Lighting the Way
Advent is the preparation for Christmas, practiced by Christians, on the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. The advent wreath has five candles (one for each of the Sundays of advent and one for Christmas Eve) each week is symbolic of the time before conception and leading up to the birth of Christ. The candles are lit each Sunday along with specific prayers to remind us of the true meaning of this holiday season. According to the Bible, Advent, lights the way to Salvation.
For those of us who aren’t Christian, but are deeply Spiritual, we can utilize this Holy time of Advent as a way to deepen our connection with the Divine. Upon researching Advent I learned that this first week is about Hope. Why not utilize the spirit of this season to bring ourselves back into alignment with your true Self as a Spiritual being made in the image and likeness of God.
How hopeful are you about the future? This year in particular is fraught with great fear over December 21st predictions of an impending Apocolips. Even I found myself caught up in this hype, I soon came to my senses with prayer and was able to put things in perspective. None of us know the future for certain. Its better that way, because then we don’t waste time in the present worrying about endless possibilities While its only natural to do this sometimes, we must remember to not stay in this frame of mind for very long, since it can become a dark force in our consciousness bringing immobilizing fear that can become eliminate our hope for a bright future. During advent, this week, focus on the hope available and ever present. There truly is always hope where there is light. Allow the light of God to spark hope in your heart and mind, shifting your perspective in positive directions that are full of promise, opportunity, and abundance. This is your Divine birthright and the real magic of the holidays is reminding you of these facts; ultimately bringing us all closer with our Spiritual Selves.
Each week, we’ll explore another aspect of Advent and identify New Thought correlations for everyday living. In the meantime, I invite you to create an Advent wreath for your family and practice this sacred ritual every Sunday, lighting one candle each week. It’s a great way to celebrate the deeper meaning of the season and grow Spiritually as individuals and as a family. Discuss the significance of each week with each other and pray together in order to become grounded in the true meaning of this sacred and holy season. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy quality time together.
This week’s suggested prayer might go something like this:
God is the light and life force in, as, and throughout the Universe; the source of hope, Truth, Joy and Peace. This light, hope, joy and peace is available to each one of us. This is truth of me, my family, and every human being on the planet. I am open and receptive to greater hope and faith in my life as I radiate the light of God within to everyone in the world. I no longer allow fear to control my life; instead, I invite the strength, guidance, and wisdom of God into every aspect of my life. I am so thankful and grateful for the manifestation of this prayer, knowing it is already done. I simply release it and let go with perfect faith and trust. And so it is; Amen.
This Sunday, December 9th, 2012 as you light your candle, focus on welcoming Peace into your life.