One of the things I frequently get asked as a Sangoma is: “How are the ancestors able to talk to me?”
Is there a definitive answer to this question, I don’t think so, but there are clues in both spiritual principles and Quantum Physics.
In Sangoma understanding the ancestors are known to be omnipresent, in more than one state of consciousness at any one time and it is this state of consciousness which allows them to communicate or be present with the Sangoma.
The same is said for Celtic Shamanism, where the ancestors are also consulted and other resonant beings that can be communicated with through forms in nature, such as communication with trees and plants.
In Sangoma tradition and other Shamanic practices nothing is seen as separate, the world’s we have created in division, don’t really exist, they are dictated by our perception of things and our current accepted understanding of space and time.
For the Sangoma and their relationship with the ancestors, current accepted understandings of space and time do not exist, although they can be observed.
Another way to look at this is through the recent research and experimentation done in Quantum physics.
A team of researchers at Delft University in the Netherlands is reporting in a paper, that they have successfully used ‘entanglement’ as a means of communication, over a distance of ten feet (three meters).
This is information passed between two ‘objects’ spaced at this distance from each other.
“The idea is to use the concept of quantum entanglement of particles as a means of conveyance. It’s supposed to work because of the strange interconnectedness of the two particles—whatever happens to one, automatically happens to the other, regardless of the distance between them. Such a property should allow then, for the exchange of information.”
So what is Quantum entanglement: “Quantum entanglement is a physical phenomenon that occurs when pairs or groups of particles are generated or interact in ways such that the quantum state of each particle cannot be described independently – instead, a quantum state may be given for the system as a whole.” From Wikipedia
It is entirely possible to look at the communication that happens
between Sangoma and ancestors as a similar process of ‘quantum entanglement’.
The particle or conscious state, if you like, of the Sangoma and the ancestors, is not independent during the reading or communication process.
The consciousness of both become entangled, enabling information to be transmitted and conveyed.
They become a whole in that predetermined time of the reading, ukubhula, communication and so all information relevant to the moment of entanglement is accessible.
This would include information that the client or Sangoma is also transmitting simultaneously in the form of whatever reason they have come for the reading, the issues or questions at hand.
Sangomas know who are trained well, that they are a ‘holding space’ for information and not the source of information and by the nature of entanglement can allow barriers of thought limitation to fall away. Indeed, much of genuine Sangoma training (itwasa) is aligned to achieving this.
What an amazing thing it is to find the reflective language between spirit and physics and to comprehend the impact such processes have on our beings when we choose to question our existence.
How deeply we can go and find that what we thought we knew has transformed in to just another question.
If we allow ourselves to entertain the idea of a limitless state of presence, we cannot be limited by divisions because they are illusionary.
Indeed our lives are entangled too, and with this in mind and heart we should have greater compassion and empathy for our remarkable shared human journey.
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