You may have heard someone refer to the “veil between the worlds growing thinner” at this time. On the night of Halloween, it is understood that this “veil” is at its thinnest, allowing communication with those who have crossed over to come more readily. But where or what is this proverbial veil, and why is it thinner now?
I recently overheard a medium dismiss this notion out of hand. Of course, spirit communication is an everyday reality for him. It’s literally his day job and because the idea doesn’t fit his unusual experience, he decided it was untrue. However, when something surfaces across cultures and centuries it is a part of the collective subconscious, and we know those things carry great bearing and truth.
Which means there has to be something to this idea of the thinning veil, right?
Many things we experience can be explained through the principles of resonance and dissonance because our entire universe is made up of frequencies, or vibration. (If you’d like to read more about resonance and dissonance, click here.) At this time of year, our lovely planet (or our half of it), our Mother Earth, is moving through a cyclical death process, preparing for the sleep of winter. As autumn draws on, our planet moves closer and closer towards a hibernating or deathlike state. Though we are often disconnected from this process today, we cannot really escape it. What our mother experiences, suffers, moves through—so, too, do we.
Once upon a time, people would have only had certain things to eat at this time of year. They would have made adjustments to their schedule to reflect the waning daylight and growing night. Today, we mostly feel it in the weather changes, in our holiday traditions, and maybe in the way the care for our yard or garden. But we are still moving through this process with our planet as a single organism. As we do so, we resonate more and more with death—the gateway to the spirit world. When we resonate with something, we have no resistance to it (or very little). So the changes we experience, the thinning veil and the ease in spirit communication, is on our side of the equation not that of the deceased, because we are naturally more open and allowing in this direction.
In the Southern hemisphere, many people are celebrating this crucial day during spring and not autumn because they are following the Roman Catholic calendar. However, pagans in those countries and other celebrants have reverted to following the seasons, understanding the true roots of this crucial time. And yet, because we know opposites to be two sides of the same coin, we can find some peace with this mix up.
The fact that so many people are celebrating together, and therefore resonating together, gives momentum to this time, making it even more powerful and effective. Halloween, or Samhain, as the celebration of the final harvest, can be likened to the last breath of life. We stand at a precipice now, gazing into the world of the other, a foot poised in each, connected to both. It is from this sacred place that we can reach into one and draw forth into the other, from here that we connect most easily to those waiting for us on the other side, from here that we resonate the strongest with the frequency of spirit.
And so the short answer is, yes, we really are closer to the spirit world at Halloween.
Death is merely a transition. As a moment of supreme nonresistance, it is nothing to fear, but truly a wonder to celebrate. Death, like birth, ushers us lovingly from one side to another. For many, death comes as a mercy, an end to suffering. For others it can be sudden or even unwanted. But the moment of release, the true vibration of death, is never painful. It is the resistance to that moment just before, the suffering, that we truly fear.
Those who fear this time of year are often facing resonance with their disenfranchised experience of death. The part of themselves that knows it will die and has had to experience the pain of losing others they love resonates with this powerful time and makes itself known, creating a personal experience of dissonance and activating feelings of fear, suffering, and grief. (Many people in the Judeo-Christian traditions experience this because they confuse the concept of “eternal life” with eternal “physical” life, or eternal ego. They see death as opposing life and have not been given the context with which to frame these two harmoniously—they are one in the same, two sides or perspectives of one, unified whole.)
If you find you are fearful at this time, you may want to explore your subconscious issues around death, ego, and resistance. If you can make peace with them and integrate these parts of yourself, you will find that this season can be a joyful experience—one in which we embrace many disenfranchised parts of ourselves. You may experience healing, or harmony, with your encounters of death and grief, and you may find new ways to connect with your loved ones who have already passed and heretofore felt so far from you when they are in reality only right next door.