The Mass of the Christ, Christmas, is the story of the birth of the Christ consciousness in us. According to William Cameron, “It all happens in consciousness; it is an inner drama in which spiritual awareness is quickened in you. The Christ Spirit is literally born into your awareness and becomes a living part of your humanity.” This is my favorite Christmas story!
Astrology and Christmas go back a long way, all the way back to the Three Wise Men, who “saw” the star shining on the place of the birth of the Christ and were led there by inspiration.
The biblical story of Christmas when seen from a metaphysical perspective, brings a renewed dimension of spirituality to your Christmas celebration.
This is a condensed version of the original work which can be found in the book by William Cameron, Great Dramas of the Bible, a Unity publication. Incidentally, Unity provides 24-hour, 7 days a week online or telephone prayer support to offer an ear, a heart, and a prayer for any challenges you have. They’re wonderful…calm, sweet, loving and simple support from one human being to another.
Mary, mother of Jesus, represents the feminine intuition
The story begins with Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary was inspired by an angel, messengers of God, with the knowledge that she was to give birth to the Messiah, the one whom the prophets had foretold. Through the power of the feminine, she kept this secret quiet and pondered them in her heart.
Then she magnified the presence of the Lord.
The feminine represents the feeling part of our nature, and Mary represents the very highest emotional experience that human beings can have: pure intuition. And this is how the Christ Spirit comes to us: through intuition. It was through Mary that Jesus was born; through the virgin awareness of pure intuition the perfect Christ idea of our own spiritual identity is inspired.
A pure heart always magnifies the Spirit of God in us.
Joseph represents the masculine intellect
The masculine represents the intellectual part of our nature, so Joseph, the human father of Jesus, represents our thinking ability. Joseph was an intelligent man, yet, from the onset he really didn’t understand the whole process involving Mary and her immaculate conception. He couldn’t wrap his intellect around the events, yet something in him knew to listen to the wisdom of her inspiration, and he consented to protect, guide, support and become an important father-figure to this Messiah-child she was going to bear.
Our own intellect can do the same thing: the right state of mind is essential to the growth of a new spiritual awareness in us.
Away in the manger of your heart is the Christ consciousness
The inn represents our intellect. There was no room in the inn for the birth of the Christ.
Many times, we let our mind tell us there is no room for our spiritual side. So, the baby was born in the manger. The manger is our heart – our feeling nature. It doesn’t matter what the conditions of your heart – it can still be a stable; the Christ can still be born no matter the conditions of your emotional nature.
Herod is also part of our intellect – a very important part…he’s the puppet king: our ego. Our ego is always threatened by the birth of something that dissolves our fear; so threatened that it tries to kill the idea. The only thing that ever really keeps us from growing into our Christ consciousness is our own ego. This is what we need to get out of the way.
The shepherd of our thoughts
The shepherds and sheep from the peaceful Judean countryside again symbolize to us the inner scene of our intellectual and emotional processes. The shepherd is the humble, trustworthy, simple type (like Joseph) and watches and tends with loving care the flock of feelings that are under its charge. The shepherd is often the hero in the Bible (shepherds were noble men with great responsibility bestowed upon them), and we can establish this quality of kind and peaceful, but strong leadership in our own intellect.
We can use our minds to gently guide and take care of our little thoughts and chase after the black sheep, to transmute all things in us so that they truly follow the consciousness of the Christ in our lives.
The Christ consciousness in you is the hope of your own glory
Angels represent messages from God, divine inspiration and guidance that bring, “…good news of a great joy…” Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity School of Christianity, said that in the Bible a star always represents the possibilities of our own Christhood. To develop this, to be able to see that star, we need to go apart awhile and experience the communion in the silence of the secret place of the most high. To be able to see that star and follow it will bring forth the beautiful spiritual qualities of our true nature.
The Three Astrologers
Then, we have the Three Wise Men – Magi, astronomers, astrologers, mystics …wise men from the East. In the Bible, East symbolically means: toward the rising sun; in the direction of the source, the spiritual realm of consciousness.
The Wise Men were led by inspiration to the birthplace of the Christ child, where they honored the Child with gifts. This is the special kind of consciousness that makes Christmas so special. The Christ is the greatest gift of all, for it is the gift of God’s own nature expressing in us as us.
The Mass of the Christ is about giving – just like Jesus gave to us
The law for receiving is giving. This Christmas, give the gifts of the Wise Men to the Christ child in you: gold, representing material possessions which are mediums through which we work out the divine plan of our life. Dedicate everything in your material world to God.
Frankincense, a symbol of prayer that we send upward toward our aspirations.
And myrrh, a seemingly strange gift of embalming ointment which represents the letting go of that which is no longer needed in order to make room for the Christ to be born in us.
Let the Christ in you be born! And may there be peace on earth and goodwill to all. Namaste and Merry Christmas to All.
* A brief note on the lunar eclipse tonight…here in Klamath Falls the celestial skies are clear, the Moon is big and bright and beautiful from anywhere in the Basin tonight so go outside and enjoy the splendor. The balcony off our kitchen is the best for me! The photo in this article was taken from there about 6:00 pm tonight (12/20).
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