When we look at the annual cycle of celebration, ceremony and ritual, this week has a plethora of choices for celebration. Some are secular and others have connections with nature and the planets including another black moon for those in the eastern hemisphere.

There are many celebrations that focus on our relationship with Death, Life after death or darkness.

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They include Halloween, Samhain, All Hallows Eve, (October 31) and All Saints Day and All Souls Day (Nov 1 and 2nd) in the Christian Religion, Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead in Mexico, Latin America, Brazil and Spain.  Have you heard of Hanal Pixán, the local variant celebrated in the Yucatan?

 

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Then there’s the Festival of lights – Diwali observed in late October or early November  by Hindu, Sikh, Janist and Buddhist traditions.  It focuses on bringing  light to the darkness, and celebrates life, its enjoyment and goodness. Diwali in 2016 is on Sunday, October 30, 2016 and will continue to Thursday, November 03, 2016.

One other, rare occurrence happens for people in the Eastern Hemisphere, from the UK to Asia, and Down Under there’s the black moon, October 30/31 the second new moon in a month.  (Those of us in the Western Hemisphere experienced this phenomenon in September). It may sound a bit spooky or daunting, but I always go to the highest octave frequency of anything, and black to me symbolizes the peace of nothingness, of just Being, the mystery of the void and the place of the cosmic ooze of creation.
The newest energies of this golden age of higher consciousness are drawing our attention to the fact, that Oneness is now- indeed a guiding principle in this 10th month that numerologically is a one month of new beginnings. And we are moving into an 11 month.  More on its significance below.

Which of these events call to you?   Perhaps you can choose something that resonates from several and make your own ritual or celebration

If you follow my GinaDianneHarding.com blogs, you will know how much significance I place on the importance of celebrating events in our annual cycle with ritual and ceremony.  Whether you choose to observe or participate, you slow down, focus, get in the flow and connect with ancient wisdom while also  discovering the highest conscious energy and newest import of each occasion.

Although some would say (and I do agree) to let go of the past in this new Golden Era of Inner Transformation, Harmony and Collaboration,  in the case of annual cycles and celebrations  I would suggest focusing on finding the new and asking “whats more” in the symbolic observations, before throwing the baby out with the bathwater. They are an opportunity to connect with the sentient energy in everything and strengthen your Oneness with All That IS.

I’m including a bit of information about some of the celebrations you might be less familiar with and then will offer some ideas for celebration.

Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead and Hanal Pixán,  

In Mexico and Latin America, Brazil and Spain, at the end of October families prepare to welcome the souls of loved ones who have departed this life.  There is actually more than one day for this celebration, In the Yucatan Oct. 31 is dedicated to the children’s souls, Nov. 1 is dedicated to the adults’ souls and Nov. 2  is “Faithful Death Day” (for both children and adults).”  Altars are decorated with traditional Day of the Dead symbols and objects that were meaningful to your loved ones who have made their transition from human to infinite form.

In the Yucantan it’s “Hanal Pixán or ‘food for the souls.’ “Homes are adorned with an altar covered in offerings to welcome the souls of their dead relatives who come to see the living. It is believed that the dead come back to their home to be with their loved ones, to eat their favorite foods and to rest from the long journey, and eventually go back to their mythical resting place again.”

“On the final day of this celebration, a prayers in honor of the dead wishes them a safe trip back to their resting place.”   Feasts offering traditional food and sweets are prepared. The xpelón, masa and chicken is a Mayan traditional dish.  This Yucatecan tamal pie is filled with a highly seasoned mixture of chicken and pork and cooked underground, wrapped in a banana leaf. One one of my trips to visit sacred sites and study with a Maya shaman I was invited to a families ceremony. I watched as the Maya women prepared the food and the men prepared the pit and cooked the pie. The food was put on the alter as an offering. After a mass was said to honour the dead, the living got to feast as well.  It was delicious!
The celebration I attended was actually held at the end of November to commemorate a month of remembrance.

“The Mayan and Aztec view of death — as merely a transitional stage in the universe — started long before the Spanish brought Christianity to Mesoamerica. Both cultures have developed rituals to help their dearly departed on their journey to the underworld.

Although the Spanish tried to force the Catholic observance of the All Souls’ Day, natives found a way to continue their ancient traditions by transforming it into what is now the Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos. Meanwhile, on the Yucatán Peninsula, the Mayan variation was, and remains, Hanal Pixán.

In Mayan tradition people die three deaths: when the body ceases to function, when the body is lowered into the ground, and finally, when there is no one left alive to remember us.”  http://yucatanexpatlife.com/paseo-de-las-animas-approaches-hanal-pixan-guide/

Celebrating Departed Souls.

  • You may wish to remember people who have left the physical by making your own alter
  • You can lovingly prepare their favorite foods, and enjoy a meal while remembering the things that you enjoyed with them.
  • Or just set aside some time to sit quietly and think of friends and loved ones who have passed away. Focus on knowing they are free from earthly concerns and that they have gone on to greater things.  Remember we have chosen to experience the physical for whatever time we have, and that souls and consciousness never die.

Samhain

This Celtic and Wiccan festival is observed on the Eve of October 31 and November 1. Samhain (pronounced Sah-ween,) is the biggest and most significant holiday of the year. The Celts believed that at the time of Samhain, more so than any other time of the year, the ghosts of the dead were able to mingle with the living, because at Samhain the souls of those who had died during the year traveled into the otherworld.   People also lit bonfires in honor of the dead, to aid them on their journey, and to keep them away from the living. On that day all manner of beings were abroad: ghosts, fairies, and demons–all part of the dark and dread.

Samhain is the Wiccan New Year as well as a harvest festival.  “It’s a night when fairies are supposedly afoot working mischief. It is also the Day of the Dead as it traditionally was for the Celts, Egyptians and ancient Mexicans, the night when people of the Wiccan faith remember their loved ones and honour their ancestors.”

Celebrating Samhain

You can find a  lovely ritual  to celebrate Samhain at  http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/the_wheel_of_the_year/samhain.asp    

Diwali

The Festival of Lights is a four day celebration observed at the new moon in late October or early November  by Hindu, Sikh, Janist and Buddhist traditions.  It focuses on bringing the light to the darkness, triumph of good over evil, forgiving, unifying, progress and prosperity and illuminating your inner self.

It’s celebrated by the lighting of lamps, illuminating homes with lights, and setting off firecrackers. Unlike the Halloween reason for firecrackers to scare away unwanted spirits, the Diwali firecrackers are set off to pay homage to the heavens and ask for health, wealth, knowledge, peace and prosperity.  They symbolize the joy of people who are alive on this earth and gratitude for their abundance.

The higher knowledge or enlightenment they request is known as atman, the existence of something beyond the physical body and mind: something pure and infinite. Jains celebrate the attainment of nirvana by their founder . “ Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil, in the deeper meaning of higher knowledge dissipating ignorance and hope prevailing over despair. When truth is realized, Hindus believe that one can see past ignorance and into the oneness of all things.”   http://hinduism.about.com/od/diwalifestivaloflights/a/diwali.htm

 Celebrating The Festival of Lights

  • Illuminate your home with lights, lamps, candles and welcome the light.
  • You may wish to imagine lighting lamps in your heart to symbolically represent parts of sun, the cosmic giver of light and energy to all life coming to you.
  • Contemplate how you can celebrate the goodness of life everyday,
  • Visualize the earth and humanity where hope is overcoming despair, where we move from darkness unto light — the light that empowers us to commit ourselves to good deeds, that which brings us closer to divinity. See and feel everyone experiencing deep peace and abundance. Know it to be so and revel in the light of unconditional love guiding us to create the world of light we yearn for.
  • You may wish to say this Hindu peace prayer : Oh Divine Creator

Lead us from the unreal to the Real.

Lead us from darkness to Light.

Lead us from death to Immortality.

Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all….

May there be peace in celestial regions.

May there be peace on Earth.

The light of lights, the self-luminous inner light of the Self is ever shining steadily in the chamber of your heart. Sit quietly. Close your eyes. Withdraw the senses. Fix the mind on this supreme light and enjoy the real Deepavali, by attaining illumination of the soul. He who Himself sees all but whom no one beholds, who illumines the intellect, the sun, the moon and the stars and the whole universe but whom they cannot illumine, He indeed is Brahman, He is the inner Self. Celebrate the real Deepavali by living in Brahman, and enjoy the eternal bliss of the soul.

The sun does not shine there, nor do the moon and the stars, nor do lightnings shine and much less fire. All the lights of the world cannot be compared even to a ray of the inner light of the Self. Merge yourself in this light of lights and enjoy the supreme Deepavali.

O man! Wake up from the slumber of ignorance. Realise the constant and eternal light of the Soul, which neither rises nor sets, through meditation and deep enquiry.

May you all attain full inner illumination! May the supreme light of lights enlighten your understanding! May you all attain the inexhaustible spiritual wealth of the Self! May you all prosper gloriously on the material as well as spiritual planes!   

The Black Moon.

You won’t be able to see the Black Moon because it’s more or less invisible being shrouded in darkness. You can look for an absence of light, but tune into the feeling you get and absorb its powerful force because black moons intensify and magnify all the energies around you. Whoo Hoo! We are in for an exuberant ride if you make the choice to enjoy it all.   The articles I reviewed to find out more about this Black Moon revealed “its energies are ultra-feminine and represent a time of great awakening and clarity. Black Moon’s are extremely powerful and often indicate a sharp turning point in a cycle. Spiritual insights, intuitive feelings and emotions may also be amplified on the night of the Black Moon.”http://foreverconscious.com/intuitive-astrology-september-black-moon-2016 http://gostica.com/spiritual-lifestile/black-moon-30-september-2016-helping-us-manifest-greatest-dreams/

And since it occurs on All Hallows Eve, when traditionally the veil between this dimension and the hereafter is the thinnest, they will be even more heightened.

Celebrating the Black Moon

  • From your divine knowing, recognize the Black Moon’s higher consciousness frequency to attract extremely positive power for new directions in your life without attachment to old programs and habits. The magnified new beginnings energy of typical new moon is enhanced with the energy of completion of the month of making way for an abundance of new opportunities to choose from.
  • Be aware that the new moon heralds the 11th month.  Not only that but it is a perfect fit for the energies of all the celebrations in this blog.  11 symbolizes the potential to push the limitations of the human experience into the stratosphere of the highest spiritual perception; the link between the mortal and the immortal; between man and spirit; between darkness and light; ignorance and enlightenment.  http://www.numerology.com/numerology-numbers/11-master-number
  • This is a great time to ask questions. Get into your highest frequency of bliss, connect with your inner wisdom and ask away.  Be quiet and listen for answers which may come directly in the moment or later in the form of symbols or signs.  You may see an animal, insect, flower, feather or a billboard ad.  You may open a book to any page and find an answer. You may hear a song or turn on the radio when words that are being spoken provide insights.

Enjoy creating your own eclectic celebration to honour life, death and beyond!  Be sure and share what you did on my GinaDianneHarding Facebook page 

Day of the Dead Image by Henry Ngo, Flickr creative commons

Diwali Image by Abhinaba Basu, Flickr creative commons

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kids-playing-in-leaves-fall-fb_img_1475302443942It’s Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada. If you are shifting your life from fear and overwhelm using the tools and realigning practices on my website, you are realizing that when you live in a state of higher consciousness gratitude, (one of the highest frequency emotions akin to unconditional love) is an ever present part of life.  Yet Thanksgiving is a reminder for me — an opportunity to yet again consciously appreciate the sacredness of All Life and every Thing in creation.

As I write this I’m hearing a song in my head that brings tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat of pure gratitude.….

 

All things bright and beautiful, 

All creatures great and small. 

All things wise and wonderful 

The Lord God [goddess/creator/source] made them all. 

Each little flower that opens

 Each little bird that sings

He made their glowing colours

He made their tiny wings.

You may want to watch the video below to see the stirring images and listen to  the tune

One way you can ensure gratefulness and thanksgiving is a part of your everyday life is to live mindfully.

I personally don’t think you can be mindful without deeply connecting to the object or action of your mindfulness   practice. And that connection expands so that you feel the wondrousness of it and experience appreciation of having it in your life. From there it’s just a baby step to gratitude and thankfulness.

Here’s a meditation demonstrating how to be mindful on the go in as little as one minute from my book From Fear to Eternity 212 Ways to Let Go of Limiting Beliefs and Shift Your Energy into Higher Consciousness Living.  

I’ve added the bit about connecting and gratitude to the basic exercise as I realized after I wrote the book that its a key component to living in the present moment in a higher conscious state.

You can actually listen to a similar guided medition I did in a recent interview as a guest on Light News Radio with Dr. Richard Jelusich and Deirdre Leighton   It’s at about 39 minutes on the replay.

You can also refer to my May 2016 blog on this site for a more detailed practice of mindfulness that you can take  simplify and use it to enhance the experience of gratitude in your higher conscious life

 

Access Higher Vibes

Get into a high frequency state by  taking a deep breath. Relax, release all tension and  feel white or golden energy zinging thru every cell in your body

Think about place object activity that results in extreme gratitude or bliss for you.  Something that makes you ecstatic, rapturous thankful to be alive.   It may be something that gets your blood pumping, a state where there is no thinking, where you forget about yourself  and are oblivious of everything else

Lose yourself in the moment

Release the thought that stimulated the feeling of gratitude or bliss and just feel the intense feeling of thanksgiving, elation and ecstasy.

Meditation on the Go

 “Look around at your environment.   Connect with something of beauty, art or nature and ground yourself by describing out loud what you see for two minutes.

 I see a beautiful picture of amber carved, translucent jaguar, the light catching its sinewy stalking motion. I see my computer in the corner surrounded by books and paper, crystal orbs, and essential oils. I see my serene orange cat sitting motionless, looking out the window.  I see the gorgeous evergreen trees and a grey sky.

[Feel a sense of connection and gratitude for the creators and creation and everyone who had a part in bringing it to you.  Feel the gratitude expand and fill you to the brim, exploding into your field.  Imagine seeing that gratitude touching everyone and everything in your environment, in the world and in the cosmos]

Then be quiet. You’ll notice you are fully present in the moment. Most people find they experience more mental clarity as well as a more peaceful state. “

 

I’ve found this mediation is really powerful to demonstrate how being mindful keeps you in the now moment.  There is less chance to wander into the past or future.  You can deeply imbue the feeling of gratitude it inspires  into every aspect of your life. Being connected to the energy in this way also ensures you are living in higher consciousness.

Try being “mindful on the go” when you do ordinary everyday tasks, such as showering or doing dishes.  Use all your senses.   You will eventually realize you are spending greater amounts of time in gratitude for life.

I hope you have a great day wherever you are in the world. I am grateful you have taken the time for your own growth or sustainment.  And by making that choice you are shifting the world into a higher vibration. I give thanks that you have made the choice to live the joyful, fulfilled life of your destiny.

Namaste

You know by now that I’d love for you to ask any questions,  make comments or share your experiences on my facebook page.

 

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Ideas for Equinox Observances and Ceremony

Celebrations using New Era Energies

Welcome Fall.  Today’s blog highlights the actual day of the equinox and offers ideas that you might wish to use to observe or create ceremony.  In the new era’s energy, you may not feel called to do ceremony or ritual any more.  In that case you may want to check out the section on connecting […]

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