The Primal Anointing–“Christening”–of all matter with Spirit, which began in Genesis 1:1-2, is called “the Christ” in Christian shorthand.
The mystery of cosmic incarnation eliminates any radical distinction between things, peoples, and creatures because Christ existed in all matter from the first moment of the Big Bang.
The Christ is God’s active power inside of the physical world.
From Richard Rohr
Last Sunday I was scheduled to lead the service –or Spiritual Happy Hour—at the Santa Fe Center for Inner Truth church. The theme was to be
It was to be a consideration of the Christ in each of us. In these darkest days of the year, Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus, who embodied the Christ, and the Solstice marks the returning of the solar light in our Northern Hemisphere. Both symbolize the coming again of another Light.
The night before the service, I just couldn’t connect to the conceptual material I’d prepared and I gratefully relaxed into letting experience speak for itself, both in the meditation I would lead, and in relating three accounts of what I would call interventions of the Christ Mind, prayers answered and received. I will detail those three brief narratives in a separate, related post, so as not to disrupt the flow here.
The service was to be humorous, not ponderous. I remembered a few jokes I knew about Jesus, and found countless more on line. But this irreverently reverent reverend could, herself, come up with only one quip about the Christ: Be the Light of the World—No Batteries Required! I found not one Christ joke on the Internet. How do you joke about a formless and nearly indescribable emanation which infuses all creation, but which does not itself walk and talk and present distinct attributes and circumstances that can be lampooned? To lampoon unity, one must first separate from it.
The Christ cannot be nailed down, if you’ll pardon the pun. In fact, in my experience, those who try to “pin down” and imitate too literally the body who was nailed up tend to be fearful and humorless; while those who truly live from the Christ tend to be free and infectiously mirthful.
I say I was scheduled to present the service because the event was cancelled after a snowstorm prevented this Minister from leaving her driveway. In a way, it was a relief. For, in preparing for the service, I’d stirred much in my being that needed integration. And the Christ-child within was still tender and glowing swathed in the manger of my heart, not ready to channel a laser of truth capable of bending itself into words, manning the megaphone and pointing to an invisible sun.
I suspect this liberated all who might have attended to rest into a more leisurely and genuine way of receiving the Christ message. As the marshmallow fleece of snow blanketed the land and quieted our hearts, it evoked the appearance, purity and innocence of the Lamb of God, conjuring outwardly what swelled to meet it from the center of our being.
In other words, it seemed right to be inward that day, to let each find the lamb within rather go out wearing the imitation pelt of personality and proclaim what cannot be named, only lived and let shine through us.
In the hours and days after the service would have occurred, more insights trickled in and coalesced. So it is that I came to type a few out to see how they might braid themselves together.
In investigating the etymological origin of the word Christ, I was reminded of how it came to mean the Anointed One, and to understand how it could have come to mean “chosen one.” I read that the original root came from a word that referred to rubbing with oil, specifically dowsing the heads of sheep with a medicated oil that would prevent a parasitical worm from boring into their ears and brains and killing them. Thus the word came to imply caring for, protecting, even keeping as special, an innocent and valuable creature.
It evokes an interesting metaphor. If one is anointed, one is protected for a purpose. And if that purpose is to be an instrument of truth and light in the world, then one’s head/mind would need protection from the ear worm of the egoic voice, which whispers in our ears of limitation, fear and separation and obscures our true identity and the nature of all we perceive around us. Jesus, in that way, was anointed, and so are we all when we join in his identity and purpose as Christ.
So, follow me here, if we are all anointed with the potential to awaken to our unified origin, this Christ mind melts away all that is not Love. That is the meaning of Forgiveness, the Cosmic Solvent.
Later I read that one title for God in Islam, Al Ghafir (The Forgiver), as well as a pair of the 99 Beautiful Names of Allah that are both associated with Forgiveness–
Al-Ghaffar and Al-Ghafur—share the same root (gh-f-r) with the word for ‘helmet’. So Forgiveness is something else that protects the head, the mind, from the illusion and consequences of Evil or Sin.
Then today, I received an email from the Society for the New Message. While their messages carry a bit more doomsday portent, the vocabulary and content greatly overlaps with A Course in Miracles.
To end this post, I share an excerpt from that message. It should be noted that the “Knowledge” referred to there-in is not knowledge from books or worldly perception, but the ineffable apprehension of the unified Truth behind, beyond and within. Let go of the words; get the transmission.
Happy Christness everyone.
From the New Message Folks:
Christmas represents the emergence of Knowledge in the individual. This is exemplified in the life of Jesus, who beyond his own understanding even, a Greater Power emerged within him and overtook his life—uniting him with the Unseen Ones, who guided him and led to the expression of his great and significant ministry.
His demonstration, then, though greatly misunderstood and misappropriated, remains today as a symbol of the emergence of Knowledge within the individual. Though Jesus has been idealized, though his life has been made to be unique and unmatched by any other life, though he has been placed on a pedestal above and beyond every other person, in truth, his life represents the emergence of Knowledge within the individual.
This emergence is possible for you. It represents your greater destiny and your higher purpose in life. This is not to say that your demonstration will be equivalent to that of Jesus’, for he was an extraordinary individual, and his demonstration was unique. But your demonstration will be unique as well, though … not as visible as his. And as he was part of a Greater Order, the expression of Knowledge within you will unite you with a Greater Order as well.
You are not, then, to compare your life with his, but instead to learn of the meaning of Knowledge, the greater Spiritual Power within you, and how it relates to life around you and to the greater spiritual forces which are at work in the world, who were at work in the world at his time and who are at work in the world today.
Jesus is now amongst the Unseen Ones, who guided, counseled and comforted him in his time as a person on Earth. Now he is part of their greater association. Now it is your time on Earth. Your demonstration will be different from his because you live in a different era, in a different kind of world. Though many of the human problems [that] were evident then are still evident, humanity is now facing the reality of the Greater Community and the necessity and the difficulty of becoming a one-world community.
Jesus did not have to address these problems in his time, and therefore his ministry was different, meeting the needs and the evolutionary development of his time. But now you must meet the needs and the evolutionary development of your time.
You cannot do this based upon the strength of your ideas. You cannot do this by being an adamant person. You cannot do this by rebelling against society or by attacking its institutions. You can only do this with Knowledge, and you can only do this with the power of the Unseen Ones, who will come to assist you as Knowledge begins to emerge within you.
Only Knowledge has the strength to move other minds. Only Knowledge has the potency to create a lasting impact. Only Knowledge can foster good and good intentions. Only Knowledge can counteract fear and hostility. Only Knowledge can bless the world.
Your promise, then, is to become a man or a woman of Knowledge—a vehicle for Knowledge; a person through which Knowledge can speak, act and move; a bringer of Grace, but also a person of action who can effect change, but with a greater spirit; who can speak the truth, but with a greater authority; who can reveal error, but with a greater compassion…
This is your Christmas now. It is not simply a commemorative holiday. It is not simply a remembrance of Jesus. It is not simply a remembrance of family and friends. It is not simply a time to give gifts and to be giving for a few days out of the year. Though it may include all of these things, the meaning of Christmas is greater. Let it be greater for you. Let it be a time, then, that you remember that you have a greater purpose in the world and that you have been sent into the world to reclaim this purpose—to accept it, to experience it and to follow it so that it may be contributed.
Let this be a time that you remember that your life is greater than simply being a person in the world who has basic needs. It is this greater part of you—this greater calling and this greater purpose—that gives meaning to all the lesser aspects of yourself and unites them harmoniously and fulfills their roles…
This is Christmas for you. It does not happen only once a year, but it is a reminder that beyond all of your personal needs and immediate difficulties, you have a greater mission. And like in the life of Jesus, you must come to find this. You must feel it and allow it to emerge. You must recognize that alone you cannot fulfill it because it is not for you alone.
You will wander in the desert, you will experience the temptations of the world, and you will feel the conflict between this greater emerging part of yourself and your personal wishes, preferences and fears. For, like Jesus, you must allow this Greater Power and greater purpose to eclipse your life, to envelop your life and to reorganize and redirect your life. This is Christmas.