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The fourth and last Advent candle was lit yesterday in Christian churches across the globe. That little flame can represent so much! And Tuesday, the 21st, is the Winter Solstice.  So today on, I’ll talk about some of my favorite topics, the Sacred Sun, Nunda, the Light of Love, the Christ.

All life on earth depends upon the Sun for life and warmth and sustenance.  But nowadays, few folk assign a spiritual identity or Intelligence to the great cosmic body we call our “Sun.” Few hold that the Sun is a Sacred body of spiritual Intelligences.

I received a startling email from a friend that reported a HUGE storm was observed on the Sun this summer. On the NASA website, the following is reported (12/13/10):

On August 1, 2010, an entire hemisphere of the sun erupted. Filaments of magnetism snapped and exploded, shock waves raced across the stellar surface, billion-ton clouds of hot gas billowed into space. Astronomers knew they had witnessed something big.

It was so big, it may have shattered old ideas about solar activity….

Explosions on the sun are not localized or isolated events, they announced. Instead, solar activity is interconnected by magnetism over breathtaking distances. Solar flares, tsunamis, coronal mass ejections–they can go off all at once, hundreds of thousands of miles apart, in a dizzyingly-complex concert of violence.

Awesome and powerful, yes.  But Science portrays the sun as a phenomena that is empty of  life, consciousness, intelligence. Still I am convinced that the Sun is not merely a vast body of gases undergoing nuclear fusion but rather the expression of the raw Fire of Spirit.  Indeed, in my mind, it is a collective of spiritual beings, the body of what I see as The Elohim. “Elohim” is a plural word from  Hebrew and means, essentially, “the Gods.” Now this is rather odd since the Hebrews were reputed to be monothesistic.  But there is Wisdom in this. For the Many, make up the One. And indeed, in my understanding, The Christ is/was the Elohim of the Sun.

At the same time, I  regularly greet the Sun with the Cherokee name, “Nunda.” She is a Sacred Being.

Seem contradictory?  Maybe. Maybe not.  Material reality is, after all,  a highly ordered, densely packed assemblage of atoms. But these consist of quantum particles and ever more subtler forces.   So at base, all of reality is composed of  something akin to energy–or indeed even more stunningly powerful forces; and humans are composed of the same–just like the sun.  It’s as simple as that. Or as complex. And the Names given to beings and Intelligences from different traditions can reflect different aspects of the same sacred entities, the same forces.

In fact, my teacher, Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha, has said that every one of us is a physical emanation of a collective. There is far, far more to each of us than meets the eye.

To try to put a border around any particular spiritual entity, name it and say, it is this and only this, is to limit it’s nature. Can you put a border around a fire and contain it in a box?  Maybe, but its warmth, its essence will escape, willy nilly. Or you may simply kill it in trying to contain it! Or can you contain an xray or a nuclear explosion?

We are of the nature of Fire ! When a human dies, one of the most characteristic phenomena of the death is that when what we call “life” departs from the body, it looses its warmth.  It is as if, indeed, an internal Sun goes out.  You might say, that which is the Fire of the Spirit, the Divine Spark, departs.

My undertanding of the Christ event, in a tiny nutshell, is that when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan, he took within himself the Divine Elohim of the Sun, which had–prior to that moment–been approaching humanity from “above.”  At this point, Jesus became The Christ. When his blood dripped to the Earth at the crucifixion, the Elohim of the Sun united themselves with Earth evolution, human destiny.  This union assured that humanity, which had Fallen deep into dense materiality, would be able to one day become “spiritualized,” “etherealized,” and a “New Heaven and a New Earth” would come into being. And  our spirituality will be the source of our supreme wellness!  I’d like to refer you to for a more thorough explanation of this.

Humans will some day be the Spirits of Love and Personality. I’m banking on it.

In my universe, both Christmas and the Winter Solstice is a ceremonial time to take note of and celebrate the gift of the Light of Life, the Sacred Fire from the Sun, Nunda, the Elohim, the Christ.We are all One, the Sacred One, the Holy One.

So Be It!

Elizabeth Richie/ Du’TSu