It’s Christmas Eve and tomorrow is the day we’ve been building up to in Christian countries. Pretty lights in the dark, decorations to lift our spirits, presents to delight loved ones and tons of food for those of us who are fortunate enough to have the family and funds to enjoy it all.
As 2016 draws to a close, I was pondering the symbolism of the Christmas story and the significance Christ could have nowadays. 2016 has been a tough year globally and it’s been a tough year for me personally. Cancer, dementia and stroke have taken their toll on my loved ones. The political promises built on clear lies, the extremism, the growing inequality… it can seem like the darkness is closing in.
Hope in the Darkness
Christmas comes just after the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere. A bright star in the night sky announced the coming of a teacher of great love. In spiritual circles, we talk of the Christ Consciousness – embodying the pure love of the great spiritual teachers like Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi and Kwan Yin. All the religions and spiritual practices are in essence about connecting with this great source of love. My family’s struggles with ill health have taught us to live more, appreciate more and be more present.
It’s our false selves or egos that make it seem that this great love is unavailable. To be sure, the veil between our human selves and this great love can seem very thick. But babies and young children radiate this pure love and see the world with eyes of wonder. Their ego selves haven’t yet formed and they can delight in the pure joy and essence of Christmas. Each of us maintains this pureness behind the tricks of the ego mind.
The Dropping Away of the False
So in these dark times, the essence of Christmas can give us hope that our false selves are gradually dropping away and revealing who we truly are: sparks of a great divine love that can light up the darkness.
In case you didn’t catch this on Facebook – enjoy this little boy absolutely delighted by a visit from Santa <3 https://youtu.be/XCknt5JVPuI
Merry Christmas 2016