That which is in us will save us
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” Jesus in The Gospel of Thomas
I heard this quote this morning in Mary Manin Morrissey’s “One Minute Method” and took a moment to really let it to sink into the cells of my being. So often we hear that we each have a gift to offer the world and that there is something uniquely our own that only we can contribute. We know this at some level but many of us may think that developing and expressing our gifts are luxuries for the rich or lucky. Survival is hard enough without having to figure out how we are going to express the song within us.
But Jesus paints a very different picture. He tells us that sharing ourselves is not an indulgence for the privileged few but that it is necessary to our very survival. He tells us that if we do not bring forward our divine splendor in the form of our gifts, dreams and desires, then they will begin to fester and rot inside eventually destroying us.
That is a strong picture for strong words. But think about how you feel when you are forced to do hide who you are or deny yourself the sheer joy of sharing your gifts in a way that blesses both yourself and those around you. It feels like a cancer of disappointment and depression. Resentment festers and grows. Life becomes gray and routine and you feel as though a part of you that is dying.
This is the time of year that we celebrate the birth of Jesus with the Christmas story. When we read the ancient tale with mystical eyes, we hear our current story of awakening. We heed the invitation of Spirit by listening deeply to hear how She longs to give birth to our dreams, our desires and our gifts. In moments of quiet communion, we see that as we claim our divine inheritance and give birth to our gifts and splendor we save ourselves from our insanity, our unhappiness and bring about heaven here on earth. The beauty is that we don’t have to know how to do it. We just have to be willing and available. Spirit will do the rest.
What are you holding inside of you today? What is it in you that longs to be born this Christmas season that will save you from your self-imposed prison of unhappiness and limitation? There is a gift waiting to be discovered and longing to be born through you. Take some time this Christmas season to listen deeply to what it might be. Dare to give birth to a new expanded you knowing that as you do, you save yourself and bless so many around you.
Abundant blessings and Merry Christmas