“Please accept without obligation, express or implied, these best wishes for an environmentally safe, socially responsible, low stress, non addictive, and gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday as practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice (but with respect for the religious or secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or for...... their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all) and further for a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated onset of the generally accepted calendar year (including, but not limited to, the Christian calendar, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures). The preceding wishes are extended without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, or sexual preference of the wishes.”
I saw this posted on FaceBook the other day and had to ask myself what in the world is going on in the minds and hearts of people these days. Everyone is so hell bent on having their way with this season it makes my head spin and my soul ache. The whole mess started as a SEASONAL celebration. It had nothing to do who was born when or what religion should take credit for it. It was the realization that the darkest and coldest half of the year had arrived and was a celebration of light to coax the warmth and heat of the sun back into dominance. This celebration was done with closeness of family, friend and community. It was done with feasting, sharing, hope, closeness of people for support against the cold and dark comradeship and love. It was a communal affair. It brought people TOGETHER!
This time of the year has been called many things by many people over the millennia and they are all correct. Because of the diversity of people, there have be a diversity of traditions (each one borrowed and built on from those before and around it) and each tradition speaks to its celebrants in it own unique way and this is good. One does NOT need to take precedence over the other. The Creator did not intend us to act in such a domineering manner about this (or any other holiday) that we strip all the joy of celebration from it. We are all here on this planet, in this life to learn how to love each other not to see how many we can kill or brow-beat into our way of thinking. Statements like the one quoted above should not be required. We should be Spiritually Mature enough by now to understand that though there is but one Truth, there are many paths to it. We should be able to allow the other person to find their way without guilt, condemnation, sermons and snarky barbs to herd them into our personal belief mold.
Wake up Dear people and learn to allow each person (including you) their own relationship with their own personal path to the truth. If you feel that you need to intercede I must ask you if your faith is so small that you don't trust the Creator to handle these things? Are you so presumptuous as to believe that if you don't instruct them they will wander, lost in the dark? The author J.R.R. Tolkien said that “All who wander are not lost.” and this is true. If you tend to your business, your spirituality and your true responsibilities you will find that your reason for the season is clearer... to you; is more meaningful..to you; is happier, more joy and love filled as well as stress free..for you and is much more sane and sacred for EVERYONE!
I wish you all the love, kindness and joy or your seasonal path and Bright Blessings, Chessie
© Chessie Roberts 2012 all rights reserved
Chessie Roberts is a Singer/song Writer, Spiritual Teacher, Mind-set Mentor, Meditation Coach, Author, Lecturer and the Founder/Creator of Evolution of Self; Journey into Body, Mind, Spirit Balance. Her experience with severe,crippling arthritis was her catalyst to share her healing, experiential, self improvement program with those who wish to rediscover their balance of Body, Mind, Spirit. Her ability to put things into an easy to learn package allows participants to fine tune their healing intentions, identify personal goals and clarify the path they wish to devise in order to heal themselves and grow into their own Spiritual Evolution. You can find Chessie's programs and products at www.evolutionfoselfforme.com http://croberts1.zeropointglobal.com and her music at www.archersmeadow.com