Understand that when I use the term “ancestors” it’s not because it’s some cute or cliché thing to say. In fact, it’s not a term at all. They’re not monsters in the closet or underneath the bed. These are my blood relatives that I knew in their waking lives. Kinfolk I shared my most intimate moments with. And it’s my honor to acknowledge them and call to their spirits anytime.
When we call on our ancestors we have to be prepared for how they show up. They might not give us exactly what we’re desiring, but they’ll give us exactly what we need, the thing that will be for our highest good. And they know that.
I was dealing with a situation yesterday that turned out in my favor. As I mentioned in the video as I approached the clerk to sign in, she asked who took her highlighter and suddenly an orange highlighter flew up, off the table, against gravity into her hand!
She was reduced to hysterical laughter and asked if I saw that. She said that had never happened to her. I knew my ancestors were sending me the deepest signals. I told her that it seemed like a miracle. She said it wasn’t a miracle for her because it scared the shit out of her LOL! I said I guess it was a miracle for me then lol!
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I can’t escape encounters with birds. They poop on me and my things and sing about it LOL! Bird medicine is powerful and holds truth where there seems to be none.
My mother’s mother taught us that it is a great sign of luck and respect to cross paths with feathers or even more when they show up in full form. She went on to say that ancestors often return in their likeness, so it’s important to pay attention to what they have to say.
Here are two experiences I had with birds that I managed to capture on video. Each encounter I ever had with birds always involved ending one cycle in my life and beginning another. Brought messages of change, enlightenment, and unexpected gifts. Grateful to share these memories from 2014 and 2016. Enjoy my startled responses lol! 🦅 🐦 🦢
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“my mother was my first country. the first place i ever lived.”
—lands 📝 Nayyirah Waheed
And today marks 13 years since we found you. The day that grueling 2 years you were missing came to a devastating end, yet we found peace anyway.
My face is a reflection of yours. This visual poem is to remember that. I never want to forget that.
Rest my ❤️😘
—Your kid, TheeAmazingGrace (I remember our last conversation and you told me that I was destined for greatness and that you named me Grace, but not just any Grace, Thee Amazing Grace. Thank you for believing in me mommy!)
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She’s been around heavy these days. I swear it’s only a thin veil that separates this world and the next, we just have to trust that and stay in contact.
Haven’t spoken poems off the top of my head and heart in a long time. Thoughts of my mama will make me do that though lol! Thank you for being kind and being here mama. I love beyond.
Vimeo links below.
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Always been super intuitive, but my intuition could’ve never prepared me for losing my mother. She was the first human being to ever break my entire soul and heal it at the same time.
Next month marks 12 years since she’s been my ancestor. Found out from city hall that I will be installing my art exhibit at Amtrak on the very day the medical examiner called to tell me they found her. I was all shaken up about it, at first, yet realized the inherent blessing it is. How she likely helped to orchestrate the decision lol!
I will honor her legacy that day as I do everyday by continuing to build mine, instead of grieving her death. We always had a deeply spiritual bond even through the abuse and turmoil and nothing has ever been able to stop that. As we reach toward each other always. Thank you mommy! 2nd 📷 Circa 1997
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Ancestors, we are winning despite how things may appear or feel. That our disappointments must be the source of our inspiration. That our lives are not defined by the problems we face.
Still I can smell the cesspool. All this really stinks. Thick air. Children in cages. Women groomed as little girls to never tell. Holding her brothers box of ashes with bare hands. White folk moving into the only hoods our black skin ever touched.
No time. No space for us to grasp or grip or grieve, yet we breathe, we hold you in high regard. Always. We know your truth leads our way. Rest in love and light to all those that have surrendered their breath. Thank you for this bit of peace you left behind.
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