The Christmas Experience – by Bill
Soul to Soul and Spirit to Spirit. Merry Christmas!
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David )
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
And this is how we are told the birth of Christ took place all those centuries ago.
Surely by now we understand that every scripture we read is describing an internal spiritual experience; something taking place within our very own consciousness. The birth of Christ did not take place thousands of years ago. The birth of Christ is taking place this very moment within you.
There is no room at the inn. Yes, the inn represents the mind that is already too full of theories, ideas and beliefs — a closed mind. A scientific mind that has everything figured out; “Don’t tell me about God. That’s ridiculous. Prove it.” That mind that cannot be convinced though one rose from the dead. That mind which is the Pharisees. Christ cannot be born there. Remember the Pharisees looked and saw a man named Jesus. No. That mind is too full of opinions and judgments, living very good and very proper, mind you, that mind cannot receive the Christ, the birth of the Christ child.
The Christ must be born in a manger; a manger with animals; dirty, filthy, probably smelling. Not good at all. It is the prostitute, it is the drunk, it is the outcast, the tax collector; these are the ones that look and see Christ. ‘Thou art Christ, the son of God.’ These are able to perceive the Christ. Not the room that is full, not the inn, but the manger, the manger in us. Perhaps one of the reasons is because those are the ones that have suffered and seen the futility of this world and all that it has to offer. And perhaps those are the ones that are ready and willing to take the leap.
And so, the birth of Christ takes place in the manger of your undeveloped consciousness; the undeveloped consciousness where the animals live; the animals of lust and greed; the animals of fear and pain; the animals of loneliness and depression. Believe it or not that undeveloped consciousness, which appears to be bad, is the only place that Christ can be born. Not in that mind that is too full; full of itself really, and its goodness and properness. Christ cannot be born there. The inn is full.
So if you are one of those that has had great suffering, misfortune, one of those that looked and said, “This world has nothing for me. I do not like it here.” Then into your undeveloped consciousness, into the manger within you, Christ is born. But there are a few little conditions that must be fulfilled first…
Joseph is not the father of this Christ. And yet, Joseph stands by and watches and supports the mother of Christ. Joseph represents in us the mind when it has become an avenue of awareness and watches as a beholder, Christ being born. Mary represents the soul of us. Mary is the soul that is receptive, open and experiences the penetration of the Holy Spirit. Mary is the soul of us receptive within our self to the Spirit which places that Christ child within us.
And so Mary, the receptive soul; Joseph, the observing, watchful, attentive, avenue of awareness; the two of them come together in the undeveloped consciousness, the manger, and watch this great event unfold. If you have a soul that is open and receptive, waiting upon the Lord to act and a mind that is an avenue of awareness acting as a witness, watching; you must have the birth of Christ in your consciousness.
When this birth takes place within you, there are shepherds standing in a field. And all are startled by an angel that says, “Fear not.” An angel always represents an internal realization. As you have this internal realization that Christ is born within you, it is startling. And yet it speaks unto your body. It speaks unto your mind. It speaks unto your soul and says, “Be not afraid, for unto you this day is a Savior born in the city of David.” Within your consciousness a Savior is born and this internal realization speaks to your body, your mind and your soul. Christ is born this day. And there is a great multitude, a host of angels, almost like fireworks going off. “Christ is born! The real Christ is born within the manger of my consciousness this day.” And your attention is focused on the Christ. The body, the mind, the soul; all focused on the birth of Christ.
Within you, an internal, eternal Voice says, “My God, unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given. And the government shall be upon his shoulder. And this Christ, his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God itself, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace is born in me this day.” And Mary ponders these things in her heart.
This is the experience with us. When we recognize the birth of Christ in the manger of our consciousness, we cannot help but say, “The Mighty God, his name shall be called Wonderful,” and ponder it within us. As we contemplate and ponder these things, this Christ grows and waxes strong within us.
We come to see that the government really is upon his shoulder. More and more we rely on It. If there’s a financial need appearing out here, we turn within and we ponder these things in our heart. We have the inner realization that this Invisible Christ in our consciousness, growing day by day is our supply.
And the Christ says to you, to your soul: “Mary, Mary, relax, relax. Be at peace. I am here.” And the Christ within you speaks to your mind and says: “Joseph, Joseph, slow down. Only remain aware.” The Christ flows through and appears as the harmony of your finances.
A few more days of living with this, weeks, months; there’s a problem of health. “My goodness, what are we going to do about this?” And we return within in our consciousness, to this Christ child, and Christ speaks unto us and says: “Mary, fear not, fear not. I am here.” And the soul of us becomes still, very quiet, very peaceful. This Christ says unto our mind: “Joseph, be still and know that I am God.” And Joseph is quiet, attentive, alert. That Christ Presence floods our being and there’s nothing we can do but rejoice and say, “It is wonderful! This is the Prince of Peace.”
We look again and there are not four months to the harvest. This peace becomes the health of our countenance and whatever discomfort we felt, disappears.
Slowly, slowly, Christ is growing within us. Within our consciousness, day by day, taking over, taking control, the government is on his shoulder. This is the Mighty God, the everlasting Father. And many things that plague us drop away. We did not try to quit them, we used no human means whatsoever, they just fell away. It is the Christ, it is the Lord, it is Wonderful!
Slowly we come to see—Mary, the soul of us, in its receptivity—comes to see that this Christ is rebuilding our life. Slowly, the mind of us, Joseph, begins to witness an invisible hand reaching up right through our consciousness and appearing out here as harmony in our relationships. The Christ child is becoming a young man.
We come to see It take over our lives. One day there is an inner realization, “My God, I live, yet not I, now Christ liveth my life. Could it be? Could it be true? I live and move and have my being in Christ and Christ in me?” Yes Mary, this is true. Yes Joseph, what you are witnessing is real. “I Christ am living you.” We come to see the miracles of Christ.
And there dawns in our consciousness a realization; there are not two worlds, there never was. This world that we thought we disliked; that we thought was temporary and bad, this world was nothing more than a misinterpretation. We may return to the scriptures and discover that we were told of this, that in the beginning Adam gave names to everything that he saw, some things good, some things bad — names, only names. And that Adam, while he slept, everything that he saw he gave names to; based on that belief in good and evil.
Now Christ is living in us and through us, we are awaking out of Adam’s nightmare. We are no longer giving names to anything. We are letting Christ reveal Itself. We are learning that there are not some things good and some things bad; that the good and the bad are not out there. We are learning when we see good or bad to recognize Adam is dreaming, and that’s not out there. Christ within us affirms this and tells us, reveals to us, only Christ is out there. That which we thought was without we now recognize as only a mental image within. That which we thought was within, Christ, now we recognize is everywhere, without and within. We come to see that this world is not this world. We come to see that we live and move and have our being in Christ. And the only world that is here is Christ Itself manifest. And we have been seeing that Christ as good or bad. Christ is growing into a man.
Mary the receptive one and Joseph the aware one have now become instruments for Christ. And Christ says, “I have come that they might have life and life more abundantly, My Infinite Life.”
Now when something good comes into our life, something that Adam labels as good, a new automobile, a new house, a new friend, a new opportunity, we are not sleeping, we are not dreaming anymore. We enjoy them fully, completely, yet we know the Invisible Christ is appearing to our senses as this good. Our sight, our vision is on the Invisible Christ that is appearing as this house, this automobile, this person, this opportunity, this beauty, this joy, this wonder.
When something bad appears we recognize it immediately; a misperception. This is a mental image in between my eyes and the Christ that is here. So I will not try to fix it, I will not try to improve it, I drop it. Christ says, “Mary, you be receptive to My Word. Joseph, be aware of My Presence. That is your only task. And I will be in you and as you. I will never leave you nor forsake you because I will be in you.”
Slowly, ever so slowly, Christ moves through your receptivity, Christ is your receptivity, Christ is your awareness, Christ is becoming Itself. Others turn to you because they feel it. They see only a human; they think it’s a human. It is Christ, but they do not know it. They turn to you and they ask for help, and the Christ within you sees the Christ of them and pours out freely, giving, bestowing, sharing, lifting up those that are still in the manger. Christ is becoming one with the Father.
Slowly, ever so slowly, Christ loses any vision of him or her or them or they or I or me. Christ experiences Itself everywhere, everyone, Infinite, Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient. Christ has become the Father.
Now there is a multitude of the heavenly hosts praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace, good will toward men.”
This is indeed wonderful –The Comforter, the Mighty God Itself, the everlasting Father, the very Prince of Peace, God Itself as Itself, everywhere.
And this is the Christmas experience from that of the lowly manger, dirty, filthy to that of the highest of High, Infinite Presence of God Itself, which takes place within you, in your very own consciousness. This is the true Christmas story. This is the Christmas Experience.
From this experience, from the heights of this experience, a Voice speaks out of the clouds and says unto you, “Mary, be receptive, receive Me. Experience the immaculate conception of Christ within you.”
This is so very holy. Surely your heart must leap with joy when the Voice speaks to you and says, “Joseph, be still, watch, watch, I come at an hour you think not.” And Joseph is awestruck. His mind comes to a standstill, as that Voice says, “It is I; be not afraid.”
“From the moment that I, the Father created you, I had this in mind for you; the Christmas Experience, the birth of Christ within you. All through the centuries you were running and running and running away from Me because you felt so fearful and full of guilt. And all that I ever wanted to give you was Christ, My Self. This is the Christmas of your life. This is the internal birth of Christ within you. How very precious thou art. Thou art ever with Me and all that I have is thine. All that I am thou art.” Do not forget the story which Christ told;
“Before he was halfway home the father met him and fell on his neck and kissed him, saying, this is my beloved child, though he were lost, now is he found. Let us celebrate and rejoice. I have found my beloved child’. Thus does the Father love Its own. Thus does the Father love you.”
Remember, Christmas is an internal experience; a spiritual experience. The birth of the living Christ within your consciousness which grows and grows until it becomes your entire living experience. And you return once again to your Father’s House.
Blessings and joy, for unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God Itself, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Oh, truly, is this, joy to the world.