In the Christmas tradition, three wise men visited the infant Jesus and presented him with gifts. The second wise man presented the gift of Frankincense.
Frankincense is a fragrant gum resin used in incense and perfumes. According to the Hebrew Bible, frankincense was one of several components of the holy incense ritually burned in Jerusalem’s sacred temples during ancient times. When incense is burned, it emits a fragrant vapor which can be sensed, but not seen. As such, it is symbolic of Spirit, which also can be sensed but not seen.
Metaphysically, the gift of frankincense represents the beauty of the Spirit. Just as the incense adds a beautiful fragrance to our environment, the awareness of spirit adds beauty and color to our daily lives. Wherever we are, there is always some form of beauty. We only have to open our senses to it.
We do many things to develop our mind and our body, but to cultivate the habit of seeing beauty develops the soul. It can become such a habit that we continually see it. We see it in faces and in nature. We see it in faraway places and in our own backyard. When we live from Christ consciousness, we become aware of hidden depths of beauty and meaning that are not apparent to our material consciousness.
Where do you see beauty most easily? Where is it harder for you to see beauty?