Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, Chalica, Boxing Day, Yule, Bodhi Day ...

Yes, December is full of holidays and the list above is only partial. In Christian societies Christmas is well known and widespread. All of us in Europe and North America are familiar with the events of the Christmas Story: the star in the East, the three wise men, the Virgin Mary giving birth to the baby Jesus, etc. It’s a time of celebration, family, giving, and reverence.

There have been countless interpretations of the meaning Christmas and I honor all those who are inspired by it. I humbly offer yet another (spiritual) interpretation.

To understand this viewpoint, we need to define “Christ.” Christ was not Jesus’ last name. The best understanding of the term Christ I have found is God man, God woman, fully realized. Here, realized means embodying our true nature that we are simply and completely expressions of the Divine. Christ means to fully understand our divine nature or God-self. In Hinduism this is the Atman, in the Kabbalah it is Ein-sof, in Buddhism it is the true self or Buddha nature.

The term Christmas may be interpreted to read Christ-in-mass. The celebration of fully realizing our true self, our God nature. Jeshua ben Joseph (Jesus’ true name) was a man who knew his true nature. He was fully realized in that he was the Divine fully expressing itself in a human form. If Jeshua ben Joseph did not fully understand this he would not have been able to perform the reported 34 miracles.

He did not say to himself “Well, I wonder if I can change the water to wine?” He did not think, “I hope I don’t drown walking on the water.” He did not hope that the crippled man could walk again. It was simply his nature that these so-called miracles could be done. He knew who and what he was and humbly shared his knowingness with others. Jesus was the example, not the exception: Works that I do shall he do also, and greater works. (John 14:12).

Another December holiday is Bodhi Day. The celebration of the enlightenment of Siddhartha Gautama. Along with many miracles attributed to the Buddha, the Buddha also was a great spiritual teacher and taught that all men/women can reveal their true nature (Buddha nature) of enlightenment.

If Jeshua ben Joseph was an example of the “Christ in mass,” if Buddha and others also taught the same message that our true nature is that of the Divine, then our celebrations of these great teachers transforms. The holidays become not only an honoring of these great teachers, but more so a celebration of the remembrance of our true nature … the God within.

What a wonderful way to celebrate but to emulate the nature of the Divine. The nature of the Divine’s eternal givingness is expressed by our gift giving. The divine nature of joy, peace and happiness are expressed to each other. Sharing unconditional love may be the apex of emulating our divine nature.

This holiday season may your God-self nature be fully realized, expressed, and shared with others.

Merry Christ-in mass.

Namaste’… the Divine in me recognizes and honors the Divine in you. I can offer no greater gift.

The world is not broken, be in peace … .

— Jim Hatton is author (under the name James Apollonius Alan) of “A Spiritual Master’s Guide to Life,” available on Amazon or at www.spiritualmaster.co. Send 600- to 700-word articles to Sally McKirgan at innerpeaceforyou@outlook.com.