"Some native traditions see ancestor spirits (family members and friends who are no longer living) as important teachers of detachment because they have faced the process of letting go and of experiencing the ultimate unknown, death. Indigenous peoples believe that these spirits literally stand behind us to support us in our life dream and purpose. The majority of shamanic traditions believe that the male ancestor spirits stand behind us on the right side of the body, and the female ancestor spirits stand behind us on the left side of the body. They believe that the ancestor spirits are invested in seeing that the current generations and the generations to come fulfill their dreams or life purpose."
– Angeles Arrien