I believe in Santa Claus!

Yes, I am all grown up. But the more I look into the spiritual symbolism represented by Santa Claus the more I believe He is fundamentally real!

Let us start with Santa’s characteristics. He has a long white beard. This symbolizes wisdom (an aged and experienced mind) expressed in outward acts of goodness from purity. All true wisdom is acting from love. Santa’s jolly laugh, rosy cheeks and ample girth (fat symbolizes goodness) are all further outward signs of the inner qualities of his big heart.

Santa’s outfit is red and white. Red symbolizes love and white symbolizes purity, which are spiritual features.

Santa lives at the North Pole. Scientifically speaking, the North Pole represents a singularity. You can’t go further north than the North Pole. A singularity represents a boundary where spacetime ends and physical laws break down. Hence, Santa lives in a realm beyond space and time (like heaven) so his actions are not constrained by the laws of physics. Thus, Santa can perform miraculous things—like deliver toys to every child in the world in a single night and from a single bag! So Santa not only portrays a kind of omniscience (wisdom), but omnipresence (can be in many places at one time) and omnipotence (his bag of gifts never runs out).

Santa’s love is spiritual because it is angelic and inclusive!

Santa’s mode of transportation is a big sleigh driven by reindeer that can fly above the earth. These magical creatures symbolize higher ideals that can soar above the lower and common values of the everyday world. A sleigh symbolizes doctrine or belief system—the mental vehicle that transports us in life.

If you count “eight” reindeer, then the symbol of Santa and his sled represents the approach of a new beginning (an eighth day corresponds to the beginning of a new week or cycle). If you add Rudolph and his shiny red nose to the pack, the symbolism goes further to represent a holistic (nine) perception (nose) of reality from the principle of love (red) and truth (shining light).

That Santa cares about children being “good” is the same message that God gives to the world. And Jesus while on earth urged everyone to be like little children (which symbolizes innocence). Even the tradition of children sitting on Santa’s knee symbolizes that in order to receive our proper gifts we must be willing to be in obedience (sitting) to living a life according to the higher ideals of goodness. A knee, which connects the higher part of a leg to the lower part, represents the connection between higher spiritual ideals to the lower worldly mind so that we can walk in righteousness.

That Santa slides down chimneys is also a symbol with great spiritual significance. The hearth represents the human heart. Therefore, Santa delivers his gifts if we let him into our hearts. We let him into our hearts by being good. Gifts symbolize an increase in the goodness of the heart because they represent sharing.

That is why Santa places the gifts under the Christmas tree. A Christmas tree is representative of the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden that God planted for the human race, which symbolizes our heart’s harvest of the fruitfulness of God’s love and wisdom.

I believe in Santa Claus because I believe in God. The evolution of the Santa Claus character within the human psyche over the years was a process directed by God’s providence and the angels of heaven, whose job it is to lift our minds to wonderful and miraculous things.

Merry Christmas, everyone!



About thegodguy

EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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