It’s Halloween — aka Samhain, All Hallowed Eve, and others. What we think of as a time for kids to dress up and threaten tricks for candy is much more than that to a lot of people. For centuries, in the northern hemisphere, it’s been seen as a time when the movement toward the world of the dead was possible. The veil thins, and we are able to connect with our ancestors who generally only live in our memories.
Whatever your take on this, perhaps we can all do with some reflection on where we’ve come from. Perhaps we could all take a few minutes to think about how that history (and the history of those who paved the way for us) has given us the opportunity to live the lives we have now. We don’t have to believe in spirits to learn from our ancestors. We don’t have to attend a seance to hear their messages — what they wanted for us.
Of course, we don’t have to reserve any of this for Halloween either. That said, I can’t think of a better time of year to be reminded.