Happy Samhain. This is the Celtic festival of endings and new beginnings. It's the end of Harvest season and the beginning of going inwards for winter. It is said that the veil between the worlds (this one and "other" worlds) is thin at this time of year, October 31 and November 1. And therefore, it's a great time to put out prayers to the Spirit realm, especially for your hopes and dreams for new beginnings. It's also a great time to connect with the spirit of those who've passed from this lifetime as they're more likely to "hear" you.
It was fun for me to teach on this for the first time last night. I could really feel it in the room. We had a small group because of Halloween. When we started, there was tremendous activity out on the Arcata Plaza as all the little kiddies and their parents were Trick or Treating in costume around the plaza shops. There was also a live band on the grass. And yet in our classroom above the mayhem, we felt the absence of many missing students and the impending darkness and quiet after the festivities that ended shortly after we began.
I told the students about Samhain and asked them to consider anyone who's passed who they wanted to offer their practice to, or any prayers they wanted to send out for this new season. I talked about how yoga makes us more sensitive; more aware of our selves and each other and the other energies in our environment. So clairvoyance is a natural gift that some have, but I believe we can all develop it through our practice. And especially at this window of the year, we may be able to see more clearly, to sense energy and to engage with it. So we practiced opening our senses and tuning in and making prayers and offerings.
The intention in the room was palpable.