The great paradox is when you see what you really are, fear evaporates. The dream is seen for what it is, insubstantial and illusory but beautiful and miraculous. The answer to "what am I?" is unanswerable for the mind, but a direct experience of spacious awareness, is freedom. Go ahead and take a look. Try an experiment and discover the selflessness of awareness and the illusory self. Let the egoic fear of a no-self evaporate in the experience of your true self.
The most enlightened, realized, fully awake person on the planet still has to discover what life is like from a radically new perspective. In an absolute, non-dual sense, all our answers are found in what we are, which is everything there is. Sometimes we need a little help seeing past our conditioned limitations. The recognition of headlessness, what is at zero, space for the world was a powerful, mind-altering revelation. I hope it does the same for you. Your first reaction may be, "so what?" but don't let that frustrate you into not looking again. It may take a while to unravel what you have worked so hard to construct.
A glimpse of enlightenment is only the beginning. To be our true self is to be nothing, embrace our emptiness and express divine grace as a human form. We are the paradox of emptiness in form and form in emptiness. As Christ consciousness or Buddha nature (or a myriad of other accounts), we are the miracle of life itself. Good and bad, high and low, happy and sad are all expressions of this one divine consciousness. Living is to experience our essence in all its forms
The traditional interpretation of Jesus' story is mankind is sinful and needed a savior. Some denominations teach that we are born with original sin, inherited from Adam, and there is no hope of being sinless. The sinless part is important because God can't tolerate sin and must punish the sinful. This is where Jesus comes in. He is a human sacrifice for the sin of the world. So the manger picture is a reminder that this child was born to be killed as a sacrifice to God for the shortcomings of mankind.
What if we missed it? What if that isn't what Jesus' intended as his message?
I survived the Ridgecrest California earthquakes of 2019. Actually, the aftershocks are ongoing and I'm feeling one as I type this post. Hopefully, the big stuff is over and we can get back to normal life. The earthquakes caused lots of damage but much of that can be repaired. What is more profound than broken glass and cracked walls is the impact on the human psyche. I've lived in California for 19 years and have experienced many minor earthquakes. I've felt a little shaking, swaying in my chair, heard a boom or even heard stuff rattling in the room. If there was someone in the room I'd ask them "was that an earthquake?" we would compare experiences and then go back to whatever we were doing. What happened in Ridgecrest was not like those minor earthquakes.