There’s a part of the Christmas story described in the Gospel of Luke that I always used to find strange and unrealistic. Luke says that at the time of Jesus’s birth, Augustus Caesar decreed that everyone in the Empire had to travel to their ancestral homeland to be enrolled for taxation. This is the reason Joseph and Mary had to journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. That just seemed like a weird process and a total logistical nightmare. It’s not the kind of plan you’d expect from a large, powerful government organization.
Well, after seeing the governments of the world in action over the past year or so, the government behavior described in the Bible doesn’t seem all that peculiar, anymore. Politicians and heads of state have proven themselves to be total nutjobs, ready and willing to put into action any crackpot scheme the Reptilian Overlords propose.
Two thousand years from now, will anyone believe the insanity of 2021?
Anyway, I wish all of you the very best of the season. Let’s hope at least some of today’s politicians find some working brains in their Christmas stockings and stop acting like nonsensical, tyrannical two-year-olds.
May the Light, Life and Love of Divine Spirit fill your hearts and minds and bring you all good blessings for joy and Peace Profound throughout the coming year.
In a few days, we will experience the Winter Solstice and Christmas. Both times symbolize the birth or rebirth of Light in the world. Astronomically, the Winter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere is the shortest period of daylight in the year – the darkest day. But then, the daylight period grows ever longer giving new life to the Earth. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ – spiritually the Light of the World – mystically and historically it is the time God manifested on Earth for the redemption of humanity.
Whatever your religious convictions, this time of the year is a wonderful vision and expression of illumination and life emerging from the winter darkness.
It seems appropriate to embrace this experience with a meditation period to help us unite with cosmic Light, Life and Love and become an instrument of Enlightenment to all.
The meditation procedure I propose is simple and should be something in which everyone can participate.
First, choose a position that is comfortable for you to maintain for a few minutes while still ensuring that you can retain alertness. Sitting with a straight back as in the classic meditation pose is ideal, but not necessary. Any position that allows you to be comfortable and relaxed, yet still offers a slight tension to maintain your wakefulness is fine.
Next, choose a time of day that lets you regularly devote a few minutes to the practice. Preferably in the morning to take advantage of the naturally occurring sun rise, but anytime will do. Our spiritual nature is larger and more accommodating than any physical or astronomical phenomenon.
Now, sit and breathe for a few moments. Your breath should be even and regular, controlled but not limiting – keep it natural.
Then, begin to visualize or imagine a great light somewhere out in space. Let this become, for you, the Source of all Light. Notice streams of Light beaming towards you. The Light enters your mind and fills your awareness. Then, allow the Light to flow down through your face and neck and into your shoulders and then into your whole body.
As the Light continues to stream from the Source, it fills your body completely. All your muscles, bones and organs are filled with the calm, warming, healing Light from the Source of all Light, Life and Love. The Light fills all your body, deep into your cells, until you, yourself, are glowing and radiating the Light. Visualize or imagine this happening. The Light from the Source pours into your body and you begin to radiate Light. In a short time, you become a Source of Light for your surroundings. Your Light fills the space around you, the room, your whole dwelling place, out into the surrounding buildings and neighborhood, out into the world around you, out into the whole world.
Visualize or imagine that through you the whole world is now filling with Light. All the people you know, all the people you care about, share in this abundance of Light. The Great Source of Light, Life and Love has now merged with you and you have become the Source of Light, Life and Love for others.
Hold and enjoy this image of yourself for a few moments, and then, when you are ready, let yourself awaken to the world again. But keep the image of yourself as a Source of Light going with you throughout the day.
Work with this meditation daily over the course of the season and even beyond this season out into the New Year. Enjoy the experience of being a channel for Goodness and Light in the world.
Love and Blessings and all good wishes for Peace Profound!
Meditation isn’t a Christian thing or a Western thing – it’s not even a Hindu thing or an Eastern thing – meditation is a worldwide thing. Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Norsemen, First Nations people – everybody around the world, from the earliest humans to the present time have meditated and continue to meditate in one form or another.
Knowledge of meditation and similar practices are found throughout history.
In pre-Colombian America, in old Nordic cultures, in ancient Egypt, Babylon, Greece and Rome; in Arabic and African countries, in Australia and the Pacific islands – all people have a tradition of meditation.
Pythagoras, the ancient Greek mathematician whose theorems are still taught in schools, today, led a community of disciples who practiced meditation. The Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius, wrote a book on the subject. Native Americans initiated their youth in meditation processes. Old Mexican sculpture depicts people in poses similar to ones used by yoga students. Mantras, seed thoughts and words of power are found not just in India, but throughout the ancient world and sounds such as Om are found in scriptures as diverse as Norse texts (Ome), Sanskrit (Aum), Judeo-Christian (Amen), Egyptian (Amon) and Arabic (Amin).
Knowledge of psychic centers and meditation concentration points also appear universal. From Hopi Indian practices to South Africa and throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Monastic orders in the Greek Orthodox Church continue to work with these concepts just as do the Hindus and Buddhists.
Meditation is clearly a common human inheritance.
Meditation practices, postures and power phrases or prayers are based on knowledge of the three-fold aspects of human beings – Body, Mind and Spirit. This knowledge provides detailed direction for eliminating mental and physical inhibitions. Humans have evolved with an instinct and desire to unite the physical and spiritual aspects of their being into a unified experience. And this experience is one of the things we strive for in meditation.
Your favorite mystic was a bit lazy last week and didn’t prepare a good post. Actually, not so much lazy as despondent. The political situation in the world has a way of bringing me down – although, it really needn’t do so.
It is true that the current occupant of the White House is a corrupt moron and likely to get the West into a shooting war, or worse – an economic war that turns Western nations into vassal states of certain Eastern powers. And the various, current, Prime Ministers of Canada, the U.K., New Zealand and, especially, Australia likewise appear to be corrupt morons and enemies of the people. The 27 unelected Commissars of the European Union, along with just about every elected (selected) President, Prime Minister and Chancellor of the European nations are no better and, in most cases, worse. As are the rest of the leaders of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South America and all affiliated or non-affiliated islands and such. What can be said of the U.N., NATO, and the other dictatorial organizations that deem themselves in control of the world?
It’s not enough that they all seem to despise their own, individual, nations – they also seem to act with a collective agenda to crush the spirit of Humanity, in general, and, specifically, to destroy Western civilization.
This is not something we should find surprising; the Devil has been in control of all the kingdoms of the world for thousands of years. What’s different is that it seems like in the past 50 years or so, the efforts to subjugate humanity have been ramped up considerably.
Yet, we should not despair – least of all, your favorite mystic. We know all this, and we also know that the Earth itself belongs to God and all the human and, perhaps, non-human inhabitants on the planet that want a REAL life are welcome to enter the Kingdom of God – a Kingdom that is not of this world and, thus, is beyond the control of the Devil.
The political leaders are doing what they have to do to achieve their wicked goals – this should not concern us. Let them do what they must in the time available to them. Certainly we, on the path, must continue to exist IN the world – living and walking on the planet. However, spiritually, we should remain apart and not be OF the world.
Let them do their thing while we continue to do ours.
Let us seek first and with vigor the Kingdom of God and let all the rest work itself out.