In the stillness, in the quiet, the ancestors whisper to us. They stand behind us, reminding us that we are exactly where we need to be. They reach out to us in memories and ancient stories. The telling is even in the trees and the earth upon which they once stood. Go there now, physically or in your mind’s eye, and remember.
Today is Samhain, the Celtic holy day in which the dead are remembered as the veil between worlds is at its thinnest. Many other cultures celebrate the dead, their ancestors around this time of year. There is Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead or Pchum Ben a Cambodian remembrance of the ancestors. As we move into winter there is a falling away and we are reminded of those who have fallen away from this life.
Sometimes we feel as though we ought to be further along our path or should have healed by now. Our loved ones who have walked beyond the veil and our distant ancestors who pierce our lives from time to time exist beyond space and time. They no longer share this amazing experience of living on the edge of creation. It seems their most important message is to just be where you are. Caught in time and space we forget to just be in the moment, standing where we are standing, being who we are. Somehow we believe there is always somewhere else or someone else to be.
We reach for perfection and the beloved dead reach out to remind us that it is already perfect. Just sit beneath a tree they say and let the sound of the wind through the branches stir your heart. Feel the sunlight warm your skin and let the sky expand your consciousness. Our beloved dead are everywhere, but we are here, exactly where we need to be. For it is from here they can speak to us and be with us.
On this Hallows Eve, give your beloved dead and your ancestors the gift of your presence, of being fully you and fully in the moment. Through you they remember who they were. Through them you remember who you are.
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