The Cosmic Balance of Halloween


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    When the leaves enter the leaves, and the pumpkin spices show everything from scratch and sniff crayons to martinis, we see that summer is over and we are preparing for the grand autumn of autumn.

    At this time of year, I talked to my wife Julia about watching a certain number of rom-less movies in exchange for agreeing to join me on a musical Halloween show. My childhood enthusiasm for the Universal Monster movie overflows with the joy of autumn when we can figure out the songs that are filed under what we usually say,The Levins are sidetracked. ” Instead of The Levins ’usual song of compassion, forgiveness and love, we can sing about cereals, bone chin and monster matinees. It’s not just fun for me, but, maliciously, seems to maintain a larger cosmic balance. Celebrations, both light and dark, both inspiring and irrational, seem to allow for somehow full inclusion. At least, in my heart.

    The Levites disguised as pirates of mercy

    Transforming kids into playful gestures, and going from house to house is a ritual that reminds us that we always have more than meets the eye. There is a joy with the deep roots of wearing and celebrating the clothes around us. Outside of superstitions like burning a fire on All Hallows Eve to escape from superstition, there is a section of us who know that we are not limited and defined by form.

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    Our fascination with Halloween goes much deeper than the harvest, the need for candy and the grip of our things in costumes. Now since we wear masks in public all year round, you would think there would be no interest in giving another cover. Yet, ghostly spirits are already overflowing around us.

    It is noteworthy that at this time in history, when there is a division and preoccupation with portraying each other as villains and monsters, issues such as the fluidity of gender and in-depth conversations about race, equality and cultural consciousness have become prevalent. Social norms are being challenged, redefined, with helpful changes and new understandings. It’s as if the subtle essence of the universe is singing, “Lighten up, it’s not about form, use your imagination to be bigger than all the definitions of yourself and all around you.”

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    Of course, we are not using this holiday to test ourselves and our tendency to hide. Halloween is often seen as an opportunity to escape and indulge in fantasies. Yet, like most traditions, there is always the opportunity to know deeply why we can love and cherish this holiday.

    We may have become unnecessarily numb due to wave after wave of disasters, political upheaval, corruption, inequality and health concerns. We can convince ourselves that we don’t have time to sit down with our own personal thoughts, we have to deal with the misery of the world. When we are wrestling with grief internally or overwhelmed with our concerns for each other and the planet, there is a tendency to hide behind the convenience of saying “I am fine”.

    Since it is acknowledged that we are all connected to each other, and dependent on each other for survival as a species, we often decide to fall into the row in the concept of separation. If we can convince ourselves that we, and perhaps our chosen family or group, are not bound by the fate of humanity as a whole, we can achieve the kind of protection that will protect us, or at least isolate us.

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    Since we have been subscribing to the idea of ​​separation for so long, we have created a fear of the “other” that has become associated with our fear of death. From this fear, we tend to behave disgustingly. It is the root of our atrocities and has created enmity and intolerance towards each other which leads to oppression and war.

    Horror movies, books and legends related to Halloween are a reflection of our grasp of this idea of ​​separation. They highlight our power in the supernatural realm for cruelty and injustice. They are a means of projecting an image that turns frustration into a force that can be resisted and even defeated. These are a creative way for us to face fear and not be overwhelmed by the helplessness and frustration it causes. They also remind us that monsters, ghosts and demons can be created, even by us. Each of us has the ability to create or do something fearful or kind.

    We love to call the beloved and terrifying green monster a flat-top and a bolt around his neck, Frankenstein; However, Frankenstein is actually the name of the doctor who gave life to this animal and then left him without any upbringing to guide him.

    Oscar Wilde Portrait of Dorian Gray Another excellent example of a ghost story that gives us a valuable perspective. It holds the mirror of our society, which often values ​​appearance more than matter. Dorian Gray leaned towards cruelty and cruelty in times of hardship and struggle which was reflected with age in his mysterious portrait and became disgusting with every thoughtless act. That painting was hidden in an attic, when Gray presented a youthful, almost angelic image to the public.

    The idea that cruelty can leave a supernatural impression, such as this portrait or ghost, also opens up the possibility that our natural kindness may also have an effect.

    Halloween, of course, is not the only opportunity to test our shadow. Our popular stories and movies, from Star Wars to Marvel, draw from the various rituals involved in our different cultures that allow us to reflect our fables, so that we don’t become like the animal feature that is wreaking havoc on the earth.

    For example, there is a Judaic ritual, called Tashlich, where bread crumbs or pebbles are thrown into moving water to represent the mistakes we can make during the year. It is a gentle meditation and an opportunity to acknowledge our imperfections.

    One year, I was standing on a bridge with my parents. With the bread crumbs we made to correct our flaws, my mother turned a blind eye. Spontaneously, he took a piece of bread and threw it into the water and declared, “Here you are for what you have done well !!” My dad, in turn, rolled his eyes, and we all burst out laughing.

    We become complete in balance. Yes, we are imperfect; Yes, we must be careful against being villains and monsters; But we have an indomitable ability to heal, to be generous, to uphold the dignity of those around us, and to send goodwill and love. It’s a momentary choice.

    Perhaps the joy and excitement of Halloween is our annual reminder that we don’t take ourselves so seriously, parade around and show off fantastic diversity when we visit for a little sweetness with our neighbors. It can laugh at our fears, explore our shadows, and, perhaps, embrace some healing change.

    For those of you interested in joining our Halloween show with our friends Scott Wolfson and other heroes on October 30th at 7pm EDT, tickets can be purchased:

    Written by Ira Scott Levin / Edited by Julia Bordenaro Levin and Susan B. Katz

    Tasnimul Rafi
    Tasnimul Rafi
    Chief Executive Officer of Raw marketer, Online editor, Author

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