I grew up extreme Catholic. My brothers and I went to mass Monday through Friday at 7am and of course, every Sunday!
Alot of good things came from having to maintain this practice but at the time I had no clue what we were supposed to be doing at church.
This is because they didn’t really teach this in church. Back then, most everything was about being obedient and following the rules. (Which is a great way to create rule-breakers.)
Once I broke away from that I was able to see things differently. You see, I did not understand the spiritual meaning behind most of what I was taught. I just didn’t and that’s because of two things.
The first is that religion is not explained based on a spiritual level. And in some strange way I guess I knew that at a very young age. The focus seemed to be largely on sins and asking for forgiveness. As a young child, this made no sense.
Secondly, I lacked a well-rounded spiritual mentor and someone who could talk to me about all the questions I had.
Oh, I had plenty of teachers including priests, nuns and religious leaders. But they were not versed in spiritual concepts.
So I decided to explain, very simply, the metaphysical meaning of Easter and how you can use it as a daily spiritual practice or self empowerment tool. You see, beyond religious dogma is a deeper meaning.
Rebirth is the theme behind MANY religions that celebrate the resurrection mythology.
Symbolically Easter is the process of dying of the old self and being reborn.
Easter gives us an opportunity to re-examine our current state of being and then to decide how we would like to evolve and begin living in a new way.
As a child I guess I truly knew we could be reborn everyday. Church leaders focused on this concept of rebirth mainly during Easter. And this, along with chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs, really did confuse me.
For you, my readers I’d like to give you a simple practice you can do daily or weekly to help you benefit from the resurrection mythology (aka Easter.)
It’s called “Let Go & Open Up.”
How to Let Go & Open Up
First, let go of something everyday. This could be a story, a mindset, or a habit that does not serve your highest and best good. You can write it down, put it in a box and even bury it!
Second, notice how you feel having let go of what no longer serves you and allow yourself to open to a new state of consciousness and state of being.
You see, THIS is the true rebirth.
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”
I invite you to do the same.