Let There Be Light
by Marilyn Jenett
Some of you who have
known me for awhile may be aware that I am Jewish by birth.
I've never practiced Judaism or been involved in the culture or
traditions. I do have vague childhood memories of the holidays and
respect for what I know to be a beautiful heritage.
Traveling as an adult, I once stood on the top of Masada in Isreal, the
isolated large mesa overlooking the Dead Sea — the famous ancient
fortress where a tribe of Jews hid from the soldiers of the Roman
Empire for two years. As the soldiers reached the top of the mountain,
the Jews chose mass suicide rather than surrender. Seeing the
historical ruins at the top of this high plateau had a great impact on
me. So did the military tanks in the Golan Heights as we picked up
16-year old soldiers hitching rides on our tour bus. What a
difference it made to witness all of this in person instead of viewing
it on TV from the comfort of our living rooms in America.
It was a poignant scene when I stood on the spot where Christ was born
in Bethlehem, which is believed to be in a grotto in the Greek Orthodox
Church of the Nativity. They didn't allow photos to be taken inside,
but the guard liked us and allowed me to take a few.
Stories of the Holocaust always bring tears. Not because I'm Jewish.
Because I'm human.
But in spite of the profound effect these experiences had on me, I
continued, as always, to follow an independent spiritual path instead
of a religious one. And if you have experienced my writings for awhile,
you know that one of my favorite things is to find the metaphysical
meaning in every holiday and discover its alignment to prosperity
consciousness — a core message that will apply to all people of every
Today I am addressing Hanukkah, which begins Tuesday (in the U.S.) at sundown. I truly believe that the teachings below can have a profound effect on your consciousness and change your life...
Hanukkah, or Chanukah, known as the Festival of Lights,
is an eight-day Jewish holiday that commemorates the victory of the
Jews over the Syrian Greeks in 164 BCE after years of being massacred
and persecuted. Hanukkah is from the Hebrew word for "dedication." The
Holy Temple in Jerusalem was desecrated in the battle and following the
revolt, there was only enough olive oil left to fuel the eternal flame
in the Temple for just one day. But miraculously, the oil burned for
eight days, just enough time to press and prepare fresh oil.
This miracle is celebrated during Hanukkah by lighting a special
nine-branched candelabrum called a menorah for eight days. Each night of the holiday, the "servant" light, called a shamash, lights one
additional candle until all eight are lit by the final night.
Spiritual Meaning for All of Us
So...I must now find the Universal spiritual meaning to this holiday
and its ritual and intuit its relationship to our growing prosperity
For the Jews, Hanukkah signified going from darkness into light and was
a victory of freedom over opposition.
I found an essay by David Robert Ord, Editorial Director of Namaste
Publishing, a publisher of spiritual and transformational books. Ord's
expression of the deeper meaning of Hanukkah resonated with me as a
perfect introduction to my own intuited interpretation.
states, in part:
"What happened at that time
among the people we have come to know as
the Jews was an advance beyond fear of the capriciousness of the gods.
It was the beginning of the freeing of humans from the whims of powers
beyond our control.
"...The Jews had the audacity to imagine they had a right to determine
their own destiny. It is a belief that led ultimately to our modern
democratic approach in the west.
"Hanukkah represents the right to self-determination. In the dark night
of oppression, a lamp glows, illumining the path to freedom that all
humanity will someday tread.
"When you realize that your life is in your own hands — that nobody is
pulling the strings — you become open to creative resources within you
that, until now, you may have been oblivious of."
I've now come up with an idea for us to apply Hanukkah's
message for our own personal transformation, prosperity and business
success. The Festival of Lights provides a simple reminder of the
attributes of consciousness that should always remain foremost in our
minds and hearts. From these attributes will flow everything that is
needed to make us happy and our lives complete...
There Be LIGHT
is for LOVE, the most powerful force in the Universe and
the seed of
creation. We learn to love our Universal Parent, love ourselves, love
mankind, love our work and discover the work we love, and even love
money, for we know it is pure spiritual substance. You have as much
right to receive it as the air you breathe.
is for ILLUMINATION, the wisdom and knowledge that directs
us on our
path to our destined place in life and our highest good. As you become
illumined, you also illumine others and contribute to the healing of
is for GRATITUDE, a powerful principle of manifestation
umbilical cord that connects us to our Universal Parent. You are
grateful not only for the blessings you have but also for those things
you desire but don't yet see, for you know that expressing gratitude
before you receive is the strongest magnet that draws those things to
is for HERITAGE, our birthright, the inheritance that
belongs to each
one of us by divine right. You are the rich heir of a wealthy Universe
and your job is to learn to accept and receive what is rightfully yours
and to eliminate the dominant thought of struggle and strain.
is for TRUTH and for TRUST. You are here to discover the
truth of who
and what you really are. The greatest achievement you can aspire to in
life, the foundation for every other achievement, is to become aligned
with your true Source and to experience unconditional trust in its
guidance and wisdom.
During this week of Hanukkah and continuing into the future, do you
think it might be a good idea to begin each day with our own ritual of
affirming, "Let there be Light?"
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