Christmas: “Be not afraid, but let your world be lit by miracles.”
Excerpt from Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love
Christmas is a symbol of change. The meaning of Christmas is the birth of a new self, mothered by our humanness and fathered by God. Mary symbolizes the feminine within us all, who is impregnated by spirit. Her function is to say yes, I will, I receive, I will not abort this process, I accept with humility my holy function. The child born from this mystical conception is the Christ within us all.
The angels awakened Mary in the middle of the night and told her to meet them on the roof. “The middle of the night” symbolizes our darkness, our confusion, our despair. “Come unto the roof” means turn off the television, sober up, read better books, meditate, and pray. The angels are the thoughts of God. We can only hear them in a pure mental atmosphere.
Most of us have heard the angels beckon us to the rooftop already. Otherwise, we would not be reading books like this one. What happens at this point is that we are given the opportunity, the challenge, to accept God’s spirit, to allow his seed into our mystical body. We shall be his safety and protection. We shall, if we agree to, allow our hearts to be a womb for the Christ child, a haven in which he can grow in fullness and prepare for earthly birth. God has chosen that His son be born through each of us.
“There is no room here,” said the innkeeper to Joseph. The “inn” is our intellect. There is little if any room there for the things of spirit. But that doesn’t matter because God doesn’t need it. All he needs is a little space in the manger, just a little willingness on our part in order for Him to be born on earth. There, “surrounded by animals,” at one with our natural human self, we give birth to the one who rules the universe.
Shepherds in the field see “the star of Christmas” before anyone else. Shepherds are those who tend the flocks, who care, who protect and heal the children of the earth. Of course, they see the sign of hope first, because they are the ones providing it. They have made of their lives fertile ground of miracles. They see the star and follow the star, they are led to the scene of Jesus in the arms of man.
And worldly Kings gather to pay homage to Him. That is because the power of the world is nothing before the “power of innocence. The lion lies down with the lamb”; our strength is in harmony with our innocence. Our gentleness and our power are not at odds.
“Long lay the world in sin and error pinning, til He appeared and the soul felt its worth,” goes the Christmas carol. With the birth of Christ, not just once a year but in every moment, we allow ourselves to take on the mantle of divine sonship, to be more than we were the moment before. We expand our self-awareness and self-identity. The “son of man recognizes himself, and in so doing becomes the son of God.”
And thus is the world redeemed, brought back, healed and made whole. The dream of death is over when we receive the vision of real life. Jesus in our hearts is merely the truth that is etched upon it, the “alpha and the omega” where we began and where we will return to. Even if He takes another name, even if He takes another face, He is in essence the truth of who we are. Our joined lives form the mystical body of Christ. To reclaim our place within this body is to return home. We once again find the right relationship to God, to each other, and to ourselves.