Over two thousand years ago wise men embarked on a journey from the East – guided only by the dim moonlight, cloaked in the darkness of the velvet sky. They traveled tirelessly for months in search of the star of Bethlehem that would guide them to their destiny; a sign the prophecy had been fulfilled. One night, a vision appeared to the Magi in a dream instructing them to change their path. With this Divine epiphany, the Magi obliged, and the radiant, beautiful star of Bethlehem shone forth the following night, leading them to the manger where Christ had been born. There, they bestowed upon him glimmering gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh – offerings fit only for Kings and Deities.
While our traditions have transformed over the ages and through the generations, I find great comfort in remembering the history of sacred passages. The message of the wise men’s journey to the illuminated heart is the true meaning of the holiday season. When the cares of the world seem too great, or when I lose sight of my center, my true north, I come back to the highest aspects of myself through love and hope – the light of the heart. If following the map of the North Star’s light is not a tradition you honor or recognize, bear in mind that all traditions are, in fact, your traditions. You are an old soul, a wise traveler. At some point, you walked that long road guided only by the knowing light of the steady star above. Just as Hanukkah, the hailing of light, is your tradition. Just as Yule, the birth of the Sun God, is your tradition.
Notice how the whole world feels different on Christmas Eve. That feeling is the magic of belief and anticipation – the knowing that something wonderful awaits. It is the spark of wonder that lights up the hope within us. It is our North Star shining within. Magic is trusting and believing in it, and being present enough in the moment to appreciate it. This Christmas, whether you celebrate this particular holiday or not, my wish is that you notice and believe. As you believe, so you become. And no matter how many sparkly gifts are wrapped under your tree this year, let your heart be full of presents and presence.
Be the spark that illuminates the path of faith for others in your life. Let the light, that shines through your eyes, express to everyone you see today that magic is real, that the miracle is born within. I want to thank you for doing the soul-work that stokes the inner fire. Thank you for digging into those deep, dark places, and letting the light shine in. Thank you for stepping into your natural state of being, and allowing the kindness and generosity that flows from within to spread into your global community. Thank you for bringing your light to this sacred season of holy days. For all of the beautiful energy I’ve received from each of you, my only wish is to return it back threefold.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holy Days!
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