Some celebrations are designed to honor the dead, and thank them for the knowledge they brought to the living. In the Spirit of the Day of the Dead, I am thinking about the knowledge of the underworld and the walking of the Labyrinth this week. Both of these have been symbolic, in many Shamanic cultures, of death of the old way of thinking, to be reborn into the new.
Some ecstatic experiences, like the channelling of spirits in voodoo, or talking to mediums to settle things with your family and your ancestors, relate directly to contacting that place of awareness where one can communicate with the dead. Ever sat around a Ouija board trying to talk to spirits? That is also an attempt to achieve this.
This week I'm going to be mindful of taking a musical journey through the underworld, the labyrinth, reaching the center and returning, to find the true self. I'm inviting you to listen in on this journey.
The picture to the right is of a place called Deer Cave, in Malaysia, picture by David Darling