According to quantum physicist, Niels Bohr, the opposite of a small truth is a falsehood, while the opposite of a great truth is another truth. Great truths are paradoxical in nature.
For me, Christmas is a great truth. Human birth signals a movement from oneness in the womb toward a lifelong path of individuation – celebrating and discovering uniqueness and individuality. The birth of Jesus adds a new dimension to the path. His birth and his teaching orient us toward oneness – the unity of human and divine. Christ-consciousness reminds us that we are one with each other, one with God, one with all that is. The path of individuation is only the first part of a spiritual journey that eventually returns us, deepened by the journey, to original oneness.
Christmas immerses us in mystery – the awesome, paradoxical truth that each of us is simultaneously one with everything and distinct from everything. We are all one, and each one of a kind.
In one version of the Christmas story, there was no room in the inn for the birth of Jesus. Christmas invites us to make room in our “inns” for the birth of Christ-consciousness. It beckons us toward spaciousness.
Let’s open our hearts to mystery and immensity this season. Let’s make room for Christmas awe.