Wednesday, October 31, 2012
I do not celebrate Halloween. As a child I loved the holiday. I have fond memories of dressing up as a ghost and going door-to-door asking for candy, then coming home and gorging on it. Yet once I became a mother I saw things totally different. My boys probably feel deprived, but I just could not see myself allowing them to go beg for candy from strangers. And besides, that much candy was not good for them, and I didn't want the hassle over when and how much they could eat at any one time. Instead we always had pumpkins to carve. In elementary school they had a class party for which they dressed up. Dressing up was fun. I had no problem with that. And the schools would not allow anything gory--another concern I've always had with Halloween.
In Richard Cohen's book, "A Deep Breath of Life", he explains that the holiday began as a celebration of purification. It originated as the pagan holiday, Samhain, but once Christianity was introduced to the Celts it became known as All Hollows Eve, the night before All Saints Day (November 1st). It was meant to be a time to call forth all the unhealed spirits so they could be blessed and released on All Saints Day.
Cohen asks, "Are there any monsters lurking in the closet of your consciousness? Are you carrying any hidden fear, resentments, or grotesque memories that stalk you in the night? Are you annoyed by any emotional goblins that undermine your relationships? If so, open the door and let them fly away. Call forth the energy of love and healing, and ask God to free you of anything that stands between you and your good."
It's too bad that All Hallows Eve has reverted to being a pagan celebration, in this case, begging for candy and threatening "tricks" on the the person who does not comply. Yes, I know it's all in good fun and hardly anyone plays tricks on people who do not hand out candy. But wouldn't it be better to observe what the day is really all about?
Father, Richard Cohen says, "Shine the light of truth on your basement, and you will have a whole new room to play in." Please help me not to be afraid to open that basement door so that Your Light of Truth can shine on all the lies that may be lurking in my heart and mind.
Link to scripture: http://bible.cc/john/8-12.htm
Take action: Remembering the true meaning of Halloween