With Easter on Sunday, I decided to devote this message to some special thoughts and quotes about the holiday and how it is expressed from a New Thought perspective
To start with, Wikipedia defines Easter as the following:
“Easter, also called Pascha or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
“Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades. There are also various traditional Easter foods that vary regionally.”
If you remember my message about Lent (February 2 Newsletter), I quoted a section form Keeping a True Lent, published by Unity Headquarters at Unity Village. Lent, which is the preparation time before Easter is a season of releasing old and negatives ways, and like the plants and trees, a time for transformation. In our case, we would describe it as a spiritual rebirth or transformation.
With that in mind, here are a few thought on Easter, transformation and rebirth.
“Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life.”
~Janine di Giovanni
(Janine di Giovanni is an author, foreign correspondent, and current Middle East editor at Newsweek.)
Janine’s quote reflects on what most people think of Easter (after the Biblical definition). Typically, Easter is celebrated near to the official first day of Spring — thus corresponds with the awakening, after the dormant period, for plants, flowers and trees.
“The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking.”
~ Deepak Chopra
(Deepak Chopra is an American author, public speaker, alternative medicine advocate, and a prominent figure in the New Age movement.)
Deepak describes the Easter story as the death of the old paradigm — thus a time of rebirth of a new way of thinking. Time to discard the old ways and to embrace the newness of the moment.
“A rebirth out of spiritual adversity causes us to become new creatures.”
~ James E. Faust
(James Esdras Faust was an American religious leader, lawyer, and politician.)
James echoes a similar perspective as Deepak — sighting rebirth from the old to the new. He seems to express death as an adversity which leads us to envision an inner conflict going on inside us before we are ‘reborn’.
On that note, I wish everyone a wonderful and happy Easter weekend!