The stories and symbolism of Christmas blend together the birth of a savior and the symbolic story of generosity in the tradition of St. Nick, aka Saint Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus.
Which way do we turn, toward the religious meaning of christmas, barring the door of any other meaning or symbolism? Do we let christmas be just a commercial time of gifts and gatherings? Or do we embrace the intuitive meaning, the spark that guides us to celebrate life and the guidance under which we live it?
What Does Christmas Symbolize?
Allow me to share with you a quote from a book published in 1919:
“There are men who object to Santa Claus, because he does not exist! Such men need spectacles to see that Santa Claus is a symbol; a symbol of the love and joy of Christmas and the Christmas spirit. In the land of my birth there was no Santa Claus, but a little goat was shoved into the room, carrying with it a basket of Christmas toys and gifts. The goat of itself counted for nothing; but the Christmas spirit, which it symbolized, counted for a tremendous lot. We live in a world of symbols. No man or woman can come out of the temple endowed as he should be, unless he has seen, beyond the symbol, the mighty realities for which the symbols stand.”
Embracing the Christmas Spirit
There are traditions held sacred which we should honor, and traditions that allow us to remember the sharing and caring from those who today are only memories. We have stockings, and candles, and lights adorning the tree. The presents are only a small part of our christmas spirit, but that part is soon forgotten. It is the joy we share, the hearts we touch, and the spirit within that embrace the true meaning of christmas.
Healing the Intuitive Meaning of Christmas
Most of us have memories and impressions that arise during the holiday season. For some, those memories are emotional, even painful. It’s easy to get caught up in all the work it takes in the holiday season, creating an event that is tense. Let’s set all that aside for a moment, and focus on the intuitive meaning of Christmas.
What is your intuitive meaning of Christmas?
- Christmas and the spirit of giving: the real St Nicholas tossed a bag of gold to the home of a man who’s poverty was impacting raising his daughters. This act was done quietly and anonymously. What about your own acts of giving? What you give does not need to be tangible, like gold or gifts. It can be a smile, listening with appreciation, holding the door open for a stranger.
- Focus as well on your generosity with yourself: How do you do this? I have a friend who would go on weekend vacations, and talk with such stress about wanting to go on more weekend vacations. She was not in the moment, and not allowing herself to “have” what she wanted. Instead she was battling the emotionally charged feelings of lack. Try this: if you are in a “self giving” moment, and your mind or emotions cannot be quiet and appreciative, you can do something about that. Try a word-free “rehearsal” of a feeling of bliss. Feel the energy free-flowing within you, watch it flow outward through the energy field that surrounds you. Give your thinking mind a moment’s rest, with a gentle kiss and a smile. Respond to your emotional state with love. If needed, offer to your emotions the Ho’Oponopono: “I’m sorry, please forgive me, I love you, thank you”.
- Let your actions reflect your soul, not your stories. You live for our stories, it’s true. That’s what life is about, having those experiences. But there is also a sometimes forgotten part of you: your soul. Your soul is not confined to the ongoing challenging of balancing giving and receiving. What then is your soul’s “take” on living? Let me share with you five ways in which your soul can be your guidance during the holiday season. Choose one, or more, for your spiritual “playground” during the holiday season.
Let your Soul be your guidance during the holiday season
- Joy – notice the energy of joy. It is not about giving and receiving, not like the way we usually think of it. Joy is within, which makes it very intuitive. What about giving to others, sharing the spirit of joy? Can joy be shared by “being”, not “giving”? In other words, you inspire joy in others, rather than give them your own joy.
- Silence – As I spoke to God, asking what should be offered as a spirit of guidance, this is what I saw, and heard. Stillness and silence. Remember the song: Silent Night, Holy Night, All is well, All is Bright. Again, here is an opportunity for the “being” of your soul or spirit within the moments of your holiday season.
- As I turned to God for the third spirit of guidance, I watched and listened to an energy arising within. I allowed that part to speak, without judgment. “Can’t we just leave it at two levels of guidance? It’s so much work!” Ah, there it is, that ego-self that loves to struggle! Do you ever hear that voice within you? Take a moment and let that part of you know that your soul is here to give it, and all other aspects of you a rest. And now, back to our sponsor: The third expression of soul guidance for the holiday season is Presence. This soul energy can also be called Grounding. How can you be a guidance when you are not present, or grounded? Here’s another way of describing your ability to be a soul guidance: creating sacred space. Are you seeking to learn more about your ability to be a soul-presence? Schedule a 30 minute session that focuses on your ability to be a soul-guidance with your presence, grounding, and ability to create safe space.
- As I turned to God to share with me the fourth form of soul guidance, I was not surprised to start with a body-level feedback. “Bah, humbug.. they won’t listen.” My response: “Thank you”. God was ready with the fourth energy of soul guidance. Faith. What is faith? There is a fear-driven practice of faith that is unconscious, lacking in knowledge and understanding. Soul Faith is not blind, nor is it manipulating. Soul faith does not strike out at others. Now let’s talk about what soul faith is, and what it can do. Faith is being consistent. It is being the foundation, the rock upon which we stand. Faith can be teamed with any and all: sacred space, joy, silence, presence, and so much more.
- The fifth form of soul guidance that you (yes, you) can offer to yourself and others during this holiday season is Divine Love. No, we didn’t use the unconditional word. Unconditional is like a peace-keeper between human conflicts. Divine love is like stepping into the solution, not the problem. Do you and I live in that space all the time? Heck no!! But you can be, act, think, feel, all with the guidance of your own soul’s divine love. Think of the north star, your compass, following your heart. It feels peaceful, and full of faith, doesn’t it?
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The Symbol and Meaning of Santa Claus and Christmas Spirit © 2011-2015 Estee Taschereau. About the author: Estee brings over 30 years experience as a spiritual counselor into the heart-awakening healing sessions offered by phone.
Quote from The Utah genealogical and historical magazine: Volumes 10-12 – Page 62, Anthon Henrik Lund, published in 1919.