YOU ARE PROBABLY FAMILIAR with the famous New York Sun editorial written by Francis P. Church to a little girl, answering, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” Today I would like to explain the reality of Santa Claus from a metaphysical angle.
The great illusion of life is that we are all just bodies, separate entities that go through the paces of earthly existence; we live, eat, breathe, sleep, have sex, and then die. On one level this is so―but only on the most superficial level of life. The reality of who we are runs far deeper and broader than the five senses reveal.
We are all far more spirits and ideas than bodies. When my beloved mother passed away, I gazed at her lifeless body. In that moment I realized that that body was not my mother. My mother was a spirit who loved and nurtured me, had a colorful personality, a great sense of humor, and expressed far more than a body could by itself. The body was the vehicle through which my mother functioned, but the one who directed the body was far more real and eternal than the body itself.
Santa Claus is a universal, eternal, life-giving idea. The spirit of Santa Claus is limitless, and can express through many portals simultaneously. For all the men dressed in red suits sitting on thrones in mall lobbies or ringing bells on street corners, any of them who capture and embody the spirit of Santa Claus are truly “channeling” Santa.
When you buy your children presents, lay them under the Christmas tree, and bask in their delight as they open their gifts on Christmas morning, you are a vessel through which the spirit of Santa Claus is delivering love to earth. Wherever there is love, joy, and the sincere sharing of gifts on Christmas, Santa Claus is there.
So the next time a child asks you, “Is there really a Santa Claus?” you can answer “yes” with the confidence that you might answer the question, “Do you love me?”
How can you be a vessel for the spirit of Santa Claus to bring joy and delight to the world?
The spirit of Santa Claus is limitless.
I and my loved ones are spiritual beings, and as such we are limitless in power and love.
Alan Cohen is the author of 17 popular inspirational books and is also a contributing writer for the New York Times best-selling series Chicken Soup for the Soul.