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christmas message 2004

reflections on christmas

Christmas to the masses is a time of giving, of celebration and being with family. Various religious meanings also come with the package depending on one's background and traditions.

There are also some significant esoteric aspects to Christmas for the awakened individual which add depth, meaning and dimension to the holiday season. I believe that a holiday like Christmas serves the purpose to remind a participating humanity that life is about what we give to it and the others in our life. The Christmas holiday offers the masses an opportunity to take time out of one's busy schedule to do something special for the other's in their life that they care about.

The gift of one's time and presence, simply being there with the others you love and care about is the most precious gift of all. All too often we try to buy gifts to make up for the lack of this most precious gift of our time and presence. Yet, this is the gift we can give all year. It does not require a shopping trip or an expenditure of your hard earned dollars. If we spent the time that it took to buy that gift - the card and the wrapping paper and all the time spent in traffic getting there and back, wrapping the gift etc. - instead with the person we intended to give it to, to make them feel special, would that not be the nicest gift of all?

Yet, the esoteric meaning of Christmas goes deeper still. It is a time that begins a celestial cycle of our annual planetary Return to Light. The celebration of Isho'a/Jesus' birth at this time of year is believed by many esotericists to be in error. Most esotericists place his birth date sometime later in April. But the celebration of the energetic birth of the Christ Child within is most appropriate at this time of year. As the days begin to lengthen on the journey towards Summer Solstice, the energies of the Cosmic Christ start to move "outward" from the center of the planet [i.e. center of our being] towards the higher frequency ethers and also the outer realms of expression. The Christ within starts to make a movement towards expressing more fully on the manifest plane of reality we know as our world.

This process culminates at Summer Solstice and then reverses until Winter Solstice, and so forth. The Equinoxes are the times of year when we have a perfect balance of the Cosmic Christ energies on inner-outer levels of being. At least, it is the time of year when such a balance is best energetically supported. It is still up to us to make the right choices in our lives in order to experience such a state of balance. Each year we journey through another of these cycles, advancing upon the spiral of Christic Consciousness towards a fuller realization.

How might this balance of Christ energies at inner-outer levels be defined? There are surely many ways of defining that state of balance, each relative to its own state of awareness. My own experience has taught me that when I am in this state of balance [at some level of realization, not necessarily full realization] then there does not seem to be any friction between my inner and outer lives. This does NOT mean everything goes smoothly in my inner or outer arenas of life. It DOES mean that the flow of my energy is such that there is no conflicts, blocks or obstructions to the smooth flow of energy through my being and thus my inner and outer life spaces.

This balance requires maintaining a state of expanded and expanding spiritual awareness. We have the responsibility to maintain that expanded and expanding spiritual awareness. When we lapse in that awareness because something happens to cause us to contract, then the difficulties begin. Contracting is a protective response that is quite ingrained in us as stellar beings embodied in a primal evolution. The protocol of the primal evolution is "fight or flight." To the degree that we lose our expanded awareness and contract, we will initiate this fight or flight response even if it is subtle. Once this primal mechanism is initiated, it tends to self-perpetuate.

This is where becoming consciously aware that we are in fact responding from a contracted space empowers us to move gently back into our expanded and expanding awareness and therefore towards a better balance. There are many different spiritual practices available regardless of your religious, traditional, spiritual preferences that can serve the purpose of maintaining expanded awareness. The various forms of prayer and meditation are the primary modalities used. Yet, I have always maintained that we must learn to BECOME the prayer, to BECOME the meditative states we experience. To experience those states briefly is extremely helpful and necessary, but that is not the overall goal our souls have in mind. Integration of these states of being is the key [this is one of my areas of expertise and I do help others with this on a donational basis].

At Christmas we have a distinct advantage in that so many people on the planet are actually assuming a more expanded state of being for a short time. Yes, it is true that many people are also very stressed out at this time of year and have many limitations present within their motivations. But, one has to see WHY they are stressed out from a spiritual perspective. This occurs because these people are attempting to respond to a different set of values than what they normally live, and these values exist on a higher plane of reality. Many people become somewhat driven by these cosmic forces as the vibrational presence of that higher reality impresses itself upon the mass consciousness. That collective response takes many various forms to be sure, many of which do not seem to represent any form of expanded consciousness at all. But this is where we are challenged to "make our eye single" so we are not fooled by the illusions of duality [two eyes]. We must learn to peer through the veils of illusion and look for what the Great Love is doing. This world of ours is a canvas, and the Great Love is forever painting upon it. Sometimes we see parts of the painting we don't like. Then we are given the opportunity to paint right along with the Great Love. This is the nature of the Great Love. IT embraces everything, not just carefully selected individual components of the Creation.

When we connect with the Divine Purpose in the events of our lives and world, we start to develop a larger context to place our observations of life within. We begin to see the painter in action, not just what HE/SHE places on the canvas of our limited 3D reality. We begin to see the subtler dimensions of the concrete reality, and when we have penetrated into subtle enough layers of that concrete reality, we find REALITY.

REALITY is eternal, reality is temporal. REALITY and reality are different aspects of the Great Love, and they interpenetrate each other and occupy the same time/space! It is in how we focus the energies of our being with our mind, that largely determines just what we will experience: REALITY or reality? I am not herein referring to any physical circumstances as that which comprises our experience, but rather HOW we think and feel in response to those circumstances. This is what all the great mystery traditions have attempted to teach us to do.

When we learn to draw more deeply from the well of Christic energies within our Being, we effectively shift our awareness into more expanded states and therefore also think and feel different in response to various stimuli. This is true liberation, when it can be completely controlled wherein we never have a response to anything that is other than what we know it can be.

At Christmas time we can draw from the vast amount of energy being generated in response to the higher impulses of the Great Love through the many humans who scurry to celebrate the holidays. In our prayers and meditations we can call upon the portion of that energy that is truly an outpouring of Spirit into our own hearts, nurture it, make it grow within us, add it to the rising Christ energies within us, and send it back out to the world for the benefit of all beings.

I have written the following meditation as an inspiration for this purpose. Feel free to use it and share it as you please.

I take into my heart and being all the goodness, love and compassion being generated on this earth right now. I feel this energy circulating through me, lifting me, expanding me, embracing me. I call upon my Christed Self at the center of my being to now lift this energy to its next level or state [take a few moments here to feel this higher frequency coming in].

I see the brilliant Golden White Light of the Cosmic Christ infusing all the love and compassion of humanity, purifying it of any limitations, contractions or misgivings. I now send this rarified love back out to the world and all its peoples, that they may be further uplifted into a more holistic harmonic accord with their Christ Selves.

May all the peoples of the earth come to realize their Divine Heritage and Nature.

So be it!

Mele Kalikimaka = Merry Christmas in Hawaiian!

 

by Rev. Simeon Nartoomid