The Gifts of the Magi

Merry Christmas.

(this blog was published earlier)

Epistemology is defined in Wikipedia as (ἐπιστήμη, episteme-knowledge, understanding; λόγος, logos-study of) is the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and scope of knowledge and is also referred to as “the theory of knowledge”.

Epistemology sounds “high falutin”

As a word “epistemology” is quite revealing. “Epi” means on, at, or near as in the word “epi-center” of the earth. “Stem” is a familiar word. The “stem” of a plant comes up from the root and braches off into leaves. “Ology” everyone knows as in bi-ology and psych-ology means the study of. So “epistemology” though it sounds high-falutin to be called the theory of knowledge is actually the study of branches, roots and specifically stems—word stems.

Man’s Ability to Imagine

Since Christmas is right around the corner, and we’ve been investigating the New Testament as a book to reach higher consciousness, I thought we’d look at the idea of the Gifts of the Magi from a literal standpoint and see if we could figure it out. That is, I wanted to investigate it from a figurative standpoint using the idea, previously discussed in my blogs, that Jesus represents imagination. . . Not that He was imaginary, but that the mind of God in man is man’s ability to imagine.

The stems of words here are important because three Magi is the plural term of three magus, and a magus is defined as a magician. What does a magician do? He images. He creates images in his mind and brings them into reality. Let’s look at the gifts of the Magi: Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.

  •    The inherent property of gold is not its monetary worth. Monetary worth is arbitrarily assigned by man. The inherent property of gold is that it can be polished so that it shines beautifully.
  •      Frankincense, also called olibanum, is an aromatic resin used in incense and perfumes, obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia. But let’s look at the stems of the word. Frank means sincere. Incense, of course, is a substance burned in perfumed offering. But also wikipedia defines the word “incensed” as from the Latin “incendere”, meaning “to set on fire”.
  •       Myrrh is distilled from the Myrrha tree as a type of perfume. The word originates from the Arabic (mur) and as a perfume has a rich, smoky, balsamic aroma that is purifying, restorative, revitalizing, and uplifting. Further research reveal the Greek term μύρον (mýron) means anointing.
picture of Myrhh tree

Myrrh tree

So the three magicians, the magi, bring Jesus the gift of glowing or shining, the gift of being able to sincerely set fire to the world, and the gift of being able to use the perfume of love which anoints. But how does this relate to one’s imagination?

The gifts of the Magi are the gifts of imagination, the promise of imagination. You may polish your imagination until it shines. You may set fire to the world. You may anoint with love. It begins in you by out-picturing the world in which you want to live. The gifts of the magi are gifts of magic, of changing your world through imagination.

Tomorrow we’ll discuss actual exercises to awaken.


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