Gifts of December

Gifts of December

Gifts of December 1025 618 Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living

Gifts of December

Rev. Nicole Von Atsingen

There is a special gift that we’re all given in December. Do you know what it is? Each year, without fail, December comes with its gift… But this gift is so secretive, it’s so sly, that it’s almost disguised as a nuisance. It’s the gift of Darkness and of Light.

No matter how many years you’ve lived in the same area, how many times have you caught yourself thinking, my goodness it gets dark early, it’s only 4:30 and it’s already dark? Year after year we’re boggled or tortured or rushed by the perpetual ebb and flow of nature. Chasing the Sun to get just a couple more things checked off the never-ending to-do list. This experience is entirely exhausting, in my opinion, and instead of continuing with it I decided one day to find the gift. I’m not sure where I picked up the game from but I play this game with myself, where I think about something bothering me, an event, circumstance, person, whatever it may be, and I try to find a gift in it.

The game is based on one fundamental premise, I make this radical assumption that or I should say a much wiser part of my being makes a radical assumption that if everything is God and everything is made of the Divine, then there must be a bit of goodness in all as well. I merely have to stretch my human mind enough to find it and so that becomes the game for me: tilting my perception, my perspective, seeking to throw away old ideas, trying to pull in new ideas, until I can find the aha! The gift. And then relief abounds as I am reminded, I live in a loving universe, I live in the grace of God.

A few gifts that I personally find in December

First, when it gets dark early, and no more sunlight for the kids to play outside, we all cozy up together and watch movies. Second, when it gets dark early it feels like the day is done sooner and the busyness can be set aside. And finally, appreciation for the light. Isn’t it true with all things we love but maybe take for granted, we don’t realize how important they were and how much we miss them until they are gone?

Another aspect of the Gifts of the Darkness and Light are our shadows. The shadows lurking in the corners and crevices of our unconscious minds, a bit jaded being ignored unrealized unseen. I think that’s what this month symbolizes, being willing and brave enough to look at our shadows, look at those behavioral patterns and old ideas and old tapes going through our mind and transforming it into a gift for ourselves, a gift of light, of awareness, of being seen.

I know this year has been infinitely abnormal and my deepest wish for each of you is you too can recognize the gift within you, the gift that you are, the gift of all shadows we bring into the light. I’d like to complete this letter to you all with the gift of a poem to remind you but you are a blessing:

A Blessing

May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.
May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.
May you receive encouragement when new frontiers beckon.
May you respond to the call of your gift and find the courage to follow its path.
May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame.
May anxiety never linger about you.
May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.
May you be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.
May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.
Written by John O’Donohue, Eternal Echoes

Happy Holidays

With Love,
Rev. Nicole

Rev. Nicole Von Atzingen

Nicole is the Co-Senior Minister at the Seal Beach Centers for Spiritual Living. Her ministry is to remind humanity of its inherent Goodness. One word to describe Nicole is enthusiastic, she is filled with Spirit and loves to share it. She is also a fourth-generation Religious Scientist who admittedly, although growing up in the Science of Mind philosophy, had to walk away for a few years in order to discover the truth of our philosophy in her own life.

(Featured Photo used in the blog by Manny Becerra on Unsplash)

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