As 2005 draws to a close, many will begin looking back at the most impacting events of the year. I'm sure that for many, the Katrina disaster, with its incredible destruction of a city that was hundreds of years old, will be in the forefront of almost everyone's memory.
But while global events are important, looking back at this year from a more personal point of view is something which can perhaps provide more impact, as we manifest without what we feel, percieve, and believe within.
This year has been a year of constant conflict, upheaval, and imbalance, both in terms of the physical condition of our planet, as well as with human beings. As our world grows smaller, and more demands are made upon the people to be faster, to work longer and harder, and to live under increasingly difficult conditions, the global climate becomes more tense, more unhappy, more angry, more exhausted, more inefficient, and more prone to break-downs in communication, effectiveness, and productivity.
People are becoming sicker more often. More children are turning to drugs and alcohol because they don't have their parents to turn to. Because their parents are working multiple jobs to make ends meet, and so they don't have the time they need to have to be there for their kids.
Human beings manifest outwardly the negative and positive energies that are at work in our lives. When we are happy, we manifest that outwardly by laughing, smiling, stating we're happy, or in some other manner that can best show others how we're feeling. And when we feel positive, our environment manifests that in any number of ways - the most commonly noticed method being that we say things like, "The world is just brighter, today," or, "I'm feeling really good today!"
This is what happens when positive emotions are made manifest in our environment - in our personal world.
With all the conflicts and upheavals taking place over the course of this year, then, that is a great deal of negative energies and emotions being manifested. Manifestations are many and varied, but a couple of the more common manifestations are physical illness "out of nowhere" and "sudden" upheavals or conflicts in the world or within the planet.
What does any of this have to do with Christmas, you ask? The answer is: Everything. Everything we do has an effect not only on our own lives, but on all of humanity. Every action we take has ripple effect that touches the entire world, rather like a strand on a spider's web is connected to the core of the web.
Have you ever considered that Christmas seems to be the calmest time of year in most countries? Why do you think that is? Is it because it's Christmas - or is it because humanity is coming together in a common goal of peace?
The collective unconsious is the core of the cosmic spider's web. Every strand connected to that core is an action taken, a word spoken, or a thought. Everything is connected to the core, so if there are many damaged strands, the web of life becomes imbalanced, chaotic, and upheaval takes place.
Christmas is a time when the collective unconsciousness of humanity sets aside all negativity, and focuses its intent on peace. This brings stability and encourages balance on the great web of life. Which means that it IS possible to create genuine and lasting peace, balance, and harmony in this world. In turn, focusing our energies on creating peace within our own lives will manifest outwardly into our environment. Over time, in a ripple effect, our personal environment will spread outward to effect a larger part of our environment. If every human being on this planet focuses their intent on peace, and if every human being on this planet continues to focus their intent on peace, balance and harmony will begin to be manifested in the global environment, as well.
Wars will stop. Food will grow. Poverty will begin to decline. Illness will begin to decline as people start to feel happier for longer periods. Even global weather patterns will start to settle down as the environment begins its return to balance and harmony.
Human life is so very short. It should not be wasted on negative pursuits. Petty squabbles, verbal, emotional, and psychological attacks on others, insults - those negative energies should have no place in our lives. We never know if an insult uttered to someone is the last thing they heard before they died; we never know if an attack against another person, made out of anger, is the last thing WE will have done before WE died.
This is my Christmas message to you:
STOP: Stop talking long enough to listen to what others have to say. You don't have to agree with them, but if you stop talking long enough to hear what they have to say, you might actually learn something you didn't know before.
LOOK: Learn to look beyond the obvious when you are interacting with people who are irritable, cranky, or mean before you attack them back for their attitude. For all you know, they could have just lost a loved one, and they're really hurting. Maybe they were just fired from a job because their company downsized, and that job was all that was between their family and homelessness. Perhaps they just got their butt chewed out by their boss for something they didn't even do. Or maybe a customer gave them a really hard time about something, and you accidentally got caught in the fall-out. You don't know what's going on in their life, so learn to look past the surface long enough to consider all the possibilities for someone's negative or seemingly insulting behavior.
LISTEN: Learn how to really LISTEN to what people are saying before you open your mouth. The chances are usually pretty good that they don't mean to come across as being negative or insulting. They might even have a valid point that you hadn't considered before. Or maybe they're seeing something you're doing that you aren't aware is causing problems, and you need to recognize that so that you can change it if you so choose.
THINK: Learn how and when to choose your battles. The choices you make now will not only affect the rest of your life, they will also affect the lives of everyone around you, so make sure you're making the right ones.
LOVE: Learn true compassion for others. You don't have to love the actions people take that hurt you. But when people hurt you, learn how to be compassionate without excusing their behavior. Separate the negative behavior from the person themselves, and you will be showing compassion for the suffering they may be going through.
LAUGH: There is not enough laughter in the world. Learn how to laugh at yourself more, and try to find the humor in those situations where humor does seem to be hinted at. Laughter is beneficial, physically, mentally, and emotionally for the body, mind, and spirit, and it can help us get through the tougher challenges life presents us with.
LIVE: Live like it's your last moment in this life. Tell your loved ones how much you love them; do the things you always wanted to do, but you couldn't find time to do. Live with joy in your heart and love in your soul for everything and everyone around you. Live like you've never been sad; live like you've never been sick; live like you've never had a broken heart; live like you've always been happy. Most of all, live like it's the best thing that's ever happened to you.
From me and my family to you and yours, may the blessings of this season be yours to experience and enjoy, and may your lives continued to be blessed and enriched throughout 2006, and beyond.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Joyeux Noel, Happy Hannukah, Seasons Greetings, and Happy Yule. May the Universe bless and keep you all happy, healthy, and safe now, and in the future.