This year I received inner guidance to view the word as In-Dependence, to depend on one’s Inner Guidance and I AM Presence for support and nurturance. When I allow myself to be dependent on my Inner Divine, it sometimes causes a ruckus with my ego or personality aspects. I may experience subtle but noticeable bouts of rebellion in the form of engaging in distractions like playing computer card games or watching TV for extended periods of time. A little break is fine, but when two hours goes by and I realize that I’m avoiding meaningful activity or quiet meditation I recognize that some part of me is in rebellion. The unfortunate part is that instead of taking that same distraction time and using it to explore what’s really going on in me, I just zone out in front of the screen.
I have this thing about words. There are lots of them that have meanings hidden in plain view if you just speak them a bit differently than their usual pronunciation. Take the word ‘intimacy’ for example. In the 1980s Ron McCabe and Eric Linter created a deck of cards called “Miracle Cards” (not to be confused with the Course in Miracles deck of the same name done by Marianne Williamson) that I don’t think ever got published widely but did manage to find me in 1987.
One of the cards was called 'Intimacy' and the card description in the booklet said: “Into Me See. ‘If people knew who I really was I would lose their love.’ This is the greatest lie of the ego. It’s only when we allow others to see our truth that they can feel safe enough to fully love us. People psychically know when we are hiding our feelings and this creates mistrust. The practice of intimacy is the key to emotional liberation!” Wise insights.
Seeing this correlation between ‘Intimacy’ and ‘Into Me See’ opened up my curiosity to become more aware of these kinds of verbal Key Codes. I’ve found quite a few over the years but never really documented them, so now I will for our mutual enjoyment and edification.
~ Tonia ~
About Abbreviating the word Christmas
It has been my personal and now life-long mission to change the way the word Christmas is abbreviated. It is yet another iconic change that has been difficult for me to get others to adopt. However, I have personally used C'mas instead of x-mas since 1987. Some have argued that it should never be abbreviated but it is. Thus this campaign.
A friend sent me the following to explain why people write x-mas: X representing the initial chi of Greek Khristos ‘Christ’.
X, the Greek letter chi, first letter of Greek Khrstos, Christ; see Christ. Usage Note: Xmas has been used for hundreds of years in religious writing, where the X represents a Greek chi, the first letter of "Christ." In this use it is parallel to other forms like Xtian, "Christian." But people unaware of the Greek origin of this X often mistakenly interpret Xmas as an informal shortening pronounced (ksms). Many therefore frown upon the term Xmas because it seems to them a commercial convenience that omits Christ from Christmas.
"Christmas," 1551, X'temmas, wherein the X is an abbreviation for Christ in Christmas, from first letter of Gk. Christos "Christ" (see Christ). The earlier way to abbreviate it was Xp- or Xr-, corresponding to "Chr-," and the form Xres mæsse for "Christmas" appears in the "Anglo-Saxon Chronicle" (c.1100).
While this is highly educational and enlightening, this information does not penetrate or influence the current consciousness and understanding of the masses.
Then there's the added 'teaching' I received as a child that said that the X is a symbol for the Cross on which Jesus was crucified so we will always remember he was born to die for our sins. Yeah, let's celebrate his birth with a guilt ridden reminder of his death. (And I'm not even going to get into the discussion about his actual date of birth not being December 25th.)
This is why I want to change the abbreviation:
Given our worldwide acceptance of what the symbol X means in modern culture's 'international' signs (not allowed, not permitted, don't, no, etc.), the X in the abbreviation for Christmas does it's insidious job - both visually and subliminally - on the human psyche and subconscious. Besides, in how many English words in common usage today do we substitute a Greek or any other language symbol in order to abbreviate it? None.
When seen with the physical eyes, C'mas has a calming and "unknotting" effect on my heart. It calls forth the Christ in my mind. It confirms and reflects the actual English spelling of the word Christmas.
Ultimately, it would be best to not abbreviate it at all. But I envision seeing all of those hand-painted signs that read C'mas Trees for Sale and After C'mas Sale and Big C'mas Event! embracing this grammatically correct abbreviation rather than continuing to use the subliminally denouncing and denying 'X' version.
I don't know how people get changes such as this accepted into the general culture - but it happens all the time so I know it's possible.
All you have to do is use it. When you do, watch and feel what happens. At first you may feel like you are breaking a sacred rule that may result in punishment or death for doing so. But in actuality, you are just doing what's right in the here and now. GO FOR IT.
C'MAS C'MAS C'MAS C'MAS C'MAS C'MAS C'MAS C'MAS!
~ Tonia ~