I was raised in the Christian tradition. I was taught that Easter is a celebration of the rise of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion – his transcendence of the pain of the material world. The resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of the Christian faith; this is what established him as the Son of God in the eyes of the early church. Regardless of what religious tradition you follow, the celebration of rebirth holds tremendous beauty and power. But let’s do more than just talk about it this year. Are you ready to wake up and shift this Easter? You don’t have to wait for a resurrection – your rebirth is up to you! And it’s not just for your benefit, the whole planet needs healing, and shifting yourself is the best way you can help.
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 a 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 own 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 get your shift going, 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:
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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