Most of us know the biblical story of Easter: The trial, suffering, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
But did you know that many of the tradition of Easter, including egg hunts and bunny candy, is based on pagan practices?
Easter was originally based on the pagan celebration of spring. It has also been linked to the spring celebrations around the goddess, Ēostre or Ostara (and Ishtar). Once Roman Emperor Constantine recognized the Christian faith in 325 AD, some of the pagan traditions of Easter (bunnies and eggs) began to merge with the Biblical tradition of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
But how about the New Thought perspective on Easter?
According to the Metaphysical Dictionary, ‘The Revealing Word‘, Easter is …
“The awakening and raising to spiritual consciousness of the I AM in man, which has been died in trespasses and sins and buried in the tomb of materiality.”
Of course, Easter Day religious celebrations are centered around the biblical recount of the Resurrection of Jesus. But how does that fit into the New Thought teaching?
Once again, from the Metaphysical Dictionary, ‘The Revealing Word’, the meaning of Resurrection:
“The restoring of mind and body to their original, undying state. This is accomplished by the realization that God is Spirit and that God created man with power like that which He Himself possesses. When man realizes this, his mind and body automatically become immortal. “If the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwelleth in you, he that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead shall give life also to your mortal bodies through his Spirit that dwelleth in you” (Rom. 8:11). The word resurrection also suggests that there has been a falling short of the divine standard; therefore, the necessity of being restored and revived. “
Although, the meaning of Easter has changed over the years, including the way we celebrate and practice our faith around it, let this be a special time of new birth and transformation within each of us.