How To Celebrate Easter Through Meditation
Many spiritualists intuitively feel that God has no religion. Thus, at Easter, they forgo the theological rituals of Christianity and instead celebrate the mystical event by meditating upon the profound and powerful teachings of Rabbi Yeshua ben Yosef, also known as Jesus the Christ.
Such meditations often reveal that the spiritual experiences of the teachings of Jesus are just as fresh and relevant today as they were in ancient times, unlike the time-warped doctrinal interpretations and explanations of Jesus offered up by ecumenical religions.
What did Jesus teach? New Thought mystic Emmet Fox summed it up succinctly in his book The Sermon On The Mount.
Fox wrote: "Jesus explains to us what the nature of God is, and what our nature is; tells us the meaning of life and of death; shows us why we make mistakes; why we yield to temptation; why we become sick, and impoverished, and old; and, most important of all, he tells us how all these evils may be overcome, and how we may bring health, happiness and prosperity into our lives, and into the lives of others, if they really wish for them, too."
Fox warned about relying upon the dated doctrines, creeds and dogmas of today’s religions as explanations of the Christ experience. He writes: "Jesus taught no theology whatever. His teaching is entirely spiritual or metaphysical. It will startle many good people to learn that all the doctrines and theologies of the churches are human inventions built up by their authors out of their own mentalities, and foisted upon the Bible from the outside; but such is the case. There is absolutely no system of theology or doctrine to be found in the Bible; it simply is not there."
Liberated from the bonds of theology, spiritualists are free to meditate upon and experience the metaphysical meaning of the Christ. And, at Easter, they can also meditate upon the metaphysical meanings of the crucifixion and resurrection.
The meaning of the Christ is defined metaphysically as the spiritual nucleus within each person. All our thoughts must harmonize with this spiritual center before we can bring into expression the divine consciousness, as exemplified by Jesus. Each of us has within ourselves the Christ, just as Jesus had. In New Thought metaphysics, the Christ is called "The realization of the presence and power of God."
Similarly, crucifixion could be meditated upon and realized as the crossing out in consciousness of the ego, or the surrender of the personality in order that the Christ consciousness may be expressed in all its fullness.
The importance of ego crucifixion is expressed in this famous statement from mystic Dr. Wayne Dyer: "In each moment of your life, you can either be a host to God, or a hostage to your ego. The choice is yours." Without crucifixion, ego becomes an acronym for "edge God out."
The crucifixion of the ego is necessary for spiritual growth or resurrection.
Resurrection can be metaphysically defined as a change in consciousness that takes place in us every time we die to our persona and rise like Jesus did to the realization of the indwelling spiritual presence. A fresh burst of life comes to all who realize this presence, which carries with it the divine promise of endless renewal and immortality.
Jesus healed, performed miracles and conquered death by becoming a channel for this presence, and promised the same for all those who accept and practice his teachings, which come to life when meditated upon at Easter.
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