The Christmas Story is a story of Light, of Love, of overcoming adversity. It is a story full of metaphor and symbolism. It is a story of a babe born in a manger. It is a story of all our Births into Consciousness. Many, many years ago, when I was about five years old I had a friend named Matt. He was from a Jehovah Witness family. Whenever we had a party at school, he was taken to the Library. This was heartbreaking at Christmas Time when we had treats, and crafts, and music. When I asked why he had to go, he said that It was Jesus birthday, not his, and his family did not celebrate parties. I remember saying something to the effect that we are all Jesus, so it was all our birthday and I did not understand why he couldnt stay and play.
I don't recall anyone ever telling me that, and as the years went on, I understood more and more just how true it was that we are all Divine, we are all the Light of Creation.
First a Retelling of the Christmas Story as told by Luke, and then a metaphysical rewrite bringing Christmas into an awareness for today.
A long time ago, in a town called Nazareth, there was a young girl named Mary. She was just a teenager, and she was engaged to a man named Joseph. One day, something amazing happened to Mary. An angel named Gabriel appeared to her and told her that she was going to have a very special baby. This baby was going to be God's Son, and they were supposed to name him Jesus.
Joseph was a good and kind man, and when he found out about the baby, he was a little surprised but also excited. The couple was living in a town called Bethlehem, and because there were a lot of people traveling there for a census, Mary and Joseph had to go too. It was a long journey, especially for Mary, who was pregnant.
When they arrived in Bethlehem, there was no room for them in the inns, so they ended up staying in a stable. And that's where Mary gave birth to baby Jesus, wrapping him in cloths and placing him in a manger, which is like a feeding trough for animals.
On that very special night, there were shepherds in the fields nearby, watching over their sheep. Suddenly, an angel appeared to them, and they were scared! But the angel said, "Don't be afraid! I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. Today in Bethlehem, a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord!"
The shepherds were so excited that they went to Bethlehem to see this baby, just as the angel had told them. They found Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus in the stable, just like the angel said. The shepherds were amazed and went around telling everyone the good news about the special baby.
Meanwhile, far away in the east, there were wise men who saw a special star in the sky. They knew this star meant something important was happening, so they followed it. They traveled a long way, bringing gifts fit for a king – gold, frankincense, and myrrh. When they arrived in Bethlehem, they found Jesus and gave him their special gifts.
What does that story mean for us today? .... A Metaphysical Rewrite of the Christmas Story by Jenn Shepherd
In a realm beyond the limits of ordinary perception, there existed a sacred space called the Divine Matrix. In this ethereal realm, archetypal energies converged, preparing for a cosmic event that would transcend the boundaries of the earthly plane.
In the luminous field of the Divine Matrix, the receptive and pure aspect of the collective consciousness, symbolized by the archetype of Mary, was stirred by the divine spark. This divine impulse, represented by the angelic messenger Gabriel, was an inner revelation beckoning the soul to awaken to a higher truth.
Embarking on the pilgrimage of self-awareness, the earthly consciousness, embodied in the archetype of Joseph, ventured toward the symbolic Bethlehem—an inner sanctuary where the seeds of spiritual awakening awaited germination.
The manger, a humble and rustic symbol within the cosmic landscape, manifested as the cradle for the birthing of a heightened state of consciousness, symbolized by the Christ-child. This manger, a receptacle for simplicity and innocence, became the vessel for the embodiment of divine wisdom.
Within the tapestry of cosmic energies, the shepherds, symbolic of the simpler and more humble aspects of the human psyche, received the vibrational resonance of a celestial message. The celestial proclamation echoed through the inner realms, signifying that the path to enlightenment was accessible to all, irrespective of societal roles.
Simultaneously, wise ones from distant realms, representing the inner wisdom and intuition inherent in every being, observed the cosmic alignment—a metaphysical star guiding seekers toward the Christ-consciousness within. The gifts they bore symbolized the offerings of inner treasures, devotion, and acknowledgment of the divine presence within.
As the earthly and celestial energies harmonized, the Christ-consciousness emerged, not as a singular historical event but as an eternal and ever-present reality within the sacred precincts of the collective soul. The metaphysical Christmas story, transcending temporal confines, invites each soul to recognize the perennial birth of divine awareness within the manger of the heart, guided by the celestial star of inner wisdom.