Things Haunting You? — Give up the Ghost

Are there things that haunt you? These are the things that disturb your sense of peace. Most likely these are things that are in the past, or anxiety and fear you anticipate about the future. The past is like a ghost. It is no longer alive, but lingers in a diaphanous form caught in the memory and blurred between the lines of fact and fiction. It is always the past that haunts us. The future, on the other hand is like an evil spirit hiding around the corner just waiting to bounce.

In Celtic times people gave offering to the dead so that the poor ghostly souls would rest in peace and not return to earth and haunt. The idea of trick-or-treating is further found in pagan history. Among the ancient Druids, “The ghosts that were thought to throng about the houses of the living were greeted with a banquet-laden table. At the end of the feast, masked and costumed villagers representing the souls of the dead paraded to the outskirts of town leading the ghosts away.” The next morning they would celebrate the harvest and a new year.

In modern times we spend money, use drugs, alcohol and other forms of behavior to escape the ghost and dull the uncontrollable haunting past and scary future.

Perhaps it would be better to treat our ghost with a feast of detachment and thereby leading them to the outskirts of our consciousness where we can simply let go of the haunting past and begin to live in the present. Letting go of that which haunts us brings peace to the soul.

A peaceful soul is unperturbed by ghostly presence. That’s because it has offered the feast of honesty, nonviolence, compassion and understanding to its haunting past. In yoga we detach and let go of that which does not serve our highest good. Dragging our past through life we never get to be alive in the present moment and appreciate the true nature of life, which is to experience life as simply lessons for learning how to be at peace. If something haunts you, take the lesson it gives, learn from it and then let it go. A broken heart simply teaches us how to identify and appreciate true love. You can’t have one without the other. You can’t live without accepting death.

Embracing our ghosts tethers us to the past. We are then pulled backward into the dark night and the haunting continues. To break the haunting chain offer sweet treats to your soul. Give forgiveness, compassion and understanding to your soul and then like the ancient Celts and Druids wake up to the light of a new day celebrating the bountiful harvest of your labor.

Happy Halloween!

Doctor Lynn



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