The Real Gift of Christmas

December 29, 2010

I attended two Christmas Eve services this year. The first was at the small Quaker meetinghouse in the town of Easton. They had carols, readings of the Christmas story from the Bible, and a time of silence. The second was a Mass at Easton Mountain led by Bishop Michael Kelly.

To me the message of Christmas is found in the words of a carol:

How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n;
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His Heav’n.

Modern scholarship can shoot holes in the Christmas story. The census (Luke 2:1) could never have taken place. It’s doubtful that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. This scholarship saves us from Fundamentalism, but doesn’t detract from the essential message: that there is something of God-consciousness, Christ-consciousness, Buddha-consciousness in every human heart.

In this blog I’ve described one way of exploring this consciousness – a path of erotic spirituality – and I’ll be exploring this further in a tele-seminar on January 16th. This tele-seminar, this blog, and all of what I do at Easton Mountain, is an invitation for you to join me in exploring this consciousness.

I don’t know what this consciousness is, but I do know where it leads – and that is described in the words of Howard Thurman, spoken at Easton’s Quaker service.

When the song of angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:

to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the brothers [and sisters],
to make music in the heart.

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