It may surprise you to know that Vodou is one of the most holistic and healing of spiritual traditions. We turn to God the Divine Spirits for strength, insight, illumination, and clarity on any issues we are struggling with; all needed to begin the healing process for ourselves and those we serve on behalf of Spirit. We perceive all traumatic and painful experiences are indeed spiritual in nature and therefore, the solutions must include spiritual approaches and remedies.
Prayers, rituals and sacred space to commune with our spirits is a daily priority. This strengthens our connection, faith and attunement. This also allows the Divine walk before us to help make any “crooked places” straight on our path. Even during the darkest hours of our lives, and the most excruciatingly painful experiences, our faith comes before all to weather those storms.
Wounds often turn us toward spirit. We often say, “be grateful for those wounds that connect you to Spirit.” We believe those life changing, heart wrenching and painful episodes of our lives are all by “design.” They may have occurred to shine a spotlight in our life’s path, or teaching us lessons we must master, or to elevate and evolve our consciousness, or redirecting our path for something more aligned with our soul. Whatever the overall reason is, we grow through these lessons as they are our greatest teachers, and simultaneously strengthen our connection to God and the Divine Spirits.
This doesn’t always provide comfort to those enduring their darkest hours however. We are deeply sensitive to how crushing and devastating these experiences can be. We spend a great deal of our
spiritual practice at Erzulie’s Voodoo assisting those whom seek our help with detecting the root causes of a painful situation and illuminate how we would approach that healing process in the Vodou tradition. If you are struggling with a painful situation and need help with the overwhelming emotions, confusion or grief, we have loving, caring, compassionate and highly experienced practitioners to assist you with any spiritual counseling or spiritual healing remedies to set you on your path to recovery.
This page on spiritual healing, empowerment, healing from trauma and spiritual recovery was designed to offer an easier reference on these deep, complicated dynamics and the ancient spiritual beliefs about coping with the emotional pain and spiritual turbulence. We assembled our most popular and relevant social media memes to offer an introduction or quick reference on how we encourage you to view these difficult and dark times from a spiritual perspective.
Each image was created and designed by the
Root Queen (the owner) herself, using her images, film, photos and artwork she has personally painted over the years. Once she is done with the image selection to go with the message that “pops in her head that day,” she finishes the rest of the graphics and artwork for social media and then writes the spiritual message to post. Her goal is to provide support, knowledge and to help “make the inconceivable, more comprehensible.” She says this is part of her “Prayer Time and Spirit Time” each morning and overall life’s work; to bring healing and awareness to anyone who is suffering to connect them to the power of the Vodou spirits and explore deeply held spiritual truths and empowerment. If you are not part of our social media, please join us (links above and below) as she posts messages quite often and they are always very illuminating.
We do hope the pieces we selected on this page help you seek comfort, wisdom and brings more spiritual awareness in your life when dealing with a heartbreaking crisis. Scroll down to learn more about spiritual healing, empowerment, healing from trauma and spiritual recovery concepts!
Posted Jan. 2017 ~ The beginning of a New Year is always a good time to examine your boundaries…saying “NO” may make certain people angry, but it will set you free…stop pleasing people at your emotional expense…if they get angry at your boundaries, they’re the problem! Posted Feb. 2017 ~ Awareness is the greatest agent of change! For many, the recent Lunar Eclipse has illuminated the areas in our lives shrouded in deception, denial, addictions and other deep, unresolved, negative issues. Once spirit has exposed a serious misalignment, whether it be about ourselves or the hidden truths about someone you love, it can no longer be denied. There is no un-ringing that bell. There is no “drinking it away,” “ignoring it,” “escaping it,” “not wanting to deal with it,” “compartmentalizing it,” “wearing masks,” or “pretending” it does not exist. While hard, painful and heartbreaking, accepting any truth revealed is the ONLY way one heals and releases such crippling energies in their lives. It forces you to confront and heal from the wounds within you, which is drawing such harmful, hurtful or negative aspects. You STOP attracting certain people or repetitive scenarios once you heal those parts of you. None of which can be done by pretending….honor your soul, embrace the awareness and surrender to the truth, it will set you free! You are worth it, more than worth it! Posted July 2017 ~ A simple Sumi-e painting I did during my sunrise morning meditation/prayer time today…my mind was filled with noise, chatter and rumination…so I felt I needed emptiness, space, peace, quiet…so I painted some, the best I could do, using some new sky blue Sumi-e ink…and it reminded me of something I read not to long ago…and from that point on, it’s been such a peaceful day…in hopes this brings you a little peace today too. Posted Feb. 2018 ~ For you on Valentine’s Day…many of us don’t love ourselves enough…we’re always searching for “that person” to do it. As if coming from another person it has more value and somehow, more valid. This is one of the many distorted beliefs found in our disconnected, modern society. That person you’re seeking is right here, in your mirror. Love YOU more…fall in love with everything that is amazing, beautiful and glorious about that person. All that love you so freely give to others? GIve it to yourself. Happy Valentine’s Day to the loves of my life, that make my day, everyday, which is all of you! Much love! Posted May 2017 ~ Let no one break your spirit, you must fight through all those who wish to see you fail…personally, my approach has always been to unwaveringly give them nothing: no tears, no response, no discussion and no satisfaction of seeing you affected by their nonsense. They get nothing. You stand your ground and hold firm to the position you have already won! “I will bend, but I will not bow!” This street art behind the message is from Buenos Aires and just for you! What is it that ignites you? And, does your current life reflect this? If not, you have to keep it moving toward that direction. This is the time to reconnect to what your soul is telling you; take some time to sit still and examine your situation. Does this match how your soul feels? Quiet the mind, without your narratives, the story you tell yourself, without the fears, without the comfortable familiar, without others’ expectations playing in your head, or any other distractions you’ve cultivated to avoid the numbness and listen to your soul. Create the space for what you need, crave and dream. Posted May 2019 ~ Your life changes dramatically when you align with your soul. Posted May 2019 ~ Sharing my magical rainbow (Ayida-Weddo to us in the Vodou) with all of you tonight and all the promises from spirit it brings…the beautiful calm after the storm, reminding us after the darkness, there is always light and, to trust that after each ending, a beautiful new beginning awaits you…Alafia! Posted Jan 2018 ~ We often create far more pain for ourselves with this addiction known as “attachment.” We love to impose our perceptions onto others of how “it should be,” how “it’s going to be” or how “I’ll make it be” to the point of self imposed emotional injury. There comes a time in certain relationships you have to simply LET GO…just let go…accept what is happening and see what sticks…you can’t beg anyone to stay, or convince them to want you, or emotionally blackmail them to deal with you; stop all that demeaning nonsense now. Give people space, time, freedom to roam, sort out their issues, with dignity, not desperation. You focus on you and your needs during this time. If it’s meant for you, it will always come back into your life, with both arms open ~ accept nothing less! The truth is, life takes us all on some wild journeys but love, true love, always finds its way home. Free yourself from this monster known as attachment and allow what is to be…you are the prize…never forget that! Posted April 2017 ~ Warning shots fired to those who inflict pain, injury or distress in your life…take their energies and use as fuel for your comeback…make yourself leaner, fiercer, disciplined and more focused than ever ~ come back and take what they said you couldn’t have…honor thy divine warrior within and never back down…these setbacks are your comebacks! P.S. those are my famed pink boxing gloves I use in training…haha! Posted Aug. 2018 ~ For anyone committed to making positive or major life changes and need confirmation you are on the right path: you’ll know the moment everything stops being easy! This ties into my beliefs about the spirits or forces of “undoing” that I reference often. It seems the moment you have made major decisions to live the best life for yourself, cut out the driftwood, try to reach a new level or new goals then BOOM: all the peace stealing, chaos causing, undermining and toxic past energies surface. And usually in concentrated clusters. These energies want to deter you and remain stuck in their sad, little world of despair. This is a good sign when it happens, no matter how annoying, exhausting or distracting. It not only reminds you how far you’ve come, but, also confirms you are absolutely on the right path! Thieves don’t steal from empty houses folks, and low level energies know somethng much better is slated for you. Always remember, there is always an equal and opposite reaction energetically to every thought or movement we make. When these forces appear to thwart you, push right through them, these “demons” only surface when they know you’re about to make your greatest breakthrough!!! As they say, you are closest to your victory when you meet your greatest opposition!!! In the Vodou we have many spiritually powerful techniques to remove these energies even faster, so let us know if we can ever assist you! STAY THE COURSE! Posted Dec. 2016 ~ If you want to BE great, ACT GREAT ~ stop asking for permission, explaining yourself or listening to your negative self talk…just do it! It’s YOUR life, live it on YOUR terms. Make this New Year the greatest year ever! Posted Mar. 2017 ~ Feelings are often transient and sometimes illusory…they can keep us attached to certain dynamics or relationships that aren’t always in our best interest…focus on your unwavering sense of self worth, value and what you deserve instead…see how that doesn’t change the shape of your situation, or decisions. Posted Feb. 2017 ~ Preach it! Rock on with your mad hustle and dope soul folks…you are awesome! Posted July 2017 ~ Dignity…no matter the circumstances and, much like honor, you and YOU alone determine your dignity. Dignity ties to your self respect and self esteem and far too many, have far too little. Avoid anyone and any situation that attempts to compromise your standards: the moment they get lowered, the more your self respect and self esteem are diminished. No matter what the situation, whether you are alone, mated, with friends, loved ones or your greatest enemy, only YOU determine your reaction. You are the only one in control of your dignity. Always respond with dignity and honor, for that is the mark of a truly powerful, and, indomitable warrior. Posted Feb. 2017 ~ It’s all sooooo messy…life…love…our hair…you know, the good stuff! Embrace all the twists, turns, lessons and imperfections…that’s called being alive! Posted May 2017 ~ Kick off your week with this intention…see the beauty in everything…starting with YOURSELF…in case you’ve forgotten, you are beautiful and, you are enough! Posted Jan. 2017 ~ For those leaving toxic relationships behind for 2017, there will be a day you’ll feel this…it’s so liberating when those that treated you poorly no longer affect you! A New Year means New Beginnings ~ make this your best year ever! Posted Apr. 2017 ~ No more looking back…you’re not heading in that direction…springtime is all about fresh, new energy and new beginnings in your life…it’s time my brave souls…it’s time to LOVE again… Posted Feb. 2017 ~ Stop chasing the wrong people and choose yourself…those that belong in your life will never have to be chased, begged, negotiated with or all the other myriad manifestations of toxic, unfulfilling or painful attachments. When you stop chasing the wrong things in your life, and start to choose yourself, your dreams, your needs, your goals, and truly value your worth, the right people will chase you. So leave those selfish, unsupportive, disingenuous, addicted, weak, deceptive, immature or unstable souls alone, and honestly, that’s really what they want. If they refuse to meet your efforts due to their low level mentality, they don’t want to be in your life or any fulfilling life for that matter, as that requires growth, reciprocity, courage, and effort…and by leaving your life, they’re giving you exactly what you need: to be FREE of such exhausting distractions, oppressive and destabilizing energies, so you can focus solely on the prize: which is YOU. Posted Mar. 2017 ~ Never pay for ANYTHING with your self-respect: nothing and NOBODY is worth that price…never forget the qualities YOU bring to the table ~ and never fear dining alone when they’re not valued or matched. Posted Feb. 2017 ~ Alone time is sacred…it gives us a chance to reconnect to ourselves, regroup and reset…stop the habit of “busy” and endless distractions…they only serve to divert you from your focus, which is YOU…sit with yourself in solitude each day and watch your life shift for the better! Posted Apr. 2018 ~ What are you coming into agreement with? Are you allowing your fears and doubts to thwart your dreams? Are you accepting the opinions of negative people, “that you can’t possibly”, or “you don’t have that ability” or “you’re too something” or hurling your past mistakes at you to discourage you? What conversations are you allowing in your head or from your inner circle or both? Those thoughts need close examination to build the life you deserve. Stop all that terrifying, discouraging and negative dialogue with a simple, “I don’t come into agreement with that” and watch how fast your life changes. Most of our decisions are based on such inner and external blather, which has no place in your life anymore. Your BEST DAYS are absolutely ahead without this burden. Faith over fear folks, EVERY TIME! Posted Jan. 2017 ~ When changing anything in your life, often, the reasons don’t matter, just the results…just do it! Posted Oct. 2017 ~ Working with some of the amazing Halloween decorations around the French Quarter for our messages this month. My favorite little creepy baby head, perched on a stoop around the corner, reminded me of this Buddha quote…hmmm…wonder what other secrets she holds? Yes, our heads can be a terrible place to dwell, especially when working through anything painful or traumatic…try to disconnect from your mind, turn off the chatter, especially during the grieving process, as it plays tricks on our perception. Always remember, not everything we “think” is true, especially when wounded…but our feelings never betray us…even if you’re feeling crummy, or angry, or sad, or broken…honoring those emotions are part of the healing process, which will set you free! Posted Dec. 2016 ~ Release the past; especially the past anger and hurts…these energies are poison and impeding your new life. Empower yourself now! Posted Sept. 2017 ~ This is also the season for the people in your past trying to re-enter your life and seems to be a recurring theme amongst my clients lately. I wanted to put out a gentle reminder that forgiving them for their reckless and hurtful behavior, which ended the relationship, is very different than restoring them back in your life. You first have to make very sure they aren’t coming back from a place of ill intent; trying to see how well you’ve survived their wreckage, or the comfortable back-up plan when they realize the grass wasn’t much greener afterall, which sadly is often the motivating ego-based factors. Please keep in mind, any type of betrayal or dishonesty demonstrated within the relationship lends towards their fundamental character, and has a high probability of surfacing again without them doing the real, tough, inner work. Forgiveness is always the key to set you free in these scenarios, as forgiveness is for your benefit, but it is not the same as restoring them back in your life, which is for theirs…for they have chosen, through their behavior, to lose that privilege of being seated with you again! Posted July 2017 ~ And on the topic of freedom today, some powerful words from one extraordinary and unapologetic lady, Nina Simone…may you free yourself from the grip of fear and find the sweet release of freedom. Posted Mar. 2017 ~ Set the intention to put yourself and your needs first…stop neglecting yourself, you are not SECOND best, you are THE BEST…commit to honor yourself more…you are the HEAD, not the TAIL…you are ABOVE not BENEATH, you can BEND, but you will not BOW!!! Posted July 2018 ~ In case you forgot…you have the power to do, feel or be anything you wish…stop giving others the power to control your life, emotions, time, value, happiness, progress, success and worth…that power solely rests with you! You are MAGIC ~ never hide or apologize for that fire inside of you…stop giving it away and be the soul you were meant to be…the power is in your hands folks, start using it! Posted Feb. 2017 ~ For my loved ones emotionally struggling: when all else fails, punch your way through, literally! I say this in jest, sorta, as an avid boxer…movement is magic! Don’t underestimate the spiritual power of movement. Movement simultaneously flushes out the stored trauma, layers of grief, negative energies, sadness, depression and all the distress we stockpile in our sacred vessel while revitalizing our entire being of mind, body and soul. Movement strengths your connection, prayers and intercession with your spirits and renews your discipline, focus and determination. The issues are ALWAYS in our tissues, much like they’re ALWAYS in our mind and, in our spirit. Those days you can’t bear the thought of moving are the days YOU NEED to push that energy through the most…counterintuitive and annoying, YES, (nobody wants to hide under the covers and eat cheese puffs more than me, trust me!) but any form of movement is the fastest method to flushing out all that heavy, oppressive energy, fears, terrors, sadness and discouragement that is compounding and destabilizing your precious being and weakening your life force. No true warrior is immune to any of this, but they fight through it anyway. Keep on punching like the CHAMP you are!!! Posted Mar. 2017 ~ Sharing a beautiful view of solitude with you today…it’s moments like these that restore your soul…enjoy… Posted Jan 2017 ~ Such a liberating feeling to no longer be the person you used to be…look how far you’ve come and how much stronger you are! Lose touch with any other person you no longer want to “be” as well ~ make this your best year for growth and improvements in your life! Posted May 2017 ~ Letting go is a process and one of the hardest, often times, most painful things we have to do in life…they say time heals all wounds, but I’m not so sure about that…I think LOVE heals those wounds…try each day to LOVE yourself enough to let go of those regrets, your oozing wounds and those that are already gone…free yourself from the past…your future is waiting… Posted Mar. 2017 ~ For those struggling with a deeply painful or heartbreaking situation, you will get through it stronger than before and, the experience will serve you down the road…no matter how cruel the lesson feels at present…hope this reminder helps. You are my heroes! Posted Sept. 2017 ~ For our loved ones who are struggling with deeply painful situations: losses, grief, heartbreak or betrayal and how to best support them during such a destabilizing, and often, shocking time. I was having this conversation on this very topic earlier today, with one of my dearest family members. I reminded her that everyone’s “language of love” is so different: how they express it, how they empathize, how they show support, even if not quite what we need, lol! In our efforts to support, we inadvertently project our manner of handling a matter, or assume they are processing as we would, or assign our coping skills onto others and often forget, our processing of grief varies drastically. Often, those in such acute agony cannot express all the underlying emotions, the relentless rumination, or articulate the painful feelings swirling around in their minds, which indeed, affect every single reaction, thought or perception in every other area of their lives. Not everything they think, feel or perceive is true either, often it’s the grief talking so try not to correct or remind, instead, be gentle and patient with those suffering around you. There is a certain healing power in your softness during these times; what you feel is best, or what they should be doing is really irrelevant; even with the best of intentions. Sometimes, just sitting quietly with them is all they need. Recovery is NEVER IN A STRAIGHT LINE. Quietly loving them, and honoring their emotions, helps remind them of these truths: “what’s broken can be mended, what hurts can be healed and no matter how dark it is right now, the sun will rise again.” Alafia! Posted July 2017 ~ Oh yes…all those difficult people, toxic relationships, painful experiences and life defining lessons…all that madness made you discover who you are, and what you’re truly made of…cherish the person you found, and love that person first ~ for that’s who you’ll be spending the rest of your life with! A butterfly can never be a caterpillar again! Posted May 2018 ~ I took this photo recently, of a man in a suit, walking on the beach for a while, deep in thought…it had such a profound effect on me since we so rarely see anyone in today’s society not seeking endless distractions, needing attention, snapping non-stop selfies and creating constant noise. None of which will ever fulfill the void in your lives. This man, in his quiet walk of solitude, reminded me how powerful we become when we learn to be alone. Being alone is a central component to loving ourselves, self empowerment and increase faith in our abilities and focus. Most importantly, it allows us to include those in our sacred space based upon love, and not loneliness…which is so often the case. The hardest walk you can take is alone, which is why it makes us the strongest and develops our seat of power.