Well we still have the Christmas Tree up, and I cannot get enough of it this year. Sitting and staring at the tree has become a nightly ritual for me, a mystical meditation of sorts. As my gaze moves around and around, looking at each light and ornament again and again, this mysterious quality arises in me, that reminds me of staring at the Ocean. When I am sitting at the seashore, I feel as though I can never get enough of that vista, but I wouldn’t have thought that I would have the same experience with a Christmas Tree!
Perhaps staring at something beautiful can, in certain situations, create an insatiable hunger to take that beauty in, and then to expand our being to be large enough to hold it. We are already large enough to hold it, because we are actually all part of the same interconnected web of energy, but we are prone to great forgetfulness of our divine heritage. So we sit beside the Ocean feeling small, as though we could never get enough of that view. I can understand that feeling with the Ocean, but the Christmas Tree perplexes me. I wonder if others have had this same experience.
In the Ramayana, which is an ancient story from India, the Avatars, Rama and Sita, are very much connected to the sacred trees during their exile to the forest. And, even though they are incarnations of the Divine, as humans they keep forgetting who they truly are, just like we do. Reading their story expands the mind. Check out my new version of this very old tale, by clicking on the book’s title here: The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes.
By the way, in her book The Solstice Evergreen: History, Folklore and Origins of the Christmas Tree, Sheryl Karas shares that the worldwide wintertime veneration of the evergreen tree dates back at least 4,000 years before Christ!
May All Beings Be Happy!