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The unicorn of Christ consciousness

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I was writing a children's story a couple of weeks ago about a hot-air balloon landing on a farm where some foster kids lived. I had a vague idea about what the balloon looked like so I didn't bother to describe it before finishing the scene. The next morning, I opened my front door and saw, drifting directly over my house, the unicorn balloon depicted in this image. I knew then how to describe the balloon in my story.

I thought that was pretty synchronistic, like I was being given a sign, so I looked up the meaning of a unicorn in my book of symbols and discovered that it's mentioned several times in the Bible. In Psalm 92 verses 9 and 10 David wrote, "For, surely your enemies, O Lord, for, surely your enemies shall perish; all evildoers will be scattered. But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil."

I also discovered that in Medieval times the unicorn was a symbol for Christ, and the horn of a unicorn was symbolic of a beam of light from heaven, like the beams of light on the head of Moses when he came down from the mountain. If we reread David's words in Psalm 92, in which he talks about being exalted and anointed, we see that they fit his life and the life of Jesus. So David was kind of a protypical Christ. He, like Jesus, was raised from a low estate to become a king. He, like Jesus, was anointed by a prophet. The word Christos means 'the anointed one' in Greek.

And this fits perfectly with the unicorn being a symbol for Christ. Legend has it that the only way to catch a unicorn was to set a virgin out under a tree in the forest. A unicorn is attracted to purity, so it would come up to the virgin, lay its head in her lap, and fall asleep. In the same way, Jesus was attracted to the Virgin Mary because of her great purity and became her son.

The unicorn is also a symbol of Unity or oneness of the Son with the Father. The Penguin Dictionary of Symbolism says that the unicorn's horn also symbolizes … a sun-ray, … divine revelation or the godhead penetrating its creation. If we think of Heaven as the Spiritual Sun, a place of eternal daylight with no shadow of turning as the apostle James wrote, and we draw a beam of sunlight to earth, it forms the tall triangle of a horn, the base of which is the continuum of good and evil, light and darkness, with various shades of gray in between. This is the duality of spirituality and materialism.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:22, 23, "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness."

A lot of New Age commentators on the Bible think that Jesus was referring to the third-eye chakra and associated pineal gland. But rather than the spiritual third eye, it actually is meant in the more general sense of a spiritual worldview. If you look at the context of these verses you'll find that they're sandwiched between passages dealing with ‘materialism versus spirituality.’ Jesus started by saying, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth" and he concluded by saying, "You cannot serve both God and mammon" (material riches). (Matthew 6:19, 24) So, Jesus was talking about the way we ‘see’ or ‘perceive’ what's important in life, how we set our priorities. Clearly, Jesus was encouraging his disciples to stay focused on that which is spiritual and eternal, even if they have to function in a secular world. No one can be a slave to material possessions and expect to inherit the kingdom of heaven.

If you think of heaven and earth as two sets of values or attributes, then the Venn diagram intersection of our higher spiritual values, the Light of our virtues, and God's more personal attributes, embodied in Christ, forms what looks like a single eye. And what it will contain is Christ-Light.

Jesus also said in the sermon on the mount "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." In other words, if people only see the world through their two physical eyes, if they have a materialistic or secular humanist worldview, then they will be in darkness. But if they see through their single spiritual eye and only focus on what is pure and holy like the virgin Mary, if they draw nigh unto God, then God, like the unicorn, will draw nigh unto them.


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