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Late one Christmas Eve, I sank back, tired but content, into my easy chair. The kids were in bed, the gifts were wrapped, the milk and cookies waited by the fireplace for Santa. As I sat back admiring the tree with its decorations, I couldn’t help feeling that something important was missing. It wasn’t long before the tiny twinkling tree lights lulled me to sleep.
I don’t know how long I slept, but all of a sudden I knew that I wasn’t alone. I opened my eyes, and you can imagine my surprise when I saw Santa Claus himself standing next to my Christmas tree. He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot just as the poem described him, but he was not the “jolly old elf” of Christmas legend. The man who stood before me looked sad and disappointed, and there were tears in his eyes.
“Santa, what’s wrong?” I asked, “Why are you crying?”
“It’s the children,” Santa replied sadly.
“But Santa, the children love you,” I said.
“Oh, I know they love me, and they love the gifts I bring them,” Santa said, “but the children of today seem to have somehow missed out on the true spirit of Christmas. It’s not their fault. It’s just that the adults, many of them not having been taught themselves, have forgotten to teach the children.”
“Teach them what?” I asked.
Santa’s kind old face became soft, more gentle. His eyes began to shine with something more than tears. He spoke softly. “Teach the children the true meaning of Christmas. Teach them that the part of Christmas we can see, hear, and touch is much more than meets the eye. Teach them the symbolism behind the customs and traditions of Christmas which we now observe. Teach them what it is they truly represent.”
Santa reached into his bag and pulled out a tiny Christmas tree and set it on my mantle. “Teach them about the Christmas tree. Green is the second color of Christmas. The stately evergreen, with its unchanging color, represents the hope of eternal life in Jesus. Its needles point heavenward as a reminder that mankind’s thoughts should turn heavenward as well.”
Santa reached into his bag again and pulled out a shiny star and placed it at the top of the small tree. “The star was the heavenly sign of promise. God promised a Savior for the world and the star was the sign of the fulfillment of that promise on the night that Jesus Christ was born. Teach the children that God always fulfills His promises, and that wise men still seek Him.”
“Red,” said Santa, “is the first color of Christmas.” He pulled forth a red ornament for the tiny tree. “Red is deep, intense, vivid. It is the color of the life-giving blood that flows through our veins. It is the symbol of God’s greatest gift. Teach the children that Christ gave His life and shed His blood for them that they might have eternal life. When they see the color red, it should remind them of that most wonderful Gift.”
Santa found a silver bell in his pack and placed it on the tree. “Just as lost sheep are guided to safety by the sound of the bell, it continues to ring today for all to be guided to the fold. Teach the children to follow the true Shepherd, who gave His life for the sheep.”
Santa placed a candle on the mantle and lit it. The soft glow from its one tiny flame brightened the room. “The glow of the candle represents how people can show their thanks for the gift of God’s Son that Christmas Eve long ago. Teach the children to follow in Christ’s foot steps… to go about doing good. Teach them to let their light so shine before people that all may see it and glorify God. This is what is symbolized when the twinkling lights shine on the tree like hundreds of bright, shining candles, each of them representing one of God’s precious children, their light shining for all to see.”
Again Santa reached into his bag and this time he brought forth a tiny red and white striped cane. As he hung it on the tree he spoke softly. “The candy cane is a stick of hard white candy: white to symbolize the virgin birth and sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock the foundation of the church, and the firmness of God’s promises. The candy cane is in the form of a ‘J’ to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth. It also represents the Good Shepherd’s crook, which He uses to reach down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray. The original candy cane had three small red stripes, which are the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed, and a large red stripe that represents the shed blood of Jesus, so that we can have the promise of eternal life.”
“Teach these things to the children.”
Santa brought out a beautiful wreath made of fresh, fragrant greenery tied with a bright red bow. “The bow reminds us of the bond of perfection, which is love. The wreath embodies all the good things about Christmas for those with eyes to see and hearts to understand. It contains the colors of red and green and the heaven-turned needles of the evergreen. The bow tells the story of good will towards all and its color reminds us of Christ’s sacrifice. Even its very shape is symbolic, representing eternity and the eternal nature of Christ’s love. It is a circle, without beginning and without end. These are the things you must teach the children.”
I asked, “But where does that leave you, Santa?”
The tears gone now from his eyes, a smile broke over Santa’s face. “Why bless you, my dear,” he laughed, “I’m only a symbol myself. I represent the spirit of family fun and the joy of giving and receiving. If the children are taught these other things, there is no danger that I’ll ever be forgotten.”
“I think I’m beginning to understand.”
“That’s why I came,” said Santa. “You’re an adult. If you don’t teach the children these things, then who will?”
It is that time of year again where everyone starts thinking about the holidays. For many it is a time of holiday depression. Who am I going to spend the holidays with? Should I travel and visit my family? What parties am I going to give or go to? What gift should I purchase for friends and family?
As a psychic I receive more calls at this time of the year from people who are depressed and lonely, then any other time of the year. Holiday depression is very real. They have nowhere to go and no one wants to spend time with them. Sometimes I’m the only person they have to talk to. So many feel suicidal because they feel their life has no meaning. I feel such compassion for these people because I know what it feels like not to have family. My family has all passed away and my friends are scattered all over the world. I’m thankful to be a psychic and able to help people during this critical time.
This year is going to be different than most because there is not as much money to go around as there has been in the past. Many people will not travel to visit relatives. Instead of giving gifts to people who really are not important, people are going to focus more on giving to those closest to them. For years people have been pressured to give gifts to those they hardly know because that is what you have to do at this time of the year. This year many people cannot afford to give any gifts because of being out of work. No one wants to see their child not have a happy time at Christmas, so many will sacrifice to see their child have joy at Christmas.
Just because the economy has gone down does not mean we need to lose the true meaning of Christmas. What is the meaning? Giving to others without expecting anything in return. Wow, what a concept. Do you have it in you to give of yourself without expecting anything back?
What I’m talking about is simplifying your life and doing things with those you love that don’t cost much money such as an old fashion Christmas tree decorating party. Not everybody has to buy a Christmas tree; it could be in a church, homeless shelter, a convalescent home or hospital. Everyone can bring some food and think of the great joy you would be creating. Make a party where ever you are.
Buy board games, such as Monopoly or the physically fun game Twister, instead of expensive video games and spend time with friends and family connecting through these tried and true games. You’ll find communication opening up and there will be more giving of your self then just giving a present.
There is such a great need for people to volunteer at hospitals, homeless shelters, veteran’s hospitals, and children’s hospitals. Why not take your family and instead of investing in gifts go out and give to those who have nothing. What about an elderly neighbor who has no family living, why not share a meal with them and spend some time talking. Realize most people feel enormous loss at this time of year because of losing so many they have loved and being alone.
Think of the joy you can bring to people by just talking with them. Even if you are volunteering passing out meals, at a homeless shelter, you can take a few minutes after your shift and talk with the different people. Realize they have lost everything and kindness from a stranger can go a long ways.
Christmas is most significant for children, so many wait all year for Santa Claus to bring them what they want most. Some children just want to feel healthy again. Your time visiting these children will lift their spirits and yours as well. If you feel inclined purchase inexpensive little trinkets to pass out to the children, not only in hospitals but at homeless shelters, and missions.
We have become a society that only thinks about ourselves. We have gotten away from the old fashioned values that made our society great. Instead of our modern instant everything world, see if you can’t go back to a time when caring about others was important.
Turn this Christmas mood from blue to glad by showing your kindness to your fellow humans who are passing through this world just like you. Remember the more you give-the more you get.
Cherokee Billie – About the Author:
Cherokee Billie offers help through the lens of clairvoyance, self-help, wisdom, philosophy, and spirituality. Cherokee Billie is the Author of “Heavenly Seduction” an Amazon.com best seller. In addition, Cherokee Billie is a Naturopathic Doctor (twenty years experience) Life Strategist, a Radio Personality, and an Ordained Minister leading people to a pathway to spiritual enlightenment. http://www.cherokeebillie.com
Trust is in the news – or rather lack of it. Did anyone ever trust Rupert Murdoch or the News of the World? More tragically, we hear how the young people swimming away from the gunman dressed as a policeman inNorway, asking their rescuers whether they could be trusted. Who or what do we trust? And why is it important?
We live in fearful times and trust is the antidote to fear, that’s why it’s important. As children we have blind faith in other people and that gets knocked out of us as we grow up, but we are hard-wired to trust. We survived as a species because of our ability to work together and trust each other, but who can we trust when everyone seems to have their own agenda?
In September last year, my husband lost his job unexpectedly. My income as a therapist is insufficient to cover our outgoings and we had just spent our meagre savings on some essential house maintenance. Suddenly I was afraid. What if we couldn’t pay the mortgage? What if we couldn’t afford dog food? What if the car broke down? What if? What if? What if?
I spent a sleepless night, looping what ifs and trying to formulate a plan. My default programme is to think myself out of trouble and come up with a plan. Even if it wasn’t a complete solution it would make me feel as though I was making progress and provide the Illusion of Control. The plan eluded me. There was nothing I could do to earn more money. I have been out of corporate work too long to go back and that would seem like a denial of everything I’ve worked through and learned over the past eight years. My mind whirred.
In the hour before dawn I finally realised that this was a real, God sent opportunity to learn trust. It is easy to talk about Trusting the Universe when life is running smoothly and according to plan; a different beast when the rug seems to be suddenly pulled from under your feet. I found peace that morning in accepting that this was not a test, challenge, or punishment, but an opportunity to explore, learn and grow. In that moment of acceptance, my fear vanished and I understood Trust, perhaps for the first time. It was five months before my husband found work again and during that time we made various adjustments, survived financially and continued to enjoy life. It would have been more difficult in every respect if I had remained consumed by fear.
That might have been the end of that chapter, but three weeks ago his new contract was terminated. The same lesson again? More opportunity for growth and learning? What had I learned about fear and trust?
Well, we have even less security than we had before, but I don’t feel afraid at all. Fear lives in the ego, which is always afraid because it doesn’t really exist. But we are not our egos. We are not our bodies, not our emotions, not our thoughts and experiences, not our attitudes or beliefs, or personalities. These are all just aspects of our physical manifestation enabling us to interact with the material world, but making us feel separate and disconnected, feeding the fear.
Over the years I have got to know my Higher Self, the aspect of the unified consciousness of existence that is accessible within each of us. 15 years ago, I would not have been sure of the existence of a Higher Self – it sounded like wishful thinking, a nice idea to make life more bearable. However, as I went through my process of questioning the purpose of life, dealing with my fears surrounding my husband’s illness and learning to meditate out of desperation, something almost magical began to take place. The recognition that there was an aspect of me that could observe my emotions, thoughts, fears, actions, behaviours, attitudes, roles and personality, but was actually none of these things, was fantastically liberating. Suddenly, I had more choice and I didn’t have to respond to life challenges as I had done in the past.
It is through the Higher Self, Atma, or Witness (there are other names) that we access the deep, foundational Trust in existence that dissolves all fear and keeps the ego in check. The more time we are able to spend not thinking, analysing or doing, the better the balance between the Higher self and the ego and the easier life becomes. My Higher Self enables me to feel part of a larger process of life, which is unfolding according to its own intelligence and pattern. I am able to consciously participate in that process through the choices I make and, whilst I have certain responsibilities, I am not in control of the process – and it is far more intelligent, creative and loving than I could ever comprehend. Having become consciously aware of existence in this way, it is impossible not to trust it. We can trust in the process of life because it is always going on to make the best possible version of everything and we are an inextricable part of it. With this trust in place we can trust ourselves, because we have self-knowledge and we can trust others because they are us too.
This does not mean that we no longer have problems or challenges, but when something seemingly negative happens to us, we have choices. There are all the logical, sensible action things to be done – in our case, reduce expenditure and take action to find more work – and there are the emotional and contextual things to consider. Last September, I felt afraid in my little ego but chose to consider myself as part of a bigger process and work through it. There were wobbly moments; it doesn’t feel great to contemplate having to tell friends and family that you can’t afford Christmas presents, but the reality is not so bad. We got invited to Christmas dinner and it felt good to receive generosity without expectation. Being slightly detached from the whole consumer-fest that is Christmas these days was also instructive and meaningful. Looking back, throughout that five-month hiatus we were exposed to many different and unexpected joys and challenges. Whichever way we looked at it, life had moved out of ‘business as usual’ to something a bit more exciting. This time around we are just moving more deeply and easily into the flow and feel more alive.
When we are thrown into the Unknown, the Illusion of Certainty dissolves behind us; we can’t go back there because it doesn’t exist – it never did.. When we confine ourselves to the limited experience of our egos we create the Illusion of Certainty and the Illusion of Control, so that we can convince ourselves that we know what’s going on – that there is no Unknown, life is planned. Sometimes, life plays along with us. We can live for years in which everything seems to be going according to plan. During this time, the ego will create all sorts of new illusions, dramas, experiences and challenges to convince itself of its own existence and keep us from stepping into the Unknown voluntarily.
Right now, many more of us are being thrown into the Unknown. We used to think that the future was predictable, that there were recognisable patterns we could follow; if we studied hard, worked hard and followed the rules we would be OK. Now, it seems as though those rules don’t work anymore, but did they ever? It is much easier to start meditating, connect with your Higher Self and discover Trust, without waiting until your life gets turned upside down and forces you onto another path, but it is never too late. Trust enables us to play in the Unknown without fear.
Yolanda Dolling – About the Author:
I’m here to support people in their awakening and to play a tiny part in raising global consciousness. Everything seems to fall in place behind that purpose. I try to take on what life teaches me and to apply what I’ve learned to the highest purpose – and to have fun doing it!
I work as a kinesiologist, transpersonal psychologist and laser therapist from my home in London, where I live with my husband and two Dobermans.
Well hello readers and subscribers and a happy new year to you. Having spent a lovely Christmas holiday with friends and family most of all my beautiful children, I thought it was about time I got back to work in blogging. As I have had to say a few times to my 18 year old daughter already this year, That “He who hesitates is lost,” and that there will be many windows of opportunities opening that we must walk through as they appear.
I have always believed that everything happens exactly as it is supposed to, including the seemingly negative and painful things that you’ve endured. We all do have our own angels our own guides beside us and if you” just ask” your angels to find the hidden lessons and blessings within each event, relationship, and situation, they’ll help you to find peace and understanding, If you don’t ask you don’t get.
Most of all, I emphasized she should ENJOY each moment, this moment, no matter what. To embrace and inhale the pleasure, joy, and divine perfection of each and every minute good and bad they are there for a reason,”. And remember that you can always call upon “Archangel Michael” for support, courage, protection, and guidance. He’s completely unlimited and can help everyone who calls upon him simultaneously.
A little prayer to help you
I pray to the divine father and Archangel Michael… I am now ready to surrender my dream’s which are to do with… love… family… work… home. living, peace and happiness… you know that I care deeply about these desire’s, and that I greatly wish for them, or something better’ to manifest in my life right now I know that these circumstances are completely under control and thank you for guiding me clearly and for helping my dream’s be fulfilled right now.
This my first post for the new year … and this article is targeted at people who have given up on trying to find pleasure in the ordinary experiences we have every day.
Hear are Just 8 of many pleasures you may focus on.
1. Appreciate Beauty. Each day we come across beauty in a number of shapes and forms. It’s a shame, then, that many people have become so accustomed to this beauty that it largely goes unappreciated. I suggest looking again at the people, plants, gadgets, and buildings (to name but a few examples) around you and taking a moment to appreciate what makes them so special.
2. Connect With Nature. Nature is an amazing healer for the stresses and strains of modern life. Eating lunch in the park, attending to a vegetable garden in your backyard, or watching the sunset are just a few simple ideas for how you can enjoy the outdoors on a daily basis.
3. Don’t waist time. Leigh. E. E. Cummings once said “the most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” How very true. Never be too busy to laugh, or too serious to smile. Instead, surround yourself with fun people and don’t get caught up in your own sense of importance.
4. Enjoy Simple Pleasures. A good cup of tea when i first wake. Time spent playing with my 5 & 7 year old sons and 8 year old daughter before getting ready for school. Cooking a nice meal in the evening. These may not seem terribly exciting, but they are some of the simple pleasures I enjoy in life. If you slow down for just a moment and take the time to appreciate these ordinary events, life becomes instantly more enjoyable.
5. Connect With People. In so many ways, it is our relationships with people that give us the most happiness in life. Perhaps, then, the best way to enjoy your work more is not to get a raise or a promotion, but rather to build rewarding relationships with your co-workers and like minded friends that are all around you when you choose to release from being alone, local spiritual churches are a good place to start that’s were I found my first true like minded friends .
6. Learn. There is a strong link between learning and happiness. Given this, there is no excuse not to be stimulating your brain and learning something new each day. Realize that in every moment or event is a chance to improve and advance our knowledge. The more information we gather, the more we broaden our mind. Learning is an infinite journey. Yet we should never pretend to know everything or to understand what we do not. All this does is limit us, narrows our options, and destroys an opportunity for growth. Always embrace the chance to learn. By opening ourselves up to advice, ideas, or input from others, we allow ourselves to expand our knowledge, skills, and expertise.
7. Rethink Your Mornings and Evenings. Are the mornings a mad rush for you to get out the door I know it can be for me sometimes having six children? Do you switch off the TV at night and go straight to bed? I have personally experienced the profound benefits of establishing a routine in the morning and evening. For example, in the morning you can choose to wake an hour earlier and spend the time working on yourself, whether it be reading, writing or exercising spending extra time with the children’s learning . In the evening, consider spending some time just before bed reviewing your day or in meditation … after all its not that that much extra time is it ?.
8. Celebrate Your Successes. During a normal day we are sure to have some minor successes. Perhaps you have successfully dealt with a difficult customer, made a sale, or received a nice compliment for your work ,a friend, a partner or your child, or you have spent a good day working through the house clearing the clutter. These aren’t events worth throwing a party for but are achievements in there own right.. I always say to the children that , sometimes it’s the little things that count the most, but why not take a moment to celebrate your successes of each day? Share the experience with someone else, reward yourself with a nice lunch, or just give yourself a mental pat on the back.
I wish you good luck on your new journey through 2011-2012.