I was raised in the Christian tradition, but Easter isn’t only for Christians. Easter is a celebration of rebirth, and after an intense year of deep collective awakening that was 2020, we now have more clarity and hindsight. The past year has felt like a true physical birth – from descending into the canal, going through the contraction and expansion, the squeezing and tightness, and at last through the opening and into the light. For so many, loss and grief have been a constant companion. I, too, experienced so much grief and loss, including the passing of a few friends. Yet, for others, this has been a time of renewal, reinvention, and transformation. Wherever you are on the scale, may the promise of rebirth illuminate your heart and bring you joy and possibility. May we rise from the ashes this Easter.
As we welcome this season of hope, there’s something more calling to us this Easter. A deep desire to rise and show up more authentically, more truthfully, more honestly – not just for others, but for ourselves. Are you ready to rise this Easter from the lessons you’ve learned in the past 12 months? Are you ready to share the medicine of these lessons with the world? It’s not just for your benefit, the whole planet needs healing, and your rising is the best way you can help.
The Journey of Rebirth
Rebirth is a theme across many spiritual philosophies. The belief that we can rise above our ego, mind, and death is powerful because it means we’re not just our thoughts, feelings, and physical bodies. We’re part of something greater that isn’t bound by time, space, or form. Easter is intimately linked with the body’s resurrection, which is a metaphor for “waking up” to higher consciousness. Each time you let go of old thoughts, beliefs, or behaviors that have kept you trapped in fear, pain, or anger, you’re reborn.
How are you feeling right now? Are you at peace with the moment or are you resisting and reacting to life? Your outer life is a reflection of your inner life. All the external elements of your life have a deep anchor in your spirit. If you want to change the external elements of yourself and your experiences, you must begin within. There is no other way. What people refer to as “enlightenment” or “nirvana” is a state of consciousness that’s free of the suffering created by the mind. There are many practices that suggest paths leading to this freedom. Yoga, meditation, and spiritual teachings can be very helpful in guiding yourself to your inner wisdom, but ultimately, it’s a personal journey and there’s no one way to do it.
“You’ve seen my descent, now watch my rising.” – Rumi
Sometimes, it seems like there’s so much to learn and so much work to do to get to that “better” place where your troubles will finally disappear. But that point of view is just another mental obstacle that prevents you from accepting life as it’s happening, with peace and presence. The essence of spirituality is remembering your true nature. It requires letting go of attachments, control, and even who you think you’ve known yourself to be. All rebirths come through some sort of death. To rise from all that has died, be honest about your current way of living. Change at a deep level requires getting real with what you’re doing right now.
So, what’s been going on with you today?
Reflect on these questions to identify old patterns you can shift to rise anew:
1) What thoughts were repeating in your head, even while doing something else?
2) Think about the people you interacted with. How did your personal feelings affect your words and the way you said them? And did you listen?
3) How many times did you resist what was happening (inside you or out), even if only in your head?
4) How did you feel overall? Were you anxious, irritated, frustrated, or impatient? Or at ease and pretty happy with things?
5) Did you spend more effort trying to get things done or really being present with what you were doing?
6) Was the past, present, or future on your mind the most?
7) How often was time, or the lack of it, motivating your choices?
Make this Easter a tribute to your ever-changing nature along with the part of you that never changes: Your eternal spirit. Easter reminds us to rise – to move beyond the pain, limitations, and challenges of our physical form. In what areas of your life do you need to rise and expand? Claim that shift. Name it, activate it, and become it. One of my favorite Rumi quotes sums it up best:
“You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.”
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