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Hallowed Halloween’s Heavenly Hierarchy

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Hallowed

Halloween’s

Heavenly

Hierarchy !

by Samuel E.Warren Jr.

Hallelujah ! It is October ! I love my birth month. I love my birthday.

I am indebted to The Universe for allowing me to be born into The Real World – The Day Before Halloween – October 30.

My respect for Halloween has evolved through my lifetime.  As a child, it was the candy, “Trick or Treat” night after my birthday.  But, through the years, it does seem as though some feeling or sense of Universal magick flows ever so subtle into life.

I can believe there is a veil between The Real World and other time and space dimensions or realms and Halloween is the day and night that the curtain is thrust aside.

Birthday Bravado

Everyone on the planet should celebrate their birthday.

You are a unique person. Therefore, the day, the hour, and the place you were born is important. Regardless, whether you believe in Fate, Destiny or Freewill, the Universe locked in that information into the Celestial System to make your birth into The Real World unique.

The Universe precise initiation of Your Life into The Real World is the Ultimate Birthday Gift because you go forth from the instant of your birth to bring changes into humankind or you live your life working nine to five.

What is often overlooked is the legions of relatively unknown and unrecognized people who have gone before who made their lifelong contributions to the Universe without ever achieving fame, notoriety and celebrity. Yet, their actions in life have also helped to change the course of history and the progress of Life in the world.

For a moment, forget the world leaders and the celebrities and look at the biography or an obituary of a local citizen because their life long actions have also brought change. We all change the world, whether we are recognized for it or not.

Baby Birthday Banter

There are stories of babies born in taxicabs and in restrooms because supposedly they are early. There are stories of hospitals and doctors having to “induce labor” because an infant supposedly delays birth into the world. All are good stories. Yet, I believe “birth” is one of those events that is always “on time” based on when the forces of the Universe are ready.

I will leave it to other writers and authors to point out the virtues of the other eleven months of the year.

I focus on October.

Autumn Angst

It is easy to understand how someone born in a Spring or Summer month can be optimistic about their birthday because it is the time of year, when people are out and about doing things. Life is on the move.

Autumn can be a depressing time of year. Life tends to slow down. There is less daylight. People seem more receptive to the “daily blahs” of life.

Autumn means a drastic change in the seasons. Spring symbolizes New Beginnings and Birth. Summer symbolizes Optimism, Initiative and being “Out In The Spotlight.”

Autumn symbolizes Transition and the approach of Death. Harvest of crops ends and plants begin to die. Animals shed their summer hair and fur and begin to grow coats for autumn and winter. Winter, of course, symbolizes Death. People forget the Death symbolized by Winter is the beginning of Rebirth.

Being an Autumn Baby is not an easy task. Being an October baby can be depressing; if you let it.

The Infinity Of October

The irony is the Octo from Latin and Greek words refers to the Number Eight; Not the Number Ten.

Julius and Augustus Cesar moved October to the tenth month. Month Number Eight earned the tenth spot in mankind’s history of Calendar shuffles.

October as eight works in the Grand Scheme Of The Universe because eight is the number in some Numerology disciplines that refer to “Infinity.” Knock an eight on it’s side and you end up with a design layout for a child’s toy race track and the symbol of “Infinity,” which is “Forever.”

October The Month Of The Supernatural.”

October is “The Month Of The Supernatural.”

You can talk about ghosts, a white lady, magick, the supernatural, the paranormal, walk ins, golems, Cabala, haints, Santeria, voodoo, invocations, incantations, Extra Sensory Perception, auras, Spirtuality, Spiritism, crystal balls, wands, pentacles, pentagrams, and New Aget topics, in any month, but October and November, and people will assume you are talking about a TV Show, movie or a novel.

Supernatural and paranormal words really aren’t appreciated out of the context of the month of October. October is the month that global civilizations have agreed by practice and tradition through the centuries that it is okay, perhaps, even necessary, to talk about “things that go bump in the night” in October.

October is the month when people are willing to talk about two topics that they seldom, wish to discuss: Fear and Death. Horror flicks set their world premieres on October 1 and before October 31 because “October The Month Of Fear” is the best time for humanity to go to the theater and share the worst fears in public.

Supernatural and paranormal events ignored and shrugged off throughout the year are acknowledged during “October The Month Of Death.” Perhaps, the Universe is sending an “Omen” or a “Sign” that should not be ignored.

Hunger October’s Sentinel

October carries a special month magick. The ancient pagan farmers may not have understood science and the laws of the physical world, but human nature has always understood hunger. If the crops of the Spring and Summer months aren’t put into a root cellar or canned then, Hunger, before Death will arrive.

If the livestock of Spring and Summer has not been cured in the smokehouses then, Hunger, before Death will arrive.

Winter months can be long, dark and an unrelenting cold, in parts of the world that leads the most faithful to cuss therr gods and goddesses. If Hunger is The Uninvited Guest At The Table, then, minutes become days and days seem to last for decades instead of months.

October is The Month When The Veil Between The Worlds Is Open.

October is The Transition Month because Autumn is in place and if people are not prepared for Winter and ready to stay warm and survive until Spring, then, October will remind a person to quickly re-think and prepare to survive Winter.

Darkness Days

In Leyte, in the Republic of the Philippines, it is still hot and the sun still shines in October. However, the days are shorter. In rural southwest Missouri, in October, by 4 p.m., the darkness of night is usually settled and not just approaching. In Leyte, in the Republic of the Philippines, 4 p.m., brings the darkness of night and not just approaching twilight.

Ancient farmers may not have understood the physical laws of Nature in their worlds, but, October and sutumn had the respect of the inevitable approach of “The Unknown.” Thus, “October The Month Of The Supernatural” can be respected, honored and observed as “October Month Of The Unknown.”

Hallowed Halloween

The crowning moment of the royalty of October is always Halloween. The day and night when men, women and children the world over can face their worst fears and hope to see the rising sun of November 1.

The importance of the month of October really cannot be overstated because it is the 31 Days, when citizens of the world allow themselves to face or, at least, think about their “worst fears.”

Halloween is the Global Celebration Time that encourages people to find a positive way to deal,with a year, or a lifetime of negative feelings and cast out their internal demons.

I love my birth month. I love October.

Ancestor Worship

Ancestor Worship is not a popular religious practice in The West. However, without those battalions of ancestors, who lived their lives and made their decisions, you would not being reading this article and thinking about your life.

While you may not choose to worship your ancestors, it might be nice to do some research and perhaps uncover the lives they led that set the stage for you to stand center stage in your life.

If any of your ancestors stand out that you find interesting or you respect, then, it might be a polite gesture to offer up to the Universe a prayer to honor their soul and life.

Welcome To October.

Open The Door To The Supernatural ?

Welcome to the days and nights, when you should feel free to relate to, understand and study Supernatural and Paranormal areas of Life.

Research and read about supernatural topics. Watch TV shows and movies about the paranormal. At the end of this article, I offer links to information that the World-At-Large only seems to appreciate in October.

If you are a curious person, then, the October Supernatural Subject Links should help to make your October interesting.

I do not have a Message Board or Discussion Forum. If you wish to address some of the topics that I have suggested research into in the Links section, then, please, post a comment to this page and I will reply at the first opportunity.

Learn about your Fears. Perhaps, you will learn to laugh at them.

Now, the fun begins.

Sam

October Supernatural Subjects Links

Magick

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magick

Sacred Magick.Com The Esoteric Library

http://www.sacred-magick.com/Main.html?http://www.sacred-magick.com/PDF.html

SEX Magick

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_magic

Enochian Magick

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enochian_magic

Chaos Magick

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaos_magic

Celtic Magick

http://magickalenchantments.blogspot.com/2008/05/understanding-celtic-magick.html

Druids

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Druid

Cabala

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabala

Superstition

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superstition

Sigils

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigil_%28magic%29

Curses

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curse

Samuel Mathers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Liddell_MacGregor_Mathers

Hermetic Order Of The Golden Dawn

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermetic_Order_of_the_Golden_Dawn

Rosicrucianism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosicrucianism

Thelema

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thelema

Madame Helena Blavatsky – Theosophy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena_Blavatsky

Dion Fortune

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dion_Fortune

Israel Regardie

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Regardie

Aleister Crowley

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleister_Crowley

Gerald Gardner

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Gardner_%28Wiccan%29

General Albert Pike

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Pike

Dr. John Dee

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dee

Astrology

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrology

Sydney Omarr

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Omarr

Evangeline Adams

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evangeline_Adams

Linda Goodman

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Goodman

America’s Original Supernatural Reporter”

Jess Stearn

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jess_Stearn

Paranormal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranormal

Extra Sensory Perception

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extrasensory_perception

Tarot

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarot

Numerology

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numerology

Psychics

Edgar Cayce

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Cayce

John Edward

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Edward

Ghosts – Haints – Multo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost

Ed and Lorraine Warren

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_and_Lorraine_Warren

Magick Religions

Wicca

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicca

Hoodoo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoodoo_%28folk_magic%29

New Orleans Voodoo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana_Voodoo

Marie Laveau

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Laveau

Santeria

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santer%C3%ADa

Spiritualism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritualism

Harry Houdini

American Stage Magician and Investigator of Spirit Mediums

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Houdini

Zoroaster

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoroaster

New Age Concepts

New Age Movement

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Age

Near Death Experiences

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Near-death_experience

Dr. Raymond Moody

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Moody

Walk In

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walk-in

Ancient Astronauts

Erich von Daniken

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erich_von_D%C3%A4niken

Unidentified Fying Objects

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unidentified_flying_object

Project Blue Book

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Blue_Book

Roswell, New Mexico UFO Incident

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roswell_UFO_incident

Ocean Mysteries

Bermuda Triangle

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermuda_Triangle

Dragon’s Triangle – Devil’s Sea

Mystery Zone in The Pacific Ocean

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil%27s_Sea

Publisher of Supernatural, Paranormal, Metaphysical, Astrology, New Age, Spiritual and Relgious Books

Llewellyn Worldwide

http://www.llewellyn.com/

October Creature Features

Halloween The Movies – Michael Myers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween_%28franchise%29

Friday The 13th Movies – Jason Vorhees

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_the_13th_%28franchise%29

A Nightmare On Elm Street The Movies – Freddy Krueger

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Nightmare_on_Elm_Street_%28franchise%29

American Horror Novelist – Edgar Allen Poe

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Allan_Poe

Vincent Price

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Price

Vampire

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire

Bram Stoker

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bram_Stoker

Bella Lugosi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bela_Lugosi

Frankenstein

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankenstein

Mary Shelley

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Shelley

Boris Karloff

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Karloff

Legendary American Horror Directors

John Carpenter

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Carpenter

Wes Craven

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes_Craven

Halloween

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

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Momma’s Death Anniversary – Editorial – Opinion

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Momma’s Death Anniversary

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Friday, June 11, 2004 – The sun would come up. It did not matter to me.

The beautiful sunrise through the curtains of a waiting lounge at Cox South Hospital blanketed a new day on the world. I was numb. I had been shoved into my personal twilight zone. The hospital chaplain sat beside me at the table and tried to use words to comfort me. I have no doubt he believed them.

I wasn’t too concerned about my friend, God.

The most devastating event in my life had only happened a few minutes before.

Momma had died.

I had been at my mother’s beside and watched the gleam of life in her eyes disappear. The breath of life had been exhaled quietly for a final time.

I was truly alone.

The End Of The World meant nothing.

I had a front row seat at My Own Personal Chaos.

To me, The End Of The World happened Friday, June 11, 2004.

Floodlights didn’t flash on. News media vans didn’t roll up on scene and bust out their crews and cameras. Military helicopters didn’t land to secure the area and begin to set up a perimeter to get help to the suffering and hold back the looters. Humanitarian agencies didn’t respond in tractor trailer trucks and vans to set up portable soup kitchens to help the hungry and begin compiling lists of the missing.

Former President Ronald Reagan had died a few days before, thus, the American, Missouri and Springfield flags were still at half mast. I liked Reagan. Today, though, I decided the half-mast flags acknowledged Momma’s reassignment from The Real World.

Momma’s boy

My wife and cousin were at the hospital, by my side, but, at this moment, my body sat in a chair at a table and my emotions lashed out at the Universe to question and curse any entity that remotely resembled higher intelligence.

I am a Momma’s boy. I always have been. I still am.

The pain was my Ultimate Mentor had departed.

Higher Headquarters had issued the orders for her Eternal Permanent Change Of Station. She had no choice, but to comply.

Momma had earned her Earth Retirement Ceremony.

Death Anniversary

In the Republic of the Philippines, there is a custom that is not practiced in the United States.

On the Anniversary of the Death Of A Loved One. You prepare a plate of food and sit either at the table or on a family altar. You sit a favorite drink by the plate. If the person was a smoker you put an unlit cigarette in an ashtray. The place stays undisturbed until 6 pm Then, a person shows up to recite some vocal prayers to the Universe.

Once the Professional Pray Person (I don’t know the correct name) recites the vocal prayers, then, they leave. The family then decides to let someone eat the food on the plate or to let it remain until the next morning. (Naturally, in the United States, there would be all these health concerns of leaving the food out – but, the point is not necessarily to eat the food, but to make a spiritual offering and to allow the family to come together to remember the Loved One.)

Death Anniversary - A family observance to remember a Loved One on the anniversary of the day of their death in the Republic of the Philippines. I adopted and adapted the ceremony for an annual remembrance of my mother. Photo taken June 11, 2011 by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

If a family member is a smoker, then, he or she smokes the cigarette. If there are no smokers in the family, then, the unlit cigarette is lit and placed in the ash tray to naturally burn and someone watches to make sure no embers land outside the ashtray and start an unintentional fire.

The Death Anniversary Ceremony, I am told occurs repeatedly without fail every year for at least ten years.

Bus Stop In The Twilight Zone

Moments after my Mother’s Death, I stood alone in The Twilight Zone of my mind. My body knew that necessary and official tasks had to be completed, but when The World Ends, who cares about dotting an I or crossing a t ?

The Major Concerns Of Daily Life, in an instant, had become insignificant.

Since I was big enough to appreciate reality – my momma had always been here. She was The Beacon Against The Universal Injustices In The Nights Of Humankind. No issue had ever been too small or too big for momma to appear in her battle armor and beat back the insanity of daily life. To say, she was my Rock is to bestow the highest compliment on one of the most common elements of nature.

Naturally, I had to appear to function in the so-called Real World around me. An Emotional Zombie is simply a Robotic Mannequin that moves through the World Of Men And Women to carry out the expected functions and perhaps someday return to Life as a human. I became the Zombie, who could function enough to handle all the asinine legal matters at hand.

I stood in the bus station of my Twilight Zone.

None of the activities going on around me, concerned me in the least. If Charon, the River Styx Boatman, had been dressed in a bus driver’s uniform taking tickets I would not of cared.

Arrivals and Departures did not matter. I stood in the middle of my mental bus stop and let life go on around me. At some point, I would have to walk out one of the doors, but for now, I stood in my mind and let Riders Of The Real World catch their buses along their roads of Life.

The Longest Day Of My Entire Life seemed to last for millennium

American Grief Counseling

I’m sure the experts like to think they have answers for everything – they don’t.

Death is still The Universal Mystery That Is The Sole Property Of A Higher Realm.

I know the chaplain had his job to do. I did appreciate his sincere effort.

I had psychology classes in college, so I know all the educational gobbledygook, brouhaha, pig Latin jargon rhetoric and professional terms that go with A Major Life Changing Event.

What the Freud types don’t realize is sometimes in Life your Soul become intertwined with another human being and there is no way to acknowledge the person’s passing without realizing that a piece of your Soul is no longer in the Real World.

Obviously, the intent of Grief Counseling is to help keep Survivors in The Real World.

Naturally, bills still need to be paid, the real occupation has to be performed for anyone to keep their job and family members in the Real World have to know that some part of you is still attached to The Real World. It is all nice and logical. But, that day all of the nice logic meant nothing.

I have no doubt that Grief Counseling does work for some people. This article is not intended to Declare War on Medical Authorities and Psychiatrists. In the Legions Of Humanity, there are those of us, who seek more than a medical diagnosis, traditional cliches, and want a personal understanding that might defy the logic and rationale of The Real World.

When did Death ever sign a document to play by the rules of

The Real World Of Humankind ?

A Candle To Light Your Way

The intent of the article is to recognize that Death refuses to be trivialized and categorized. Death strands in front of you and demands that you look into his or her eyes and come to your own personal understanding.

Each reader Lost In Grief, should seek the help of family, friends, loved ones and if need be, the professional medical community. My article states the traditional approaches did not work for me. I had to find my own way through the darkness. If you feel as helpless as I did, then, perhaps, my article will be the candle you can use to light your way.

The Dumbest Grief Statement Of All Creation —

The Dumbest Of All Statements To Make To Someone In Grief Is: “You have to go on.”

Naturally, people are trying to comfort you, but, the old “You have to go on” is one of the dumbest statements of all time to fall out of the mouths of anyone. Forget the statement.

For me, it would have been better if someone would of just smiled at me, patted me on the shoulder, squeezed my hand or said, “There are no words at a time like this.”

There are no words at a time like this,” is a true statement, which maybe a cliche and states the obvious – but that statement does not insult your intelligence or belittle and trivialize the life of the lost love one.

Land Of The Living

Naturally, Psychiatrists Of The Universe should have been happy – because in time, I did appear to Return To The Land Of The Living. But, I did it without, “Letting Go.”

All the so-called “experts,” with their framed sheepskins and years of professional experience always seem to parrot “Let Go.”

All the psychiatrists like politicians always forget One Distinctive Quality Of Human Nature – Every Individual Is Just That An Individual – and Generic Sugar Pills For The Masses Never Works For The Individual. I didn’t need a Placebo. I needed an Answer.

My Mother was too significant a force in my personal life to ever “Let Go.”

My Own Path In The Grief

Christians would have cardiacs because you are suppose to realize that someday something about being with your loved ones at some far off time in the future comes about. It is nice that some people can find comfort in their religions.

But, I’ve always Dissected Religions and could only come up with my own Spiritual Beliefs, so the standard religious cliches fell on my deaf ears. I tried to be respectful to the hospital chaplain and nodded politely. I appreciated his efforts. But, I knew I had to find my own path in the grief.

Ancestor Worship

In the Pacific, some cultures have customs of Ancestor Worship, that respects and recognizes the sacrifices of family members who lived before.

My personal method of dealing with Being Left Behind is a combination of techniques that I have accumulated from my experiences in life, researching books and surfing the Internet. In a Life Changing Moment – all ideas were on the table in my mind.

Vision Quest

My personal understanding of a Vision Quest means that it is a journey only you, the individual can take. Only you can find the answers you seek. This would not be a Real World ritual sit out in the boondocks that required physical survival as well as spiritual insight. This would be a personal Vision Quest in The Real World that would reach inside my Mind and examine the needs of my Soul.

Critics And Skeptics Be Damned!

In dealing with my personal grief, I pulled out all the stops.

If I could of stood in a Great Marble Hall In The Depths Of The Universe and stood before God Almighty and Satan and asked, “Why?”

It would have been enough to have an answer and risk whatever punishment would of come from my personal audacity and arrogance to have the strength to ask such a face to face question of the two most powerful entities in the Universe.

I might not find the answer. But, I had to arrive at some level of understanding for Life to continue to make any sort of sense. All types of information would be looked at and examined. My Mind and Soul needed something other than cliches, fairy tales and wishful thinking.

I knew I would not find any detailed commentaries of dead people who had come back and done in depth interviews. I had to find some type of information that would speak to my Mind and Soul and say, “Relax. There is a Method to the Madness of Life.”

The issue was not a Quest For Self Discovery – I know Who I Am. The issue was not Fear Of My Own Mortality. The issue was Life Beyond The Personal Grief – I demanded a clue that Momma’s Life did not end in a hospital bed.

I had to find some type of information that would give me the peace of mind to understand and believe that Life is not just A Flashbulb Flash In A Universal Night.

All ideas were on the table. No idea was too ludicrous. Whatever works – works. Critics and Skeptics be damned!

Religion deals with The Supernatural, or as people in the late 20th Century preferred the more scientific sounding term, The Paranormal. I tried to find answers – not cliches – not theatrics – not theories: Answers.

Born a Scorpio, the Universe had hardwired my appetite for Mystery and The Unknown and programmed my Curiosity into my first breath.

No Concrete Answer.

Wake Up The Old Gods And Goddesses!

But, there were ideas and techniques that helped me.

The traditional interpretation of God, Jehovah, or Allah is a single supreme male entity, who sits high above humanity and looks down upon the industrious ant-like mortals. I have never believed that God was simply an Immortal Kid With An Ant Farm or An Immortal Scientist Obsessed By His Collections Of Lab Rats Locked In The Perpetual Maze.

I’ve been exposed enough to modern religions to know that they come up short. The only current religion that ever held any interest to me is the Buddhist. But, I was not on a quest of Self-Enlightenment. I wanted some tangible assurance that Momma was in an Afterlife.

I appreciate anthropologists.

Humankind has existed for Millennium. Current Society usually shrugs off the contributions of Ancient Humans like a cold, rain through a leaky umbrella. But, the people who lived before left us had a wealth of knowledge from science and mathematics to funeral customs and recopies for beer and pharmaceuticals.

Ancient Men and Ancient Women survived droughts, floods, wars, and plagues in their daily lives so they had to be doing something right. Did they have any insights into an Afterlife?

I’ve always admired Native American cultures and Ancient Egypt, so I did review their beliefs.

Magick is usually seen as an entertaining pastime for children. You take a kid to a local magic show or they watch a magic movie about beings wielding wands and searching for magic cups. Society likes to ignore that some icons of science had an interest in different approaches to knowledge and understanding.

Thus, I could flip through my magick books or surf the Internet and study up on Dion Fortune, Aleister Crowley, Samuel Mathers and others for indications of any revelations of an Afterlife.

Ancient scientists, philosophers, doctors, astrologers, mathematicians sought answers and guidance – these people might have been in their imaginations or maybe they did go beyond the traditional confines of the Real World, but they had ideas of Magick that reveals a Faith beyond The Real World.

In 2011, people usually snicker at The Old Gods And Goddesses Of Mythology. One distinct advantage of the Old Gods and Goddesses – they were “hands on” with mortals. They had Real World issues, even on Mount Olympus, in Valhalla, in Asgard or Shangri-La. They had dysfunctional families and they lived like mortals.

Wake Up The Old Gods And Goddesses !

If you take away their bath robes, give them shaves, haircuts and send them to tailors for business suits, denim jeans and cocktail dresses – then, some of the Ancient Greek, Roman, Norse mythology suggests that an entity can relate to us mere mortals of earth.

The concepts of Wicca as a Nature religion suggests, as I understand, looking outside oneself into the Universe. The rituals serve to focus the mind to seek guidance beyond the Real World.

I accepted some of the ideas and rejected a lot. My quest was not to find a personal religion. Nor, was it to adopt a Personal Dogma Of Spiritual Beliefs. I wanted more tangible evidence of an Afterlife.

Spiritual Research years before had suggested: I give God a partner – Goddess. No one – not even a God should ever be truly alone in any exsistence called Life.

Work The Grief – Find Your Answer

After the funeral, I had time to devote to this Afterlife Quest. Whenever it felt as though I was strolling into my Twilight Zone Bus Stop, I knew I should pick up a book or surf the Internet to find some information. Working The Grief in The Real World is a personal issue, that requires you to put one foot in front of the other.

On a day to day basis, If I’m walking down a city street or through a field and want to talk to Momma, then, I do.

If I want to put together some personal ritual to practice across the road in the pasture to attempt to enhance communication – I do.

I realize my mother’s physical presence is gone from The Real World.

Life Can’t Be Pointless !

Life can’t be pointless. I have always rejected the notion that people come into this life to work like work horses, raise children and then simply die and disappear.

Lucky people leave tales of their lives as authors of novels or can be found in history books. By the late 20th Century, most people were fortunate to be recognized with an Obituary in a newspaper.

But, I believe the overall intent of a Human Life does not end at a Cemetery Headstone or a Funeral Urn.

Find Your Own Path In Grief

Society teaches people to bury their deceased loved one and then to get back on The Gerbil Wheel Of Life. After all, your absence is bound to affect the economic output of the Universal Work Force.

Nonetheless, as a human, you need time to live in your grief. If Society’s theories work, then, use them.

If you have to find your own path – then, find your own path.

No matter how Society At Large attempt to generalize the individual human life – the Universe realizes each individual is unique and makes their contribution in their own way.

Loved Ones will try to help. But, you live in your skin. You have to find your answer.

If you look for information or a path outside of what Society At Large considers – “normal” – be careful about talking to people about it. We all have different experiences in Life and people who profess open minds will sometimes seem confused, dumbfounded, skeptical, or, “at a loss for words.”

Loved Ones can provide Emotional Support. But, Mental Support, my definition, means you climb inside your head and look around. Of course, if you believe in professional counselors or psychiatrists, then, seek them out.

If you feel it is a personal journey that only you can make, then, do so, but do not retreat from The Real World or Loved Ones.

In the Practical, Logical, Rationale Real World, no one really understands the individual who feels as though the Universe has turned against you and brought Death to someone you do not want to leave your life.

Thus, whether you decide to Let Go of your Loved One or wish to keep their presence within arm’s reach the rest of your life – it is your decision.

Your Own Afterlife Procedures

If you wish to keep the Spiritual Presence of your Loved One near, then, you will have to come up with your own procedures.

I did not find any guarantees of an Afterlife. But, my gut instinct tells me there is one. Religion would call the instinct: Faith.

The idea of stepping, “Into The Light,” is poetic and provides for easy special effects on television. I can believe we step or pass into another dimension, but, I need to believe that I can send thoughts and feelings to that dimension.

I need to believe Loved Ones in that dimension can sense, feel, watch and find a way to send back love and guidance.

“Rest In Peace” on headstones to me, means beyond the reach of politicians, bureaucrats, power companies, cell phone services, telemarketers, satellite carriers and others who complicated our daily lives. But, I also believe, RIP means I can be with my Loved Ones in whatever dimension of Time and Space.

I will stand at a Cemetery Headstone and talk.

I see the Cemetery Headstone as A Supernatural Computer Terminal In The Real World. You speak your mind and believe that your words are being saved into a Universal Email that goes to the Person’s Spirit.

My gut instinct tells me Human Life is more than A Match Flame That Dances Briefly Against A Universal Breeze – each life has meaning that transcends the physical body – and, I believe, lives on.

More importantly, I do not accept my Mother’s Spiritual Presence vanished without leaving a Universal Call Forwarding Procedure or a Universal Email Address to maintain surveillance, communication, or the oldest of all procedures: – A Mother’s Love.

My Death Anniversary Ceremony

Saturday, June 11, 2011 – This morning, Momma was not sitting at the kitchen table with her cup of coffee and her cigarette burning in the ash tray.

But, tonight at 6 pm, I can sit a cup of hot coffee on the table. I can light a cigarette and place in the ash tray. I can even light a candle and place in a holder by her coffee cup. I don’t have the Filipino Professional Pray Person to call on for guidance. I can sit look at the area and think my thoughts or open my mouth and speak.

Momma will not magickally step from the ethers and sit in the chair to talk, drink her coffee and smoke her cigarette.

But, I can sit across the table for a moment and look at the empty chair. I can smile and remember, the countless times she passed on her advice without me asking for it I can sense those numerous times in childhood and adulthood that Momma “came to my rescue” and saved me from myself or reminded me of ways to avoid similar traps in the future.

Pity The Poor Psychiatrist

Pity the Poor Psychiatrist, who “Lets Go.” Do psychiatrists really believe that cliche ? Do they parrot, “Let Go,” because it is part of the accepted training ?

In my country boy opinion, Only a Fool Lets Go A Loved One.

Who would undergo Open Heart Surgery and ask a surgeon to cut away half your heart to “let go” a loved one. You accept the Emotional Sword Slash Into Your Heart and realize that you must live with the wound.

I reject that “Time Heals All Wounds” – it is a tired cliche, best left with dinosaur bones.

You realize that you must “Solider On In Life.”

For me, I had to find a technique or belief that would allow me to get out of bed each morning and step back into the petty cares of the insanity of The Real World. For now, I remain engaged in The Flow Of Life In This World.

In the brief moments of the Annual Death Anniversary Observance for me, Momma is alive again in the Real World.

Momma’s presence may only be in my Mind’s Eye, but she is Wonder Woman, Super Girl, Mother Teresa and The Virgin Mary all enshrined in the vision of my mother. She may only speak through a sensation of emotions in my mind, but the awareness of her presence somewhere in the Universe is all I need to know that I am not alone.

The woman who always smiled at my accomplishments and reminded me, “Don’t brag son.Noonelikes a braggart.” I never had to – Momma always took pride in my accomplishments and told the details to friends, neighbors and family members.

Momma would “lecture” me on issues: How To Know If A Member Of The Opposite Sex Loves You, Find A Way To Set Aside Money For Emergencies. Learn To Save Money. Family Comes Before Anything In Life: You Can Always Find A Husband Or Wife – But, Family Is Family And Above All Else. While I didn’t always listen, when I should of; momma’s advice keeps coming back in The Trump Cards Of Live – She is still Aces And Spades. And, still holds The Winning Hand.

Today, Sunday June 11, 2011, is another of Momma’s Death Anniversaries. I don’t know if my experiences will help anyone in grief.

It is not my intent to “lock horns” with the American Medical Association or to fire an opening salvo into the Legions Of Global Psychiatrists.

My country boy intent is to recognize in our rationale world of expert answers: Death Stands In Front Of The Veil And Smiles You Have To Find Your Own Way To Understand Me. I would hope that my article will help someone standing at the brink of The End Of Their World – lost in grief, will find a way to step back and find a way to recognize the personal loss and develop a way to put one foot in front of the other each day to continue their life.

For me, I will observe Momma’s Death Anniversary by adapting the Republic Of The Philippines custom to work for me. I will remember the stories and the advice that I learned from my mother, Opal M. DeLong Warren.

I am the son of the six-foot-one, Missouri brunette, who spent her life sacrificing for me.

I am still a work in progress.

But, the hillbilly wife of a Texan, had stubbornness and determination hardwired into her Soul, so she still watches and finds a way to keep in touch beyond The Real World.

A little thing like Death, is a nuisance, but not even The Great Wall is nothing more than an annoying obstacle to a Mother’s Love.

Thanks, Momma.

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