Samhain, Halloween and Death

Death is only a passage into another realm.

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death.

It is said that Samhain is the time of the year where the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead is rather thin, allowing us access and connection with the unseen mysteries… It is a time in between, between the summer and the winter, between the seen world of form and the unseen world of spirit.

Our ancestors are calling, they want to be recognized, they want to be remembered and they want to be honored… Who we are today is intimately related to who have been before us.

Death is only a passage into another realm, a realm where form vanishes.

Existence has no end, only form is transformed through the processes of putrefaction and/or calcification, in which by fire form is transmuted into ashes before its final dissolution into another realm – the phoenix is rising.

Death is a transition. Evidently death is one of the most fearful passage we have to make in our life, the ultimate and the last. It scares all of us as we identify with the body, believing we are the body and therefore when it dies we disappear. Even for those of us who believe that existence continues after death, the dread is still present. There is a deeply engrained cultural fear of death that we all share unconsciously. The fear of death is the ultimate and primordial fear, one that takes many forms in the course of our life as the fear to loose a relationship, the fear to loose a job, the fear to change in any way.

The souls that have passed are resting in the Bardo, the world between death and rebirth, also known as the Womb of Creation. Many souls are there awaiting and eventually wandering, some are lost with no sense of direction. They have their personal transformation work to do. Without a physical form to solidify the experience into the earth plan and without a manifested world to be reflected upon evolution can be most difficult.

Light is the only guiding force in the Bardo, in the dark womb of creation. We are the light, we are stars rapped in skin! The light is what remains. In the course of a lifetime we toughen our skin believing we are form and matter. We become dense and more dense. We let negative thoughts and feelings define us… We contract and our light dims… deeply hidden in the form.

To return to our true essence as light we must put ourselves into a purification process where the falsehood is revealed and dropped layer by layer. This purification process is done by recognizing our limiting feelings and thoughts and allowing them to be burned in the fire of our awareness with friendliness and unconditional acceptance. In this process we return to the true nature of our soul which is unconditional love.

Love and Light are mere synonyms of our true nature. Two seemingly different manifestations of the One Self that dwells in the heart.

Returning to our true nature as light and love is the evolutionary work we are called to do during our lifetime so that after death, in the other realm where darkness prevails as we are deprived from eyes to see and ears to hear, we continue to shine the light of an enlightened mind.

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