The veil is thin. The boundary between the here and the there is sparse. Can you hear any sound? Can you feel a touch? Is there anybody out there? Welcome to Halloween.
Halloween has been hijacked by the commercialism that surrounds so much, which is a shame. But there might be a little more to this than treats that go bump in the collection pot.
Samhain, all hallows’ eve, all saints’ day and all souls’ day, are, among other things, all times of remembrance. In a week or so the UK will have Remembrance Sunday when those who fought and fell in armed conflict will be remembered. It seems this is a time for remembering and holding close those who have departed. A time to reach out in prayer, in thought and in thanks to those who are gone and have passed beyond the veil, the thin veil.
It is said that thin places are where the boundary between the physical world and the spiritual world is small. Thin places are where you can feel close to whatever lies beyond.1 I would suggest that today, and the next few days, are thin times. Moments when we can feel closer to those who have passed.
Take a moment to remember those who are no longer with us, family, friends and others. In your journal, write a note or passage, about them. Give thanks for them, perhaps even ask them to watch over you or offer a prayer for you. Everything that has been, has led to this moment and to your existence.
Give thanks, this thin time.
1 The more I read about quantum states, multiverses and theoretical physics, the more I think there could be something in this.