Is a blessing a disguised curse?

all-hallows-eve-moon-223x223Halloween or “All Hallows Eve”, in some countries, is a day dedicated to remembering the dead, particularly saints (hallows). Saints would be horrified at what has become a commercial side-show to glorify our fear of the dead and death. Or would they?

Would the things people think and do, good or bad, worry a saint? If a connection to Truth is a pre-requisite of a saint, probably not. Truth doesn’t come out of its orbit and judge the fearful imaginings of humanity.

Why, then, should we remember the saints? Perhaps to remember that we are blessed, like the saints, through our remembering of Truth. Instead, we entertain the horrors of this world as if we are cursed. And we are, because we, unlike the saints, give dominion of our mind to the idea that we can be hurt and die.

For we who believe in curses, a blessing can work if we want it to. More often, though, our desire for a blessing is undermined by a more powerful belief that we are powerless and vulnerable to outside forces. Why else would we ask for a blessing? It is we who accept the idea that we can be blessed. But by accepting that we can be blessed, don’t we also accept that we can be cursed? The desire for a blessing, then, feeds our fear of death as much as our belief that we can be cursed.

Think how curses are often more effective than blessings. Ancient human cultures have used the curse to manipulate people for thousands of years. Sometimes material substances or objects are used as an intermediary, but these are used only to amplify the effect of the curse. It is the mind of the recipient that must be secretly coerced to accept the manipulation. The Voodoo practice of West Africa uses effigies. The Kahunas of Hawaii use rituals, chants and poisons. The Australian indigenous people use a curse called “pointing the bone”. In no instance, however, does the device or substance, the act, or even the intent behind the action affect the victim. It is the conviction in the power of the technique believed by the “victim”.

So let us take back the power of the mind by remembering this Halloween how we are blessed by our natural ability to know the Truth. Otherwise blessings will be disguised curses.

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