In the midst of apparent suffering in the world, I read an article that says: “during the upcoming winter solstice, Jupiter and Saturn are lining up to create an incredibly bright star of wonder, or what is known as the “Christmas Star” or “Star of Bethlehem.”1 It goes on to say that this particular occurrence is the first in 800 years.
The imagery of Light, hovering over the world, filled me with great faith about the new day rising upon the horizon and the birth of the Christ-Consciousness being born in the hearts of humanity. The vision of peace on earth and good will towards everyone caused my soul to leap with joy.
The Light that inspires humanity is universal. During this month of December billions of people all over the planet will celebrate Light, just as they have done in previous years. It is the celebration of wisdom, success, good fortune and self-giving-ness that Hindus attribute to Ganesh. It is the presence of miraculous provisions and freedom that Jews celebrate. Buddhists celebrate the enlightenment they witnessed through Siddhartha Gautama. Pagans revere nature when observing the results of agriculture. African Americans see truth in the “seven principles of African Heritage.”
Growing up in the Christian tradition, I was taught the season was celebrated because of the amazing birth of Jesus, the son of God. I now glean a greater implication; i.e., Jesus as the great example, no longer the great exception.
For me, Jesus represents the fullness of divinity unleashed on earth through his own understanding that being life, he was born of Life, of God. This transcendental awareness is Christ-consciousness. Christ-consciousness is the Pure Mind of God individualized in every living being. Jesus called this consciousness, “Father.” He called it “Our Father,” because he understood there is only one Source from which all life flows.
I say to myself: just imagine, my mind is nestled in the Mind of God. Like Jesus, I am an offspring, begotten of the One Father.
Each living being is made of Pure Spirit, of Light, the stuff the stars are made of. I contemplate the idea: “Just as the husband is born again in the wife as the son, so the transcendental God the Father manifested in the Holy Ghost, the Cosmic Virgin Mary (the Virgin Creation), became the sole reflected intelligence of God, the only begotten Son, or Christ Consciousness.” 2
At the end of the day when the night is silent and all is calm, I reflect on the Light that transcends all apparent suffering in the world. I know that God’s wisdom operating through humanity brings about solutions to human problems. In the stillness I remember that that which is within me and within every living being, is greater than that which is in the world. I follow that inner light that reveals what is mine, personally, to do for the highest good of all.
As I begin to pray, ready for the veil to be lifted, I know I am joined by many people all around the world who are praying at this self-same moment. I listen for The Divine, knowing this consciousness of wholeness prevails!
O star of wonder, star of light,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still
Guide us to thy perfect light.
And, so it is!
Happy Holidays to all!
I celebrate the light I am.
By Mary Jane LaBonte, RScP