Today is the winter solstice. It is the darkest day of the year. In ancient times, these days were revered – not through the act of commercialism the way Christmas is celebrated today – but by taking the time to honor the movement of our solar system. The winter solstice was celebrated as the “birth of a new sun.” (Sound familiar)? In ancient times, man knew that he was part of a greater whole. Architecture all over our planet was divinely inspired and designed around the movements of the planets and stars, as were the stories you read in the scriptures (Fish = Sun in Pisces. Ram = Sun in Aries. Bull = Sun in Taurus. Virgin = the Sun in Virgo). These stories were not meant to be read literally the way we teach them today. We have taken a story about our solar system and diluted it into a one-dimensional religion, but the true story is one of greater wisdom. It teaches that we are not separate from our creator, but that we are all one divine consciousness playing the role of many.
I used to be confused about what it means to be “one” consciousness playing the role of many. I was taught the watered down version of the story of Christmas, and throughout my life I felt lost. Feeling lost and confused contributed to my self-destructive behavior, but I became incredibly curious about the whole thing and began searching my way to feeling connected. All along, I had a hunch that there was something more to life than constantly asking forgiveness for my “sins.” I was a curious person, and it became exasperating to feel like I was doing something wrong simply because I wanted to know more than I was taught, so I decided to trust my gut while defying everything I learned while sitting in a pew. It has been ten years, almost to the day, and I went from feeling insignificant and separate from God, to feeling empowered and connected to all that is.
How do you explain that we are “one” when there are so many of us living various lives? It is actually very simple. All you have to do is take a giant step back from everything. While we are experiencing darkness in the evening, the other side of the planet experiences daylight. When you see this from the point of view of somewhere out in space, you can observe the whole of this, rather than the parts. You can see that the sun is radiating one side of the planet, while the moon is reflecting light from the sun to illuminate the other side of the planet. It all works in harmony, and there is no separation. Go back a little further… now a little further… and there you see the entire solar system as one giant organism working together as a whole. Everything is connected and moving together in sync. There is a cosmic order occurring, and no true separation.
Sometimes you must take a giant step back in order to discover a wholeness to that which seems fragmented. When I am confused about my life, and when my life seems disorderly, I must remember that it is all working together for a greater whole (or a greater purpose). There is a way to find harmony within the chaos because there is no true chaos when you observe life as a whole. On a smaller scale, life may seem unruly and disorderly, especially in today’s society, but on a greater scale, all of it can easily be summed up to a conscious shift occurring on the planet. People are waking up, while others are fighting to remain asleep. They do not know that they are doing this, but the battles we fight are always based in fear. When people stop fearing and begin walking in their freedom and waking up (which many people are doing now), the fear grows greater in those that are asleep, and then there arises a great need to protect the “illusion” of reality. The illusion of reality is that we are separate. Religions desperately fight to remain separate. If they are separate, then it proves their existence, you see. The fear rises when people believe that they will cease to exist without an identity of who they are. The truth is that once you let go of the fear of trying to “exist” on this planet, you realize that you are everything – not just one thing. You are not just an image – you are all there is. We fear letting go of our images, including labels of “Christianity,” but the irony is that Jesus never labeled himself, except to say that he was all there is and all there ever will be – the I AM. Ultimately, this is what we all are. The images we try to preserve are not truth. They are merely preserving the fears of humanity.
Religions and political parties segregate themselves from the whole, claiming that they are “right.” This causes great friction, especially because many people are claiming to be “right.” Take a giant step back and you will see that right and wrong mean nothing on the grander scale. The true battle is between fear and freedom – love and hate. But these too, are merely opposite spectrums on the same plane of reality. There is no true separation. When people begin waking up, they will understand that it is only in their mind that we are not “one.” The battle has always been to preserve the illusion of separation, when all along we are one source of energy, playing the roles of many.
Why is this? If you are curious like me, you will seek out the answer to this question. It is a great question to ask, and to continue asking – like a beautiful game of hide-n-seek with the divinity within you. We constantly need to be reminded of the soul within the temple of our human body (Soul = Solar). “As above, so below.” Our own bodies are a reflection of the solar system. On this final day of three of the darkest days in our solar year, let us honor the rebirth of our sun, which is a beautiful reminder of who we truly are. The sun has risen after three days of darkness… (Hmmmmmm, that really does sound familiar).