I’m back! I promise to write more often now since I already have my own laptop. I have so many topics to publish in the next few months and I hope many of you will join me in this special journey of healthy and positive vibrations.
With that said, I’d like to great you all a very happy Easter time! For Christians around the world, The Lord has Risen! For druids and witches, spring is truly here! Whatever religion you adhere to, be happy for we are in a good time. Despite Trump… but that’s another story. 😉
Easter is many a person’s favorite time of the year, more so than Christmas, simply because someone rising up from the dead isn’t an everyday feat. Personally, it’s my favorite time to celebrate as well (second to Halloween, of course), but at a more meditative experience. When you look deeper into the traditions that we have, like Easter Egg Hunting and going to Church with the family, these stem from much older rituals even before the time when Christians loaned such practices and made them their own.
While I am a practicing Catholic, I like to incorporate different belief systems into my own to make my relationship with God and the universe closer and more personal. This involves a lot of reading (or researching on quotes!), and talking with the faithful (note: note the religious, or the “scholars”). Throughout this journey into understanding and celebrating my life, I’ve come to love celebrating Easter beyond its religious connotations.
Note that I’m going to focus more on rabbits and not eggs for the sake of my vegan readers.
Easter gives emphasis to birth and bunnies
Oh yes, there is a connection between all these things. Jesus Christ, bunnies, and eggs? There were no bunnies at the time Jesus got up from his tomb. And certainly he didn’t get up to look for eggs.
Let’s not look at the Easter story too literally, and let’s refer to some wisdom from animists and pagans. Rabbits are known to be intelligent animals that can out-wit his enemy. These huggable little furballs know when to move and know when to stop. This makes rabbits great spirit guides in a person’s life: much like Jesus is to many a faithful.
And what does a rabbit do when there’s a predator hot on its… uhm… paws? It runs for cover in a hole, and the predator goes off, tired and defeated. Hmm… What did Jesus do? He “hid” (so to speak) in a tomb for three days before he returned after thwarting the greatest evil of all: ignorance. There is some on-the-surface similarity, don’t you think?
What else do we know about rabbits? They’re known for their symbol of fertility because they can reproduce at a crazy fast rate. That’s because they’re often preyed upon by carnivorous animals like wolves, foxes, and eagles. So they need to consistently be “reborn” to be able to live.
The rabbit is a symbol of transformation, and you think about it, Christ was reborn on the third day. He died, and then lived. His human ignorance died and allowed his divine self to live, still in a physical form. Transformation? Maybe so…
Easter fills in the empty “tomb” in our hearts
An excellent theme for Easter Sunday is how Jesus showed us how we all are in a tomb, and we have tombs inside of us. Our journey in this life is to empty the tomb within us, and move out of the tomb we are trapped in.
Jesus was one historical person (he did live, but let’s give creative license to the gospel writers as they might have exaggerated one or two parts of their accounts) who defied all human limitations, not because he was the Son of God, but he was a human who believed that limitations are just thin borders that are meant to be crossed.
He defied death and showed us that we can defy our own death too. It doesn’t have to be too literal as dead-dead. There are times in our lives that we feel like there is no life in us, and we just see the world caving in. We create the tomb that traps us, and the tomb within us has “corpses” of anxiety and suffering. Jesus tells us to move out of our self-made tomb and empty out the tomb within us. Jesus is telling us it is safe to be alive, and that we are protected by something more powerful than a grave made of stone and suffering.
Jesus is telling us we ain’t dead yet. And so is he.
Easter reminds us that we are all chosen
I strongly believe that Easter shouldn’t be kept within the confines of Christianity anymore, much like how we Catholics go to yoga and chant Sukhino Bhavantu during Jivamukti class. The message of Easter Sunday, that God is always here for us, is not just for those who believe in Christ. But rather, it is a promise to everyone who lives that they are not alone.
Of course, this is easy to say, and much easier to type. I’m thinking about everyone in Syria right now, and other places around the world where Easter Sunday is just another day for them to get by. It is hard to get those in war-stricken areas to believe that there is something better. But there is always hope.
I recently read a study by World Vision International about how different children around the world still want to have careers, return to their home countries, or believe in a peaceful world despite all that has happened to them. I see the hope and promise of Jesus in their words and spirit.
Truly, the miracle of Easter is alive.
easter focuses on divine love in human form
Jesus is the personification of hope and love. He isn’t some blind obedient dude who felt privileged to be the Son of God. He wasn’t a tool either. He doubted God but loved Him dearly. He despised humanity’s weakness but still embraced the sinful. When he died on the cross and rose up from the dead on Easter Sunday, Jesus came back in human form and spread a most divine love.
That is his message, I guess, to us. That must let our ignorant selves die to give hope to our new selves.
Jesus is the great remover of darkness, the guru. And Easter is his greatest lesson for us.
Let us learn and live its messages.