As noted in the previous blog post, this past weekend, the end of October, was the time of the ancient celebration of Samhain (pronounced “Sah-win”), observed by Pagans and others around the world. Samhain is the root of our modern religious celebration of All Saints Day, and the secular holiday of Halloween. It marks the end of the harvest and the start of the coldest half of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere), and some consider it to be a “spiritual new year”.
In addition, because it is believed that Samhain is when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is at its thinnest, at this time we also honor and remember our departed ancestors. But not only that. As I explained in my sermon at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Franklin NH last Sunday, we can also connect directly with them, with their spirit, because the love we have with them keeps their spirit close by when we call upon them.
This is not just my belief, it’s also the EXPERIENCE I’ve had with my Dad, over the past 30 years since he died. I wanted so much to stay connected with him, but didn’t quite know how. Then, a wise healer came along and taught me a fairly simple technique: starting with a photograph of my father and some deep breaths to quiet my mind. From there, I begin to get a strong visual image of him inside me, see him in my mind, greet him, and then invite him to be with me. Then, I wait until I feel his presence. And I do. Then, I just talk with him, normally. Then…and this is the key – stop, and listen. I listen for a response, and he does respond. Now I don’t always hear his actual voice; it’s often more like images that are auditory, as if the deepest part of me were a microphone. This technique really works. He and I converse quite a bit this way. He’s become my main spirit guide, and has helped me so much over the years.
I ask him a lot of questions, about whatever is going on – about relationships, work, home, etc. What should I do about More