Espiritismo is a spiritual system that originally arose in Puerto Rica. From there it travelled to Cuba and the United States. It was inspired by a combination of the indigenous Taino culture, European spiritism and African religions which mostly found their way to the island during the African diaspora. Espiritismo is open to everyone. Today it is often practiced side-by-side with Santeria, and can function as a starting point to explore Santeria. But it’s also a stand-alone practice that can benefit anyone and does not involve initiation.
Central to espiritismo is the boveda. Here, we lovingly commune with our ancestors and spirit guides. The boveda is the starting point for growth and development in espiritismo and our style of mediumship, cleansing, healing and communicating with ancestors and spirit guides. Learning the steps involved in setting up and keeping a boveda and how to adopt it as a daily practice to develop spiritually is the starting point for working with espiritismo. Beyond these steps, I can teach you and help you with prayer, communication with and working with your spirit guides, general spiritual cleansing as a regular practice, using and making spiritual baths and how to tune into and navigate the spiritual world. A vital part of this is identifying unhelpful spiritual presences in your life and keeping these at a distance, as well as lifting spirits needing help in the other world. All this takes time and cannot be rushed, and should be done under the supervision of someone who has walked the path before.
A misa espiritual is a beautiful and joyful communal ceremony based on espiritismo. Together we sing and pray, use herbal and floral baths to cleanse, meditate to connect with ‘spirit’ and pass helpful and uplifting messages from our spiritual guides to others. The purpose of a misa espiritual is to (re)align ourselves with our spiritual destiny, to advance spiritually, to commune with the spirit world and to be cleansed of any negative energies we may have picked up or carry with us. Coming to misas on a regular basis will help you develop your spiritual sensitivity and mediumship powers so you can also help other people.
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Ancestor work is important as part of espiritismo, and for anyone wanting and needing to grow personally and spiritually. Without our ancestors we would not be here, in this life, as the people we are today. Acknowledgment of this simple fact is the first stepping stone to working with the ancestors. If you don’t learn how to work with your ancestors they can potentially sabotage all your good work. We may have inherited many good qualities from our ancestors, for instance their courage to fight and win battles, their accumulated wisdom, the sum total of their life experiences. But ancestors also often pass down their traumas, tendency towards addictions, and unhealthy life patterns, leading to generational trauma or curses. Healing unhealthy or destructive patterns and behaviour passed down the family tree may positively impact not just ourselves and our (future, possible) children, but also reverberate through the ancestral lines. I work intensively with my ancestors as a day-to-day practice. This has been life-changing for me as well as my family as its benefits extend to other family members. Today, ancestor work is at the foundation for everything I do. I can coach and teach you how to do the same through simple rituals and powerful intentions. I mainly use the practice of espiritismo as a model in ancestor work, but other styles are also possible.
Options for studying and learning how to practice espiritismo and ancestor work:
- Individual mentoring espiritismo
- Individual mentoring ancestor work
For groups of 2 or more
- Workshop espiritismo (includes boveda work, spiritual guides and ancestor work)
- Workshop ancestor work (specifically working with your ancestors)
- Misa espiritual. Book a misa espiritual for yourself, your family and friends
Contact me for information on price options, which vary depending on frequency and commitment.