In just the past week, we celebrated one of 29 holidays honored within 7 major religions between November and January.
It occurs to me, that since being born and raised Roman Catholic, that Christianity is the most natural spiritual ‘home’ for me. You might say however that though I am not only tolerant, but I also practice a few of them not born in Christianity. They are among some of the oldest traditions among some of the oldest cultures of the world. And….there’s something to be said for tradition….
The coolest thing is that at this time in our own culture, we have developed more of an historical understanding that many of our traditions are born of other traditions known to the other cultures.
Who doesn’t know by now that the Christmas tree is adopted from the ancient pagan Druids? Or that the Solstice being Dec. 21st, and Hanukkah around the same time, allows for no better season to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ, even though in all likelihood, he was born at about the same time we celebrate Easter? If you follow any of that, I commend you.
Can you imagine how confusing it was for our earliest Church leaders who were trying desperately to suck up to the ancients?
Regardless, at this time of year, I find myself a little more in love with Jesus. I think because all religions celebrate something this time of year, that it is interesting that Christians alone, celebrate a specific person who came into the world a little more than 2000 years ago. Betting you never thought about that…….and understandably so. Some times I find myself to be the only one really interested in anything I am thinking.
The season really has nothing to do with a specific baby born in a manger. It has everything to do with the birth of peace, and of joy, and of the grace of God personified…..and of course, love.
It is a time of miracles, and despite those celebrating Samhain (Halloween) and seeing it as a thinning of the veil between the physical world and the spirit world, doesn’t it feel more like that at Christmastime?
I feel as though my prayers are being heard and that all of Heaven is conspiring to bless me and all of those who I love at this time . The “Christmas Miracle” is indeed alive and well…
We have so many different sects of Christianity—many of which compel us to wonder how they could be of of the same basic religion, as they so often deny, disrespect, and condemn each other to everlasting damnation. Kind of like true Islam and extreme Islam terrorism. One has to wonder why they even share the same word in their name……which of course leads to an entirely different dialogue for another day….so I’ll just leave the subject dangling here for now.
Pope Francis appears to bring people of all faiths together as one, probably better than any other church leader does besides the Dalai Lama. Still there are those who differ from Catholicism…. (and he’s really fine with that, despite earlier popes who…..you know….did that condemnation thing)….
I have spent many years ‘church-hopping’ and studying many “versions” of the Bible.
As with anything in life, we look until we find that which resonates with us. What has resonated with me most is a form of Spiritualism in combination with the Book of Acts. Both allow themselves to be channels for Spirit, one being more inclined to connect with the Holy Spirit specifically, side-swiping all other spirit for obvious reasons (after all, might as well go to the head honcho)….but still, it’s nice to hear from loved ones who are abiding in the spirit realm at this point in time. I think that’s lovely…as long as it is authentic.
Over the years, one of the things I have enjoyed studying –probably more than any other—is the Aramaic language. Aramaic was the language spoken by Jesus, his friends, family, and followers—his times. It is a very primitive language compared to the English language for example, which has roughly 40 words per one Aramaic word. The language relies on a great deal of body language, expression, and allegory. I have always believed that if I want to truly know my first love Jesus, that I would be wise to learn his language.
That ongoing study over the past several years has yielded a great deal of information about a language that provided a form of expression that hasn’t always been easily translated into English.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to comprehend that if the words of Jesus were first presented in Aramaic, and then to Hebrew, and then to Greek or Latin, and then to German, and then to English, that a teensy weensy bit might have been lost in translation. With that as my motivation, I set about learning all about the Aramaic language through various scholars including Rocco Errico and Neal Douglas-Klotz, not to mention George M. Lamsa and his translation of the Bible from the ancient Aramaic text.
Simply stating some of the Aramaic words that Jesus uttered gives such a feeling of warmth and love and of being divinely embraced….They carry an energy in and of themselves:
Our Father who art in Heaven
“Oh thought, from whom the breath of life comes,
who fills all realms of sound, light and vibration. May Your light be experienced in my utmost holiest. Your Heavenly Domain approaches. Let Your will come true – in the universe (all that vibrates) just as on earth (that is material and dense). Give us wisdom (understanding, assistance) for our daily need, detach the fetters of faults that bind us, (karma) as we let go the guilt of others. Let us not be lost in superficial things (materialism, common temptations), but let us be freed from that which keeps us off from our true purpose. Metol dilachie malkutha wahaila wateschbuchta l’ahlâm almîn.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. [or] From You comes the all-working will, the lively strength to act, the song that beautifies all and renews itself from age to age. Amên. Sealed in trust, faith and truth. (I confirm with my entire being)
The Lord’s prayer, in all of its simplicity, can be interpreted many ways (based on the fact that there are in fact, approximately 40 English words per one Aramaic word). However, one overall sentiment remains in that even when praying the words in Jesus’ tongue, the heightened vibratory sensation is undeniable. It’s not just words. The prayer carries an energy in and of itself, whether you understand the words spoken or not. It has been my experience that no matter what language is used to pray the Lord’s Prayer, the same feeling of “knowing” comes over me. I wear a necklace of white gold, rose gold, and yellow gold. Each is etched with the prayer—one in English (because that’s the language I know), one in Italian (because I am), and one in Aramaic (because He is). I can’t even begin my day without immediately putting it on. Throughout my day, I will reach for it when I am feeling unduly stressed or fearful. One of the many Christian sects has members who use a prayer language. They rarely know the words they are uttering, but their hearts are full of connection between themselves and the Divine—a “hotline” so to speak.
Many have wondered about the ‘prayer language’ which is symbolic of a baptism and confirmation of the Holy Spirit. I am sure, because so many of these people do not recognize the language themselves (though others are able—by the same gift of Spirit—to interpret), that it is because the language used is very ancient—not part our modern world at all. Angels tell me all are speaking Aramaic, because that was the original voice of the Christ. I think that is highly believable as well as credible.
I know what it is to be so enveloped—indeed embraced—by the wings of angels, that I feel there is no block between Spirit and myself. My ego disappears at those times, and it is just between God and me. “My mouth to God’s ear” for sure……Is this a gift? Well, certainly one of them. For me, it was the gift which lead to all the other gifts. It is the birth of peace, and of joy, and of the grace of God personified…..and of course, love.
No matter what aspect we might learn of the language of the Christ, it always conveys the message of Love. Love is all. No matter how simple the words, this is the overall energy of Christmas. So….all of that being said……Christ is Love. Love is Christ. “Love one another” was the covenant Jesus brought to us after the 10 Commandments failed so miserably. Love. The message of the Man himself, and the message of the holiday? Merry Christmas! A joyous love! Peace be with you ! All is well ! Abundance in the new year! A blessed holiday born of the Spirit of God! All the same–I’m sure of it…..so let’s not get so hung up on words, and simply be still and bask in the glow of Divinity in all its forms—in whatever words used to convey the truth of those forms—as they are all Love-based. If it is not love-based….then it is fear-based, and has no place in this time of year anyway, so you won’t even hear it. Such an easy truth to absorb: if it is shared during this miraculous season, it is of God, so lighten up. Like…..literally…..Let your light shine. All is well, and I wish you a blessed holiday born of the Spirit of God. To abbreviate that a little: Merry Christmas, and a joyous New Year!