This Week’s Quotation:
Of course it could be said that Christmas is a manmade feast; it comes out of a pagan background pattern; but it has been correlated with something that has real meaning, in the recognition of the birth of the Christ, the birth of the Christ within the world of man, within the body of mankind, within every member of that body.~ Martin Cecil
It is Christmas morning at Sunrise Ranch in Colorado. From our home to yours, Merry Christmas!
There is so much about the Christmas holiday that doesn’t have anything directly to do with what the holiday celebrates. Or even with the pagan tradition Martin references. I suppose it all might be part of the joy of the season.
But what does the Christmas carol, Frosty the Snowman, have to do with what Christmas is all about? Or I’ll have a blue Christmas without you?
Listening to a station with Country Western Christmas songs, I realized, O! These songs aren’t really about Christmas per se. They are about what people experience around the holidays. Realizing that, I could enjoy the songs for what they were.
But for me, Christmas can become vacuous if I don’t get right to the heart of what it is about. And Martin puts his finger on it so simply. The birth of the Christ within the body of mankind and within every member of that body.
From a physical perspective, we are separate individuals. Yet, at other levels of our experience, what happens for one of us happens for us all. So, when Jesus was born and brought the Christ Spirit into the world, that Spirit entered the experience of all people in that day—and of all people since, including us. That doesn’t mean that people have necessarily awoken to it. But it is present with them, nonetheless.
This was the birth of what is central to all people around the world—not just Christians, not just “believers,” not just people of the Western world. The Christmas angel proclaimed a birth that brought great joy to all people.
All people are included in that joy. It is present with all people and known when we open to it. And when we open to it, we are held within that central Love at the core of who we are as human beings.
This is Attunement.
What Is Attunement?
Attunement is a consciousness practice and an energy medicine practice that leads to personal spiritual regeneration.