Christmas

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In the simplicity
lies the complexity

All things
all meals
all movies
try to give you
“the feeling of Christmas”

That complexity
veils the simplicity
of Christmas:

Light born in you
Light revealed in you

May Simplicity
and Stillness
reveal the Light
that you are …

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The secret of Christmas

Child, born in you
Light, born in you
Innocence, born in you
Peace, born in you

Christmas is about discovering and seeing, in ourselves, that we are light, innocence, peace, a child. Christmas mirrors that back to us: a child, innocent, fragile, little, helpless. It enables us to connect with the innocence in ourselves, the fragility, the littleness, the helplessness. At Christmas we briefly allow ourselves to kneel down, to be still, to be emptiness in the presence of the light that we are. At Christmas we connect with our possibility to give and to receive.

The secret of Christmas is so small that it is so big. Christmas is everything that is born in you, all the time. And sometimes, God, disguised as Christmas, helps us to see that. Dear child, you are the Child and God and Love andLight and Truth, for ever …

Alone?

Alone?

The ground to carry you
The air to breathe
Sound to hear
Light to see
Smell to smell
All there for you …

Darkness to surround you
The candle burning for you
The bread you eat
The water you drink
The warmth you feel
All there for you …

The stars at the sky
The moon shining for you
The clouds drifting
The rain on your hair
The wind in your face
All there for you …

All is there for you alone, now, always …

Blessings
for all the days
For you
alone …

Christmas story

Christmas story

It was Christmas Eve and you came to me. It was a cold and clear night, stars at the sky and a full moon. In silence we packed everything: sleeping bag, hot tea, candles, some food, a rug and a torch. We put on our boots, hat, mittens and a shawl.

We got into the car and went our way. It was dark, although the moon was there and it was silent. Most people were inside. The trees along the little roads guided us as true keepers. The little roads winded through the countryside. When the tar ended, we parked the car on the sandy path, got our stuff and started walking.

The torch lit the path in front of us as we walked our way in the deepest silence, accompanied by the stars and the moon. We were heading towards the place I knew so well. The place that had comforted me, encouraged me, supported me and embraced me. The place that gave me joy, gratitude and stillness.

There, we put down the rug, wrapped the sleeping bag around us and sat down. The vast stillness touched us. The ground and the sky were one in darkness.

In silence we sat, drinking the still darkness, sunk into the depths within. The first waves came. A ripple, then a wave and then a tidal wave. Streams of tears, sounds, movement came and went away.

Feeling took the place of wanting. Surrender took the place of fear. Gratitude took the place of uncertainty. Abundance poured out of each pore. The heathland received all tears, all emotions. The ground on which we sat, flooded fear with gratitude and uncertainty with surrender.

You and me sat silently with tears on our cheeks. The shooting stars didn’t make a single noise. The first clouds started to hide the moon. Darkness surrounded us more and more. We looked at each-other. Our tears glittered in the candle light. We drank our hot tea.

The waves disappeared together with the light of the stars and the moon. What was left was stillness that came to shore, here, in this heat-land.

We rose, folded the rug, packed the basket and rolled the sleeping bag. In silence we walked back to where we came from. The wind blew in our face now and the first snowflakes stayed on our coats.

Then nature started to whisper: “You didn’t come to me; I came to Me”, the branches swept in our face. “You didn’t come to me; you came to You”, the grass hummed. “You didn’t come to me; I was always here “, the heat-land rustled. Never were these sentences so familiar as they were now on this Christmas Eve. Tears filled my eyes: tears of recognition; tears of stillness; tears of gratitude. And you, you were there: inseparably connected and not connected. You went with me, all days and nights. You walk with me: all nights and days. There is no difference between you and me. There is no you and me. There only is …

More

More 

‘More’ is now all around us
In shops and in ourselves
What do you think you get
With more and more and more?

What do you search in ‘more’
That never can be found?
What does ‘more’ give you now
That finally will leave you?

When ‘less’ will meet you out there
And looks at you and holds you
Then it could just be so,
That ‘more’ no longer lasts …