As we enter into the darkest time of the year, our family begins our annual celebration. We loosely follow the Christian calendar: four weeks of Advent, then Christmas, then the Holy Nights, all culminating in Three Kings day on January 6th. As you might suspect, we’re interested in the universal nature of these festivals. This isn’t about one religion or another; it’s really about understanding some profound truths.
The three kings or “magi” from the East brought symbolic gifts: gold for self-knowledge and wisdom, myrrh for dying and becoming, and frankincense for sacrificing the lower for the sake of the higher.
These are powerful symbols. Self-knowledge, dying and becoming, and sacrifice: three “foundation stones” for personal metamorphosis, the inner aspect of realizing your purpose and mission in this life.
I expect self-knowledge is obvious to you, but dying and becoming? Stay with us.
Every creative process — whenever you’re creating something new — is also the death of something old. The old must make way for the new.
And this kind of “dying and becoming” is a constant companion in self-development. Your limits, your attachments, beliefs you still cling to that hold you back, your need for creative safety and comfort…. you get the idea. Dying and becoming is a process you get used to, and it actually becomes a kind of hygiene, a cleansing process.
So what about sacrifice? We’ve come to understand this to really mean “sacrificing the lower self for the sake of the higher self.” In our WorldMaker program, we spend a lot of time on the nuts and bolts of what it takes to transform the shadow, or the lower self — that part of you that is still stuck in habits and compulsive behaviors that don’t serve you.
We also spend time on how to cultivate, strengthen and grow connection to your higher self, that part of you that is already in tune with your higher purpose. We call this cultivation “going upstream” to the source of creation, love, life mission, and potential. It’s not a wishy-washy sentimental sort of thing, but rather a conscious shift in intention and attention.
Ultimately, students in our program aspire to “become the mage” and emulate, to some degree, those “wise men” who came together 2000 years ago and gave gifts that tell of deep mysteries of human evolution. They left symbols as analogs and clues for our time and the times to come.
Whether you resonate with the Christian symbolism or not, its a profound thought, isn’t it? It might help to know that those mages came from different cultures, countries, and esoteric streams. We hope you can see why we wanted to bring forward the story of the mages and their love, and why they inspire us.
We also encourage you to join us in using this ramp into winter as a time of inner preparation and inner light kindling, keeping that flame bright and grounded despite elections, pandemics, uncertainty, and fear.
In the meantime, if you have some thoughts coming up, share with us your own ideas and stories about the Mages, and how you bolster your inner flame during cold and hard times.
With love and lots of warmth,
Louisa and Jeff