Tuesday, December 30, 2008

How are you fairing out?

Hello everyone. How is the Christmas holiday celebration going? Did you travel? Were you in contact with family and friends? Are you getting enough to eat and drink?

Although Christmas is a Christian holiday, the spirit of Christmas is a gift to all. When you look at the genealogy of the word Christmas, it is a word that seemingly combines two diverse orientations. Christ means God. Mass
is defined as form or substance. So Christmas is the celebration of God in the human form. Jesus was the manifestation of God as a human being. Jesus walked the earth as Christ or God.

You too are walking the earth as God in human form. Christmas is the official annual celebration of your true nature, it’s a party thrown in your honor as well as for all who compose the human race. Christmas is the time to celebrate your reality. It’s a time to celebrate the purpose for which you were created, to love. The God in one human brother or sister honors the God in another. In celebration of that purpose we give presents to honor the God in others, and confirm our communion in love.

Before the presents and partying drift off and become framed with some other meaning, it’s comforting to reflect on our true reality, and the real reason that we honor one another with cookies, candies, and presents. We do so in praise of our communal reality, that we are all the manifestation of God, the Christ. We are all created from love to love, and Christmas is the time to recognize, reaffirm and celebrate our love for one another. db¤

What’s next?

What do we do once the official celebration period has past?

Bible scripture tells us that “if we love one another, God’s love lives in us and His love is made complete in us.” Each and every day we may commune with others through our Godliness, through our thoughts and expressions of love. We may choose to extend loving thoughts or choose otherwise. We may choose to extend vengeance, hostility, and resentment; or we may communicate thoughts that originate from our real purpose. Each day can serve as an unofficial Christ-mass day or as a “stress-mass” day. When we are living out our purpose, we are living in love. We are being forgiving, and willing to relinquish our spiteful thoughts. By sharing our love we bring happiness to our self and others. db¤

The Gift Of Happiness

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, 
and the life of the candle will not be shortened. 
Happiness never decreases by being shared.” –Sutta Nipata

You Are The Light

“Cast off pretense and self-deception and see yourself as you really are. 
Despite all appearances, no one is really evil. They are led astray by ignorance. If you ponder this truth always you will offer more light, rather then blame and condemnation. You, no less than all beings have Buddha Nature within. Your essential Mind is pure. Therefore, when defilements cause you to stumble and fall, let not remorse nor dark foreboding cast you down. Be of good cheer and with this understanding, summon strength and walk on. 

Faith is like a lamp and wisdom makes the flame burn bright. Carry this lamp always and in good time the darkness will yield and you will abide in the Light. Dhammavada

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