Behind every holiday we celebrate lies a Divine Idea; a Spiritual Principle and purpose. The word "holiday" evolved by combining the words "holy" and "day," and the word "holy" relates to Oneness, wholeness, health. The purpose and essence of our holidays; our holy days, is to bring us to a place of wholeness, or Oneness with God...with all that is good.
Although we may express our "wholeness" in diverse ways, our essence is Oneness ...Oneness with God, and Oneness with each other. A look at the three examples shown of holidays shows clearly that each has the same essence...love, peace, community, and light.
Light is a critical part of the essence of the holidays above. Candles represent light as a primary part of the celebration. The candles of Kwanzaa represent its 7 principles, The Menorah candles remind us of God's miraculous presence and power, and Christianity the candles of the Advent Wreath and Christmas Candle, which call us to remember the Light of Christ, Hope, Peace, Love, Joy and our own spark of divinity within.
In the darkest nights of winter, for generations people before our time shared rituals and celebrations of the return of light, as Spring inches ever so slowly closer. Yet even the light that is coming with spring is but a symbol of enlightened consciousness.
In our world today much of the pain and suffering we experience is the result; the effect of unlightened consciousness...spiritual ignorance, or cause. The joy we experience at the sight of the candles we light is a soul memory of the way life is meant to be. We are reminded of the nature of our Creator...protection, provision, love and nuture...a day when every tear will be wiped away and death will be no more...a day of expressing the fullness of our potential; the gifts, talents and beautiful essence that we are. These are the Holiday Essentials.
You will not find your holiday essentials at the mall. You will not find them at the grocery store, wine shop or mailbox. They are not hidden in your ornament box. A friend or family member cannot wrap them in pretty paper and give them to you. You cannot find, buy, or be given that which is already yours. The essentials are in the essence.
Enjoy your food, your drink and gifts. Enjoy your family and friends. But first...light the candles of this holy season...the candles in your home and the candles in your heart.
Spirit of Unity Church