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Sunday, December 24, 2006

A Christmas Wish

I received this lovely Christmas Greeting from Allen L Roland, Ph.D.
It's the best I've seen this year, and can think of nothing I'd more like to share with all of you.
Steve
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THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS  / 2006

To me, now more than ever, the true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of a never ending love . Not the love we think of in desiring or possessing someone else but rather ~ the whole sublime aspect of conscious unconditional love which seeks only the perfection of its object and is, at the deepest level, the underlying and uniting force of the Universe.

The birth of Jesus is, in reality, the awareness of that love in human form ~ but all of us are capable of loving that deeply if we will but surrender to what is deepest within ourselves.

Jesus then becomes an evolutionary forerunner for a love and state of soul consciousness that is deepest within us all ~ and a love which we all unconsciously seek in our individual quests to find and celebrate our authentic selves.

The best analogy for this love is the SUN which shines on everyone, from the lowest to greatest, and without which we and the planet could not survive.

Now tie this in with the Winter Solstice and we can see how the Sun emerging from its yearly descent is comparable to an unconditional love that never ends.

Christmas is the time to honor those who have unconditionally loved us for that love still lives in our hearts.

For example, I have a permanent memory as a young child of my Grandfather playing Santa Claus one Christmas and watching with delighted joy as he slowly made his way up the snowy walkway to the front door. I could feel love leap from my heart to my grandfather and that love joined me to an unfathomable love deepest within myself.

My whole life has been a quest to feel that deeply again and share that place of delight and joy with my family, my friends, my clients and the world ~ for the true gift my grandfather gave me was the authentic, delightful and unconditional gift of himself.

I can feel and see now how my beloved granddaughter Sofia is loving me from the same deep place I loved my grandfather ~ and she will use that love, as I have, to grow and draw on as she fully experiences herself and life.

As such, Christmas is the celebration of a profound love that exists not only beyond time and space but also beneath our deepest fears, aloneness and despair.

ONLY LOVE HEALS

Allen L Roland

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