Its been a while since my last post and for good reason. A lot has been happening. On the business front I have been searching for my old teachers to give me references for my application to the British Acupuncture Council. I have also had my interview date confirmed for 15th November which sounds as if I’m going to have all my final exams squeezed into the space of 1.5 hours so I am putting a lot of promotion on hold and revising for these next two weeks. But before then it is Halloween and I intend to be celebrating in style!
A lot of people express surprise at the idea of celebrating Halloween, especially as a healer. Surely a celebration of all things dead and morbid should be the antithesis of what our lives are about but this is in fact a gross distortion of the role of the healer. In the past many shaman got their healing abilities through having close connections with the world of the dead and would travel to these worlds to rescue a person’s soul that was about to cross over in order to heal them. Many gods of death were also the patron god’s of medicine, Baron Samedhi of the Vodun faith is one prime example of this and Mictlantecuhtli of the Aztec pantheon was another. Heraclitus also made the paradoxical association that Hades, god of death, and Dionysus, the indestructible force of life, were in fact opposite sides of the same being. These gods were seen as standing at the crossroads and appeals to them would be made in the hope they would turn a loved one’s soul back. Stories of a descent into the underworld to rescue a soul that has passed over are a common theme in almost all mythologies, with varying results. Similarly in the Christian faith Jesus’ crossing over and returning to us is his ultimate act of triumph over death, greater than all his healing miracles beforehand. For this reason I think it is not only appropriate for a healer to celebrate Halloween but that we should celebrate it like no other holiday. The impermanence of life and the mystery of death are at the heart of all religions making a celebration dedicated to these principles the most poignant of all festivals and the time when the two worlds are supposed to be closest is a time that harks back to the very earliest healers who would use this time to cross over themselves and work miracles. A healer who has forgotten this is quite possibly going down the route of the alchemical folly of trying to live forever. Our aim is to give quality of life while we can, not to make men immortal.
And perhaps I just like to dress up and party. So to anyone reading this, happy Halloween and I hope you have a great time.