Today, millions of people around us celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, a figure whose life brings the image of the human condition of hope, suffering, and redemption to one of the darkest days of the year.
Sometimes I find that I have to get out of my own way to really understand the deeper meanings in these stories. Whether you consider yourself a believer in a God or not, I find that the gods give me new ways to think about things. The stories of the gods of any and all faith traditions represent the collected wisdom of millions of our common human ancestors. So, back to the Christmas story…
The deeper metaphor can be found in the birth of a baby boy that is just so pure. The moment when something inside of you, deeply pure, profoundly powerful, and light bringing, no less than the son of the Sun, is born into your heart and given voice and agency in the world. This is the child of your purest Love in joyous union with your inner Divine spark, this inner little beauty who is destined for greatness, who has been born of your deeper rhythms is now birthed in the world. And the world is changed forever.
Wishing you all a contemplative Christmas season.