What Do the People, Places, and Things from the Nativity Mean…From a Spiritual Perspective?


The Christmas story is a beautiful story. But it’s not just about a Jewish child born in a manger to Joseph and Mary a little over 2,000 years ago in a little town called Bethlehem.

Christmas represents the birth of our awareness that the Christ Presence has expressed Itself as us in human form. And like Jesus, we can grow
into our conscious Christhood by following the same inner compass
He used to find his way Home.

We believe humankind’s unwillingness to embrace this truth has caused us to miss many opportunities for both inner peace and world peace. We’ve missed the true purpose of our lives— which is to be the best Christ we can be. We’ve neglected the true meaning of Christmas.

The most inconvenient spiritual truth of all time is … Are you ready for the best answer we can offer? Take a deep breath. If you’re sitting near a loved one you may want to hold each other’s hand. If you’re by yourself, you may want to fasten your seatbelt!

The most inconvenient spiritual truth of all time is this: The Only Begotten Son born in a manger to Joseph and Mary is the same Only Begotten Son born in each of us. It is the Christ Presence within us. It is the Planetary Christ expressing Itself in human form as each and every one of us!

The Christmas story is our story. It is the drama of the birth of our awakening to the Truth that we are the Christ expressing at the point of us. Metaphysically, it represents a transformation in consciousness. It is a moment of enlightenment, an interior journey of the growing awareness of our unfolding Christhood.


What follows is a metaphysical snapshot of that spiritual unfoldment. Metaphysically speaking, all of the people, places, and events in the Bible represent qualities, traits, habits, and abilities within us. We hope you’ll like our MetaSpiritual treatment of the Christmas story:

Census:  A time when all of the beliefs, values, and assumptions gained from sense consciousness are called into account through our personal introspection

Inn:  Represents the unenlightened intellect which has no room for higher spiritual insights 

Cave:  The womb-like mystery of life which gives birth to form

Manger:   Represents baser human emotions associated with our human personality

Swaddling Clothes: The confinement and limitations imposed by physicality

Nazareth:   State of awareness in which we center our thoughts on spiritual things instead of material things

Galilee:  Subconscious feelings and emotions which sense evolving truths

Bethlehem: The abiding place (our heart) of Universal Substance (bread)

Jerusalem:  State of inner peace, a consciousness filled with the peace which passes all misunderstanding

Judah (Judea): Acknowledgement of our oneness with our God Essence, the Eternal Presence

Egypt:  Coma consciousness (sense or material consciousness)

Mary: Represents our pure, maternal, and superior intuition which is unequivocally open and receptive to Divine Ideas

Joseph: Represents our dutiful and trusting intellect which is characterized by superior wisdom and understanding. The intellect finds it difficult to give birth to divine ideas, it can only protect them and nurture them through disciplined spiritual practice

Elizabeth:  Mature spiritual unfoldment characterized by faith, trust, love, and confidence in intuitive promptings

Zechariah: Attuned intellectual understanding that evidences our becoming aware of the deeper spiritual implications of religious teachings

Infant John (later known as John the Baptizer): Growing moral awareness of our need to prepare ourselves and others for responsible spiritual growth

Angels: Higher thoughts, insights, and inclinations which come from a consciousness grounded in Truth principles

Gabriel: Spiritual discernment which allows our Divine Nature to guide us

Christ Child: The birth of the Christ Pattern (the infant Christ Nature) in us

Shepherds: The humble, trustworthy, natural thoughts we have that watch over our good and obedient intentions (sheep)

 Animals (Donkey, Ox, Sheep, Lamb, Dove, etc.):
   – donkey: Humility, courage, persistence;

   – ox: infusion of cosmic and spiritual forces;
   – sheep: obedient intentions;
   – lamb: purity, innocence, harmlessness;
   – camel: strength, endurance, and perseverance;
   – turtledove: fidelity, love;
   – dove: purity, gentleness and peace 

Wise Men:  The esoteric knowledge and superior spiritual insights that make us open and receptive to our Christ Nature

 Herod: Our egocentric willfulness characterized by its paranoia and material aggrandizements

 East: That ‘state of higher consciousness’ within us — Headquarters

 Star: The spark of precognition (universal knowing) within us that prompts our receptivity to our divine nature

 Gold: Our ability to transform material consciousness into spiritual awareness so that our possessions do not possess us

Frankincense: Affirmative prayer and meditation which lift us above worldly concerns

 Myrrh: Letting go of anything which is no longer needed for our higher good

Simeon: Our intellectual openness to the truth that our real self is the Christ Self

 Anna: Our emotional readiness to subordinate our human personality to our Christ individuality

Virgin Birth: Represents the undefiled and purified stillness of mind in us which gives birth to our awareness of the Christ Pattern (For an in-depth article about the Virgin Birth, including a history of virgin births and our MetaSpiritual interpretation, see our blog article: metaphysicalbible.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/what-does-the-virgin-birth-mean-from-a-spiritual-perspective/ )

 Immaculate Conception: When our intuitive intelligence, love, and receptivity to our innate divinity are raised to their highest and purest spiritual essences, we immaculately conceive a pure, inviolate Christed Idea.

 Nativity Event:   When we reach a certain stage of spiritual development, our divinely-inspired intuitive abilities spring into action (immaculately conceive) because of our new born Christ awareness (virgin birth).

 As you meditate on this interpretation of the people, places, and things associated with the Nativity, what does Christmas mean to you? Scroll down to the “Leave a Reply section, and share your 1-2 sentence description of the meaning of Christmas, from your heart!

Blessings for a Merry Christmas!

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About Bil and Cher Holton - The Global Center for Spiritual Practices

Combine a flair for the dramatic, a deep understanding of metaphysics combined with the teachings of Jesus, and a zest for neuroscience and Positive Psychology, and you have defined the dynamic duo who are at the heart of The Global Center for Spiritual Practices, a Cyber Home for people who are more spiritual than religious. Revs. Drs. Bil and Cher Holton bring quite a background of experience and depth of knowledge to this special ministry. They are dynamic and thought-provoking speakers, prolific authors, and spiritual teachers. Check them out at http://www.YourSpiritualPractice.com/
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