I was raised in a traditional Christian church, where we sang happy songs on Palm Sunday, had a sadder sermon around Good Friday, and then sang happy songs again on Easter. But there was always an overhanging layer of sadness for me, even in the Spring.
But during Advent, everything felt bright and beautiful. We sang traditional Christmas carols, and when I played music later, I continued that.
Recently I thought about why Christmas always felt so good to me. Why was Christmas Eve my favorite church service all year long? Why did I sing carols just a little louder than I sang anything else? And why could the simplest Christmas story bring tears to my eyes?
Well, as always, the answers came from within me. It’s the pure innocence of Christmas. I mean, let’s face it. The Christmas story is of a tiny baby with the power to save the world. How much more innocent does it get? I’m of the opinion that everybody loves a baby… 🙂 But no matter what you believe about Christmas, let’s think about the power of so many people believing the traditional story.
Here you have a story, like the legend of Santa Claus. But unlike Santa, no one says that baby Jesus has a naughty or nice list. That must be the “glad tidings of great joy” the angels sang about! 😀
Baby Jesus, or Christ consciousness, is there for everyone. Babies in general don’t care what you do or who you think you are. They couldn’t care less about how you identify yourself, your past, what your name is, what you’ve supposedly failed at, or how much money and stuff you have. Babies love, because they come from love and are still connected to that. Babies are not mind and body. They are fully immersed in their experience. And as babies, their experience is still oneness.
This oneness consciousness is always available to us! At Christmas time it becomes a mass consciousness – something more people than usual believe, something that dominates people’s thoughts, feelings, words and actions.
As you prepare for celebrations of your own, whether Christmas or otherwise, choose to make yours a purity consciousness. Be aware of your oneness with all people and things. Bless others and yourself, no matter what appears in your or others’ experiences. Love unconditionally, as the Christ child does. Because the Christ child was not born over 2000 years ago in Bethlehem. Christ’s birth is not a once-and-done thing. Christ consciousness, where love is the source and motivation of everything, can be born within you every moment of every day. And if sometimes Christ seems far away, that’s ok. Just choose, in this moment now, to bring your awareness back to love.
You don’t need to believe the Christmas story to reap its benefits! This message is for anyone and everyone who is willing to hear it, who finds it true, and who decides to live it. Because, what good is your religion or spirituality, if it doesn’t produce a better life for you?