|A rainbow without color appeared over a Scottish moor in late November, creating worldwide interest.|
"Peace I leave you: my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid." --John 14:27Many who follow symbolism of the rainbow would interpret the colorless rainbow, appearing in the sky above a Scottish moor in late November, as a sign of dismal times ahead. If that's the case, we've still got the Power to paint this rainbow: beautiful!
We all enter life without one iota of "color" or differences within our souls, but many psychologists point to age three, as the time we begin to acquire meaning to what we see, hear and observe in the world. Our environment, families and life itself dictate the path our life can ultimately follow. Always, though, we've got that Power within us that transcends the circumstances of our lives; we can change the trajectory of our path.
So, the colorless rainbow may signal a period of hardship and trials. And indeed if you've been following the political landscape around the world, recent disruptive outcomes in both England and the United States would suggest that turbulent times surely are ahead.
The suggestion is there...but my question: Whose law do you follow?
Today's Unity message for the Second Sunday in Advent:
"When I see violence or injustice in the world around me, I may be tempted to think peace is only a pipe dream. But there is an inner peace that cannot be affected by outer circumstances. This is the peace of the Christ that Jesus exemplified, and I have that peace within me."In exactly three short weeks from today, we will honor the birth of Jesus Christ. If you are a Unity student, honoring both the metaphysical as well as Christian teachings, you already know that Christmas also is a way of honoring the Christ Spirit being born within us...not only in the one man who lived more than 2,000 years ago.
The message Jesus tried to instill in us as he went about manifesting his life's purpose centuries ago was not that we should "honor" him; rather, he proposed, that we should have hope, strength and courage because of the power within us:
"You are of God, little children, and have overcome them (tribulations), because he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." 1 John 4:4 (KJV)
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." John 14:12 (KJV)
"Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself; but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works." John 14:10 (KJV)Yet, many Christians see the day only as a way to honor the man, Jesus.
Having personally come to know and love Jesus in a way I never thought I would, three weeks from today I will be celebrating in the greatest way: connecting to the spirit within me both in prayer and in every step I take. Even though he did not require it as some think he did, I believe strongly that no Christian should ever miss an opportunity to honor the man, Jesus. But I also believe they should go further and honor the second part of his name: The "Christ."
As a Unity student and a Christian, I see Jesus as the way shower and exemplar of the way we should walk in this world: as "the Christ" within us all.
The celebration of the birth of Jesus = the celebration of "The Christ Spirit" being awakened...fully...within us.
Many "Christians" talk about the second "coming" of Jesus Christ. If this were so, many of us will not be alive to be witnesses to this. But what we should be alive to now is the fact that Jesus Christ did walk the earth centuries ago to bring us a message of hope, faith, trust, peace...and especially... love.
We don't have to wait for the second coming...for another age...another generation...to awaken these attributes within us. The Christ Spirit is resident within us...now...and it patiently awaits our own awakening to Truth.
If we were to look at the symbolism of the colorless rainbow as some truth or message, then I offer this perspective:
When Jesus came to Earth so long ago, he also came at a time that the world was seemingly troubled. He came to offer all that we were missing and at a time, too, like now, when the world was being turned upside down and also was divisive.
Could it be that the appearance of a color-less rainbow, instead of being a symbol of hopelessness, is offering us an opportunity to have our own awakening? See also: Meaning of White"
At a time of strife, we Christians and people of all religions should look within ourselves to see how we can contribute to peace, not war; to love, not hate; to hope, not hopelessness; to strengthening our faith, not losing it; to taking bold and courageous steps in helping one another, as Jesus did, not shrinking back like dying flowers in the world.
Let's start painting, people! Let's not give up the spirit of courage to defeat and stay as colorless as that rainbow, offering no vibrance, as it appeared in late November.
The time of the colorless rainbow is a time of letting our colors shine through in the world.The time of the colorless rainbow is a time for letting our Spirit and our Power infuse the world and for us to offer more than of ourselves to others.
I invite you to let your Christ Spirit awaken within you this Christmas season and leave the color of your Spirit brightly shining in your home, your life and your world.
Are you ready to start painting? Okay: Let's Go!
|"I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for |
a token of a covenant ...
|...between me and the earth." Genesis 9:13 (KJV)|
The beauty of God is...
The beauty of the Christ is: we're given an unlimited amount of colors to use...whatever our taste.
Honoring you this holiday season...
and the peace that is you...