What is Halloween really about?
The word is made up of the words, “hallow” and “ween.” Hallow means holy, sacred, greatly revered. Ween derives from the word between, i.e. “be it ween,” meaning the state of being that lies in the middle of two extremes. Thus, the word Halloween means a revered state of being that lies in the middle of two extremes.
At Halloween, we ask someone; “Who are you going to be?” So, a person decides to become a new personality by putting on a costume. While in costume the person occupies sacred ground, in-between who they want to be superimposed on who they actually are. In the definition of the word Halloween, they are in an in-between special state. We convince our children early on that the in-between ground is special. Costumed, they go door to door and receive a treat for being in-between who they are and who they want to be. If the person who answers the door shows disrespect for their “in-betweeness,” by not forking over a reward, they are subject to penalty. Thus, the saying, “trick or treat.”
I wonder, shouldn’t we all try to find hallowed ground once Halloween is over? The Bible opens with Genesis 1:1; “In the beginning…” Duality was introduced into the world when the beginning began. Two is found to be greater than one, higher is better than lower, more better than less, par is better than bogey, success is measured by the size of the home and the cost of the car, left is different than right and male is different than female. These are all conditions imposed on us when the beginning began.
But, what we call “in the beginning” is actually the end of the reality that existed before the beginning began. I call this forgotten place the kingdom of God. To me, life is about returning to the “pre-beginning reality” because that is where we find connection with God. It is a struggle because of societal demands that are based on duality. Peace and bliss is found by balancing who we have to be respecting our responsibilities in a dualistic world against who, deep down inside, we want to be; a resident in God’s non-dual kingdom.Those who can find balance are in hallowed ground.
Now that Halloween is over, “Who are you going to be?”