“But more than anything, God love admiration.”
“You sayin’ God is vain?”
“Naw, Naw, Not vain, just wanting to share a good thing. I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field and don’t notice it.’
“You sayin’, it just wanna be loved, like it say in the Bible?”
“Yeah, Celie. Everything wanna be loved. Us sang and dance and holla, just tryin’ to be loved. Look at them trees. You ever notice how trees do everything to get attention like we do, except walk?”
“Ohhh, Ms. Celie, I feels like sangin’!”
-Conversation between Ms Celie and Shug, from movie adaptation of “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker.
I recently watched the movie, “The Color Purple” and meditated on some of the conversations between characters. The wisdom shared between Ms. Celie and Shug, is probably my favorite.
I sat and unpacked the moments, just before Shug lead an army of folks down to her fathers church. Her voice booming and vibrating so intently, it drowned out the actual soloist. Shug sang from her core, from her heart. She sang with passion and purpose. Shug sang for her freedom.
I watched and re-watched these five minutes of cinema history over my lifetime and I am always drawn to deep reflection. This most recent experience was different. I searched for ancestral wisdom; indeed God was trying to tell me something. I listened.
“A new calendar year is upon you. The world is new. Your world is different. But our voices are ever present. We are ever present. In the earth. In your voice. In your space. We always speak. But do you always listen? No. No you don’t. And why? Why is our voice so easily lost? Have you tuned us out? You have. Has the external noise drowned out our whispers? It has. Ohh, but Daughter, we see you, seeking to find the harmony of your heartsong. We see you fine tuning your spiritual ears to hear our voices. We see you in the distance, journeying to the sounds of our voice. Your sight has shifted. Your ears have sharpened. Your heart has opened. Follow that. Follow the whispers of our voice. See us in the colors of the rainbow. Hear us in the sound of the storm. We’ve waited lifetimes for you to be here. Because we knew you had the ear to hear. The ears to hear. The heart to love. Why would we abandon you now? Know Daughter, we are never far off. Ever…”
Ancestral veneration + reverence has been the foundation of my healing practice. It is of the utmost importance that I maintain a connection to them. Who knew that a movie that I have seen a million times over, would provide such deeply rich ancestral wisdom?
What does honoring your ancestors look like to you? Is your practice intimate + personal? Or has it been diluted by outside influences?
Whatever you need to support your journey, do it. However your soul decides to connect with your ancestors, do it. You absolutely owe it to yourself to do so. Listen to the songs that gave your ancestors joy. Cook the foods that gave your ancestors strength. Speak the prayers that gave your ancestors power. THIS is where your freedom is.
I encourage you to sit, listen and see how deeply loved you are. By your ancestors, your spirit team, Source energy as you see and honor it. Just as you are seeking guidance, you are being sought. Just as you are wanting love, you are being loved. Just as you are needing healing, you ARE being healed. You ARE your ancestors best thing + wildest dreams. Rest in that knowing. Trust in that wisdom. Its always yours.
I give thanks, honor + adoration to my ancestors for their gifts of love, light + liberation. Asè.
MORE ABOUT RAE
Rae is an End of Life Guide and Intuitive Energy Consultant + Practitioner. Through methods of intuitive communication, divination, mediumship, sound teaching, empathetic listening, brainstorming, and various psychic clair-sensory gifts, Rae honors her soul’s mission + ancestral calling in supporting souls on their journey of progression, healing and spiritual evolution. As a reader, Rae’s primary goal is to offer the clarity, courage, support, and encouragement needed to create healthy life changes. As a diviner, Rae combines intuition and empathy to create a sacred and empowering experience.
What was your inspiration behind the pieces being featured?
Rae: “The Color Purple”, was one of the first movie I saw in theaters with my mother, aunts and maternal grandmother, Gladys. I remember seeing the Alice Walker masterpiece in its book form a lot in my home. The most influential part of the movie was the inspiration for me. My ancestors, especially my grandmother Gladys, speak to me in song. I felt this piece could help someone, who may feel a lot off balance coming into the new year. Its my prayer that we all remember that support is always nearby.
How has your art/writing shifted over your time as a Creative?
Rae: We grow and learn simultaneously. Navigating your way through life, gives boat loads of creative inspiration. Im a firm believer that one can grow and learn in EVERYTHING. After awhile, you began to see just how impactful those experiences can be. And as an empathetic creative, I desire to create writing that offers healing and support.
What was one of the most surprising things you’ve learned about yourself through your creative projects?
Rae: What surprises me the most, was how freeing it can be, to just allow your ideas to flow. No set expectations or outcomes, just a desire to create. Life gets so busy with responsibilities, its easy to forget how to just be. Creative projects have reminded me of the importance of flow and ease.
Who is your favorite Artist/Writer and why?
Rae: The works of Jesmyn Ward are absolutely amazing. She’s like my auntie in my head. Her novel, “Sing, Unburied Sing”, is one of my favorite books. I came across her work as I was coming into my awakening. Her work is so richly spiritual and familiar. It was like a breath of fresh air to connect with characters as they navigated life, both physically and spiritually. The liberation of Jesmyn’s work has been so influential in my journey.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as a Creative?
Rae: “You are a special kind of blessing, a gift of light from your birth. Only you can add to the joy and beauty of this world…” My mother wrote me poem in 1998, after the birth of my oldest daughter. Those words have become my own personal mantra. When life gets heavy and I feel like my work is for naught, these words always uplift.