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“The Holy Spirit at Christmas”

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“The Holy Spirit at Christmas”

DECEMBER 21, 2014:

Fleur de lisAmong the many profound concepts taught by the Mysteries of the ancient world was the template of the Trinity in all of Creation. In Egypt the concept of the Divine Mother and Divine Father that produces the Divine Child is expressed in the trinity of Isis, Osiris and Horus. Not only does this foreshadow our Christian concept of the Divine Father, Son and Holy Spirit (the feminine face of God), but discoveries in modern day science seem to echo this same principle. In the microcosm atoms are composed of three parts: protons, electrons and neutrons, while in the macrocosm we find that solar systems are composed of suns, planets and moons. Similarly, the path of enlightenment taught by the Celts, the Egyptians, and the mystical teachings of the Jewish Kabbalah, tell us that it is in the Union of the male and female (the Middle Path), that we shall find  Mastery.

Three Celtic leaves green copyThis concept of a Trinitarian Universe is also found in the teachings of Hinduism. They teach that there are three active principles in the Universe: Brahma, the Creator; Vishnu, the Preserver, and Shiva, the Transformer of worlds. In fact, this trinitarian concept is also reflected in the biology of all living mammals. We have three nervous systems: a sympathetic, parasympathetic, and central nervous system. We also have three aspects to our brains: the Reptilian, Limbic and Cerebral brains – each a reflection of our physical, emotional and mental states of consciousness. Thus we can see that this concept is intrinsic to who we are, even when we are unaware of it.

Perhaps as we move into this Holiday Season we can choose to keep the Trinity in our minds, for every exchange of energy has three participants: the Giver, the Receiver, and the Christed Spirit that passes between them. This invisible energy is the Holy Spirit, and energy that brings the Universe into being. Jesus understood this Spirit and lived it every day. Perhaps keeping this invisible Presence in mind each day as we go about the hustle and bustle of our daily lives (shopping, driving, eating, and socializing)  we can practice the Presence of this Spirit. This is the season where our hearts can actively connect with the Christed Heart; where we can remember to Do Unto Others As We Would Have Them Do to Us.

Invoking the power of this Presence in all we do and all we say, keeps alive the Spirit of Christmas alive. May we all remember to share the gratitude of what we have been given with others – not only the humans, but the plants and animals as well, for without them there would be no life on Planet Earth at all.

Wishing You All A Magical Holiday Season!

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“The Meaning of the Christmas Tree”

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“The Meaning of the Christmas Tree and the Way of the Return!

DECEMBER 18, 2014

Cosmic Dreams with man and TreeThe Christmas Tree has long been a symbol of the enduring Spirit of Christ, but many of us may ask how this wonderful spiritual tradition first started and what it really means. Why do we place lights on the tree each year? Why do we decorate our trees with multicolored balls, and why are the trees cut from evergreens? What is the significance of the Star at the top of the tree and why do we put presents beneath its lovely limbs?

The traditions of the Christmas Tree go back to many ancient cultures who celebrated the return of the light just after the Winter Solstice that happens every December 21st. At that time the days are shortest and the sun is at its lowest point in the sky. Three days later the sun begins to rise again, echoing the story of Jesus, a great Solar Lord who died on the cross and rose from the dead on the third day. Each year as we put up our Christmas trees, we choose to remember our connection to the eternal Light of these higher spiritual worlds. The trees that were chosen were always evergreens: firs, junipers, hollies, pines and spruce trees because they represent the eternal quality of the Cosmic Tree of Life itself – a mystical symbol for the Path of Spiritual Return that takes us back into the heavenly realms.

Tree of LifeToday the Tree of Life is best known as the Kabbalah, a mystical teaching within the  Jewish Mysteries. Yet the wisdom of the Tree of Life was once taught within many great cultures including the Egyptian, Greek, Druid, and Persian Mystery Schools. The Tree of Life has three vertical paths all leading to the Source. The first path is the male aspect of the Divine Father; the second path is the female aspect of the Divine Mother; and the third path is the Central Way of the integration between these two polarities that finally leads to wholeness and true mastery.

Jesus taught this Middle Path as the WAY OF THE RETURN, while Buddha taught it as the MIDDLE WAY, and Thoth (the god of wisdom in ancient Egypt), taught it as the ANCIENT WAY, reminding us of the male and female aspects that we must all integrate if we are to open both our hearts and ours minds to the light of Christ consciousness.

Tree of Life ribbonThe lights on the tree are the many souls who are spread throughout the Universe. The balls represent the planets, or the spheres or sephiroth that support life at every dimensional level. And the zigzag path of the garland is the Lightening Path of the Kabbalah: another way of describing how the energies of God descend into the worlds of time and space. Finally the Star at the top of the tree represents not only the Eternal Source of Love  from which we call emanate (God), but the Crown of Mastery that we can attain, if we will only find the path of integration and follow it.  And the presents beneath the tree… these are the gifts of Spirit that come to us through our many various experiences in the worlds below: compassion, generosity, kindness, insight, wisdom and of course, love.

This Christmas, as you go about the task of putting up your Christmas Tree and taking it down again, please remember to honor its true cosmic significance. At the center of this symbolism is a reminder that through the spirit of unconditional love, kindness and generosity, we may find the true path of enlightenment and claim our own Christed natures.


Wishing You All A Magical Holiday Season!


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Tricia McCannon: Mysteries Expert