Okay, so I have a few things that I keep thinking about or which are being put forward for me to think about, things that will probably make their way into posts of their own, but right now I want to see what I can do to just get them out of my head and put them in front of my face, see what other connections might arise thereby. Notebooking, so caveat lector.
I was going to sit down and write about history and evolution, but instead the ancestral shrine tugged at me. Have I told you that story? Probably not. A few years ago now, I had the opportunity to participate in an ancestralization ceremony for my maternal grandparents with one of Malidoma Some’s students, Emenike La. It opened many doors to me spiritually. The elevation of my ancestors was like nothing so much as lifting the lintels on a door I didn’t even know was there; a whole world opened up to me.
Hard to talk about some of that stuff, though, because it’s, well, family business. Even if it’s weird family business. Maybe because it is weird family business?
I went up to New York this weekend to enjoy A Day of Conjure and Cunning Craft. It’s part of a concerted effort to de-hermit a little (I’m not great at it; when it comes to socializing, I’m cultivating dumb but dogged). Since I was already up there, I did a little out and about the city. There is a fair amount I want to talk about with that, but for this post I’ll just talk a little about the conference itself.
As I started writing out the spiritualist timeline, I was aware that there was no easy way to do justice to the immense African contribution to spiritualism in an abbreviated format. Spiritualism has a deep sympathy with the African Diaspora faiths. Almost as soon as it was a thing (ca. 1850s), spiritualism becomes a big thing in Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, and…okay, you get the idea: everywhere. Bam, in no time, hybrid Afro-Spiritualist techniques are everywhere. I want to talk about that a little at length.