The Nights Before Christmas

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Hello –

Out of doors at dusk of late, we witness a thrilling phenomenon: Two evening stars, diametrically opposed in the sky at points east and west, as twilight falls on the eve of winter.

You’ll remember that evening stars are not stars, but planets looming large in the fading sunset and shining out the brighter for it. To the ancients, these were the “even stars” – so named for their constant radiant beacons which do not wax and wane, twinkle or blink as true stars do.

Not only do the powerful deities face one another across the heavens, they too represent the polar dynamic of gender – a mythological boy-meets-girl allegory of galactic eminence.

Due east is Jupiter – father of gods, an image of the splendor of the kings of men in glory undimmed before the breaking of the world.

In the southwest, Venus – the ravishing goddess who bears away our love to undying lands where it be evergreen and bound to her beauty by the promise of romance and affection.

As I wonder at the wonder of this celestial yin and yang, and meditate upon the archetypes of love and light, I find the grey-rained curtain of my ego rolls back to reveal a primordial joy of being…

Of this awareness Eckhart Tolle writes: “The joy of being, which is the only true happiness, cannot come to you through any form, possession, achievement, person or event – through anything that happens. That joy cannot come to you – ever. It emanates from the formless dimension within you, from consciousness itself and thus is one with who you are.”

Have you come to know joy and happiness not as something you create, but as the very fabric of your existence? Can the heavens and the Earth inform this wisdom through your own wonder and observation of them?

Would that we could all come to this realization in this, the Season of Light. Joy to the world indeed!

Lest you forget, the topic for this month’s Eckhart Tolle Discussion Group is The Joy of Being. With the holiday season fast upon us, what better to discuss and integrate than the birth of awakening?

Join us at the New Vision Center on Sunday December 11th for what promises to be a very merry convergence. May the spirit of the season be with you now, and evermore –

Love and luminosity
upon you –



About the Author:
Peter Winlsow is a life coach based in Scottsdale Arizona, serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa, Tempe, Peoria and all surrounding metro-Phoenix cities. Read more about him at