Are you ready to stretch your mind at this time of the year? If that is all you decide to do this Christmas, even in little increments, I can assure you that it will go a long way. Read on … and don’t forget to leave a comment at the end if you enjoy this blog.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein
A virgin birth is such a huge stretch for our pragmatic and scientific minds today. But that is precisely what we are being called to do at this time of the year, to stretch our minds, the way we do our bodies on a yoga mat.
A virgin birth seems to go against nature, against the natural order, the natural way of things. It seems to send out the message that nature is, well, not good enough for God, not worthy enough a channel for the Divine to take form in human form.
But is this really what Jesus’ virgin birth is truly about? About believing something that defies reason? Are we missing the point when we think this way? What is the point, in that case?
For me, as someone who values nature, as someone who embraces the valuable and meaningful aspects of Tantra (not the bizzare and twisted), the miracle of nature is extraordinary. It is Shakti. It is Prakriti. It is Shri (Lakshmi), and therefore, intrinsically holy.
But there is this aspect of Shiva, of transcendent consciousness, of an “otherness” that defies all explanation. It is the blessedness of Divinity. (Dare I say: “Yahweh, Godhead, Abba”?) It is the pervasive principle. The hidden aspect. The concealment. Tirobhava! This is Tantra, too.
Jesus being born of a virgin is a connundrum to the human mind’s rational capabilities, those very structures that transcribe and proscribe what we believe reality is … and our control of it. We are the masters. We judge what is true; and what is not. But which part of us does this?
This Christmas, I’ve decided to allow my mind to accept Jesus’ virgin birth. For years, I haven’t cared. If He were born the natural way, that is, conceived naturally, it does not make Him any less in my eyes, I’ve told myself and a few others.
But why not his birth be special? Why not accept the extraordinary? Why not stretch the mind? Take this piece of this credible NBC news story reported on Fortune:
“A 26-year-old Tennessee woman just gave birth to a baby that was conceived not long after she herself was born. Emma Gibson was conceived in 1992 but frozen as an embryo and donated to a Knoxville faith-based clinic that specializes in embryo donation, reports NBC News.”
If humans can do stuff like this, why not a virgin birth? Today, our minds our stretched to the max with sci-fi films and all sorts of amazing technological advances. I, for one, have emphasised the practical in my life. “We must learn to walk the spiritual path with practical feet”, I’ve quoted, from the late Angeles Arien. But this year, I’ve decided to set myself free from such limitations. Something very powerful is awakening in me. And I’m respecting it.
I still believe that Spirit works powerfully through nature, and that nature is miraculous enough, as it is. When I pray or work with manifestation techniques, I do not need for something to happen outside of the natural process. In fact, I love to see how nature supports sincere prayers and confirms itself to good thoughts to provide good outcomes.
If nature does not support my process, I know that I need to adjust my process, refine the process, transform my ego, so that what my soul desires, can manifest in my life. I call this process, Manifesting Our Soul’s Destiny, which is not original. It’s just the process that we use to go about it that is original in our Yogic Mystery School™
At the same time, I’ve seen reality bend itself, and alter itself, to accommodate prayers and intentions held in meditation that simply cannot be explained any other way other than that there are spiritual forces operating outside of nature as much as within nature.
And this is why accepting a virgin’s birth is, for me, the next phase in my own evolutionary process. And why do I share this with you? I share it in order to invite you to live in a state of attunement to the miraculous because it allows for extraordinary possibilities to manifest in your life.
If you are a practical person, stay pratical. This does not mean you have to be closed to the miraculous. And conversely, to be open and attuned to the miraculous does not require you to stop being practical.
So what will you do this Christmas? I’m not speaking here as a Christian. Nor am I addressing this blog to Christians. None of my spiritual tribe are conventional Christians.
Are you ready to ssssssstttttttttttrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeettttttccccccchhhhhhh your mind? If that is all you decide to do this Christmas, I can assure you that it will go a long way.
You don’t have to belive in a virgin birth. Choose just one, small thing every day that stretches your mind a little bit, beyond what it thinks possible at this time.
For instance, if you find yourself held up in traffic, say something like, “I believe that some extraordinarily good is going to happen as a result of this”.
Your mind is not going to consider this as practial, or even miraculous, and would probably label something extraordinary that happens as pure coincidence.
But then, that’s just the mind. And you, my friend, are not just your mind. “You” are so much more. Learn to use your mind. Don’t let it use you.
My favorite line from the Bhagavad Gita is Krishna’s words to Arjuna on the impetuousness of the human mind. Unfortunately, its intrinsic, lively agility is also its continual, restless rebellion.
“On this path, no effort goes to waste dear Arjuna”, Krishna lovingly tells him. “Even a little effort goes a long way”.
So stretch you mind today. Everyday. Because even a little effort will create big miracles in YOUR LIFE.
And start practicing this right away. As you discover your own consciousness and life changing as a results, share this message with even just one person, to help them tap into the miraculousness of this Christmas season. We never know who is ready to be touched by a message. Just the right thing at just the right time could make all the difference. And if does in just one life, that’s huge! Consider what one miracle achieved over 2000 years!
“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.” — C.S. Lewis
In One Heart,
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