Building bridges with Light...
Chag urim sameach!
One of the prayers that keep coming into my path is the necessity of Unity. To build "bridges" with "others" as I feel it into my heart.
Many years ago during my shamanic initiation, Spirit came with a clear message. "You" are the bridge (I understand it as "we" are the bridge). Already dedicated to a shamanic path, I always felt and received messages from Christ energy/light to me another avatar of the Sun energy, the life force creator of the Universe. So I love feeling into, praying for/with my Christian, Jews, Muslims, Buddhist, spiritual and non-spiritual friends, uniting into the same prayer of Unity, of Love.
One of the step on this calling is to build a bridge (under construction at The Sanctuary) between the shamanic center and another part of the land where a Chapel to the Divine Mother (Mother Mary, Mother Earth. Divine feminine) is also under construction.
So tonight as my Jewish friends start the Hanukkah celebration, lighting candles, I feel compelled to share this Light with them and with all of you.
Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods.
The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication,” and is thus named because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple.
In the second century BCE, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who tried to force the people of Israel to accept Greek culture and beliefs instead of mitzvah observance and belief in God. Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews, led by Judah the Maccabee, defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of God.
When they sought to light the Temple's Menorah (the seven-branched candelabrum), they found only a single cruse of olive oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks. Miraculously, they lit the menorah and the one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity.
To commemorate and publicize these miracles, the sages instituted the festival of Chanukah.
May we all remember, feel, act, speak and pray as One.
Chag urim sameach!