Is it only me? Are you groaning at the thought of another Christmas? Does anyone else yearn for a deeper meaning than consumerism offers? What is the True meaning of the word “Christ” in the word Christmas? We have a vague feeling of good-will at this time of year but “Christ” is usually buried under obligations, a trading of gifts, a holiday and a general excuse for self-indulgent behaviour.
So let’s unearth the Christ? What is It? The church has led us to believe Christ is a person who lived some 2000 years ago. But Christ isn’t a person. Christ Is the Impersonal Divine Spiritual Impulse existing as the Consciousness of every individual on the planet. In proportion to our Recognition and Conscious Realization of this Truth, the Christ shows Its Self outwardly, as the permanent Good in our lives. We can feel it as we allow the “Spirit of Christmas” to envelop us. But It is not something confined to Christmastime or any particular place. It is our own Consciousness revealing Its Self as our experience of good will. That is, our Individual Consciousness IS the Christ.
In Its completeness, the Christ manifests as the fulfillment of our every need. In fact, Its function is to provide, maintain and sustain us in Perfect Harmony. It is the Presence that goes before us to make the “crooked places straight”. It follows behind as a rear guard. All we need to do is Acknowledge this Presence as our Consciousness and It begins to make Its Self felt in and as our experience.
The symbolism of Christmas describes the process beautifully.
The Immaculate Conception didn’t just happen to Mary, mother of Jesus. It is not a physical conception. It is the Spiritual conception of the Divine Idea in Consciousness through our individual minds. The Christ is conceived in all of us, it is only the gestation period that varies. After the Conception, the birth of the Idea in Consciousness is inevitable, depending on a suitably ready mind, through which the Idea will be born. Symbolized as Joseph and Mary, the prepared Mind comes upon an “inn” which they discover is fully booked. The human mind preoccupied with its own ideas, beliefs and concepts has no room for an intangible and Spiritual Idea.
In fact, sometimes we feel the stirring of the Christ when we momentarily entertain a thought of dropping the materialism of Christmas, feeling there must be something more to it. But immediately, the human mind will throw up reasons why it should continue to engage in its old habits. “Christmas is good for the economy”, “Auntie Mable will feel offended if i don’t buy her a gift”, “i’ll be seen as mean-spirited”. The mind plays games of guilt, obligation and expectation to keep the Divine Idea at bay rather than be still and allow the “babe”, (the “saviour” to this unsatisfactory existence) to be born. Moreover, the “inn” of the mind is always full of its intellectual pursuits, self-aggrandizing beliefs and material concepts. A mind preoccupied in this way doesn’t leave any room for the “Christ” (Spiritual Discernment), to be born.
The humble and unadorned stables provide a perfect cover for an Idea likely to be judged as insignificant and thrown out by the human mind. The promise of the Christ is that once It is established in Consciousness, so is our Good. The “Christ” will only be born in Consciousness when its pursuits and attachments are given up, when the one feeling important, obliged and expectant realizes its folly, and the humility of the “stable” is understood and embraced.
The Three Wise men come bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Wisdom Understands, Recognizes and Honours the Precious, Pure and Other-worldly nature of the Christ. But without Wisdom, Conscious Acknowledgement, Recognition and Realization of the Divine Idea is unlikely. The human mind is reluctant to give up its apparent power. King Herod, the symbol of temporal power, on hearing of the birth of the long-awaited Messiah, feels a threat to his leadership and declares that every male child be sought out and killed. Without Conscious Recognition of its Source, the human mind will be hostile to anything which threatens to dethrone it. Consequently, the bearer of the Idea is Wise to keep Its Self Secret and hidden in the safety of crude surroundings that the human mind finds repulsive.
What does all this mean in a practical sense? Well, if our minds are full of human desires and expectations, ambitions and opinions, we won’t leave any room for our Good to Reveal Its Self to us. We must be still and allow the Christ entrance into our Consciousness. When we drop “our” thoughts, we make room for the babe to be born. We allow the Christ in others to be reflected back to us as our Fulfillment. It appears as Good people and Peaceful conditions, not just at Christmas-time, but at all times.
In the absence of Consciousness of the meaning of the Christ, “we” try to be good and expect that good to be returned to “us” by “others”. But this scenario leaves out the Christ. The Truth is that “we” can’t be good or not-good. Only the Christ of our Being (and everyone else) Is Good and the “not-good” we experience is just an absence of Consciousness of the Christ.
Be still. Let us ponder the True meaning of the Christ this Christmas so that It may be Revealed as Your Consciousness – the One Consciousness where Peace, Love and goodwill to Man Is already established, waiting to be Recognized.