From the beginning of civilization people of every culture and tradition have organized celebrations of special occasions and to mark important religious dates. Traditionally, most spiritual celebrations embody a common association with the universal light of the soul and the opening of the heart with the lighting of candles. What most people have lost sight of is that historically the purpose of lighting candles was to cleanse, represent purity, illuminate the truth, bring clarity and dispel outer darkness or negativity thus deepening the connection between the heart, mind and spirit.
When you pray, chant or sing in candlelight, the sound vibration of prayer, comes from the deep silence of the light within us. It vibrates with the candlelight and becomes a part of it. Wherever the unified sound and candlelight travel, inside and outside the body, they create waves of positivity that melt away shadows of grief, doubt, and aversion from the light of the soul. When people gather in celebration the group energy allows a new opportunity to transform the negativity and the stress of life into bliss, vitality and enthusiasm. Despair and fear can turn into hope. Isn’t that the essence behind the birth of Christ and his life teachings as well as many other religious ceremonies? It is certainly needed in these challenging times. So embrace celebration and light a candle. Use it to metaphorically melt away any differences in your relationships and unite for the common cause of peace and harmony. Celebrate unconditionally sharing love, food, prayers and your personal gifts so you can enhance the experience of the divine light within.