Inner Peace: Our Halloween identity: Goblin, ghoul — or angel?

    At Halloween we can have fun exploring our various inner “creature features” and play "let’s pretend" for one night. 

    Many of us wonder at some point during our lives who we really are. Some question and search more than others and maybe that’s a curse depending on how you look at it. But the basic human question is: Who am I and why am I here? 

    Halloween is fun because we can be someone or something else and escape from whatever it is we think we are. And besides — it is fun, so why not? 

    Deep down we know love is the essence the core of our conscious being. We all have a Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde split personality lurking within the ego self we constructed to deal with life to live in the world where we find ourselves. We can be kind one minute and hateful the next depending on which voice we are heeding. But that double identity still keeps us from realizing the light, the love that is our truth. 

    You are not the double identity your ego would have you believe. The ego is merely a thought in your mind. It is a false thought system, however. If you let it run your life, controlling every thought and action, you will be miserable and wonder why happiness is elusive. It is not who you are, it is not your friend and it will never make you happy as you continue to seek and never find.

    It can make you feel superior or inferior. It does not want peace, love or harmony. It tells you that you will be happy if you do such and such. It does not want you to be truly happy because that would put it out of business. The ego is a lie. 

    A wise person said, “We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” We will be happy if we remember that and connect to the Light and the Love that is within us that is far, far beyond any false ego thought. The mystics tell us we are the light of the World! We are complete and healed and whole, loved, loving and lovable. We need to let the realization of our true identity sink in and that will happen when we change our thoughts and practice mindfulness. The calm beauty and grandeur of your true identity will reveal itself gradually. As you allow the fog to lift, things will bother you less and less. You gradually train your mind by not believing every little egoic thought that arises. Eventually the happiness of heaven where loneliness does not exist will dawn upon you. 

    You inherited Love. It is a gift, a present within you that you discover when you become present. You are the creator of Love but it came with you from the factory. Love just extends. No one lives who does not have it. That would be impossible. Whenever you have a loving thought or extend love to someone, you are shining the light you came with. Just watch a baby (after their diapers are changed) and remember their sweet love is glowing at you — and connecting with yours. Mystics say it is God shining in this world from one mind to another. 

    Whenever you see Love, you are seeing your True Self and your inheritance. To be happy, extend the Love within you to everyone and every living thing, your friends and enemies and exclude no one.

    When you are kind and loving, your journey and your classroom will be peaceful and joyful. Since love is internal and comes from the eternal, it can never run out. It is like the magic pot of pudding in the child’s story that boils over unceasingly — impossible to halt or stop! 

    Remind yourself of the limitless love that is your true identity everyday by saying: 

    I am the light of the world. I am Spirit, I am Love and I am Loved, Therefore I extend Love to all whom I meet. I walk in Love; there is nothing to fear. 

    Numerous daily repetitions will allow the belief to set in your mind. You may not believe it, but that does not mean that it is not true. 

    So dress up this Halloween — be anything you want, but at the same time, KNOW WHO you REALLY ARE! 

    Sally McKirgan facilitates one of several "A Course In Miracles" study groups in the Rogue Valley and the Ashland Daily Tidings Inner Peace column and community blog. Contact her at or visit her blog at


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