All Hallows’ Eve

Jim and Goldie Sage

This year I see Halloween in a whole new way. All Hallows’ Eve can be a celebration of our loved ones who have passed on instead of going trick-or-treating and partying. On Halloween, we have an opportunity to thank our ancestors for all they’ve contributed to our evolution.

I live near the Mexican border where Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. I didn’t understand this holiday at first and thought it was a morbid kind of ceremony but I was wrong. It’s a joyful celebration to gather, feast, and pay respects to and remember family and friends who have passed on. It’s meant to remember the good things about them and how they touched the lives of the celebrants. Now that I know more about it, I think it’s beautiful to take time to remember our loved ones and celebrate who they were.

This year I’ve been thinking a great deal about the things that my ancestors passed down to me. Maybe it’s different in other parts of the world, but in the United States, we tend to think of ourselves as pretty much self-contained. I’m reminded of this every time I watch shows like Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. on PBS. There is always a point in the show where the guest says that knowing more about their ancestry helps them understand certain things about themselves and makes them feel more complete. It gives them a different perspective about who they really are. That’s the point when I cry with them. Our ancestors helped us become who we are in more ways than we might have previously acknowledged.

Not only did our ancestors pass down their DNA, they also passed down states of being, attitudes about life, and other tendencies that might be playing out in our lives. I only know a little bit about my ancestors. I do know this. Most of them were people who worked hard to sustain their families. Many had the courage to move hundreds of miles to find a better life because they didn’t have lots in the way of material goods or opportunities where they were living. Some of them were and are remembered as deeply spiritual people who ministered to others in very humble ways. Those themes run through my life. I inherited good tendencies and not so good ones, but one thing I’ve learned over this last year is that I can heal old wounds suffered by them, which allows me to stop repeating family patterns and head in a new direction.

Today, I want to honor and thank my ancestors for all the things they passed down to me. For the support I feel from them from the other side during this time when the veil is thin and we can communicate better. I want to learn from their mistakes and use what I’ve learned to change my life in positive ways. 

Here’s to those who preceded us! Here is to who we will become as we move forward on our spiritual journey! I look forward to winter, a time I use for self-examination and contemplation so I can heal more old stuff and start a new year fresh.

Welcome to my new followers. I hope you will take time to comment on my posts, or share them with friends and family. And thank you to all of you who have stuck with me all these years as I grow as a writer and a person.

Blessings,

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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I grew up in the West, the descendant of people traveling by wagon train to a new life. Some of their determination and wanderlust became a part of me. I imagine them sitting around the campfire telling stories, which is why I became first a theatre artist, then a teacher and now a writer. They are all ways of telling stories.

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