“It is common knowledge that blood is essential for human life in the body. But the blood has a much greater function than this. It is the seat of the memory of the soul, of the subconsicous memory, and of all the experiences that a being has acquired.”
- Fr. Paul Blighton
Samhain, aka. “Halloween”, is a time when it was said that “the Veil” between this world and the ethereal realms becomes thin. It is said during this time, greater connection and interaction with spirits is possible. It was my having this understanding of Samhain/Halloween that led to it becoming the first non-Christian holiday that turned into a true “holy day” for me.
I have nostalgic and even romantic memories of of Samhain from my first years learning to practice “shamanism“, guided primarily by the books I read and the experiences I had, both in Nature and in my shamanic journey-work. I remember fasting and staying up all night before Samhain- fasting and sleep-deprivation both being techniques used by shamans the world over. Then, after working at the fish market all day, I rode my bike out to the wildlife sanctuary out by the beach, seeking guidance from the Nature “spirits” that presided there, as well as from my own spiritual helpers that I had been working with at the time.
However, among the Celtic peoples, Samhain was not just a time when strange, mysterious, and at times, frightening spirits were able to make contact with the mundane world; it was also believed to be a time when the spirits of one’s own dead ancestors would return to feast with their living descendants.
Although I did not begin practicing shamanism with the intent of connecting with ancestral spirits and archetypes, it was what eventually occurred. While initially, my journeys seemed to depict a scenery more akin to the Amerindian medicine tradition (as that was what the majority of the instructional material I could find was based on), I soon became instinctively drawn toward more organic archetypes; i.e. those of a distinctly Northern European quality. It was these more “familial” archetypes that became the primary archetypes I worked with.
The “soul’s journey” that takes place within the shamanic trance state brings one face to face with the vastness of the world(s) that lies within their very being. It only makes sense that the ancestors and ancestral archetypes that reside within one’s very DNA would also inhabit that vast interior landscape.
The ‘As Above, So Below Principle’ of metaphysics, refers to the notion that on all planes/levels of existence, a certain sort of uniformity or consistency exists within them and between them. When we apply this basic Principle with an understanding of what is now the well-established science of genetics and DNA research, it seems to be fairly certain that the essence of our ancestors would reside within our psycho-spiritual body just as it does within the physical body; within our blood.
The notion of blood as a symbol for someone’s essence; essentially their soul; is a concept I became intimately familiar with years later as I trained to be ordained as a priest within an esoteric Christian order. And while the bulk of the teachings and philosophy stem primarily from the founders’ involvement in Hermetic Qabalah, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, and New Thought; practice a Communion sacrament that is done in a similar traditional-style to that of the Roman Catholics pre-Vatican II– with the priest’s back to the congregation during the ritual, and the receiving of the Communion by the congregation while kneeling. It could almost be seen as a sort of New Age Traditionalism.
Within the Communion, the wine/blood becomes the essence of Christ Jesus, which is then consumed by the participants. It becomes as such, conducting the energies from the Highest Spiritual realms, infusing them into matter; into form; into “the body”.
This bringing of the spiritual realities into the body, according to Father Paul, founder of this Order, was the function of not only the sacramental “blood”, but also of blood in the literal sense:
“It is common knowledge that blood is essential for human life in the body. But the blood has a much greater function than this. It is the seat of the memory of the soul, of the subconscious memory, and of all the experiences that a being has acquired. It is the vital medium carrying the vital life force and we see this because blood carries oxygen to all parts of the body.
You might consider the vascular system… to be a tree of life, whose root is in the heart.
The consciousness of man is released through the blood, that is, the action of the blood results in certain modifications of the bodily fabric. These modifications are in the nature of refinements affording greater opportunity for the expression of the subtle impulses from the soul.
Within the blood are set up vibrations and patterns by which the future estate of man is to be determined. The blood is the medium by which external phenomenal circumstances are carried inward to be incorporated into consciousness, and by which the consciousness of the soul in its turn flows outward to determine and direct the activity of the personality…
… the blood is the mediator between the physical body of man and the soul of man…”
This concept is echoed by my fellow Order priest, Michael Maciel in his book “World Priest“:
“The physical substance of blood carries the spiritual vibrations of the heaven worlds—the intelligence and characteristics of our soul. Just as our soul is in continuous contact with God, so is our blood in continuous contact with our soul, primarily through the air we breathe (pneuma, ruach, spirit, prana). And in turn, our physical structure, our body, is in continual contact with our blood. Correlation. These systems are nested within each other; they form an unbroken chain from the Godhead to our being in the world.
We bring Earth and heaven together by offering ourselves as the interface. When we live in the world as a soul and Self, it is our blood that carries the vibration of those essential qualities. It is our blood that acts like an antenna that continually transmits spiritual frequencies into our flesh, which in turn radiates those qualities into the space around us.
Reach up through the octaves of your being and feel the spiritual presence within your blood—the light, the consciousness, the Christ. This is where your life is! When you focus your attention there, you are inviting the Christ Being into your body. Your blood is your point of connection.”
With the blood being the point of spiritual connection, would that not make “your blood“, not just your deceased ancestors, but your family, your folk, your ethnos; would that not make these not just “illusions” in physical matter, but rooted in the Spiritual realms?
Within the Indo-European spiritual and philosophical traditions, there is the notion of the soul having three parts. While they have variances depending on what region of the vast area of Indo-Aryan influence we are looking at. However, for the sake of this topic, it more than suffices to say that they generally break down the in the following manner:
- That part which is strictly of the individual, concerning the various strivings and desires of the various levels of the ego.
- That part which is belonging to the family, ethnicity and race; i.e. the Folk.
- That part which is belonging to Logos/God- the Highest Self that is pure Spirit.
In the three part body model taught by Father Paul, these would correlate to the Physical Body, the Spiritual Body and the Soul/Self Body respectively.
However, in the modern West it is essentially taboo to think or speak about things in ethnic terms- particularly if you are of European descent. Hence, the modern spiritualist or “New Age” view of the individual is that he consists of an ego that needs to be subdued or outright destroyed, and a Higher Self that he ultimately seeks to merge with and become in some way.
The idea of any sort of familial, ethnic or (‘gasp‘) racial component of a person’s spiritual makeup is nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, anyone insisting that these things do play an important role will simply find themselves lectured about the “illusion of matter” and perhaps the “illusion of separation“, as these things only have to do with the physical body (supposedly) according to those of the modern Western “New Age” mindset- which unfortunately it seems that many, if not most, of those within or associated with my ordaining Order are infected with.
Ironically, as has been previously shown, race and ethnicity are inherently spiritual realities according to the very spiritual philosophies that inform so much of their worldview.
Even the Eastern religions that so many of these New Agers have adopted in one way or another, have a strong ethnic component. Ancestor veneration has always had a strong presence throughout Asia (as well as Africa and Latin America), and plays a major role in all the religions that developed there. It is only in the universalist-oriented West where these things have been stripped of their original ethnic components to make them more marketable.
The recognition of the spiritual significance of the ethnic group is even recognized in certain non-Western Abrahamic sects like Russian Christian Orthodoxy and of course, Judaism.
The ethnic component is what roots a spiritual tradition to the people it came from. It is the unique constitution of a people physically, psychically and spiritually, that allows them to perceive the Spiritual realms and express them in the manner they do.It is the honor and recognition of this third, “missing” component of a person’s spiritual life.
Looking at the prevalence with which the Marxist/globalist/universalist neurosis seems to have infected the minds of so many spiritually-minded people, it seems only natural to conclude that we are missing something here.
We need a holistic spirituality that takes into consideration not only the individual and the Divine, but also that of the ethnos from which the individual arises. We must move towards the Divine as COMPLETE Beings. Therefore, we must gather and recompose those lost and denied fragments of themselves, and purify them in the Light of Christ.
The ancients knew the blood, the essence of their ancestors, coursed through them, giving them power and resolve to do great things. So is this true today with our ancestors.
Let us honor them by bringing them back into our spiritual lives.
Let us honor them by bringing care for their legacy and their folk, our folk, back into our “regular” lives…
My grandmothers and grandfathers
Those who lived and loved, and fought and died that I may live
Those whose legacy lives on in my blood and in my Spirit
I honor you
I ask for your guidance
And I invite you to be here with me
To heal and be whole in the Light with me
In the name of Our Most Blessed Mother Frya
In the name of WR-ALDA, of Frya, and of Freedom, Samhain blessings unto you, your ancestors and your folk.