Some people’s first thought is–and I quote–“Crap! It’s two days before Christmas and I haven’t had time to shop yet!”
Personally, I’ve always hated wrapping presents, perhaps because I’m so bad at it, and maybe deep down, I resent being forced into buying something I don’t even know if it will be accepted as wonderful. And then you give the gifts, perhaps watch it being opened–perhaps not–and within minutes–like a long-prepared meal–it’s over and done with. Zip, zap, gone! All that effort and time and frustration fighting the crowds, the weather, the traffic–and poof! It’s all over–until next year and the ritual starts all over again!
Oh! I know! It’s the most important time of the year for merchants. Duh! Of course–because we’ve been programmed to buy! Buy! Buy! I quit watching television because of all the hype around Christmas. It’s enough to turn any true Christian into “Bah! Humbug!”
So? What’s the solution?
I don’t have one.
Actually, I love the Holy Days of Christmas. I love the carols–but don’t want to hear them constantly. I love the lights people use to decorate outside. I could keep my tree up all year long. I love the happy faces spotted sporadically in a harried crowd. I love the children’s excited anticipation of “Santa Claus” and wonder about the ones who never see even one gift under their tree–if they have one.
And so, I turn to Raphael, my dearest friend, and ask “What is the true purpose of Christmas in our world?”
“Dear one, Be at peace. Each soul’s challenge within the physical world is to bring peace within when chaos reigns without. When you ‘hate’ something, change it within your mind and heart. Change your point of view. With each merchant you meet, use your mind to visualize them with a balanced ledger and a blissful, peaceful smile of satisfaction that they are in the black this year. When you are in a crowd of harried people, visualize angels surrounding each one, lifting them up above the chaos of traffic, crowds and anxiety. See a smile form on their faces when you have touched them with love.
“Each of you who read Rae’s blog are lamplighters within your world. First, light up your own soul by allowing it to be heard within you. Then light up each soul you meet with a simple smile and a heart sending love and joy to them. No word need be spoken. No prayer need be said when you send only the gift of love–the true meaning of the season in any religion.
“Again, we say, ‘Peace be with you.’ Open your heart and lift your mind above the seemingly discordant events surrounding you. Fill your soul with joy. Turn every moment into a song of praise for the Source of all love, peace and harmony. And your world will reflect that toward all you meet.
“We are Raphael.”