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Seems like an innocent bit of mythology for the under-sevens, and not really anything to worry about 48 hours before the longest day. But ask yourself these questions:

  • Why does Santa sport the colours of the Fly Agaric mushroom?
  • Why does he talk with animals?
  • What is wrong with Rudolph's nose?
  • Why does he 'fly' at night and with such speed?
  • What is the symbolism of the 'gifts' that he brings?
  • Why does he have little helpers in the form of benign trolls?
  • Why do we attract him to our homes with hallucogenically decorated evergreens?
  • What's with this catchphrase 'Ho ho ho'?
  • Why does he have a sack?

Santa is a shaman. Shamans travel from 'this world' to a 'dream world' to see another reality. The 'trip' is the same trip symbolised in countless legends of the search for a magical world outside ourselves. The trip always involves confrontation with dangerous forces and always a journey via narrow focused passage - through a canyon, up a ladder, up a beanstalk, or across a bridge.

The pons or bridge is a two centimeter connection between the cerebellum and the the cerebrum. It is located on the brain stem. Uniquely it travels laterally. It is the pathway between what we can access consciously and the areas of the brain that we cannot.

So why do you think Santa impractically comes down your chimney?

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Jun 21st, 2007 at 03:03:19 AM EST

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