• Is there anything else you would like to add about ancestral helping spirits? [17:23]

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