Joy to the World

I love the holiday season. The closeness that it brings to family and friends. The beautiful energy and enthusiasm that surrounds everyone during this time of year. And the joy and hope one feels in conjunction with this day of new beginnings, peace and good will amongst mankind.

However, if I were to be brutally honest with myself and my readers, I would point out that I have always struggled with the religious aspect of this holiday season; which is truly ironic because it is why the holiday was created in the first place. Recognizing my uneasiness that comes with this festive season I have decided to dive into the reason why. In doing so, I do not mean to offend anyone. I am merely speaking my truth towards this wonderful holiday.

This sacred holiday recognizes the birth of a Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. The term messiah is defined as ‘one who is anticipated as, regarded as, or professes to be a savior or liberator. One who helps to set people free from bondage.’

Do I believe Jesus was a messiah? Yes, most definitely. Was he anticipated, regarded as, or professed to be a liberator? Yes, he truly was. Has he helped set people free from bondage? Well, I believe he certainly showed us the way! His messages were encrypted with the wisdom of the ages and his examples both miraculous and profound.

In my heart of hearts, I know this man we call Jesus. I call him Yeshua and he is a very important part of my life. I know for a fact that he came into this world to demonstrate the power we hold within ourselves to make changes in this world, create miracles and to experience life to our fullest potential.

So why is it that I am so bothered by this holiday? Mostly because the message Yeshua so bravely delivered is still so vastly misunderstood. So many amongst us are still looking for an external source to forgive their sins, save their soul and lead them down the path of enlightenment. So many people are living in the past and expecting this wondrous divine being known as Jesus to fulfill the prophecy of enlightenment for us all. And yes, he certainly has helped us to achieve and understand many great things (and continues to do so to this very day), but he certainly does not, nor has to take responsibility for us all.

The rapture of divine growth can only be achieved by going within. By looking to forgive our own sins, grow our own soul, and confidently move down our own path of enlightenment. In that respect, we are all saviours. We all hold the potential within us to let our light shine as brightly as my dear friend Yeshua. We all have the power within us to create miracles, manifest change, and bring peace unto this world. We all hold the potential to be proactive in our own development and spiritual growth; to ascend into higher realms of being and to ultimately achieve heaven here on earth.

This holiday season, in honour of the liberator Jesus Christ and more importantly in honour of ourselves, I invite; no I challenge more saviours to arise to the occasion. This Christmas allow yourself to truly live and learn by the teachings of our dear friend Yeshua. Profess to be a savior and liberator. Let yourself BE the Joy to the World. We can and we will. Thanks be to God.



Lauren Heistad

About Lauren Heistad of SOULworks

Lauren Heistad is an adept teacher of the spiritual arts, trance healer, psychic medium, inspirational speaker, founder of both the SOULworks Sacred Healing Centre and the SOULworks School of Enlightenment, as well as author of the books “Activating your SOULworks: A Healing Journey” and "Evolving your SOULworks: A Miraculous Journey."

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