Have you ever had an unexplained phenomena – a knock at the door but no one there; the hairs on your are standing up, as though you're suddenly chilled; a gradual aroma rising from nowhere; an abrupt noise; a strange sensation on different parts of your body, like someone stroking your hair; or dreams of your deceased loved ones? These are just a few examples of how your ancestors and spirit guides may be trying to gain your attention.
Perhaps you've felt empty or unfulfilled at some point in your life. Have you ever wondered if there is something waiting for you beyond your sphere of existence – your friends, your job, your loved ones, your church – do you pray for a deeper understanding of the world around you?
Priestess Aladokun was a newcomer to spirituality, but through curiosity, dedication, and perseverance, she has learned to let herself be guided by the spirits of her ancestors. She has studied various schools of spirituality, primarily Afrikan, Latino, and Native Amerikan spirituality. She has made many deep connections through these forms of study & worship. Much of what she learned did not come easily, whether through a lack of resources, qualified teachers or negative energy in her own life that blocked her spirituality. Despite the obstacles she emerged stronger, wiser, and more prepared than ever to guide others down the path she has paved for us. She has given us Ancestor Paths.
Simply put, Ancestor Paths is about ancestor reverence & communication. If you have an interest in spirituality, do not let the complexity of the ideas confuse and discourage you. Do not be disheartened by misunderstandings and misinterpretations. Let Aladokun be your guide to finding your own spirituality, through the veneration of ancestors and the spirits you can learn to access. Let your life become enriched by the knowledge and understanding Ancestor Paths will give you – no matter what your race or heritage.
Lastly, Ancestor Paths is a tribute to all divinities within the universe that continue to guide, bless, and elevate our souls towards higher consciousness and enlightenment. No matter what path you walk, it is the ancestors and the guardian spirits who protect and guide you. This book was written to spread knowledge of how to acknowledge and communicate with your ancestors and guardian spirits on an everyday basis through cleansing rituals, constructing ancestor shrines/altars, suggested prayers, encountering spirits, and fundamental divination. For those interested in spirit contact, this book if for you!
About the author:
Oba Ilari Aladokun was born and raised in New York City and has lived in New Jersey for the past several years. She is a priestess of Yoruba/Lukumi and has practices spiritualism for over a decade. Because of her openness about her experience, she is the perfect individual to write on this subject matter.
She has been initiated into several mysteries, including receiving the Hand of Ifa (mano de Orula) by Baba John in January 2000 and Palo Mayombe in July 2000. Shortly thereafter, she reached the seat of Kariocha and was initiated in August 2000 in Havana, Cuba, as a child of Obatala. Her godmother is Oyaewo, Kathleen olo Oya, and her ajubona is Adeosun, Carmen (Loli) olo Oshun.
Recently, she received Obe, Pinaldo, by Alamito, Jose olo Obatala, and ajubona Olochunde, Lucy olo Oshun. She holds several healing certificates: Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Registered Lightarian Reiki Master Facilitator, Registered Lightarian AngelLink & Healing Rays Facilitator, a Certified Intuitive Counselor of the National Spiritualist Association, and Ordained as a Spiritualist Minister.