GENTLE WAY NEWSLETTER
Tom T. Moore
How did December 25th become the day
that is celebrated as Jesus’ birthday? The origin of this
celebration dates back many centuries to the time when the early Catholic
Church was trying to convert large numbers of pagans to Christianity.
Roman pagans at that time celebrated the holiday of Saturnalia from December
17-25 when the pagans would force one person from each community to gorge on
food and drink for one week and then sacrifice that person. During this
time the Roman courts were closed, so there was widespread intoxication, sex,
rape, and people going from house to house singing naked. They also consumed
In the 4th Century, the Catholic Church was able to convert masses of pagans
to Christianity by promising them they could continue their celebration. The
church chose December 25th at the end of the celebration as Jesus’ birthday. The
singing in the streets was the forerunner of caroling today.
In order to convert more pagans, the Catholic Church allowed the Asheira Cult,
which worshiped trees in the forest and brought them into their homes, to continue
this practice—thus the origin of the Christmas tree.
The origin of Christmas presents dates all the way back to pre-Christian times
during that same Saturnalia celebration where the most despised citizens were
forced by the emperor to bring him presents. Later there was general gift
giving among the citizens, and so the Catholic Church changed it to the supposed
gift giving of St. Nicholas.
Nicholas was a Bishop involved in assembling of the Bible during the Council
of Nicaea in 325-327. He was not given sainthood until the 19th Century. A
group of sailors moved his bones from Turkey to Bari, Italy where they rid the
community of a lady nicknamed Grandmother who filled the stockings of children,
and established a cult of Nicholas. They sent each other gifts on December
6, the date of Nicholas’ death. The cult spread north and was adopted
by pagans who worshipped Woden. Woden sported a white beard and rode a
horse through the heavens. This was changed into riding the horse through
the winter heavens with heavy winter clothing. The Catholic Church adopted
the Nicholas cult (in order to convert more pagans) and changed the gift giving
to December 25th.
In 1809 Washington Irving referred to saint Nicholas by his Dutch name Santa
Claus. In 1822 Dr. Clement Moore wrote the famous “Night Before Christmas” referring
to Saint Nicholas.
You have to admit it is really amusing that all of our Christmas traditions and
rituals were from pagan celebrations. And you can also look upon
it as tragic, that the early Christians would stoop to incorporate pagan practices
in order for their church to grow and PROSPER—as that was the name of the
I have read where there are doubters as to Jesus’ actual existence. I
would remind you that three of the largest religions of the world, all of which
began in Israel, include him in their histories, with three quite divergent opinions
of his significance. This man was the Master of Love, whatever else you
Since I’ve been asking questions and receiving answers in my “active” meditations
(which anyone can do with a little practice) for the past couple of years, I
decided to ask if I had a life during the time of Jesus. Little did I know
what this would open up to. Here are the questions first posed to the soul
of the Earth Gaia, and then my Guardian Angel Theo:
Gaia-was I a follower of Jesus during his lifetime?
Yes you were. You were in his close circle but not a disciple. It
has affected your soul in a beautiful way ever since, as you have worked to bring
people together and love one another. Truly magnificent work on your part.
OK, I’m sure I need to ask something more here, but not sure
As you have been told your soul group are teachers and you bring the Master’s
messages in a more pure form to the masses.
I understand I was a woman during Jesus’ time on earth. Was
Mary Magdalene his wife or just the female equivalent of a disciple and did I
Of course you knew her. She was your friend and the two of you with
the other women worked together doing the chores of the time, as you moved from
one city or town to the next as He preached or told his stories. Mary Magdalene
was his wife. They did bare children together. She escaped with here
child to France as has been told in legends. You did not go with her, but
stayed with your husband. It was a sad parting, but was necessary as there
were people that wanted to kill his family so that there would be no danger to
the ruling clergy at that time. This is sufficient information for you
at this time.
(Another day) Gaia – Did Jesus have 12 female disciples?
Ah a good question Tom to start the day. Jesus did have female disciples
but the Catholic Church erased all mention of them in their records, although
they do still have records of their existence.
Were there 12?
Yes there were. The Master of Love would not have excluded them
although his own disciples did not particularly like it, as women were not looked
upon very highly in that time period. But Jesus liked to balance the Yin
with the Yang.
Was I just one of the women –perhaps the wife of one of the
disciples or was I a disciple too?
No you definitely were a disciple –albeit a female one--of the Master. You
certainly took part in doing all the chores that women were supposed to do at
that time, but Jesus gave the group of you many messages, and someday some of
those will come to light. As you might suspect, Mary Magdalene headed the
group, as she was the leader of the female group and Jesus’ wife.
Did Judas Iscariot betray Jesus at his request, as the Gospel of Judas
Yes, it did happen as it was written. He acted on his master’s
command although he naturally had a heavy heart in doing so. The Christian
Church needed a scapegoat, and he was the one they could blame. There are
more writings about this in the Vatican library that will come to light in the
next few years, when the new Pope takes office.
This will take place when the Catholic Church finally opens its achieves?
Yes certainly. As I have mentioned before, there is a time coming when
the Catholic Church will start revealing these hidden truths in order to attract
followers by dishing them out one by one-- to again use a little pun.
How long in the future before revelations come out about the hiding
of information in the Vatican?
That will be much sooner, within the next 5 to 10 years. It will happen
when the next Pope takes office. It will not be so long a time.
Theo—what month and year was the birth of Jesus?
Ah, what a good question to start the day Tom. Yes the year was 4 BC
as you knew deep within you and the month was August you see—yes you are
receiving this correctly. The timetable became confused over the next couple
of centuries and was settled upon in that infamous gathering at Nicaea in 327. They
just did not keep accurate records during that time period, as they had to rely
on the stories being passed from one person to another until a scribe wrote them
down. That’s why a lot of the New Testament is inaccurate to say
the least. And yes what you heard is correct –the book of Thomas
discovered not too long ago was more accurate as it was written down within the
first 100 years after the Master’s death. The others were written
down later than is normally thought to be.
I think I have received conflicting information from Gaia as to whether
I was a female disciple of Jesus or just in his inner circle--perhaps just as
one of the women as a wife of one of the disciples or what have you, so could
you please clear that up for me.
Yes, Tom, you were a female disciple, but there are virtually no records
of that, except in the bowels of the Vatican, as they only wanted men to be the
priests and hierarchy. So you were both, in his inner circle
and one of the female disciples, so both are correct in this case.
Theo was there more than one disciple that did not incarnate again
as a Jew, whether it would have been anytime after that life?
A good question today, Tom. Yes there were two disciples that did not
incarnate again as Jews. They decided on life paths that would assist more
people than if they had incarnated again and again as a Jew. They had to
incarnate to be both Christians and even other religions in order to spread the
word of love that the Master had conveyed to them.
It took about 1,700 years for the Catholic Church to state that Mary
Magdalene was not a prostitute. What other revelations must there be in
their archives? Time will tell.
So finally, may I make a suggestion to bring back the true meaning of Christmas? Say
a prayer for the world. In my book—The Gentle Way: A Self-Help
Guide For Those Who Believe in Angels, I have a chapter titled “Living
Prayers.” In it I explain that there is a whole set of angels that
have volunteered to act INSTANTLY on prayer requests. Here’s an example
for a world prayer, “I ask that I and all my friends, family
and neighbors live and work together in a most benevolent way with all other
human beings now and in the months and years to follow.”
Here are a couple more: “I ask that the general attitude
of all peoples on the earth become compatible with the general attitudes of all
other people on Earth.” This is a good one to say right now. On
another day you can say, “I am asking that the hearts of all beings come
to love peace, cherish it, and involve themselves in its creation.” Say
these requests only ONE TIME. That’s all that’s needed.
If you don’t feel comfortable saying these prayers out loud
then imagine sending the most pure white light you can possibly imagine out from
your heart, and send it all over the world to where it is needed most. That
acts the same as a Living Prayer I’m told.
Tom T. Moore