December 11, 2015 at Life Force Arts Center in Chicago, IL.
Suggested donation: $20
In this ritual, we will honor our ancestors, sending them healing and prayers, so that they may in turn heal and guide us. The term “Ancestors” includes deceased members of our biological family, and other spirit beings with deep connections to our early beginnings in this life. Based in the traditions that many cultures have for honoring the Ancestors, there will be an altar containing food and flowers. Participants are free to call on their own version of Higher Power and spirit guides in communicating with their ancestors. Each participant will have an opportunity to offer a cup of wine to the ancestors, followed by a shamanic journey and journaling. Participants are encouraged to bring pictures and a favorite food of their ancestors to place on the altar. Potluck feast and fellowship follows the ceremony.
Mary Burton (B.A., SUNY Albany; M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago) is a lifelong searcher and student of mysticism and spiritual sciences who recently completed Levels 1 – 3 of the Life Force Shamanic Training program. Since 1973 she has studied comparative mysticism, yoga philosophy, and astrology at the Temple of Kriya Yoga and, graduated from the Temple’s first Hatha Yoga Teachers Training class in 1978. Mary has taught classes in hatha yoga and aerobics. Through the Ki Holistic Center in Chicago, she has performed numerous ancestor ceremonies and energy training, as well as energy training in South Korea. She worked at Urantia Foundation (publisher of The Urantia Book). Other studies include A Course in Miracles at Unity Church in Chicago, music studies at DePaul Community Music, Old Town School of Folk Music, and New Tuners music theater workshop under John Sparks. Mary’s family has been in what is now the U. S. since the 1600’s. Her ancestor, Mary Bliss Parsons, was accused and acquitted twice for witchcraft in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts.
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