I always take October 31st to celebrate my ancestors, myself, my business and all the support – from the Earth realm and the higher realms – that allows me to be who I am and live out my purpose.
To me, October 31st is a day of gratitude – and that night is when it is said the veils between our world and the spirit world are thinnest.
In my Ojibwe culture, the tradition is to hold a Feast for the Dead. Normally the community or family would gather, have a huge feast and celebration and feed the spirits. There are certain traditional foods as well as the favourite foods of your ancestors.
In my Irish culture – pre-Christian and even pre-Celtic – a feast would also be held and a spirit plate of food would be left outside the front door.
There is more of course to each ceremony and variations depending on who you talk to.
But here’s the thing.
We spiritual types can get all excited about doing ceremonies for ourselves and in the community, but what about our businesses? Doesn’t your business deserve to be fed and nourished too?
YES!! Absolutely! So here’s what I do on October 31st:
I prepare a feast and usually it’s just for me, and my daughter if she’s here, or in the past I have included friends. I include favourite things my parents used to enjoy eating, because my parents died many years ago when I was a teenager. I also include some traditional indigenous foods. And by the way, if I don’t have any of that stuff in the kitchen and can’t get it in the stores at the time, oh well! It doesn’t have to be all perfect! (:
The most important elements of the feast for me are the water, tobacco and sage. I offer water to the spirits because it is the first medicine. Think about it – what happens first before a baby is born? Water comes first before life. Tobacco is the medicine of the East, all about new beginnings and sacred contracts. And that aligns with the fact that it’s the Celtic New Year. When the food is all prepared, I smudge it all with sage, and sometimes cedar leaves. I smudge myself, anyone else present, and my whole apartment. Sage and cedar have many healing properties and when burned or boiled, they purify the air as well as clearing negative energies from the body and environment. Smudging is like washing yourself and the space with the smoke (or steam if you prefer to boil/simmer it).
I smudge and pray and or sing my gratitude to:
- All of the medicines that work with me in my business, like my drums, stone and crystal friends, eagle feathers, medicine bag, my Medicine Bundle for My Business.
- My computer, phones, office desk and chair.
- My higher realms support team, including angels, archangels, spirit guides, star beings, grandmothers, goddesses, yep, I’m pretty eclectic and I work with a lot of different energy beings.
- My ancestors, adoptive and biological.
- Oh! This is new! My Earth realm support team – mentors, healers, my awesome Virtual Assistant, my daughter, my web designer, my graphic artist, my joint venture partners.
I create a “spirit plate” which has a little bit of every food item on it, plus some water and a tobacco offering – and I put the plate outside overnight.
Then I eat. And I reminisce about my parents and grandparents who have passed. If I have anyone with me, I might share stories about those memories. Sometimes I go through old photo albums. I remember the funny and positive things about them. I grow my forgiveness for anything negative about the past.
Each year it’s a little bit different. I don’t get all hung up on doing it perfectly – I do it my own way with gratitude and the highest intentions and I have FUN with it.
Some say to leave the leftovers and dishes unwashed and out in the kitchen and don’t go back in there until morning. For some, that is completely fear-based, and for others, it’s just to allow the spirits to have their own feast in the kitchen overnight. I like to put the spirit plate outside for that reason – so they can feast with each other outside all night long if they want. (:
I encourage you to use this powerful time to be in a space of sacred celebration – whatever that means for you. It doesn’t have to be like what I just shared, or it could be, but the main thing is to feel gratitude and take the time to nourish yourself, your business and all of your helpers.
Gratitude and celebration are two of the most powerful medicines, and including your business in all of this will put you and your business in a higher frequency.
Happy Feasting and Happy Hallowe’en, Samhain, Day of the Dead, Feast for the Dead, Celtic New Year and whatever else you might celebrate!