It’s resurrection time again. It is the time of year we celebrate springtime, new life, and Easter. The Easter story demonstrates that something within us was here before we incarnated and remains after seeming death. It is the recognition that only God exists; all else is an illusion. Death is not the end of life but rather the continuation of the life process. In the story, Jesus illustrated this in the great demonstrations known as the resurrection and the ascension. Jesus so spiritualized his life that he could say, "the Father and I are one." He served as a reminder there is no separation between Spirit and us.
Easter helps us answer one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves - “What am I?” The answer determines our self-concept, which influences the boundaries of our personal growth and the direction of our life. Those who have embraced the New Thought/Ancient Wisdom Teachings accept that who and what we are is more than what can be seen with our physical eyes, or described through the five senses.
There is a part of us that can never be endangered or destroyed, and this indestructible something is our true nature and being. It transcends our history, human lineage, and false concepts that we have accepted for ourselves. When we live from that awareness, we fulfill the life that the Spirit of the Living God sees when we are at our highest and best. It is a life that reflects our divine purpose, in which we contribute our unique gifts and talents to the world.
A close look at the Easter Story reminds us the Spirit that dwelled in Jesus or any avatar throughout history dwells in us. We don't just worship and believe in Jesus; we believe what he says - "you are the light" and "the kingdom of God is within." Embracing our true nature lifts us above any circumstances we face.
One of the most helpful realizations is that resurrection always follows crucifixion. Having gone through several personal crucifixions, I'm grateful for that realization. And it is beneficial to know this truth as we face personal crucifixion experiences.
Spiritually speaking, the Easter story reminds us that something new can be born when an old way is crucified. When someone experiences a divorce, loses a partner, gets fired from a job, or experiences a shift in external circumstances, an old identity dies so a new one can be born. This phenomenon is not a once-in-a-lifetime event, and no life escapes this process.
Easter gives us hope as we look at the world and see the modern-day crucifixion experiences – the divisiveness, man’s inhumanity to man, wars, and some people treating others as less than the children of God. Sometimes we may think humanity is beyond hope and will never get better. However, it was for his purpose we were born. God transforms our world a little at a time through us. God needs us to shine God's light to make this world better. When we let our light shine, we can rise above any crucifixion experience.
We rise because no matter what happens to us, it does not have the final word. We can look beyond appearances and recognize a divine plan unfolding. Our task is to hold on to that vision until our life bears witness to the truth that liberates us and sets us free to be our true selves.
The entire universe is asking that we be that true self. To do so, we must go within to connect to what is indestructible and has never been born, and can never die. Jesus talked about that when he said, "call no one on earth your father." There is but one Presence and that presence is within you. When our attention is on it, it begins to express our real life.
We love and celebrate the master teacher by living his teachings and following his example. When we do, our life shines and glorifies God's power, presence, and love. All of us emanate from that loving presence. When that is your self-concept, you can say, as Jesus did, "When you see me, you see the presence that sent me," and experience Easter every day.
Peace and Blessings,