The beauty of December, with its Holy Season celebrating Christ’s birth on Earth through Jesus, is that it gives us the perfect opportunity to remember that the same Christ can be birthed through us too. All Life is Divine. The whole Universe is the Offspring of God, His One Creation, His Perfect Son. The Light of Christ, filled with God’s Holy Love for all creation, is the Life Force within all that exists, including us. We can deny It, we can ignore It, but we can’t live without It. Jesus was the great example, not the great exception, and as we get a better understanding of our true Self we, too, can live as Christ on Earth.
We read in A Course in Miracles, “In his complete identification with the Christ, the perfect Son of God, Jesus became what all of you must be.” Jesus did his part in bringing Christ Light into the world. That Light was so powerful way back then that It still shines today! But now it’s our turn to join that Light and become what we truly must be. The only difference between us and Christ Jesus is that he knew who he was and he lived that Truth undistracted by the world of appearances. If this world is to be transformed, it can only be transformed by the renewing of our mind.
The world needs Christ personified and active as much today as it did 2,000 years ago. We reverently celebrate the birth of Jesus today because we want the Christ Light that came forth through his birth to dissipate the darkness that seems to have fallen over the Earth today. But it’s up to each of us to be the Light Bearer. Christ isn’t going to pop into the world from somewhere else, or pop into our mind without invitation. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “You need to realize that you are scintillating light. You are not just a piece of flesh, bones and blood. You are light. When you understand this, then you will be free from whatever emotional turbulences you have. Serenity will dawn in you and you will get a better understanding of yourself.” Unless we invite the Christ in us to live through us, unless we let that Mind that was in Christ Jesus come alive in our mind, it won’t be possible for us to find Christ anywhere else. The second coming is our coming out party. No one can live the Christ in us, for us.
In The Way of the Heart we read, “You were birthed for greatness. You were birthed to shine forth such light into this world that the world remembers that light is true and darkness is illusion.” As Jesus walked the Earth, his awareness that he was the embodiment of Christ, God’s perfect creation, enabled him to see God’s perfection in the world around him. In his full acceptance of his Sonship with God, and his oneness with all of creation, Christ Jesus caused the shadowy forms, bodies of illness, and the crazy and insane of his day to disappear. Such is the Nature of Light and Its effect upon darkness. Jesus didn’t fight the darkness. His Light caused it to disappear. The world hasn’t gotten any less shadowy, less infected, or less crazy in last that past 2,000 years! It is our time to shine by remembering light is true and darkness is illusion. Such a memory keeps us from fighting the darkness. It keeps us from focusing on what we don’t want and talking to each other about what we don’t like. There is no record of Jesus having conversations with others about his fears he might catch any of the diseases that in those days, so many around him were dripping with. He wasn’t fooled by the appearance of sickness. There is no record of his speaking of the difficulty in forgiving the angry, unloving behaviors of others that were often directed his way. As far as we know he didn’t get all wrapped up in the politics of the day, though he was constantly being accused of breaking the law. He didn’t buy into the limitations that claimed God’s children could ever go unclothed and unfed. The Light of Christ shined so freely and brightly through Jesus because he was without fear, judgment and discrimination. His mind was clear, his words carried healing vibrations, and his actions were the very Presence of Love and Peace.
German writer and statesman, Goethe, wrote: “A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.” We may want to ask our self, “How does life look to me? What does life reflect back to me about the content of my heart?” Does much of life seem yucky to us? Do we find much of life distasteful these days with so many disagreeable people and behaviors everywhere? When life seems yucky, we spend a lot of time watching our step so we don’t step in anything “unsavory.” We’re all about negative prevention rather than positive attention. When life seems yucky to us we lose our appetite for life. We’re not enthusiastic or interested in learning something new. There is a famous quote from the Broadway play and movie, “Auntie Mame” that goes, “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.” Are we starving for something good to enrich our life, but insisting on focusing on the negative stuff? A mind filled with problems brings mental malnutrition. We miss the yummy goodies available to us in every moment of life because we’re not looking for them.
Nisargadatta Maharaj said, “First realize that your world is only a reflection of yourself, and then stop finding fault with the reflection.” That’s like blaming the mirror when we don’t like how we look! Everything we criticize in the world comes from the point of view we carry in our heart, and only we can change what we see. The good news is that when we decide to be more joyful than judgmental, more loving than fearful, and more peaceful than argumentative, life seems yummy and we can’t wait to partake of its richness. We bring enthusiasm to whatever we do. We attract people and events that are delicious to experience. Our individual life is so full and rich we don’t have the time or interest to criticize the preferences of others.
We could say, as Abraham-Hicks does, that rather than life being like a banquet where there are only some choices available to us, life is more like a buffet or smorgasbord where tons of choices are available to us. As we know, a good buffet has lots of things we like to eat, and plenty that we don’t like to eat. But we don’t get frustrated that there are things we don’t want to eat staring at us from the buffet table. We don’t feel compelled to put what we don’t want on our plate. We don’t worry the unwanted food might touch our food. And, we don’t look on the plates of those standing in the buffet line with us and say “eeew” if they choose something we don’t like. We just happily mind our own business and choose what we prefer. The Universe of thought is like an unlimited buffet offering to us an opportunity to choose anything to think about that seems truly delicious to us. We’re never forced to think a yucky thought, a tasteless thought, or an unpalatable thought. We’re always at choice. And since choices for individual thought are unlimited for everyone, and everyone is free to choose, surely there are going to be preferences of thought that others choose that we wouldn’t. But rather than our just happily minding own business, and choosing what we prefer with a “to each his own” attitude, somewhere along the line we’ve confused our preferences with “the only right way.”
What if there were only one color (our favorite), or only one song (our favorite too), or only one type of art and it was the type we prefer? If we were all the same in our human expression—indistinguishable rather than diversified, carbon copies rather than unique reflections of individuality—as much as we think we’d like everyone to be just like us, we’d be bored. We stimulate one another through our diversity, and it is through our choice to follow our own individual preferences, no matter what anyone else thinks or does, that we become aware of our power as a deliberate unique creator of our life. We get to choose the things we like, the thoughts that feel good when we think them, the words that feel good when we say them, and the actions that feel good when we do them. But we can’t exercise our freedom when we’re busy trying to limit the freedom of others.
To fight against each other is to forget that only light is true and darkness is illusion, and in that forgetting we lose sight of the Christ in us and in those around us. Bondage to illusion is yucky. Freedom from illusion is yummy! When we have no desire for anyone to do anything our way, life becomes deliciously free because we’re letting that Mind be in us that was also in Christ Jesus. The Christ Light that lives in us right now, whether we let It shine or not, is the same Radiant Light of Christ that shined so brightly through Jesus as he walked the Earth. We are all children of the Light birthed for greatness, created to create the good, holy and beautiful. We’re free, if we choose to be, to live a delicious life filled with tasty thoughts, sweet words and luscious activities. Papaji said, “You are Happiness. You are Peace. You are Freedom. Be kind to yourself. Open your heart and simply be.” Then, like Jesus, we will become who we must be. The Light of Christ within us will see the Light of Christ in all others, and the world through us will be healed.