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Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist (1950-2013)
California License No. PSY 10092
 
Specializing in Presence-Centered Therapy
balancing mind and heart, body and spirit

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Holiday Family Gatherings

Four Promises of Christmas—Two-Week Miracle Can Last Lifetime

© 2011 by Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

[Originally in The Sun, San Bernardino, CA, Sunday December 23, 1990, page D1]
 

In examining the inspiring universal promises of Christmas, it's crucial to look to the past. The rich traditions of Christmas have many sources, including Roman, Celtic and German rites. The holiday celebration also coincided with ancient pagan agricultural and winter solstice observances.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice-when the sun is farthest south from the equator -produces the shortest day of the year. Out of the depth of winter's harshness and the appearance of death, such winter solstice rites may have offered existential reassurance, spiritual sustenance and rebirth. Evergreens are one symbol of such everlasting survival and renewal.

Clearly, at the center of Christmas must be the birth of Jesus Christ and all that this implies. After nearly two millennia since this historic event and 17 centuries of celebrating "Christ's mass," what does this most honored and sacred of holidays communicate to us?

First and foremost, Christmas is a mass celebrating the birth of the Divine,
manifested on earth in the human form of Jesus Christ. This birth signals us that the shining reality of the Light was and is available for all humankind, probably nearer than we can begin to fathom.

Christmas is the opportunity to soften and find our true hearts, and reunite broken and estranged families, races, religions and nations at the holiday feast. One real promise of Christmas is to bury all hatchets, mend all bridges and reunite all humankind in the loving hearth of the Divine.

Second, Christmas is a time not only of original birth, but also continual rebirth of the love and wonder in being present to Christ, His life and creed. As the beloved Christian monk Thomas a 'Kempis stated around 1530, it is for us to approximate living "The Imitation of Christ," His fortitude, cherishing, passionate thirst and message. A second promise of Christmas is for each of us to create within ourselves the spirit and feelings of Christ reborn and do our best to live that divine presence every day.

Third, Christmas, in celebrating this birth of new Light, also demands that we
examine the death and resurrection of Christ some 33 years later. This event tells us that there is no real death for who we truly are-our energy, love, essence and soul. Christ's body was killed by crucifixion, yet His radiant spirit, boundless love and wise guidance live on forever.

Four Promises of Christmas—Two-Week Miracle Can Last Lifetime

© 2011 by Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

[Originally in The Sun, San Bernardino, CA, Sunday December 23, 1990, page D1]
 

In examining the inspiring universal promises of Christmas, it's crucial to look to the past. The rich traditions of Christmas have many sources, including Roman, Celtic and German rites. The holiday celebration also coincided with ancient pagan agricultural and winter solstice observances.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice-when the sun is farthest south from the equator -produces the shortest day of the year. Out of the depth of winter's harshness and the appearance of death, such winter solstice rites may have offered existential reassurance, spiritual sustenance and rebirth. Evergreens are one symbol of such everlasting survival and renewal.

Clearly, at the center of Christmas must be the birth of Jesus Christ and all that this implies. After nearly two millennia since this historic event and 17 centuries of celebrating "Christ's mass," what does this most honored and sacred of holidays communicate to us?

First and foremost, Christmas is a mass celebrating the birth of the Divine,
manifested on earth in the human form of Jesus Christ. This birth signals us that the shining reality of the Light was and is available for all humankind, probably nearer than we can begin to fathom.

Christmas is the opportunity to soften and find our true hearts, and reunite broken and estranged families, races, religions and nations at the holiday feast. One real promise of Christmas is to bury all hatchets, mend all bridges and reunite all humankind in the loving hearth of the Divine.

Second, Christmas is a time not only of original birth, but also continual rebirth of the love and wonder in being present to Christ, His life and creed. As the beloved Christian monk Thomas a 'Kempis stated around 1530, it is for us to approximate living "The Imitation of Christ," His fortitude, cherishing, passionate thirst and message. A second promise of Christmas is for each of us to create within ourselves the spirit and feelings of Christ reborn and do our best to live that divine presence every day.

Third, Christmas, in celebrating this birth of new Light, also demands that we
examine the death and resurrection of Christ some 33 years later. This event tells us that there is no real death for who we truly are-our energy, love, essence and soul. Christ's body was killed by crucifixion, yet His radiant spirit, boundless love and wise guidance live on forever.

Christ's death gives special significance to His being born everlasting, as we all are meant to be. Freed from the tyranny of the fear of death and transformation paralyzing the spirit, we are liberated to genuinely realize life. A third promise of Christmas is waking up to live fearlessly, celebrating the power to love and be loved in a passionate renewal of faith, and to see what we can fashion on that basis in our limited lifetime.

Fourth, Christmas reminds us of the real hope to come close and live in accord with Christ's teachings. If we stopped resisting what actually functions and works for everyone and everything on this planet, what some might describe as living Divine will, then we could join with Christ in co-creating our lives and world. A fourth promise of Christmas is to live Divine will, in a moment to moment communion with our Higher Self, and co-create a world worth living in and bringing our children into.

How different this world would be if the "two-week miracle" of good will toward all spread throughout the year! Christmas demands that we linger inside the unasked question, "How fulfilling can I stand my life to be?", and unflinchingly look at what our daily living answers are.

Can we tolerate offering daily demonstrations of our fearlessness and everlasting passionate commitment to life; of Christ's all-embracing tenderness and tough love,
shunning evil and expressing unashamed goodness?

What a vision that is to continuously create, like being the midwife to the birth of your own soul with the Divine's blessings.
 


George Demont Otis         Mt. Tam from Tiburon
 

Friedman, of Redlands, is a writer and licensed psychologist practicing in Loma Linda. He is also associated with CPC Rancho Undo Hospital in Fontana.

© 2011 by Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

Christ's death gives special significance to His being born everlasting, as we all are meant to be. Freed from the tyranny of the fear of death and transformation paralyzing the spirit, we are liberated to genuinely realize life. A third promise of Christmas is waking up to live fearlessly, celebrating the power to love and be loved in a passionate renewal of faith, and to see what we can fashion on that basis in our limited lifetime.

Fourth, Christmas reminds us of the real hope to come close and live in accord with Christ's teachings. If we stopped resisting what actually functions and works for everyone and everything on this planet, what some might describe as living Divine will, then we could join with Christ in co-creating our lives and world. A fourth promise of Christmas is to live Divine will, in a moment to moment communion with our Higher Self, and co-create a world worth living in and bringing our children into.

How different this world would be if the "two-week miracle" of good will toward all spread throughout the year! Christmas demands that we linger inside the unasked question, "How fulfilling can I stand my life to be?", and unflinchingly look at what our daily living answers are.

Can we tolerate offering daily demonstrations of our fearlessness and everlasting passionate commitment to life; of Christ's all-embracing tenderness and tough love,
shunning evil and expressing unashamed goodness?

What a vision that is to continuously create, like being the midwife to the birth of your own soul with the Divine's blessings.
 


George Demont Otis         Mt. Tam from Tiburon
 

Friedman, of Redlands, is a writer and licensed psychologist practicing in Loma Linda. He is also associated with CPC Rancho Undo Hospital in Fontana.

© 2011 by Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

 


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