Although it was a social norm in other cultures in the past, there is now little interest in paying respect for departed ancestors in modern society. Respect for ancestors has become an optional endeavor, unheard of by most people, rather than considered a mandatory practice as it was at one time. In the ancient past it was a social and spiritual norm but nowadays, the idea of paying respect to the ancestors is virtually unheard of. The younger generations are unaware of even their great grandparents` names.
It’s not easy to motivate people to practice respect for ancestors, nor is it considered important. Letting go of practicing respect for ancestors would not be a problem if it did not affect our lives in anyway. But, the invisible world and our ancestors are such a serious reality of great influence, that to do so would be hugely damaging in the end. There is so much evidence that the reality of our ancestors, although invisible, manifests in our daily lives. Unidentified illness, accidents and disasters, mental disturbances, psychic influences by spirits, broken families, extreme financial problems, sexual assault, to name a few, can all have their roots in the invisible world.
Respect for ancestors should not be allowed to become an obsolete practice as if its loss would make no difference. It’s much more valuable than a mere virtue to revere and respect the ancestors. There was a time when our predecessors had known about the importance of this and the vast influence the ancestors have on their descendants` health, luck and prosperity. This understanding has sadly become lost to near extinction. The truth is, the ancestors are the root of a person’s being, and metaphorically speaking, for one to expect good fruits (descendants) without first having healthy roots (ancestors) is something that is in great error.
A human being exists in different dimensions; as spirit, mind, and body. Spirit is light. The spirit, as a non-material being needs a body and mind to lead a life on Earth. So the body can be considered the clothes, or the house of the spirit. The spirit, as a light being, experiences the different aspects of life on earth by seeing, hearing and feeling through the workings of the body and mind.
At the moment of conception, light from Heaven is drawn down and planted to become a spirit. The pure bright spirit enters the body. These two opposing elements of body and spirit unite. This coming together of body and spirit (yin and yang) creates a life-creating force of “original” energy, also known as “vital ki.” The mind is then generated from the vital ki produced by this union of body and spirit.
People often mistake the mind as the true self. However, both mind and body are limited entities. The true essence of a human being is the spirit. As a descended essential being, the spirit accompanied by mind and body learns and acquires experiences on Earth. The objective of life is to learn from these experiences and return enriched with the unique experiences back to Heaven.
While Heaven is at the root of our spirit, our ancestors are at the root of our physical and mental being, as they are the ones who partook in giving us life. Our ancestors, existing in the invisible world continue to play a crucial role in our lives influencing us for at least 4 generations beyond their lifetime. This is why they are deserving of our respect and gratitude.
All life changes and evolves. It’s a law of nature. And it’s the union of spirit and body on this earth that allows for a human being to change and evolve during life. So for the spirit, life, given with a body and mind is a most precious gift, because it allows it to evolve.
Conversely, death is the separation of spirit and body, and a state of standstill. The spirit is unable to change after death because death is the separation of body and spirit. This is why it’s absolutely essential for a person to cultivate and evolve during the course of life. It’s the only opportunity a person has.
What’s most important to understand is, a spirit cannot recover its pure state by simply leaving the physical body after death. After death, a spirit, as a body of thought goes through a long period of time having the same thoughts and feelings, unchanged, as it had in its lifetime. The soul after death continues to exist as the union of mind and spirit.
After death, a spirit cannot leave this world immediately since its consciousness is connected to every cell of its physical body. A spirit uses the physical body as a temporary residence for about 3 years as the physical body returns to the soil of the earth. After about three years, a spirit disconnects itself from the physical body. At this point the spirit is still not in a state of pure spirit as it still has the activity of the mind. Even after the flesh disappears, when left to occur naturally, it takes about 120 years for all material of the body to disintegrate into the soil. Throughout this time, a spirit influences descendants greatly from the invisible world, releasing and dissipating its mental attributes, as it returns to the state of pure spirit. Thereafter, a spirit having released its mind and disconnected from the physical body goes back to this state of pure light.
This process after death occurs for spirits who lived ordinary lives with no major issues. Some spirits, however, who had intense bitter feelings, wrongdoing and a strong attachment to their live experience or who could not understand or accept their death after sudden accident or suicide can get lost and wander not knowing where to go or become stuck, eternally unable to release their mind, remaining fixed in the same state as they were when alive.
Death may be the end of life in the material world, but it’s the new beginning of a life of another quality, and is eternal. One`s state in eternal life is determined according to one`s experiences, mind and actions during life. A spirit that has left it`s physical body encounters the place for its eternal residence exactly according to its brightness. And it’s the spirit that remains eternally after death as even the mind begins to gradually disappear. If one has intense bitter feelings and wrongdoing it takes a much longer time to release the mind and to return to a pure spirit.
People often expect that when a person passes away they will be automatically emancipated and delivered to Paradise or Nirvana. But actually, this is not so. Coming to this earth as light bodies, spirits are supposed to return to Heaven when they finish their earthly lives, enlightened and as pure as they entered. However, because the vibrations of the spirits change so much during their time spent on Earth, there are very few that return to Heaven. A pure untainted spirit darkens its light through leading a selfish life attached to material things. The result of this is that it cannot return to its original birthplace, as it should.
Death does not emancipate one from anything. A person passes away but still exists keeping the same state of mind had at the moment of death. Life is change and death is an eternal stasis.
So the state of mind at the moment of death, which is formed by the thoughts and actions of one`s everyday life, determines their eternal place in the world of the afterlife. That place, no matter how uncomfortable or difficult a place it is, cannot be easily changed. The world of the dead is a world of vibrations or frequency, and has a perfectly matched place for the frequency of every single spirit. With this in mind, imagine a 20-watt light bulb suddenly being given 200 watts of electricity. What would happen? It would burn out or explode. Similarly, in the spirit world, if a dark spirit is exposed to the very bright light of a more pleasant space, it would simply cause aggravation and pain. Heaven is a world of the brightest and highest vibration. Ancestors simply cannot be in Heaven if their brightness and frequency don’t match that of Heaven. Many ancestors having finished their earthly lives have no choice but to lead a troubled and painful existence in the afterlife, if that was what they had during their life on earth. The laws of Nature apply to both this world and the world of the dead. Both worlds operate according to Nature’s Law. One harvests what one sows equally. Furthermore, unlike this world, in the world of the dead one receives outcomes in exact accordance with their mind and actions. People think of Hell as an unbearably miserable place far from earth or under the ground. But the truth is, Hell is the painful life of a spirit that remains in this world while carrying the negative thoughts and wrongdoings from their life.
Where are the ancestors? Where is the world of the dead?
Some People think the world of the dead exists in a distant Heaven or Hell somewhere. But really, like two sides of a coin, the invisible world exists in the world where we live, only in another dimension. We just can’t touch or see it. As for our ancestors, they actually exist very close to their descendants. In some ways, death is very much like life but with no physical body. The dead think and worry the same as when they were alive. Although they can’t eat, drink or touch, there are many attributes of the human living experience they carry with them as they go on existing as energy fields, surrounding their descendants and influencing them.
How Ancestors Influence the Living
Descendants carry similar genetic traits as their parents and ancestors from inheriting their blood and flesh. They are similar in not only physical features but also character and temperament. This means that descendants and their ancestors have similar vibrations. As in the expression, “birds of a feather flock together”, ancestors and their descendants resemble each other and resonate in each other’s vibrations easily. This attraction and connection through vibration is how ancestors can influence their descendants so greatly.
We inherit our blood and flesh from our parents who received theirs from their parents, and on and on. About a quarter of our genetic vibration and traits resembles that of our grandparents. Because of this, ancestors’ vibration can be closely interconnected with their descendants and greatly influence them in an unseen and unrecognized ways.
Many suffer from similar illness to that of their ancestors. For example, one who suffers from liver disease is likely to have an ancestor who died from a liver problem, or someone suffering from cerebral hemorrhage could possibly have an ancestor who died from a brain disease. In such cases people may just say there is some kind similarity in the history of family illness. However the true reason for descendants suffering from similar inherited illnesses generation to generation needs to be more closely examined and the deeper realities of ancestral connection must be considered.
It’s also possible for people to be influenced by spirits other than their own ancestors, simply due to being connected by similar vibration. This can happen among close friends or lovers, for example, because they are usually deeply in tune with one another.
There are many ancestors, when alive, who had given birth to and raised and loved their descendants with a loving parental heart, wishing and hoping for their descendants’ well-being, and guiding them the right way. They carry on with love for their descendants, guiding them with their love, even though they may suffer in a darkened state due to some sort of troubled mind. This may not be the case for ancestors with negative thoughts or wrongdoing. Some ancestors who died in pain from serious illness, or who still are in a state of shock from a sudden death, who committed suicide, or who committed crime or wicked acts may actually interfere with their descendants in order get relief from their pain, negative thoughts and wrongdoing, or try and express their poor situation in some way through there descendants. They do this only because they have no physical bodies and cannot resolve their negative thoughts and wrong doing, or free themselves from the endless, eternal pain they are experiencing.
The dark and troubled spirits are inescapably attracted like a magnet to their descendants because the vibration is similar to theirs. These ancestral spirits cry for help as they are in great pain. Even worse, some enter their descendants’ bodies. This is spiritual interference. People have unknowingly described this situation as feeling like being “captured by something.”
These low level spirits have a turbid and cold energy body carrying vibrations of a dark mind, pain, anguish, attachment and/or grievance. So when these ancestors tune closely into their descendants and connect with them, the descendants become physically sick or mentally troubled, and can lose self-confidence. It’s like a weak tree growing in the shade. Everyone has the right to be free in life, but one who is captured by dark and troubled ancestors falls into mental confusion losing his/her own will and self.
A person`s mental and physical state is instrumental in allowing spiritual interference. this also means that one`s mental and physical state can make spiritual interference impossible. The human body is constantly emanating life energy. This is the aura. When one is healthy and happy, the invisible aura is strong and impenetrable. In that case, ancestral spirits with dark energy bodies cannot tune into and connect with descendants as their strong aura is too unbearably bright for them. On the other hand, when one is in pain and gloomy, their aura becomes weak, cracked and opens the way for the influence of dark and troubled ancestors. Dark spirits with a similar vibration to their descendants can then influence the descendant`s mind and body. Dark and troubled spirits sometimes try to find a way into a descendant by interfering with their business or creating sudden accidents. The following are symptoms of spiritual interference. These symptoms do not necessarily mean one has a case of spiritual interference, but if one has many of these symptoms it may well be so.
- Loss of self-confidence
- Lack of interest in life
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Negative and critical attitude
- Depression, irritability, need for isolation
- Social sensitivity or social phobia
- Inability to study or concentrate
- Troubled dreams
- Insomnia or remaining tired even after sleeping
- Acting too young or too old for one`s age
- Unclear medical diagnosis of symptoms
- Suffering from visual and/or auditory hallucinations
- Periods of unclear thinking and talking nonsense
- Obsession with spiritual practice
Moreover, more than 70% of crimes and accidents are manifestations of the interference of spirits. This is commonly caused by the invisible world, but people don’t realize the fact that they are suffering from ancestral influences. It’s not something widely understood, and in fact, to bring something like this up usually causes ridicule more than any kind of understanding. Someone being influenced by the interference of a spirit finds it difficult to live by their own will, and this is also often misunderstood. Their life becomes a vicious cycle of suffering, like falling into an inescapable swamp. They cannot achieve anything by their own efforts, they experience failure and sadness, and can wind up in disbelief in life.
Separation, Purification, and Ascension of Ancestral Spirits
The wrongdoing and negative thoughts of ancestors are generally inherited by following generations. Karma and negative thoughts are accumulated from one generation to the next, and can become unbearable for descendants. There is a spiritual practice that we offer which respects the ancestors. It purifies their karma and releases the their negative thoughts. This is a way of breaking away from passing on a burden to the next of kin, and leaves descendants a heritage of love and positive guidance from ancestors who are empowered and ascended to a higher level.
Ki Fitness America provides a training method that purifies suffering ancestors from negative thoughts and wrongdoing and leads them to the proper place for them; Paradise of Heaven, and leads them away from the material Earth plane, where they are stuck. This method, we call Ancestor Training, or the Separation, Purification, and Ascension of Ancestral Spirits, or “Chundoshik” is a spiritual training method which purifies spirit bodies with “Cheonhwa” (“Heaven’s fire”) and then leads them to Paradise through use of “Yulyeo,” a kind of language, specific for this event.
Because a spirit has no physical body it is incredibly difficult for it to cultivate its mind and change itself for the better. As mentioned before, people can change and evolve only while alive because they are in the state of body, mind and spirit unified together. A spirit, unified with a body can complete its enlightenment and freedom from worldly attachments only while physically and properly in the world, but through the use of their descendant`s body during the Ancestral Training period, they have the rare opportunity to be emancipated from worldly attachments and karma.
The Purification Training method purifies ancestors` negative feelings and wrongdoing accumulated during their lifetimes and leads them to Paradise, delivered from their painful existence. This is a filial duty which all descendants should practice for their ancestors and is also a way of clearing a family`s inherited negative karma, physical, situational, and emotional. Through this purification process, one clears one`s own energy environment and empowers one`s guiding spirits.
Separation, Purification, and Ascension heals one`s roots and also gives a truly precious gift to one’s descendants. While uncultivated spirits cause trouble for descendants from generation to generation, the cultivated ancestors in Paradise are empowered to help and guide their descendants, creating an environment for them to accomplish things in life by their own efforts. We believe Separation, Purification, and Ascension is the greatest gift that people can give to themselves and their family.
Like the healthy roots of a plant producing good fruits, cultivating one`s ancestors strengthens the roots of one`s being and family. There are other methods at present for appeasing spirits through prayer and offerings. Some existing ceremonies for ancestors are conducted repeatedly every year. But the question is, why would once purified spirits need a ceremony repeated every year? The reason is that existing ceremonies are only a temporary appeasement for the ancestors and do not contribute to their actual purification and deliverance. Real emancipation, however, is something that only needs to happen once. Purified ancestors do not darken again. At best, what is needed is further cultivation and purification, but not re-purification. The non-material world of spirit is a world of vibration. As it is a world of waves, there are no, and can be no deception or mistakes. Uncultivated ancestors with unclean energy bodies cannot enter into Heaven, the world of pure vibration. No matter how sincerely a person prays or offers good food for the purification of spirits, if the energy body of a spirit is not purified completely, deliverance will not happen. According to natural law, the ancestors who lived their earthly lives with a good and childlike heart, and cleansed negative karma with a good and virtuous mind and good behavior can enter into Paradise without any purification ceremony, because in the afterlife, one exists according to their actions and who they have become.
This highly unusual and remarkable purification of ancestors purifies with the use of what is called Cheonhwa” and “Yullyeo,” which have the power to lead the purified to Paradise. “Cheonhwa” and “Yullyeo,” the two axes that together create the physical universe, are LIGHT and SOUND. A spirit exists as waves of light. Therefore, nothing but light (ki) can cleanse and purify an energy body. When it acts as Heaven light, it’s called “Cheon-ki” (“Heaven Ki”). When it acts as Heaven fire, it’s called “Cheonhwa” (“heaven fire”). These are names to show two different characteristics of the same substance. Purified spirits have energy bodies and consciousness. While the energy body of a spirit is purified with Cheonhwa, it also receives the power of Yullyeo, a balanced sound used to uplift its consciousness. Yullyeo is a Heavenly language, and the essential language that creates. Yullyeo also has harmonizing power that can tune spirits to resonate with cosmic consciousness and become acceptable with the frequency of Heaven.
The Oneness Symbol and Cheonmun
The Oneness Symbol and Cheonmun make it possible to provide Cheonhwa (Heaven Fire) and Yullyeo (Heaven Sound). The Oneness Symbol is a cloisonne disk, that holds the energy of the mind of the universe and law of nature in a representation of the universe. The Oneness Symbol is tuned into the frequency of Heaven, the foundation of life, and emanates Cheonhwa, as the original vital energy. Cheonmun (“Heaven words”) are phonetic words in which Yullyeo inherent with the law of Great Nature have been translated into human vocal sounds. When a person receives Cheonmun, by focusing and tuning into the Cheonmun sounds, he/she can have implanted within their being, Heaven`s creative force.
The Oneness Symbol and Cheonmun, are the medium to transmit Cheonhwa and Yullyeo onto the earth and act as a kind of a receiving antenna. Just as an antenna receives sounds and images sent from a broadcasting station, the Oneness Symbol receives Cheonhwa and Cheonmun receives Yullyeo.
Reporting and Separation
The ceremony and training period of Separation, Purification, and Ascension takes 24 days. The first day is the Reporting Ceremony. Two days later is a Separation Ceremony. The purpose of the period between the first day of the ritual and the Separation Ceremony on the third day is to notify and give the ancestors time to prepare to leave their descendant’s bodies. Some dark and troubled ancestral spirits who cannot comprehend a better world than their present situation do not want to leave their descendants` bodies. These spirits can cause trouble, or make their descendants suddenly doubt the process. So the one who offers the ceremony should keep this fact clearly in mind and always try to be patient and enduring of anything that occurs during the period of the ceremonies. Separation (Jeryeong) refers to the separation of ancestors who are attached in some way to their earthly experience and their descendants`bodies.
The following 21 days is the period in which the ancestors are purified. There are two Purification Ceremonies that take place within this time. This is the time to clear ancestors` negative thoughts and wrongdoing through the descendants` mind and body and brighten their light. Since the ancestors without physical bodies cannot cultivate by themselves, during the 21 days of purification they train and cultivate themselves through their descendants` mind and body, clearing and releasing wrongdoing and negative thoughts accumulated during their lifetimes.
During the purification time the ancestors’ state of mind, body, and karma are projected on to the descendants` minds and bodies. This means that for a period they can experience similar symptoms of illness of which the ancestors had, or feel their emotional pain and troubled minds. But in many cases, the ancestors are very happy and contented with the ceremonies, and descendants` may also feel their joy and happiness. Since all wrongdoing and negative thoughts are cleared and released when going through this process, even if it is hard and painful, descendants should do their best to stay focused and on track and be patient and enduring for their ancestors, remembering that it’s a relatively short time, considering its great value.
The last day of the ritual is the Ascension Ceremony. Ascension to Paradise leads the wandering ancestors into Paradise, their original home. Separation, Purification, and Ascension is the primary form of spiritual practice and respect for ancestors at the Ki Energy Center. We also conduct ceremonies for special circumstances for ancestors lasting 49 and 100 days.
Separation of Spirits
1st Ancestor Purification Ceremony
2nd Ancestor Purification Ceremony
Ceremony for Deliverance to Paradise of Heaven
Many people experience surprising effects from this kind of cleansing of energy. It is conducted for each family line, with 8 lines in all for each unmarried individual. During the period of purification, one’s illness can sometimes become more aggravated or a weakness in the body or mind can reappear or become weaker. This is a phenomenon of experiencing the same symptoms of illness that the ancestors had in their lifetime, (which is also latently what the descendant has inherited.) This happens so that the ancestral karma can be cleared. It’s a normal occurrence of the clearing process. In such cases, one should be patient and consider this part of the necessary process of uprooting one’s illness.
During this period, the descendant receives a lot of Heaven ki, and doing their best with sincere effort for the ancestors is highly recommended. If one thinks deeply about what this actually is and means, one will realize that this is a profound way of saving humanity, by recovering the spirit and health of people and their families. It’s a rare window of opportunity for the descendant and ancestors to have this experience and it’s an incredibly valuable way of helping people at the root in the spirit world.
Initially, acute spiritual interference causes a temporary mental disturbance, not a physical illness. This is why some patients will come out of the Doctor’s office with no prescribed symptoms. But as time passes, the body will adopt the energy, manifesting physical symptoms as well. After going through Ancestor training, a person can begin to more effectively recover from an illness. But the longer one lives with it, the more the body becomes accustomed to the mind of the illness, as well as the physical manifestations of it. Once cleared of the spiritual influence, the body needs time and energy for the damaged inner system to recover and create new cells and normalize the functions of the body. The time it took to develop an illness needs to be considered. If it took several years for a body to develop physical symptoms, we can’t expect the body to get healthy overnight after doing the Ancestor Training. It wouldn’t be natural. Ki Energy follows the laws of nature and it takes time for a damaged energy system to heal and then manifest good health on a cellular level. After completing Ancestor Training, it is very effective to practice Ki Energy Training, or receive Ki Energy Treatments to help support the body and mind in adjusting and recovering itself.
Our ancestors are the unseen supporters of our lives. To purify and brighten one’s ancestors is to empower them, and in turn empower yourself. Just as strong roots produce good flowers and fruits, empowered ancestors become guiding unseen supporters, leading their descendants in right and supportive ways. People say that Heaven gives blessings. But in fact, it’s the ancestors with the permission of Heaven that grant blessings to their descendants. Assisting ancestors to ascend to higher levels actually creates blessing for one’s self. This is a way of breaking inherited patterns and passing on a burden to the next of kin. The purified invisible environment allows descendants to accomplish their endeavors and have a life worth living. The guidance and love of purified Ancestors extends to following generations, so, after spiritual practice and respect for Ancestors, one can have a fruitful life along with the purified energy of their home and gradual recovery from mental and physical illness and troubles caused by spiritual interference.
Questions & Answers
All life grows and changes only when it exists as a yin and yang union. This is a law of nature. During life, a spirit and body exist in a yin and yang union and are able to change. But death is a state of separation of spirit and body, an unchangeable state. During Cheondosik, Ancestors with no physical bodies use a descendant’s body whose vibration is similar with their’s and are able to change themselves for the better.
During this relatively short 21 day period of purification, Ancestors can ascend to Paradise by using the body of their descendant to release and clear their negative thoughts and wrongdoing which had accumulated through their lifetimes. During this period, a descent should receive a lot of Heaven ki, recite the Cheonmun many times and put in sincere effort for the Ancestors; the more a descendant prays, the better the cultivation their Ancestors will accomplish and the better the place in Paradise they can ascend to. The descendant should be mindful that uncomfortable feelings in body or mind are possible and know that this phenomenon of ancestral karma being cleared will subside eventually once the ceremonies have finished.
Initially, acute spiritual interference causes a temporary mental disturbance, not a physical illness. This is why some patients will come out of the Doctor’s office with no prescribed symptoms. But as time passes, the body will adopt the energy, manifesting physical symptoms as well. After going through Ancestor training, a person can begin to more effectively recover from an illness. But the longer one lives with it, the more the body becomes accustomed to the patters of the illness, both physical and emotional. Once cleared of the spiritual influence, the body needs time and energy for the damaged inner system to recover and create new cells. The time it took to develop an illness needs to be considered. If it took several years for a body to develop physical symptoms, we can’t expect the body to get healthy overnight after doing the Ancestor Training. Ki Energy follows the laws of nature and it takes time for a damaged energy system to heal and manifest good health on a cellular level. After completing Ancestor Training, it is very effective to practice Ki training or receive Ki Energy Treatments to help the body and mind in recovering itself.
The Benefits or Spiritual Practice and Respect for Ancestors
One can expect the following benefits from practicing spiritual practice and respect for the Ancestors.
Filial Duty for Ancestors
This Spiritual Practice and Respect for Ancestors is the best thing one can do for deceased parents and Ancestors who gave birth and spent their lives raising and caring for their children. It is a most urgent and important filial duty to guide Ancestors wandering in a world of darkness to eternal life in Paradise, so they can have peace and happiness.
Ancestors As Unseen Supporters
To purify and brighten one’s Ancestors is to empower them. Just as strong roots produce good flowers and fruits, empowered Ancestors become guiding spirits, unseen supporters, leading and guiding their descendants in the right way.
A Great Heritage for Descendants
The wrongdoing and unresolved negative thoughts of ancestors are generally inherited by following generations. Karma and negative thoughts are accumulated from one generation to the next,and will become unbearable for descendants if not resolved or cleared. Spiritual practice and respect for ancestors purifies karma and releases the ancestors’ negative thoughts. This is a way of breaking away from passing on a burden to the next of kin, and leaves descendants a heritage of love and positive guidance from their ancestors who are empowered and ascended to a higher level. People say that Heaven gives blessings. But in fact, it’s the Ancestors with the permission of Heaven that grant blessings to their descendants. Assisting Ancestors to ascend to higher level also creates blessings for oneself.
Life Accomplished According to One’s Effort
Staying in a clean and purified place, Ancestors are peaceful and do not need to ask for help for any painful situation or harm their descendants by getting near them. The vibration of Ancestors which had influenced descendants becomes clean and pure whether the descendants realize it or not. The purified invisible environment allows descendants to accomplish their endeavors and have a life worth living. The guidance and love of purified Ancestors extends to following generations. So, after spiritual practice and respect for Ancestors, one can have a fruitful life along with the purified energy of their home and gradual recovery from mental and physical illness and troubles caused by spiritual interference.