I’m not a member of any organised religion but because of where and when I was born, the Christian symbols and stories are the ones I’m most familiar with.
Of all the Christian symbols, the blessed baby speaks to me most strongly. I very frequently dream about babies, and these dreams always carry a wave of positive emotion, along with a sense of magic and mystery.
A baby is a bright bridge to the future, something fresh and new. During politically and socially turbulent times such as these, we might look to the future with fear and apprehension, but the baby is innocence of the open, trusting heart.
Every Christmas, even though I’m not a Christian, I feel inspired by the archetypal energy of the blessed baby. I take time to contemplate and focus on celebrating every thing and every person that I love.
Family and friends, of course; people I’ve met and people I’ve yet to meet. Writing and teaching. Books, art exhibitions, theatre. The moors and coasts of Cornwall, where I live; the amazing cities I still have to visit.
This robin I can see right now, in the hedge outside my window. This coffee.
Every big and tiny thing we love reflects love back to us, warming and lighting our hearts.
My blog is both a big and tiny thing; it’s big for me, but tiny in the blogosphere. I love that some people come back again and again, until I feel I’ve got to know them, and some drop in from Africa or Hong Kong or Norway, giving me a sense of connection across the globe.
I haven’t had time to blog these last few weeks because I’ve been busy promoting my new book, Free-Range Writing, but I didn’t want to let Christmas go by without saying a warm seasonal thank-you.
Happy Christmas, and may you be touched by the archetypal power of the blessed baby, whether you follow any particular faith or none.
6 thoughts on “Christmas and the blessed baby”
Hello Jenny. That’s a wonderful message of hope and love. I was told by a pagan friend of mine, that when you dream about giving birth, and you actually FEEL the birth, it means you will experience a new beginning. So, not only in Christianity is the baby the message of hope for the future.Perhaps it is so for all religions.
Yes, it’s an archetypal image, Julie – universal – what Jung describes as ‘a piece of life itself.’ Every human being in every culture and every historical era has the same range of emotional and imaginal associations with babies. I think that’s what makes the nativity story so powerful.
Merry Christmas Jenny xx
Merry Christmas, Anne! xx
I’m the same as you… Areligious but grew up in the Christian (and capitalist) ethos of Christmas. I wonder what the most powerful iconography is for other people at Christmas… Trees sure, and lights, but the less obvious things. I always enjoyed the idea of a guide star.
Ah, yes – the guide star. I’ll give some thought to that. Thank-you!