WELCOME TO THE ADVENT/CHRISTMAS BLOG
Today we continue with our spiritual preparation for Christmas, culminating in the Nativity, the wondrous birth of Jesus to Mary. Jesus came to earth as a savior of humankind. His life and death model the qualities embedded in the faith He founded, which later became the Christian religion. If you haven’t done the earlier Imagery called Advent, Spiritual Preparation for Christmas, consider doing it before you begin this group of Imagery exercises. Together, they present the fullness of Christmas.
There’s a Click and Listen audio feature accompany the Imagery to enhance your experience. When an Imagery instruction is complete, there are 15 seconds of silence on the tape for your Imagery to emerge. When that time is over, you’ll hear a tone that is signaling you to breathe out one time and open your eyes. If your Imagery is finished before the tone, open your eyes and quietly be with your image until you hear the tone.
NATIVITY NARRATIVE: THE SHEPHERDS WATCH THEIR FLOCKS
“And in that region there were shepherds out in the field keeping watch over their flocks by night. And an Angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them and they were filled with fear. The angel said to them, ‘Be not afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you. You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”
CLICK AND LISTEN IMAGERY – SHEPHERDS WATCH THEIR FLOCKS
Close your eyes and breathe out three times. See, feel, sense and know how the Shepherds are hearing the the angel announce to them that, “on this day is born a Savior who is Christ the Lord. You will find a baby in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger…” Keeping your eyes closed, breathe out one time. See, feel, sense and hear the heavenly hosts singing to announce the birth of Jesus. Take this into your heart. Breathe out one time and open your eyes…
CLICK AND LISTEN IMAGERY: THE BIRTH OF JESUS
Close your eyes and breathe out three times. As the Shepherds see the star in the East, Mary is about to give birth to Jesus. See, feel, sense and experience yourself as Mary giving birth to Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem. Breathe out one time and open your eyes.
NARRATIVE – VISITATION BY THE WISE MEN – Apostle Matthew
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem…in the days of Herod the king, behold Wise Men from the East came to Jerusalem saying, ‘Where is He who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and have come to worship Him.’ When Herod heard this, he was troubled and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, Herod inquired of them where Jesus, the Christ, was to be born. They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judaea, for so it is written by the prophet…”
CLICK AND LISTEN IMAGERY – VISITATION FROM THE WISE MEN
Close your eyes and breathe out three times. See, feel, sense, know and live as the Wise Men following the star shining in the East……….Breathe out one time and open your eyes.
NARRATIVE: WISE MEN FOLLOW THE STAR TO THE NEWBORN JESUS
“…And lo, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy;…and they saw the child with Mary, his mother, and fell down and worshipped Him…
“Then opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.”
CLICK AND LISTEN – THE GIFTS OF THE WISE MEN
Close your eyes and breathe out three times. See, feel, sense and experience the feelings of the Wise Men in the presence of Mary and the Infant Jesus………Breathe out one time. Select for yourself one of the Wise Men’s gifts of gold, frankincense or myrrh. Silently state the name of the gift you chose and remember it……… Breathe out one time and open your eyes.
Here’s a special gift from your Imagery.
The gift you chose is for you, personally. Gold represents transmutation; frankincense represents a biblical past life; and myrrh represents spiritual insights and wisdom. Use your gift well.
(Note: Feedback from Imagers is that their most profound experience was when they did the Imagery The Birth of Jesus without any other exercises on that day. Consider starting with the first Imagery exercise, Shepherds Watch Their Flocks; the next day, do The Birth of Jesus; then do the rest of the exercises in sequence, one or two a day. If you wish, repeat The Birth of Jesus around midnight of Christmas Eve or on Christmas morning.)
Have a joyful and blessed Christmas,
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