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Gift of Wellth

Written by: Dr. Fred Harvey, MD

’Tis the season of giving. We need to remember to give something to ourselves first in order to make the season joyous. All to easily we can get caught up in the intensity of the season’s demands and forget what gifts this season can bring to each of us. I will use the example of the gifts of the Magi to illustrate how we can regard the season differently.

3 gifts from 3 magi. 3 is the number of creative manifestation. Thus we have an opportunity for creating or manifesting our season, as we desire. The 3 gifts have meaning as well. :

Gold is a symbol of divinity
Frankincense is a symbol of righteousness and cleansing
Myrrh symbolizes bitterness, suffering and death of the physical form

Gold represents, flexible yet resilient spirit. Gold represents the “Son” or divine spiritual essence in all of us and, as the sun, the source of all that is material here on this world. It represents vitality, life, health, wisdom and unification. Alchemists turning lead to gold is a metaphor for transforming base attributes like greed, hate and selfishness into virtues like love, compassion and sharing. We have an opportunity to share much with others this season. Remember that it does not have to be actual gold that you share, but the golden light of divine love. This is the most important gift that we have to offer.

Metaphysically Frankincense represents the transmutation of the material consciousness into the spiritual. It represents metanoia the Christ asked of us. Often mistaken for repentance, this is not a renunciation of sin, but a realization that sin arises from the base attributes like greed and gluttony. Thus frankincense is symbolic of the second coming of the Christ WITHIN each individual. The revealing of the light within. We can use this gift to make the holiday season much more joyful by realizing that the material, commercial extravaganza that surrounds the events are a distraction from the true meaning of the celebration.

Myrrh is a symbol of the feminine or nurturing energy and is linked to the earth. Myrrh’s use in embalming rituals symbolizes the end of physical life, but also the eternity of the spirit. It also represents a symbolic end to our former lives after a metanoia reveals to us the truth of divine light within. So here is an opportunity to put aside past rituals for the holidays. We can take nurturing too far! True the food looks good, but it’s about the people and sharing the light of love to keep us warm through the dark days of winter.

So relax! Don’t worry about getting the perfect “thing” for everyone. Don’t try to make a picture perfect “Gourmet Magazine” holiday meal. Remember it’s about sharing and giving of yourself that matters more that anything. So save some of yourself for sharing by not over stressing for perfection.

Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and any other appropriate salutation for the winter festival of light!

Dr. Harvey will continue discussing the topic of the “The Gift of Wellness, more than surviving the Holidays” on Thriving on the Suncoast (SNN 6) airing on Dec.18th and at his monthly educational seminar at the Wild Ginger Studio, 6557 Superior Ave (in Gulf Gate) on December 14th, 6-7:00 pm.

For more information on wellness, to RSVP for the Wild Ginger seminar or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fred Harvey, please contact The Harvey Center at 941-929-9355. The Harvey Center for Integrative Medicine is located at 3982 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL.

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