We Three Kings

“We Three Kings of Orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar, field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder Star.” – John Henry Hopkins

Everything we are and can possibly become resides in our symbiotic relationship with the sun. As our primary source of energy it provides everything we need in order to coexist, change and die. Respectively, these three states of being can be symbolized as gold, frankincense and myrrh. Allow me to render them as presents:

Gold may represent the right combination of elements coming together to provide integrity, stability and cohesion; namely, appropriate autonomy and respect for the strictures of natural law.

Frankincense can be symbolized with the burning incense upon an alter reaching up into the heavens, as in the process of changing one substance into another; i.e., the complete renewal or transformation of one’s mind.

Myrrh being the key ingredient to embalm the ancients can be seen as a considerate act of participating in the process of dying. If humans don’t decay in the right way we can bring about a whole lot of unnecessary disease and suffering.

Such attributions present a way to describe the three main phases of our lives (beginning, middle and end) and remind us to integrate them into a synergistic whole. Between birth and death, stimulus and response, dwells a middle-ground; namely, the potentiality for creative imagination and self awareness, independent will and conscientious action.

How we come to actualize these endowments largely rests on the nature of our interpersonal relationships and ability to be self reliant. Unless we work together to create and preserve a life sustaining environment, we inevitably deplete our resources and diminish our opportunity to thrive.

In other words, it remains important for every generation to recognize the difference between intrinsic values (that which is essential for wellbeing) and preferences (as in personal likes). If we mindlessly shift the weight to one side of the boat, it may not be so easy to self-correct when the need arises; by remaining balanced and adaptable it will be much easier to cast our net on the other side of the ship should the occasion call for it.

About Philosopher Muse

An explorer of volition and soul, a song under a night sky and a dream that forever yearns to be.
This entry was posted in Spirituality and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to We Three Kings

  1. Interesting perspective for the three “presents.” Happy holidays, my friend.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s