The Meaning (and Not) of Christmas to Me
by Marilyn Jenett
Christmas - Part One
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In my opinion, aside from the
obvious festivities, there are many
worthwhile goals that can be experienced during the holiday season. It
can be a time for healing and closure, and ultimately a time to prepare
for the "birth" of new ideas and new manifestations.
spiritual understanding of Christmas
Discover how Christmas can grow our
Be lifted beyond the commercial
aspect or remain true to higher values while dealing with the financial
Remain centered and peaceful during
Overcome a feeling of sadness that
affects many at this time of year
Have or find a place to gather and
share with like-minded people if we don't have families or spend time
alone for renewal if preferred
Receive some joy if we need it or
give some joy if we have it to share
my contribution toward that end, I would like to share some of my free
flowing thoughts about this holiday...
The Meaning (and Not) of
Christmas to Me
Notwithstanding that great cartoon Dianne Reum created for me above, I don't get involved
with the holidays from a commercial or consumerism standpoint.
Personally, I would rather give gifts and greetings at any time during
the year and not because of ritual or a feeling of obligation. I'm not
a scrooge at all, mind you. It's just that I believe that all of the
feelings of peace, joy, love, goodwill — well, shouldn't these ideas be
cultivated at all times? Isn't that a worthy goal for any time of year?
One year, a forum
member whom I had known from posts over time suddenly decided to offer
his help to me in a technical area of the Internet. Why? He said it was
because the holiday season brought this out in him. I really did
his offer, but I don't grasp why the "season" has to be the prompt for
our goodwill gestures.
I do understand and
respect the religious connotation of Christmas, but I prefer to
concentrate on the spiritual aspect — developing the birth of a Christ
Consciousness — a universal consciousness of love that encompasses all
faiths and all humanity. I respect any religious path as long as it
remains true to what I always believed was the common denominator of
all great religions — the love of our Creator and love for our fellow
man — unconditionally. I found a New Thought definition of Christ
Consciousness as "The spiritual and mystical experience of the unity of
all the universe. To attain cosmic consciousness is to see the universe
as God and God as the universe, and everything as part of this whole."
also includes the deepest understanding of spiritual and Universal law.
The word Christ comes from the Latin "Chrīstus," and from the Greek
"Khrīstos," which means "anointed," to choose by or as if by divine
intervention. I believe that our understanding of spiritual law is our
connection to the Divine.
Now some of you might
find my chosen path and reference to Christ Consciousness and certain
scriptures interesting, since I was born and raised Jewish as a girl.
The definition above refers to the
unity of all the universe...everything as part of this whole.
I chose this path of unity.
The Winter Solstice,
also known as Midwinter, occurred this year on December 21st in the
Northern hemisphere and marks the beginning of a hemisphere's
astronomical winter. Interpretation of this event varies from culture
to culture, but it is commonly recognized as a time of rebirth
involving festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations. Many
cultures celebrate a holiday near the winter solstice; examples of
these include Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, Pongal, Yalda
and many other festivals of light.
Have you ever
wondered why Christmas and the birth of Jesus falls on December 25th?
In the next article, Part Two of this holiday message, I will share
with you the most
"astronomical" and "heavenly" interpretation of this most famous of
births. When I first read about this decades ago in the writings of one
of the most brilliant teachers of manifestation laws, I was stunned.
You'll find the link to this fascinating information at the end of this
Joy and Mass Mind Thinking
It appears to me that
the commercial aspect of the holiday has overshadowed its true meaning
and leaves much of the population stressed, overtaxed and overextended
financially. I opt for finding my center of peace and staying right
I think the holiday
rituals are primarily conducive to large families and especially
and this is a wonderful opportunity to bring families together — IF we
are instilling the right ideas into our children's minds and teaching
them true values instead of letting the commercialism mold their
Someone asked: "What if every
day was joyous,
like this holiday season?"
Why not? It's a decision.
should not affect our happiness and well-being (and joy). It all comes
from within. We really can feel joyous at any time or the opposite at
any time. It's really a choice.
that many people are very unhappy during the holidays. I
also believe that
there are many people who do not experience joy during the holiday
season. They are filled with tension and stress — and I do not believe
it's necessary. But most people follow the
crowd like lemmings instead of listening to their own guidance.
kingdom of heaven is within.
EVERY day is a gift.
What if people wouldn't
caught up in the commercialism and instead gave of themselves: perhaps
make gifts (which can be very meaningful); buy according to
ability to buy and not spend money they don't have or spend beyond
their means and incur debt? Wouldn't you think they
could create more joy instead of lamenting after it's all
over? How about if they focused on the real meaning of the holidays
instead of getting
caught up in the mass mind thinking and consumerism. What if we all
stop being hypnotized by the media and instead listen to ourselves —
voice that knows the truth?
How about the thought of being
debt free in January? Now there's an answer to some joy.
Years ago, I used to
buy expensive gifts for my corporate clients. Then I decided to take a
certain amount of money and donate it to a charity. I would send my
clients cards and tell them I have donated on behalf of them. You would
be surprised at how well received that gesture was.
Another idea...If you
are on a budget and you are going to give gifts, then why not buy them
during the year when the sales are on. Be a practical and wise shopper
and when the holidays roll around, you are all set. Smart, relaxed,
debt free and generous. :-)
Christmas and New Year's is a special time of year for me, but in less
common ways. It is a time for
reflection and renewal. I love to use this holiday time to organize,
declutter, streamline my possessions and my environment and release
unnecessary elements to prepare for the "birth" of new ideas and new
celebration of this holiday for me is based on the teachings of one of
the greatest teachers of all time — the healer, the mystic, the
metaphysician who gave us a philosophy of living based on true
spiritual law (which must be interpreted correctly but more often is
not) and the key to all manifestation:
all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall
That realization is the
greatest gift we
could ever receive.
The greatest gift I
believe I could
ever give to you — to anyone — is to help you
understand this law and the ability to use it in your life.
I hope you will accept
this gift from me year round in lieu of the fanfare and ritual during
the holiday season. I do however, offer my warmest blessings to you and
your loved ones during this season and truly hope you will find your
own center of peace — the "peace that passeth all understanding" — and remain there.
CLICK HERE to go to fascinating Part Two of this Christmas series...
Marilyn wearing Star of David
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