25.2.06

Christmas and the Winter Solstice

PhotoUnderstanding the Christmas story more fully involves cosmic clocks because the celebration is deeply connected with the winter solstice. We find evidence of cosmic time-keeping all over the world. The British Isles alone contain over 900 rock formations which serve as cosmic clocks. Well known is Stonehenge, which scientists date at about 5,000 years old. It is a large calendar marking off precisely an ancient summer solstice. Late in 1997 archeologists in Somerset discovered England's largest and most complex prehistoric temple to date, twice the size of Stonehenge and perhaps several hundred years older. Why were ancient peoples so interested in charting and recording planetary and stellar movements, the solstices, and the equinoxes, and why do we so often find slits of light which hit a particular point at the winter or summer solstice? The four points of the year marked by the solstices and equinoxes are also called the sacred seasons. Around the globe there have been, and will continue to be, schools of the Mysteries where people learn about the workings of the universe, their own connection with it, and the natural order of compassion, harmony, and balance. These Mysteries can be divided into seven phases. The first three had to do with study, discipline, and living what had been understood through study. It might take many lifetimes to complete these first three stages. After this training, those who had learned a great deal about the laws of nature, and had put this knowledge into practice, undergo a transition in their lives. At the winter solstice they experience consciously the process of death and understand that it simply means life of a larger kind. Leaving their bodies behind as if dead, their consciousness goes through the processes of death, passing through the inner circulations of the earth and of some of the planets, and up to the very portal of the sun before returning. If successfully accomplished, this event produces a teacher who has experienced the consciousness behind the laws he earlier came to understand and tried to live by.

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