Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Put The Ass Back In Christmass

If hear one more Christmas song I'm going to flip out. If hear one more person talking about how much they have to do during the "holiday season" I'll slap them. If someone in the media says "last minute gifts" or "for everyone on your list", it's all over.

If all these people used half the time and money wasted on insignificant gifts and insted gave it to charity, the world may be a much better place.

Disturbing Facts:

$217.4 Billion total holiday shopping predicted for November and December 2003
$671.89 average, per person

Call me crazy, but isn't that some "end world hunger" type of money?

My holiday gift to you is this essay by Neville Goddard. It's really fucking deep, please think about it.

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son,
and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted
is God with us.Matt. 1:23.

One of the most controversial statements in the New Testament
concerns the virgin conception and subsequent birth of Jesus, a
conception in which man had no part. It is recorded that a virgin
conceived a son without the aid of man, then secretly and without
effort gave birth to her conception. This is the foundation upon
which all Christendom rests. The Christian world is asked to
believe this story, for man must believe the unbelievable to fully
express the greatness that he is. Scientifically, man might be
inclined to discard the whole Bible as untrue because his
reason will not permit him to believe that the virgin birth is
physiologically possible, but the Bible is a message of the soul
and must be interpreted psychologically if man is to discover its
true symbology. Man must see this story as a psychological
drama rather than a statement of physical fact. In so doing he
will discover the Bible to be based on a law which if self-applied
will result in a manifested exprcssion transcending his wildest
dreams of accomplishment. To apply this law of self-expression,
man must be schooled in the belief and disciplined to stand
upon the platfonn that "all things are possible to God."

The outstanding dramatic dates of the New Testament, namely,
the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus, were timed and dated
to coincide with certain astronomical phenomena. The mystics
who recorded this story noticed that at certain seasons of the
year beneficial changes on earth coincided with astronomical
changes above. In writing this psychological drama they have
personified the story of the soul as the biography of man. Using
these cosmic changes, they have marked the birth and
resurreotion of Jesus to convey that the same beneficial
changes take place psychologically in the consciousness of
man as he follows the law.

Even to those who fail to understand it the story of Christmas is
one of the most beautiful stories ever told. When unfolded in the
light of its mystic symbology, it is revealed as the true birth of
every manifestation in the world.

This virgin birth is recorded as having taken place on December
25th or, as certain secret societies celebrate it, on Christmas
Eve, at midnight of December 24th. Mystics established this date
to mark the birth of Jesus because it was in keeping with the
great earthly benefits this astronomical change signifies.

The astronomical observations which prompted the authors of
this drama to use these dates were all made in the northern
hemisphere; so from an astronomical point of view the reverse
would be true if seen from the southem latitudes. However, this
story was recorded in the north and therefore was based on
northern observation.

Man very early discovered that the sun played a most important
part in his life, that without the sun physical life as he knew it
could not be. So these most important dates in the story of the
life of Jesus are based upon the position of the sun as seen
from the earth in the northern latitudes.

After the sun reaches its highest point in the heavens in June, it
gradually falls southward, taking with it the life of the plant world
so that by December almost all of nature has been stilled.
Should the sun continue to fall southward, all nature would be
stilled unto death. However, on December 25th, the sun begins
its great move northward, bringing with it the promise of
salvation and life anew for the world. Each day, as the sun rises
higher in the heavens, man gains confidence in being saved
from death by cold and starvation, for he knows that as it moves
northward and crosses the equator all nature will rise again, will
be resurrected from its long winter sleep.

Our day is measured from midnight to midnight, and, since the
visible day begins in the east and ends in the west, the ancients
said the day was born of that constellation which occupied the
eastern horizon at midnight. On Christmas Eve, or midnight of
December 24th, the constellation Virgo is rising on the eastern
horizon. So it is recorded that this son and savior of the world
was born of a virgin. It is also recorded that this virgin mother
was traveling through the night, that she stopped at an inn and
was given the only available room among the animals and there
in a manger, where the animals fed, the shepherds found the
Holy Child.

The animals with whom the Holy Virgin was lodged are the holy
animals of the zodiac. There in that constantly moving circle of
astronomical animals stands the Holy Mother, Virgo, and there
you will see her every midnight of December 24th, standing on
the eastern horizon as the sun and savior of the world starts his
journey northward.

Psychologically, this birth takes place in man on that day when
man discovers his consciousness to be the sun and savior of
his world. When man knows the significance of this mystical
statement, "I am the light of the world," he will realize that his I
AM, or consciousness, is the sun of his life, which sun radiates
images upon the screen of space. These images are in the
likeness of that which he, as man, is conscious of being. Thus
qualities and attributes a, which appear to move upon the screen
of his world are really projections of this light from within himself.

The numberless unrealized hopes and ambitions of man are the
seeds which are buried within the consciousness or virgin
womb of man. There they remain like the seeds of earth, held in
the frozen waste of winter, waiting for the sun to move northward
or for man to return to the knowledge of who he is. In returning
he moves northward through recognition of his true self by
claiming "I AM the light of the world."

When man discovers his consciousness or I AM to be God, the
savior of his world, he will be as the a, sun in its northern
passage. All hidden urges and ambitions will then be warmed
and stimulated into birth by this knowledge of his true self. He
will claim that he is that which heretofore he hoped to be. Without
the aid of any man, he will define himself as that which he
desires to express. He will discover that his I AM is the virgin
conceiving without the aid of man, that all conceptions of himself,
when felt, and fixed in consciousness, will be ernbodied easily
as living realities in his world.

Man will one day realize that this whole drama takes place in his
consciousness, that his unconditioned consciousness or I AM is
the Virgin Mary desiring to express, that through this law of
self-expression he defines himself as that which he desires to
express and that without the help or cooperation of anyone he
will express that which he has consciously claimed and defined
himself as being. He will then understand: why Christmas is
fixed on December 25th, while Easter is a movable date; why
upon the virgin conception the whole of Christendom rests; that
his consciousness is the virgin womb or bride of the Lord
receiving impressions as self-impregnations and then without
assistance embodying these impressions as the expressions of
his life.


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