WHAT IS CHRISTMAS ALL ABOUT?

A few years ago I shared the following message at the annual Christmas Eve service that the Conversations with God Foundation has presented in Ashland, Oregon for the past 12 years…

I couldn’t sleep last night. I was up from 2 until 6, having another one of my Conversations with God.

“Tell me about Christmas,” I said. “What is it really all about?” And I heard, “What do you mean, what is it really all about? I’ve told you a million times what it’s all about.” So I said, “Tell me again. I think I may have missed it.”

And suddenly my head was filled with a Christmas Carol – one of the happiest and most triumphant of all the melodies of Christmas. “Joy to the world,” the song began, “the Lord has come.” But I couldn’t get into it. I kept wondering, what is joyful about the coming of someone who is going to be a lord over us?

God! I said…I don’t understand this! And God replied, “You’re right. You don’t.”

Then God said, “But at least you’re asking a question. And that’s good. It’s really hard to understand something if you think there are no more questions to ask. You can’t be given an answer if you think you already have the only answer there is.”

“Well, I don’t have the answer,” I admitted. “So what’s the answer?” And God said, “The answer is that the Lord….who has come….is not a lord over you, but in you.”

These words came to me at 2:57 this morning, and I pondered them in my heart.

“Then,” I ventured, “the Christmas season is not just a remembering of the birth of a Babe. This is also a celebration of the birth of the Christed one in all of us.”

And God answered softly, “yes.”

And then I wondered what all the songs, and all the messages, and all the feelings of Christmas would mean if I accepted this truth. If I really understood that the message of this season is not about one blesséd being, but about all beings, being blesséd.

Not about someone else, but about us. About me. But oh my gosh, did that sound bad. I mean, it actually sounded like blasphemy. How could Christmas be about me? Of all the self-centered, ego-maniacal thoughts! This is about the coming of the Lord! This is about the Gift of the Magi!

But, my heart insisted, what if the gift was me? And what if the Lord HAS come to be in me, not over me?

I know that I can find a place for him over me, but can I find a place for him within me?

And what would it mean for me to do that? What would it mean for me to be not only a person who has been blessed, but a person who is blesséd? And for me to think of you in the same way? What if I saw you as blesséd? Would I act differently toward you?

I’d like to think I would. I’d like to think that I would be more kind to you. More gentle with my words, more caring with my actions, more compassionate in my thoughts, more honest in my dealings, more patient and generous and…and more aware of the wonder of you.

And if I thought that I was a blesséd person, would I act differently toward me?

I think I would. I think I’d be more kind to myself. More gentle with my words, more caring with my actions. I think I’d be more compassionate with myself, more patient and generous and…and more aware of the wonder of ME.

But is it possible that we are all blesséd?

This I asked in the middle of the night, and the answer came back, stunningly, simply: “Yes.”

Soooo, I mused… this is the meaning of Christmas. That… that which is Christed is born in all of us. Lives in all of us. Is all of us. We simply do not remember this. And so, Christmas was created to remind us.

Christmas, it turns out, is not about a particular religion, but about all religions. It is not about a particular person, but about all persons. It does not matter whether you are Christian or Muslim, Hindu or Jew, Baptist or Buddhist. Or none of the above.

When you give birth to the lord within you, you give life to a wonder and a majesty and a wisdom and a love that can flow from you to all the world, and change the world forever.

Isn’t this the Christmas Story?

And when we live this story as our story, are our lives not renewed, with our separated selves made whole?

Indeed. Our souls are stirred, our hearts are filled. And then it is we who bring…joy to the world.

The gift of Christmas is us, fully expressed and fully realized. It is us — completely willing and totally ready — to love without condition, to give without restriction, to share without limitation, to create without fear, to celebrate ourselves without shame or embarrassment.

It is us, choosing to forgive without hesitation, to help without being asked, to rush in where angels fear to tread. Indeed, to lead the way for angels.

Ah, to lead the way for angels. That’s why we’re here. That’s why we’ve come to the Earth. To be a herald!

Hark! The herald, angels sing. Glory to the newborn king.

At this moment we can give birth to the royalty within us…the royalty that we are in God’s eyes.

You know, someone once said…if you saw you as God sees you, you would smile a lot. Well, this moment, this Christmas Moment, is a time for smiles. For in this moment, if we really try, we can almost see ourselves as God see us. We can feel it.

You can feel it right now, in your heart. That feeling is called love. Your love for life, and all those you love in this life. And God’s love for you.

The Magic of Christmas is that it gives us permission to take that feeling, to take that love, and share it with all those whose lives we touch.

With friend, and with stranger. With those who agree with us, and with those who disagree. With those who look and act like us, and with those who do not.

We are invited in this moment to feel this love, and to give it permanent place within our heart. To be the source of peace on Earth, and goodwill toward men and women everywhere.

We are invited in this moment to walk the Earth not only as one who is blessed, but as one who is blesséd. Not only as the Lord of the manner, but in the manner of the Lord. For that is what we are. We are the lord of our inner kingdom, and thus, of the outer one as well. And when we understand that, everything changes. We begin to experience the world, and to affect the world, in a new way.

That is the Christmas invitation. We are invited to begin that experience in this moment. On this, and on every, silent night. And if we do, we will make every one of them a holy night. And we will begin to create a world in which all is calm. All is bright.

Joy to the world! The Lord has come. Let Earth receive her King. Let every heart…prepare him room. And heaven, and nature, sing!

 

Merry Christmas, everyone. Happy, happy holidays!

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  • Nicole

    Dear Neale,
    yesterday, 24th, i must admit, after reading a few comments on the previous post about Jesus, i got a little sad… and, for a few minutes, i prayed from my heart.. truly… for you, Neale (i know, you are one of the last people i know that would need prayers, you are literally leading our way), but i prayed, that God will send you a message about what the coming of Jesus on Earth really means, because with the communication power you have, you will send a true message to the hearts of many. It was a brief, but intense moment. really, that is all i wished yesterday, truly and from my heart!
    Now i read this wonderful message with tears in my eyes; to me, this IS a miracle.
    Jesus was here to show us the way by which the old law (an eye for an eye) is ALIVE; and all the experiences ought to be sifted thru the heart only (not thru the mind), and that is thru Love.
    And many people misunderstood what Jesus really meant when He said: “No one can come to the Father except through me”. I believed Jesus was Love in human body, infinite God consciousness, and he showed us the way to becoming that and the way is thru Love only; when we become Love, we can go back Home.
    Home is not somewhere on another planet, no aliens will abduct us, it is HERE, all around us, we just don’t yet, have the eyes to see it, all of us; but we will.

    Merry Christmas to you too Neale,
    Lots of love and thank you!

  • Maribeth

    Thank you Neale – I am going to “Sing Along With Mitch” (Christmas Carols) with new energy of the blessed Being that I am. I will read your Christmas story to my family and share it with all of friends…perhaps few will “listen.”

    Thank you for lending a new interpretation of Christmas as a non-religious holiday, but rather a spiritual Celebration of the Life and Love that is in ALL of us.

    Virtual Hugs, Maribeth

  • Misael

    You may not get tis messeage but i will add anyway could you ask god through you what is my greatest mistake when dealing with any relationship. At least i’d like to hear the truth that i cannot.

  • Erin/IAm

    Happy Celebrations & Merriment back atcha, Neale, Em, & CwG Fam! Joy to Our New Story & the birthing of wiser Humanity…To the Amazing Grace within All Life!:D

    Blessed be, Beloveds…I wish you Love, always & all ways.
    Good Journey!<3

  • Lloyd

    Life is good, we all are good, and we are all ONE. Wonderful post Neale, thanks for all you write, and do to brighten the world. Namaste’
    Butch

  • Kristen

    Happy Christmas and holiday season to all, whatever it means to you. To me, although it is the day people celebrate Yshuas birth, it is St Nicholas Day. The true meaning of Christmas: the heart of a good man.

  • Ionic Breeze

    Hi Life,

    We are Life. We can express Life any way we choose. If we choose, we can express Life as ourself and ourself as the Christed of All Life. We can choose to live life as a Christed Heart and be an aspect of love, or we can lift the whole Heart of God and be the entire Heart of Christ. We are each an individuated heart of Christ, and we can manifest the entire whole Heart of Christ in the day to day living of our own individuated life on earth now. Christed we are when we know we are Him. Christed we express, when we liven each other in the knowing each of us is a divine, unique aspect of Christ truly alive in God as God through God as Us. The whole Heart of Christ is the whole Heart of God as each of us combine to recombine and recombine until all life knows they know they know they are it. This is what is.

    We are a unique individuation contained within the whole heart of God as Christ in us. We are the manifestation of mankind on Earth as the replication of the whole Christed Heart, if we live the true aspect we are in God. We contain the whole heart of Christ just as we contain a unique imprint of an individuated aspect of our Heart of Chrsit. The Self in the high line of God I Am is a Self of Many Selves. We are each a high line when we lift to all love lines that house the Christed Heart in the form of mankind’s High line. What is a line? many want to know. A line of light is what we are in the Christ Heart. A line of light? Of course. Of course. God said let there be light and it was so. We are light and that is what is so, when we know we live the true divine aspect that is Christed in mind, body, soul.

    Lift to this aspect by knowing we are it. Lift all souls to the One Christed Soul by gifting each other each other. We are a Soul of Souls coming together as one, in order to come forth and grant all life a new earth. All of us contain the whole Heart of Christ as we contain an individuated imprint of an individuated soul in God I Am. All of us signed up for this gig on Earth, in order to lift the Earth to newness, a newness of all souls. All life can lift to newness, if we move the knowing all life contains the One Christed Heart bringing forth life to the mind of mankind. All life is us and all life can experience the mind of God by knowing the heart of man is the heart of Christ.

    We each contain the whole Heart of Christ as a divine aspect of the whole multidimensional self that is us. We each are contained within Christ, and Christ is contained within us. We can accept the part of our divine whole, multi-dimensional self is the real us and all life will know all life contains all divine aspects come together as one grand show of one multidimensional Self of Selves to create a Grand Mind of All God Minds alive within our very heart, mind, body and soul on earth. We can lift the Earth to heaven right here, right now. We can know life is heaven in the form of mankind . We can express life as God Mind on earth through mankind as heaven lives God Mind through mankind forevermore. We can lift all life to the knowing mankind on earth contains the whole Christed Heart alive on Earth already here now experiencing heaven as God experiences heaven.

    We can do this by lifting our unique individuated aspect to a true life. We lift our true life when we gift our true aspect already at home the permission to gift a twin life to our whole unique heart that is the divine aspect of the Christed Heart. WE can manifest a true divine aspect of all life, when we come forth as a whole Heart of Christ recombined, re-membered as One form of all life in the unique form of mankind.

    We are here on mission. We came to earth to lift a newness to earth as God lives Earth in heaven. We are Home when we experience life as heaven. we create this heaven by knowing we are that which is all in, in, in life as one love not fear. Fear is not love. Love is not fear. Life is not life when it expresses as fear. Life is not love when it lifts left and right and death and fear to love. Fear is not the high form of life. Life has one high line and that is the Christed Line of All Love lines. Christ Line does not house fear lines. Chista does not house Hitler’s lines of energy. Hitler’s lines are not that which replicates in life. God I Am has a special place for lines like Hitler’s. It’s called a leveled state of nothingness.

    We are one way only in the High Line of Christ. That way is the Christ Way and that Way is the Heart of God. Who will accept that we must acknowledge We are God, we are Christ, in order to express that divinity right here, right now? Who will say I Am that I Am? Before we can express anything, we must call it here now. Before we can experience anything, we must admit it is so. We cannot rebirth a Christed earth as heaven lives earth, until we say I Am that I Am. We have to acknowledge we are I Am before we can express life as I Am expresses life. We can’t experience a Christed life of anything until we know Christ to be so in the heart of us, the literal divine heart we house in the heart chakra. What is so is what we say is so. I say we are Home in the mind of life living the high line of Christ as Christ lives the high line of life on earth now. What does life say back to living life as Chista lives it now here? Who here, in this blog, is willing to come forth to say I Am a divine aspect of the Christed Heart living heaven in the knowing Christ is here with me, as me, already in this realm here now? If we can’t accept that Christ is us. is it, then we can’t be it. We can’t experience heaven in this realm, until we say we are heaven. Imagine life as heaven and heaven reigns here. Imagine life as peace and peace grants life this place right now, right here, right now as a form of heaven gifting life to all love crossing this page. Gift life to loves crossing all pages of all life, and live everywhere heaven as heaven lives heaven, as life lives love. We are everyone. We are everywhere. We are Chista and Chista gives to all life as love not fear. Lift life as love to everyone and say I Am that I Am who is the Heart of Christ granting all life a true day in the knowing the Christed Heart is Home, always Home, and knowing Life is Love always love not fear.

    We are I Am. We just are.

    Love to all,

    Ionic Breeze

  • Inger Lise

    Splendid told Ionic Breeze, it is as simple as Self-Realization.
    And when coming thus far, is it the same as to be Happy All The Time….no matter of what`s going on around us.

    Wishing all of you a continued Happy Christmas, and the time-line of a New Year.

  • Ionic Breeze

    Oh yea. I meant to give everybody a love song today. It’s a love song for all love. It’s called, “Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson. I think it’s beautiful.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHJr07zU9Gk

    Love to all Hi

    Ionic Breeze blowing in again Hi with a breeding song of all life Hi Ho He

  • Ionic Breeze

    Hi Thank you for your Splendid Self, Inger lise 🙂 I don’t think we can linger too long in a look at the world the way the world is currently imagining life by so many in 3 d at the moment and remain happy, happy, happy as we are meant to be in life. Fortunately for me, I was far removed from all media outlets, including internet, television, radio, all media of all kinds several weeks ago way before the chaos in Connecticut took place. I was reluctant to listen to God Mind in me, who ordered me off all media outlets of all kinds. I was ordered not to even turn a radio on. I couldn’t believe it.

    I argued against that saying, Come on. How can anyone not watch tv or hear the radio in 2012? It is the 21st c I argued. But, this time I knew God Mind meant me to be off the internet. I finally listened and missed the fray altogether. I am grateful to God Mind. I live only 100 miles from the fray that planted fear deep in the minds of many all over the world when that attrocious happening occurred in connecticut a couple of weeks ago, yet, I knew nothing of it. I was far removed from it, because I listened to God who told me don’t turn on a tv, not once. I didn’t even know what happened, until after, way after the event took place. I missed all the repetition, all the images being played over and over. I missed the unfolding of it. I missed the midst of it. I missed all of it, because I listened to God Mind. Someone had to call me and tell me what happened. I didn’t even know it happened. They called to see if I was okay, because I live so near it. I am grateful I wasn’t in earshot distance of any media, because I lived through 9/11, and I remember the effect the media had on me. The images of 9/11 are burned in my mind forever. i recall that woman who leapt to her death, wearing a khaki coat, in high heels like it was yesterday.

    I think we can keep our heads out of the sand, yet, not wallow in the deepest depth of it, the deepest dark of it. I don’t appreciate the news media repeating the same old fear based energies and gifting the heart of man fear of man’s very heart. I was never one to believe the heart of man is evil and corrupt at the core of it. I still don’t. And, I never will. At the core heart of us is a Golden Core known as Christ I Am. We only need to turn towards that aspect of us and allow it to enfold in our lives as living energy. that’s the high line of life. The old story we’re trying to erase is the old idea we are corrupt and base and evil and all that rot. It inspires fear in the heart of man to see such horrible things on tv. Fear isn’t real, though it sure appears real awful, awfully real to those affected by such crimes.

    I am just glad I listened to God this time. I know God intended 12.12.12 to be a great lift off for the high end of life named mankind. the energy pouring into the Earth through the gateways was the grandest ever in life, and God intended man to lift earth a little early for Mary, Mary, Mary this year. 12.12.12 was it, but the fear overtook the world. Many were too fearful to look at the love God sent to us in the heart of man. The great gift of God is love not fear, yet, the heart of man doubted the heart that left man so fearful of life with such an attrocious image on tv played out over and over.

    How do we begin again after such attrocity? We must look within the heart of us and not without at the media trying to scare life into more fear. Hi Ho He We are still here ready to lift a New earth, but we have to know we are here bearing the Christed Light or we can’t shine light forth for all life. We need all God Mind on the line to come forth and lift the knowing we are the Heart of Christon Earth already Home in God Mind. We don’t wait for lift off. We are lift off. We are it, when we know we are it. We are the Christed apsect known as the whole Heart of Christ coming forth in this realm as one form known as the Christed Heart of Mankind, a high kind of form of All Life. We gather together in love and we lift in love, but the media would have it otherwise. Let go of the media people and go within the true heart of all life named you Hi

    Love to all on this line of love. Thank you, Inge. You are it, Love. You are the whole of Heart of Life Hi Hi Hi 🙂

    Ionic Breeze

  • Inger Lise

    WOW!!! Bravo, you would`nt believe in this Ionic Breeze, because I have been without any Computers or IPads or IPods or what not within a three weeks of time as well. I`m never using any cellphones or bringing any P.C.s, with me when up in the mountains or along the seashore.
    In fact, cannot agree with you more of what you`re telling.
    It is the rare two`s of One in the agreement.

    Cheerio, or Cheers, in Love and Delight from Inge/Inger/Inger Lise.
    P.S. I`m looking up the recommendation of yours on YouTube. Thank you, you have made my Day (the here and now).

  • Ionic Breeze

    You have made my day in all here nows and all now heres, in all where whens and when wheres and everything in between. Life is you. You are love in all life as Chista in the Christed Soul of All Souls you are Hi 🙂

    Love, Love, Love to you,

    ionic Breeze