- Continued from The Christmas and Holy NIghts Journal
The Earth, the Plant, the Human Soul
In nature, there is a subtle, perceptible change during the twelve
days and thirteen nights, between December 24 and January 6. Though
outwardly quiet, inwardly, a soul-quickening takes place. The dark
inner life, below the surface of the earth, actually becomes more
awake and fertile, as death and decay have given way to vital inner
reception for new life.
The plant, having become seed, now most resembles the lifeless earth,
yet how potently dormant! With the ash and salt formation within the
decaying plant and the seeds, spiritual beings of a higher kind, the
angelic hierarchies, pour their interest into the earth. An inner
dynamic tension takes place between stone and seed, mineral and
plant, the lifeless and the life-filled. Forces are gathered,
quickened, for the ntire year. Unseen by us, though outwardly still,
the inner life of the earth becomes like a magnet for formative life-
enhancing forces streaming in from the starry realms.
Angelic communities sow virtues that will be expressed through the
purity of the flowers in the year to come. It has been said that the
seeds of the flowers become the eyes for Natura, that she may
perceive her relationship to moon, sun, stars and the angelic realms.
Farmers and gardeners who know this as inner reality make sure their
seeds for the coming year are stored in the dark below ground level
through the Holy Nights.
The human soul has a special affinity and likeness to the realm of
the plant. Parts of us too, die away, and contract. When we are able
to wed the inner pain and sorrow of dying, with the yearning for
spiritual sustenance-our souls become a fertile, alchemical ground to
receive new impulses for the year to come. What is a contrast in the
human soul to the plant world is the ability to choose, to co-create,
to will. By chossing to imbue our thoughts with LIVING IMAGINATIONS,
and love in our deeds, the angelic world above us is nurtured! They
receive this nourishment by the idealism we then offer up in our soul
upon going to sleep each night. The angels in turn, take an interest
in us and become inspirers for our lives.
This path, however, is a path less trodden in our modern culture, and
not without its pain, trials , and confrontations. It is a path that
begins to consciously cross the threshold of sleep and the thresholds
of death and birth. It is a path that also leads to the Black
Madanna. What we have left untransformed, that becomes too much for
the angels to digest and weave back into our lives as karma, is held
lovingly within the earthly realm by the Black Madonna.
Spiritual grace is very close to us during the quickening of the Holy
Nights. What is received and worked upon during this time, will find
its resurrection and revelation in the spring during the Easter
season, will grow to outer expression in the summer, and provide
healing fruit and seed for the future during the autumn months of
Glimages from the Other Side
Each morning, before your thoughts turn to your immediate
environment, lie quietly and be aware of images, insights, thoughts,
and dreams that are on the threshold of consciousness. Take time to
let these resound, and have your journal close by to make some notes
to acknowledge the mood, glimages (glimpses + images), and echoes
from the night. These impressions can be the last moment of contact
with your angel in the spiritual world as you cross the threshold
back into the physical world. Even if you don't remember anything
concrete, try to express in an imaginative language how you feel upon
January Fourth, Envisioning November-Reviewing past November
Virtues and Meditation
Preparing for Sleep
Candle Light and Oil
Retrospection of Month
Retrospection of Day
For two thousand years, Christ has been with us in the depth of
our memory, living deep within our soul and within the earth herself.
Through patience, strength and wisdom, insight begins to dawn in
PATIENCE BECOMES INSIGHT
Patience is a teacher who opens our eyes to the truth. Patience
reveals herself in the balance of strength and wisdom. Strength
without wisdom can be overly willful forebearance. Wisdom without
strength can be inactive contemplation. Within our actions we develop
true cognition that leads to self-examination.
Re-examination of our deeds develops the scales of patience as we
learn to interact with world phenomena. Patience combined with
judgement leads to the mood of expectation. Impatience misleads into
prejudice and prematurity.
Thus patience becomes insight.
Review three deeds that you have experienced recently. Observe
yourself in the past deeds through imaginative contemplation. What is
the balance within yourself of strength and wisdom? In each of these
actions, were you able to apply strength where necessary or the
wisdom of understanding? How did patience play in your daily drama
and where did you experience insight revealing understanding?
- See, my mind is on these two Mary's giving birth: one
heavenly and one earthly; one having lived many lives
and the other none. Two boys coming through, one lived
many life times and the other none. As we have these
two Jesus children we also have these two Marys.
And in this one that is all earthly I find the Black
Madonnas. But nobody knows its her because nobody
knows there are two Jesus children. Nobody understands
where the Magdalene fits in here because they don't
understand the transformation that is required to move
from earthly to heavenly. I mean it is no wonder that
as we moved through the centuries and become more
materialistic minded that we have lost the meaning of
the Black Madonna concept and what that means to each
of us as we move from earthly to heavenly. It is the
inspiration that stands before the alchemist on his
journey, starting with the blackness and ending with
transformation, or chrysalis. But nobody knows this
story isn't that really really weird.
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