There is so much meaning to the Christmas and Holiday season, it’s really impossible to capture it all. So many people celebrating so many different things, some religious and some secular, and usually its all mixed in together. And that’s the magic of the season. Yet, what the season means on a personal level is probably what matters most of all. Some people share their personal meanings openly, others keep them quietly to themselves. Either way, it’s what’s happening on the inside of people that lends purpose to this time of year. It’s none of my business, really, how others view the holiday season. I sincerely hope that it’s a happy occasion for everyone. Spiritual or not, everyone has a right to their own interpretations and insights. I honor an individual’s right to believe or disbelieve as they may. For me, this time of year always makes me pause for a moment to wonder what it means to me.
One of my personal beliefs points me to Jesus Christ as a Son of God and a Divine Being. His birth represents hope, love, peace, joy, healing, forgiveness, abundant opportunity, life and light. I am grateful for the values that Jesus taught and stood for and for His personal sacrifice on my behalf.
This year, I’ve been thinking about the principle of divinity, of being divine or of a divine nature, or God-like. There are many people that choose different types of characters or things that represent divinity for them in ways that connect them to a Higher Source other than themselves. I really think it’s marvelous that there are so many different approaches to recognizing divinity than just one. How boring would that be? I can appreciate and respect someone else’s examples of divinity just as much as my own. In fact, I have learned much about my own beliefs about divinity by being open minded to consider how other’s choose to define divinity and how they practice worshiping or honoring it.
The question I asked myself this week was, “Can we really separate the divinity of what we worship and honor, without also recognizing and honoring the divinity within ourselves and others?” I mean, so what if Jesus (or whatever your personal belief is) is divine, if we don’t or can’t see the divinity within ourselves and others. What is the point then? Do we even allow ourselves to think or feel that we have a divine nature? Can we see others around us, even those that challenge us the most, as also having a divine nature? To me, Christ was the supreme example of someone that both believed He was divine and also saw that divinity within others. Divinity is the lesson Jesus really lived and taught us.
If I am divine, how do I treat myself? How do I talk to myself? Do I love myself? Do I forgive myself? Or am I still beating myself up over things that happened in the past? Can I see myself as having a divine nature that deserves love, kindness, forgiveness, a second chance, joy, peace, respect and honor? Do a test. Just listen to your own thoughts for a few days and observe them as if you were watching from outside yourself. Just listen to what comes up. If guilt, shame, anger, harshness, and negativity are present, be aware of and note it. And then imagine, just for a moment, that you are divine and have a divine nature (because you do!). Could you then see differently with divine eyes that your life and its experiences have been on divine purpose to teach you? That you can offer yourself kindness, forgiveness, love, peace, and joy as it comes from your Divine Source? How do you feel when you consider it? Then do it. Give yourself something this Christmas that can give you more peace, joy and happiness than anything money could ever buy – divinity.
And then look around you at others. Can you see them differently? Can you see that they are divine, too? Even if they are on their own paths and living their own lives and they are 180 degrees different than you? How would you treat them if you saw them as divine? How much more tolerance, kindness, patience, forgiveness, and love would you offer them, seeing that they are just as divine as you? Doing so could change your relationships with them at the core level forever. Real and enduring healing for any relationship becomes possible. No “I’ll forgive but never forget.” Deep, spiritual change is possible in all of your relationships by honoring the divinity within yourself and within others. Watch magical things happen when you do. In fact, I dare you. Give the gift of divinity to others. And watch your whole world change for good in a way you never imagined.
This Christmas, and every day going forward, look yourself in the mirror and say, “I am divine.” When you look at someone else, say to yourself, “that person is divine”. Go ahead and tell them they are divine! Can you imagine how powerful that would be on someone feeling down and low? Claim divinity for yourself and others. And then treat yourself and others as if divinity is your real, true nature. Because it is.
For me this year, understanding divinity and applying it to me and others is the true meaning of Christmas.
God bless us, everyone.