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Merry Christmas – Joyeux Noël – Feliz Navidad – Hyvää Joulua – Gelukkig Kerstfeest

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Wishing you the best in this season of hope and the promise of light

It has been a few days since my last post, days that have been crowded with the life and times of a university prof. Last night before heading out for a staff Christmas dinner at the newest and most expensive international restaurant in this modern version of a Chinese city, I took this photo of Maureen and I. It is destined for our Facebook pages as our cyberspace Christmas wishes for family, neighbours and friends.

Christmas in China is somehow something that “jars” the psyche. With sixty Christmases spent in Canada or in the States, there is a communal understanding of this day, something that is bigger than the Christian religion that wants to claim ownership. There have been cross-cultural transformations resulting in a Christmas that is more about the collective and less about a Christian story. People have seized control out of the hands of clergy and churches in order to have the day become a numinous event, one that is more in tune with the collective soul, anima mundi.

It is a celebration of wholeness, a celebration of people wounded by life yet refusing to concede defeat and rather grasping onto hope, knowing that like each day a sun will bring light to banish darkness, this day brings all a sense of hope that their spiritual darkness will be lifted. We gather together to sing, laugh, argue, smile, eat, drink and live with an energy that belies the lethargy that comes with the darkness of winter.

With all of my deepest feelings of a love that has too many shapes and forms to be contained in one meaning, I wish each of you a day of spiritual blessings in which you can revel in being alive, daring to smile and mean it regardless of the perils of your personal journeys.




Written by Robert G. Longpré

December 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Posted in Jungian Psychology

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  1. Dear Robert,
    Thank you for this Post and the very nice photo of the two Santa’s !

    At December 22th. at 5.50 am – the Archetype Capricorn, standing high in the snowy dark mountains and overseeing the earth beneath, received the first glimpse of the reappearing Force of Light and passed it on over the world.

    Petra and I wish that you and Maureen are able to Catch the Light Inside of you and that feelings of Harmony, Happiness and Love are shared to your loved ones and other people.

    Opa Bear

    December 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    • It has been a long time since your comment, I apologize for the delay in responding with no excuses to offer. I do hope the New Year is good to you and Petra. Thank you for being such a good friend here. 🙂


      January 3, 2012 at 9:45 am

  2. Happy,,, whatever!


    December 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm

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