Halloween and the Thin Places
By Patty Schaller
On Halloween, everybody loves to have a good shiver, knowing that in actuality they are perfectly safe. But there are places in the world where the shivers continue all year long.
Halloween traces its lineage back 2,000 years, a time for the people of Ireland, England, and Northern France, or the Celts, to mark the ending of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold time of winter. It was believed to be a time when the veil between this world and the next grew thinner, enabling spirits from eternity to cross into this world for good or not-so-good reasons. The bonfires the Celtic people built at that time were supposed to ward off the evil spirits who were able to slip through.
When the Roman Catholics invaded and began taking away the beliefs of the ancient people and replacing them with Christianity, they used this special time of the year to celebrate the feast of All Saints, a kind of catch-all day for those saints who did not have their own special day. The day before the feast was called All Hallows’ Eve. This name eventually became Halloween. And on that evening, the “veil” between worlds is the thinnest.
Even today, in these “thin places,” sensitive persons can feel the presence of the vibrations of eternity, and those who dwell there. As one who crosses this veil on a daily basis, I can tell you the experience is one of deep reverence and love. As for the “evil” spirits of legend, I can only quote the Universal Law that says, “Like Attracts Like.” If one approaches a “thin place” experience for enlightenment, this is what they get. If one has mischief in his heart, there will always be someone of like mind attracted to him.
Thin Places exist all over the world. On this Halloween, be aware of where you go, keep your heart pure, and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to experience one.