Here we go again folks. Time to rev up for the annual program of the “holiday season”, with all its familiar sights, sounds and… SONGS! I kid you not, on the morning of starting this article (Blue Resonant Night, Self-Existing Moon 16 – a.k.a. November 2) we didn’t even get past breakfast without an array of Christmas songs dinning through the amphitheater of our minds. 🎶 It’s the turk- turkiest seaaason of all! 🎶
Every year the same melodies echo through countless speaker systems and reverberate through the heads of millions, if not billions, of people. The familiar decorations dusted off and re-hung once again on just about every city street. How odd that this annual rite invokes behaviors ranging from sacramental solemnity to bombastic bacchanalia…
Please don’t take my cavalier tone as scorn or disrespect for traditions that may be very meaningful to you. I aim simply to make conscious the unconscious. We also decorate our home with a Christmas tree each year, and our son’s look of wonder at the lights and colors are all the excuse I need to do it.
Of course, people of Christian faith observe this time to celebrate the birth of their Savior: Jesus Christ. But what many people don’t know, is the modern form of “Christmas” is like a Santa-faced Frankenstein, an amalgam of symbols and myths from many different cultures. Which isn’t exactly a problem in and of itself, but the key is to be conscious of why we observe and participate in such a thing.
If there is a deeper meaning as to why you are observing a cyclic ritual, it can be profoundly rejuvenating and inspiring – sharpening your focus once again to better see your vision for your life. But through over-commercialization, traditions such as Christmas, become inauthentically ubiquitous: virtually every business taking advantage of the occasion for yet another sale.
And so, the mythos of commercialized traditions end up bombarding everybody, even those for whom the ritual may not hold much deeper meaning. For many people holidays of any kind just mean added stress and extra expense as the pressure to “buy gifts” (the bottom line of any holiday advertising) overwhelms the collective psyche.
In any case, I personally prefer the simple day-to-day reality, and the treasures of each passing day to “big deal” holidays. I try to remember Christ’s wise and instructive teachings of love every day. So too do I try my best to bear in mind the guidance of the Buddha, the peace of the Qur’an, the transcendence of Krishna – and on and on.
As you probably know, the etymological root of the word holiday is holy day. Did you know the root of the word holy is whole? Well, how can we be whole unless ALL THE DAYS are holy days?
In our nascent planetary culture, I think there is far too much emphasis placed on specific “holidays” and not enough on every holy day. Maybe this is just a symptom of the fact that the vast majority of each person’s time is spent on the job (or preparing for a job/school), earning credits or money for survival and profits for their companies.
Oftentimes this pursuit is simply for the sake of profits alone, or gross domestic product. Sure, jobs are created in the process, people make a living, take care of their families and life happens. All that is well and good. But what if the meaning of “job” changed?
The country Bhutan inspires me. Instead of gross domestic product, it aims for ever-increasing gross national happiness. Imagine going to work every day, knowing that the larger goal you are contributing to is the happiness of your nation. In such an economy, I bet each day feels a bit more like a holy day for everybody. Obviously this is just me guessing and imagining, as I don’t live in Bhutan. If you do, drop me a line and correct me if I’m wrong! 😇
The daily codes of the 13 Moon Calendar offer you an opportunity to experience each holy day with the whole of your multidimensional being – integrating your experience into a boundary-transcending frequency which connects you to everyone else doing the same.
What if we all decided to form a decentralized culture whose aim was gross planetary wholeness? Could we create our own economy? What could we accomplish? Maybe every day would once again feel like a holy day on the whole Earth…