The Real Meaning of Christmas

The Real Meaning of Christmas

The great mystic, Meister Eckhart, wrote:

We are all meant to be mothers of God. What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the divine Son takes place unceasingly, but does not take place within myself? And, what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace if I am not also full of grace? What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to his Son if I do not also give birth to him in my time and my culture? This, then, is the fullness of time: When the Son of Man is begotten in us.

Those of us who come from a Christian background are taught that the birth of Jesus has significance because it was an historical event, God being born as a man on earth. They say this had to have occurred in order for mankind to be forgiven and redeemed. Yes, the birth is significant, but not necessarily because it occurred in space-time over two thousand years ago. It is crucially important because of what Jesus taught: that He and God are one, and that, anyone else who accepts this, shares the same God-consciousness, and has the same potential to operate in the earth as He did. Undoubtedly, this is an amazing image of the potentiality of man, but this is what Jesus taught. I don’t know what occurred to His message after the Apostle Paul commandeered it, but Jesus wanted His followers to know their special place in the universe, and to create their lives with that in mind.

Within every human is a God-image. Jung called it the Self. Others identify it by different names. One of them is the Son of Man. The names, Son of God and Son of Man, are the same thing. As Swedenborg taught, it is the Divine Human. God is born in man’s inner consciousness, the Soul, when that particular individual gains awareness of the infinite and omnipotent deity within. Quoting Eckhart again, “The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.” Did not Goethe say, “If the eye were not sun-like, how could we ever see light? And if God’s own power did not dwell within us, how could we delight in things divine (Lachman, 1392-1394)?

The Christmas Holiday is a celebration of

  1. the recognition that our inner selves are, at their core, God.
  2. the possession of the most precious gift of all Creation, the image and seal of God upon our souls.
  3. the unveiling of these facts to mankind
  4. sharing the love of God with our fellows
  5. having the will to choose how to use this knowledge, to accept it or reject it.
  6. the prototypical God-Man, come to show us how to walk in divinity.
  7. the Solstice event, symbolizing the return of the Light.

Imagination or the Human Eternal Body in Every Man… Imagination is the Divine Body in Every Man. -William Blake

Happy Holidays!

 

Works Cited

Lachman, Gary. Lost Knowledge of the Imagination (Kindle Locations 1392-1394). Floris Books. Kindle Edition.

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