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Whether you believe in the Ancestors are an active spiritual force, or a part of our collective subconscious imagination, residing within or outside of our sovereign selves, working with your ancestors can bring about deep reflection, oorlog tending, and can help us move towards wholeness. I use mediumship,

Journeywork,

Folkcrafting

including doll

and idol work

Sit with me and together we will discover methods and tools to develop and deepen your connection to the ancestors.

$60 hour

2 hour minimum

sliding scale available*

Cupping is an ancient healing modality used on every continent by cultures around the world. For most people, if you look back far enough, you will find that it was used in your own ancestral lineage.

Cupping, both fire and cold, are used to treat numerous ailments.

Relax and unwind with  Fire cupping, cold cupping, Gua Sha, loving touch and more

*Certified in the H.A.R.T. Method

$60 1 hour session

Sliding scale available*

"Spiritualism is a belief that spirits of the dead have both the ability and the inclination to communicate with the living. The afterlife, or "spirit world", is seen by spiritualists, not as a static place, but as one in which spirits continue to evolve"

Wikipedia

   

Using multidisciplinary folkways, together we can investigate what will encourage and facilitate healing, protection, guidance and wellness for you, your family, and you home.

$60 per hour

Sliding scale available*

What is an Öorlog Reading, and why might it benefit me?

On her website, Nordic roots educator, musician, and author Kari Tauring defines Öorlog as follows:

“Öorlog is the summation of an individual human inheritance (physical, spiritual, ancestral, environmental and cultural). It includes genetic codes, epi-genetic markers, meta genetic material, memories stored in the brain stem and passed on consciously or unconsciously from one generation to the next. It is ‘past precedence.' “

She goes on to say:

“The things our ancestors lived through and the coping mechanisms they developed and the belief systems they held are all part of our öorlog, our own past precedence, the laws our family of origin have come to live by…that which holds our lineage together.” *

In my practice, I view the individual within this framework. When a person (sitter) comes to me seeking to connect with a beloved ancestor, I first tell them that I cannot guarantee that the desired ancestor is going to be the one to present—though often times the desired ancestor does come through, because the connection to a specific ancestor is linked to the sitter’s ӧorolg.

For example, a sitter—let’s call her Tisha—asks me to help her connect with her great-grandmother Sherly. Tisha tells me that Sherly had two children with her husband, Victor. When the children were still very young, Victor leaves his 20-year-old wife to go seek his fortune as a blues singer, leaving Sherly with no means to support her family. Work is scarce for black women back in 1919. But Sherly succeeds. She finds work as a laundress, washing the clothes of middle-class white women. Working hard all her life, she is finally able to put both of her children through college before succumbing to lung cancer at the early age of 56.

Tisha finds her great-grandmother's story very inspiring and views her great-grandmother as a personal hero. Tisha herself is a single mother of two, both of her children's fathers were workaholics, the first dying of a heart attack, the second leaving her for his secretary.

Tisha goes on to tell me she works for a nonprofit organization and being the only African-American in her department has been very difficult. She finds herself spending most of her day cleaning up other people's mistakes so that the organization will continue to look good to the community it serves.

 

Tisha is exhausted, unhappy and resentful that she is forced to work a job where she does not feel valued. She wishes she would have chosen different men to father her beloved children and she is also privately afraid she will get lung cancer because she just can’t seem to kick her smoking habit, which she has had since she was 20.

We see—even though Tisha may not—that there is an inter-generational story playing out here.

As an oorlog reader, it is my job not only to help Tisha see the story playing out in her life, but also to receive guidance that will allow Tisha to unravel these harmful patterns that do not serve her or her children.

This may manifest in multiple ways. Sometimes it looks like doing deeper work around family stories, talking to relatives to uncover hidden truths that allow forgiveness to bloom. Other times the direction might lead to the creation of an ancestor altar and offer prayers for the upliftment of a particularly difficult ancestor or using tools to clear any unwanted connections Tisha or her ancestors have.

Reading an individual’s öorlog can also point to the lineage of disease.

 In her case, we see that there is a trauma that creates grief and hardship for Tisha’s great-grandmother Sherly that occurs when she is 20 years old. Tisha’s start of a new and unhealthy habit of smoking cigarettes at her 20-year mark is evidence of unhealthy öorlog patterning around ancestral pain. It is believed that the lungs hold the energetic signature of sadness and grief, physical illness of the lungs is a manifestation of stagnation these emotions. In my practice smoking is a tool to aid in the suppression of grief when it is too much to bear. Sherly's stagnant grief helped to create a space for the cancer in her own lungs, and Tisha, unknowingly, is following the same patterning.

 

Tisha and re-patterning öorlog

I often see ages, names, numbers, and dates repeat themselves in a person’s öorlog. This is called a pattern and these markers help me probe further into that particular öorlog thread. Patterns can either help or hinder, and sometimes the difference between being a help or a hindrance can mean the simple fine-tuning of a habit.

For example, Tisha, every morning, wakes up and throws her pajamas on the floor. Day after day this habit results in a very messy room. Tisha, already feeling exhausted from a long day at work and caring for her children, now has a pile of dirty laundry on the floor to contend with. However, this pile of laundry is more than just a pile of laundry: It is a daily reminder of how overwhelmed and overworked she is. Just looking at the pile drains Tisha of vitality.

Now, if we were to fine-tune this habit and instead of throwing the pajamas on the floor, Tisha decides to repattern and put the pajamas in a big ol’ laundry basket. Tisha might have a large basket FULL of dirty laundry, but just this simple act—putting dirty laundry where it belongs—informs her Self (higher self or soul) that she is taking steps necessary to remove obstacles that drain her vitality. It also links her to the strand of her great-grandmother that was a launderer. “My grandmother had to wash rich women’s drawers to feed her children. I honor her hard work by taking care of my own laundry, by caring for myself, her great-granddaughter.”

 

When we find the lineage of disease, we have the opportunity to heal ancestral trauma and grief.

 For example, through following the strand of this patterning, Tisha has learned that her grandmother had stagnant grief that caused hurt, which later contributed to her lung cancer. Tisha also understands that her decision to pick up smoking is linked to trauma that she carries in her own body as a result of her great-grandfather abandoning his family. Tisha has the opportunity to look at her own methods for coping with grief and loss, and hopefully, with the guidance of her ancestors, she can learn healthy ways to manage uncomfortable emotions and therefore unravel unhealthy öorlog patterning. My “practical application” advice for Tisha would be to set up her ancestor altar and pray for her grandmother AND grandfather to aide and assist her in her path to becoming a non-smoker.

I also want to point out how working on oorlog can benefit our children. As we see with Tisha, her great grandmother's patterning came to sit in her own body by manifesting as a smoking addiction. If unchecked, it is a good bet that the same patterning will eventually play out in her child's body.

Unraveling these pieces not only sends ripples of healing energy into the strands of past generations, but the process of unlearning unhealthy behaviors, resetting healthy patterns, and healing the heart and body when observed by our children, teaches them to do the same. By doing your work, you teach the babies how to do theirs.

THIS is how we raise healthy children, families, and communities! Exciting isn’t it?

Beginning a path to Öorlog tending can start in many ways. Researching family and community history, sitting with older members of your family, listening to their stories, and opening up to your ancestors in your own meditations are just a few. I suggest working with someone who can offer guidance and insight. I myself started this process as a student of the Cultural Wellness Center’s “Cultural Self Study” and “Map to Wellness” Programs (http://www.culturalwellnesscenter.org) and later within the practice of  Völva Stav (healing ørlog - KariTauring.com). I believe it is important to have access to an elder who understands patterning and energetic signature (how experiences, thoughts, emotions, etc. manifest physically) and who is grounded in the culture of their own ancestors. I know folks have quite a bit to say on that piece, and that’s all right. This is my belief, take it or leave it. 

 

If you are interested in learning more about Öorlog Readings or would like to schedule a time to sit with me, feel free to send me a message!

 

Dollwork as a Healing Practice

Dollwork can be something as simple as creating a doll of an ancestor to remind us of the person when we need it. For example, I had a woman order two dolls made up of her grandmother for her and her cousin to keep in their kitchen while the cook. Their best memories of their grandmother were kitchen memories.

I have worked with people to journey and connect with ancestors and the together we make a doll of said ancestor to put upon their ancestor altar as a representation of a “meeting place” for the client to connect and pray to and for said ancestor.

There have also been clients who have commissioned dolls of a particular deity, saint or angel to use for very specific uses.

If people want to try dollwork, but the idea of one on one work doesn’t appeal to them, I also offer an Ancestor Doll Workshop where a group of people get together, do a short meditation, and build a simple doll for their ancestor.

The Workshops can run in different directions as well, simple pillow workshops for adults and children centered around self-confidence and self-worth, Sacred Feminine Doll workshops, Healing and Medicine Doll workshops. All we need is a group of 5 or more people and an intention, and magical things can happen!

Individual Doll Sessions

$70 per hour

 

Group Workshops

$50 per person with a 5-person minimum

 

What Is Fire Cupping?

 

“Acupuncture and cupping, more than half of the ills cured,” is

a famous Chinese saying, supporting traditional Chinese medicine. 

Cupping is a lesser-known treatment that is a part of Oriental

medicine, one that can provide an especially pleasant experience.

 

One of the earliest documentations of cupping can be found in the

work titled A Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies, which

was written by a Taoist herbalist by the name of Ge Hong and which dates all the way back to 300 AD. An even earlier Chinese documentation, three thousand years old, recommended cupping for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. In both Eastern and Western cultures, cupping evolved from shamanistic practices that held the belief that illnesses and infirmities can be sucked out of the body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cupping in a Finnish Sauna

Cupping can be found in different form in almost every culture in the world.

Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the ski to disperse and break up stagnation and congestion by drawing congested blood, energy or other humors to the surface.

 Suction can also be created using an alcohol-soaked cotton pad then lighting the pad and placing an empty cup over the flame to extinguish it. Flames are never used on the skin and only as a means to create the heat that causes the suction within the small cups.

Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved across the skin or used stationary.  The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup.

Cupping is much like the inverse of massage, rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. This allows for stagnant blood, toxins and energies to move through the body where they can be processed and eliminated.

 

For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for about ten minutes while the patient relaxes.

The side effects of cupping are fairly mild. "Bruising" (It actually isn't bruising, as no capillaries are broken) should be expected, but skin should return to looking normal within 10 days.

In my practice I use the cupping therapy not only to help relax and manipulate the body's tissues, but also as an energetic release. I believe the body holds energies, trauma, emotions and more. These energies are often times connected to patterning that does not serve us. Using the gift of fire's breath, I believe we have the ability to release this kind of stagnation.

If you are interested in booking an appointment with me at Folkways or have any questions, please feel free and encouraged to contact me.

Cupping session

$70 hour

Spiritual Care

"Spiritualism is a belief that spirits of the dead have both the ability and the inclination to communicate with the living. The afterlife, or "spirit world", is seen by spiritualists, not as a static place, but as one in which spirits continue to evolve"-Wikipedia

I have been (I believe we all have been) connecting with Spirit as far as my memory can recall. (As a matter of fact, my first memories are of being in a playpen, knowing on a teething toy, trying to bury myself below a pile of toys to avoid being watched by “the people” in my room.)

 I come from a family of seers, empaths and even an evangelical prophetess, so my interest in Spirit has been a pronounced part of my life. It wasn’t until I was pregnant with my son, that I realized I was going to have to take my education more seriously, as my child in utero, began showing signs of the same sort of sensitivities that run in my family.

At the time, I was actively engaged in a self-reflective, cultural process called “A Map to Wellness” with the Elders at the Cultural Wellness Center. In this work, I was continually asked to ground myself in my culture and in that process, learned that how I had been experiencing Spirit was not only a key element in my path, but also a normal, even common experience for the cultural community I belong to.

That realization gave the permission I believe I needed to gather all the tools I had learned up to that moment and start using them in a more focused way.

My work is grounded in the guidance of my Ancestors and my Ori, influenced by the many ways this guidance has manifested. Kemeticism, African Traditional Religion, Heathenry, Curranderismo and Hoodoo as folkways or folk-practice are some of the traditions I draw my tools from. There are others as well, yet I have chosen to highlight these, because I follow regular guidance from Elders in each of these traditions.

 

This is why I have chosen to identify as a Folkways Practitioner. I practice the healing tools of my Folks, rooted in my cultural heritage and only as an invited guest in others. When you are working with me, we will be drawing from my entire toolbox. That may include cultural information from your own ancestral line.

Together we can use tools that I’ve learned (and tools that already work for you) to support and encourage healing, protection, guidance and wellness for you, your family, and you home.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss any issues you may have, and to see if scheduling time with me would be beneficial.

CONTACT

Email:donyellemary@yahoo.com

Tel: 612-298-7122

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