October is my favorite month, with it’s early darkness and heavy mist. The colors, the smells, the coolness of the air; all these things bring me to a place of remembrance. Not the remembrance of old times, but the remembrance of people who have have passed from life, into the world of Spirit. With the fullness of Autumns embrace, the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead grows thin, becoming sheer and transparent, allowing those who have even the slightest bit of sight to catch glimpses of the other world.
In my home, as in the homes of my family; the approach of Samhain/Halloween, is invitation to celebrate our Beloved Dead. Photographs and memento’s that remind us of our family in Spirit come out, to be displayed with honor and thankfulness. Remembering these people, who walked the path before me, gives me a sense of place, and fills me with a sacred melancholy.
Sacred Melancholy, is a deep sadness or feeling of loss. It is a romantic feeling really, one that fills us with yearning and remembrance. It is something to appreciate and immerse oneself in, for it holds great depths of knowing. When we allow ourselves to connect with that feeling of loss, it is not the same as being depressed and suffering, but more a tender reminder of times past…like savoring the memory of a lovers goodbye kiss…there is a wonderment in the remembering itself.
As a Medium, I am fortunate to have communication with the Spirits I love, often. I do not need to wait for Holy days, such as Samhain/Halloween, to feel their presence, yet I still go through the effort of giving them honor at this time. I do this because they appreciate being remembered.
We are living in a time of awakening, a time in which we are finding our way back to the ways practiced by our elders, ancestors and tribal communities, for they have merit. We are remembering that we remain connected to our beloved ones, even after they have crossed into death. Our minds and hearts are opening, and we are seeking space for visitation. When we give them honor, they will come.
It is true, that some people are more adept at feeling them, seeing them, sensing them, but they come for all of us, and they are thankful.