The Little Drummer Boy Was Needed: The Way of the Transfiguration for Daily Living

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“… Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents[e] here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” – Mt 17:4

The way to Calvary was fraught with all kinds of difficulty. First off, the wooden cross’ surface was rough. Its splinters bore through my skin, leaving them aching and unattended. I had no tweezers to extricate them with and my eye glasses had been taken away right from the beginning of the proceedings.

But there was this little drummer boy banging his rhythm, making intrusive thick, loud sound in my ear, reminding me what this experience was all about. I needed to climb to Calvary carrying my heavy cross on my shoulders and die being crucified because this is the only way that humanity can be saved.

As if the splinters on my fingers were not bad enough, ”lances” hit me from everywhere in the crowd, of loud derision and quiet “I thought so” stares. I avoided looking at the violence in their eyes. I avoided listening to their mocks and jeering by focusing on the quality and seemingly present harmonics of the booming sound that is the little drummer boy’s sound. I tried the impossible, to walk to the rhythm of the drumbeat as well.

Don’t listen to the crowd.

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The text above illustrates an exercise in Imagineering.

The Christmas story of the Little Drummer Boy was used as context to apply Imagineering to take me to the past, 3D2 (i.e., three-dimensional space and time reality) of Jesus’ Passion.

I put myself, i.e., from the perspective of my personality-type, which is INFJ) in Jesus’ shoes on the way to His crucifixion. From that perspective as an INFJ, I may not have completed the journey to the top of Mount Calvary without having something to “drown out” the noise of the crowd. My reputation had been judged by the crowd as being a sinner. Like most people, I cared what others might be thinking of me.

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“The Transfiguration is a foretaste or preview of the Resurrection,” was how the priest* started his homily. He also mentioned about Moses and Elijah needing to be there among the brilliant figures during Jesus transfiguration. Moses symbolizes the deed that is Jesus life while Elijah, the prophecy. He also proceeded to say that it is a preview of what it will be like for us during our own resurrection.

We are both deed (present) and idea (future). We are human beings. Be as present in the present moment. Aka the word ‘be’ in the dynamic sense of the word. We are not just what we are but the potential that we have within (idea).

We are not called “human havings” or “human doings”, which is what the world has mostly hypnotized us to believe. We wake up when we realize that truly we are human and being.

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The prophet in Jesus refers to the prophet in each one of us. This prophet is being called upon to witness what one has imagineered, i.e. great visions for humanity. Although the task is not for the faint-hearted, more and more among us have acknowledged their gift of prophecy, e.g. sharing information about the spiritual in non-biblical terms, but through different languages that can be understood by their audience or readers.

It has been mentioned in a previous hub that two observations have been made regarding this generation and its home earth.

  • The flux of the earth’s magnetic fields seem to be changing
  • More people are becoming more spiritual aware of non-tangible realities or spiritual experiences. (While mass media portrays it as somewhat of a material generation, an increasing number has turned inward to look within for the spiritual meaning of life.)

What has not been ascertained is whether the former has caused the latter or vice versa. Or whether the two were happening in concurrence with each other.

Our function in sharing humanities’ vision is a challenging cross to carry. Only a few may have reached the same level of knowing and we can, on the extreme, be met with derision. Many ‘prophets’ have once decided to keep mum.

Hope is not lost since there is the possibility that if we truly care for others, we will be guided on what best words or level of language to communicate our vision with them would be. Better yet, we can imagineer 3D3 (future situations in three-dimensional space) and visualize the type of person we are talking to. This could be taken a logical step for preparation. There may be existing courses that train people in communicating with different levels. But there is greater merit in letting God. Let the Holy Spirit do the talking; just blurt out what comes to mind.

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Appreciating everyday life in the Light of Jesus' transfiguration, the insight regarding one's personal truth may eventually arise on its own after being conscientious with spiritual and perhaps imagineering exercises that make us in touch with our core within. This truth then is followed by inspiration for daily living to provide the greater depth inherent in every individual’s existence.

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Finally, as the priest has said, we still need to daily carry our individual crosses to get to that point in time where we are no longer in transfiguration (preview) mode but in the resurrection (actual) mode. But with the daily insights and inspiration we receive, we no longer allow ourselves to be fooled by this world illusion. Eventually, we will know that we are the same noble spirit that we were before our soul came to earth and took on its bodily form.

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There may be those of us who would like to take up the challenge of being drummer boys and girls. As drummer boys and girls steeped in the habit of imagineering and spiritual exercises (e.g. through meditation, prayer, etc.), we can help humanity hear the spiritual rhythm and experience the knowing that we are not of this world.

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* Priest’s name to follow as needed.

* Metaphor. For some of us on this hub, the metaphor of the drummer boy may stand for our daily occupation, which provides the rhythm to this the current life situation, just to keep going when spiritual insights and inspiration are not forthcoming. Also, in performing whatever task is at hand, it may be known that enjoying what one does, no matter what one’s occupation is, is the key to quality work. Excellence then flows out of its own impulse.

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Jung equates the unconscious with the soul, and so when we try to live fully consciously in an intellectually predictable world, protected from all mysteries and comfortable with conformity, we lose our everyday opportunities for the soulful life. The intellect wants to know; the soul likes to be surprised. …” –Thomas Moore

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