During this time of year we naturally find many articles and blog posts about Jesus. “Who is the real Jesus?” “What did he really say?” “Was he married?” “Is he a real person?”
Scholars, academics, theologians, ministers and religious thinkers on all sides of these questions will weigh in with their perspective. Some will advocate the Jesus story as myth, metaphor and allegory while others will emphasize the importance of his humanity as one who understands the afflictions and suffering that we face in life. Still another group will focus on the brutality and agony of the cross followed by the glory and majesty of his resurrection. I’m reminded of the praise and celebration I witnessed growing up in the Black Pentecostal tradition. The idea of resurrection was filled with power, awe, and wonder.
While many will continue to differ on these questions and new perspectives and scholarship will arise, I wonder if there is a way to see Easter differently. No matter where one’s theology, philosophy or spiritual worldview lies, there seems to be something universal and transformative about this time of year for all people. March 20th marked the first day of Spring. This day officially marks the Sun’s return from the depths of winter’s dark cold nights into longer days and warmer nights. It truly is a rebirth of the Sun. As we witness the Sun’s rebirth, we also have a front row seat to one of the greatest shows on Earth. Bursting forth in greens, yellows, reds, oranges, purples and blues, the trees and flowers begin to awaken from their winter’s sleep.
As we walk around and witness nature’s splendor, we may even we begin to find ourselves waking up. With more daylight, more seems possible. Life just feels better and we might begin humming an old familiar tune…”Oh what a beautiful morning! Oh! What a beautiful day…” It seems to me that from this perspective the Easter message can take on a whole new or added meaning. Everything is resurrecting. Everything is reawakening. Everything is experiencing rebirth. The announcement of Jesus’ resurrection is a reminder to us all that just as in the cycles of nature, all things rise again with glory, beauty, power and grandeur. All things rise again no matter what happened in the past or what is to come in the future. All things rise again and this symbol, this recognition is so powerful that every year we celebrate it. We celebrate it lest we forget. We celebrate it because at times we will forget. We celebrate it because even the flowers nor the Sun will allow us to forget.
As we open the doors of Celebration Spiritual Center this Easter Sunday, we are going to celebrate and reimagine Easter; recognizing that resurrection, rebirth and awakening are the natural order of all life. I invite you to reimagine the Easter story for your life and experience rebirth with the rest of the world. There truly is something to celebrate!
- Pastor Greg
Reblog if you’re interested in Gnosticism, Alchemy, Tantra, Kundalini, Essene spirituality, Kabbalah, and whatnot…
(I’d like to meet some people with common interests.)
The process of transmuting individuality back to universalized freedom and existence, is occultly called “Squaring the Circle”.
The circle represents all-ness or universality, while the square symbolizes individuality, the “boxing-in” or particularizing of Spirit. The successful outcome, geometrically expressed, is a triangle(pyramid) within the circle. The four-sided square base of the pyramid represents the fourfold, mortal personality, while the 3-sided view of the triangular pyramid represents the Trinity of the immortal Soul. Thus, the pyramid represents the dynamic interaction of life and form, Spirit and Matter. Astrologically; the Square represents Saturn, Triangle represents Sun, and the Circle represents the Moon.