Christmas is for everyone, whether Christian or not. Christmas is an occurrence of something available to everyone, regardless of their indoctrination. It is rather according to faith. Faith in what? Faith in the Power of God, no matter how we view God. It is faith in the Power of Love, Goodness and Life. Christmas symbolizes the birth of this realization in us, active in our awareness to save us from suffering and sin and grant life everlasting to us.
Shepherds tending their flocks received word from an angel of the birth of the Christ. We could look at this also to mean that in us, as we tend our inner thoughts and not allow them to wander into dangerous territories of destruction and wickedness, through the darkness of night, there came a light in the stillness to guide the way. Angels are messengers of God; higher thoughts from within, revealing always to us the Way and the Truth. An angel comes to the shepherds and tells tthem of the birth of something so wonderful in us; an awakening of the spirit of Love, Goodness and Life within and the realization of God in man.
There are many ways of reading the stories in the Bible. Of course they can be read as historical accounts, and there is debate abotu the accuracy which will go on forever. I find it very interesting to study historical settings and meanings of words. I also find it very interesting how different versions of the Bible can be found to have so many distinct differences in wording. This is, to me, very important to be aware of when reading it and internalizing the meaning of it. I especially like to look at the Bible from a metaphysical standpoint, going to the meaning of each passage in terms of how it relates to each of us and our spiritual progression in life. I believe it can also be read in this way, and so much of what I write is from this point of view. I also read and write from a holistic standpoint, seeing the inter-relatedness of the message in relation to spirit, mind and body, believing the three are in reality one.
The Christ child is wintin each of us. It is born from innocence and love. Wise men recognize this and give honor and recognition, offering gifts of the realization of abundance, protection and spiritual insight.
The gift of gold symbolizes the ever-available abundance of God's riches always available to us. This gift of awareness is bestowed upon the newborn awareness of Divinity in us. It is the gift of realizing God as our Unending Source of all Goodness and Power within.
Some may think the gifts of frankincense and myrrh to be inconsequential, but nothing could be farther from the truth of the matter. These were indeed very wise gifts! Frankincense and myrrh are both precious oils made from the resin of precious and aromatic plants. These plant essences are very healing to the spirit, body and mind. Frankincense has been recognized as a cure-all since ancient times, and has been used spiritually in meditation to quiet the mind and bring it to a place of increased spiritual understanding and higher perspective. Myrrh is a fixative oil, and is traditionally used to increase the power of healing oils. Both have been used in times of spiritual significance throughout Biblical times, such as birth, death and meditation. They are also both known to be extremely healing and anti-microbial oils, fending off bacteria, virus, fungal infections and all sorts of disease, which would be quite handy for a child destined to a life of meditation and healing the sick, walking amongst lepers without any fear. We might do well to provide ourselves with some of these same oils today! Again, the teachings apply to all of us right here and right now. So, these oils were gifts to protect the physical body, calm the mind and help raise it to a state of higher awareness, fixing itself upon healing and realizing Oneness with God.
So it goes with the whole story of Christmas. The Christ-child was born in a manger. So, too, is our God-awareness born in the company of those of lesser awareness, as symbolized by the animals there. As to the calling to save the world from sin, offering the hope of redemption and eternal life, that too resides within each of us.
Give gifts to this newborn realization in you which are wise in order to protect and guide yourself to a better life. Be saved from the suffering of spirit body and mind through the power of Love within you. Protect this higher awareness and realize the abundance of God is always available. Fix your mind upon this. God is Good, God is Love, God is Life. The awareness of this Power in you is your salvation from sickness and sin and death. Make use of these gifts on all levels of body, mind and spirit. Follow the star of the east.
The star of the east represents the light within, beckoning us to move forward to this realization. Once the realization has been born within us, it miust be nurtured and cared for, wrapped, swaddled and fed. Gifts to protect and nurtured, treasured as precious and wisely used, not only for the good of self but for the good of so many more yet to come.
When the shepherds told Mary, the mother of Jesus, what the angel had told them, she pondered these things in her heart. Perhaps Mary, pure of mind and heart, knew that higher awareness is not welcome in a world of lower mindedness, but this is an honor to bring forth the salvation of man.` Perhaps she knew that her child would be persecuted, tortured and killed. Perhaps she also knew that somehow he'd rise above. This is symbolic in each of us of how the awareness of God's presence in us as our Source has the ability to rise above all, granting to us eternal Life, and delivering us from all harm even done by our own hand, if we follow the ways of Love, Goodness and Life, knowing this as our Truth.
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6)The story of Christmas is for us all. Ponder what it means to us, and how we may each bring forth this realization of Higher Good, fulfilling our purpose in life, to bring forth mercy and Love, acting wisely for the good of all. There are many things to think upon. That's what's so great about this story. It is a story with so many messages for us. Angels aplenty! A host of angels, in fact.
Tidings of Comfort and Joy,
Happy Birthday to the Christ-child in You!
Rev. Dr. Jody Evans, ND, CTN, CNHP, D.D.
Founder, Essentials of Life Holistic Enrichment Center
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