Blessings to you in this Holy time!
It is late in the day on Good Friday as I write this post, a Christian Holy Day, commemorating the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the beginning of the process of Resurrection. It is also April 22, Earth Day, a day set aside to bring consciousness to our relationship with the Earth. This entry will touch lightly on both subjects.
If we are Christian, or inter-faith in our beliefs, as I am, (or simply wanting to open and expand in our souls) one of the ways that we can honor the extraordinary sacrifice that the Lord Jesus Christ offered on behalf of the world is to look at the symbolism of the Crucifixion and Resurrection, and adopt what it has to offer us to further the development of our own souls.
One symbolic interpretation that I often work with for myself is that of surrendering the old “structures” – out of love and truth – so that I may be reborn into greater radiance. I work consciously with the idea of “Resurrection” in order to evolve and expand more rapidly. In more practical terms, I commit to myself that I am open to becoming more fully who I am; and thus, willing to allow the old, more limited, part of me to die and be made new. I open to being “new,” to being different than I was, to changing, and I let the “old” fall away.
The markedly increased flow of Love and Light that is made available for us by the Divine Presence during Spring and Easter time (as we’ve been discussing these past 4 posts) is especially strong from Good Friday through Easter. If there are things that you wish to change, amplify, manifest or transform in your life right now, I encourage you to embrace this increased flow, and work with the power of “Resurrection” in the ways I mentioned. (You can also review the past 4 posts for more ideas about how to do so.) It starts with tuning in, looking at where we might want to improve, surrendering it for the higher good and embracing the growth. Be bold, be courageous, be enthusiastic, be welcoming. You will be so glad you made this choice! It is well worth any challenge that arises. May your Easter be Blessed and Beautiful!!
The second portion of this post is offered in honor of Earth Day, and of our Beloved Mother Earth. The Essene culture of ancient times recognized that all aspects of wellbeing were based upon being in conscious and active harmony with the forces, or powers, of both the Heavenly Father and the Earthly Mother, equally.
The Essene Brethren would begin their days, by laying prostrate upon the Earth and kissing her 7 times to honor the 7 Earthly Angels or Powers that she offers us – the Angel of Earth, the Angel of Life, the Angel of Joy, The Angel of the Sun, The Angel of Water, The Angel of Air and the Angel of the Earthly Mother herself. Each Angel would be honored, opened to and communed on a corresponding day of the week.
The Essenes believe that the Love of the Earthly Mother continually flows to us for our nurture, sustenance, protection and support. The would walk upon the Earth with consciousness and heart, and welcome in the “sap” of the Beloved Earthly Mother’s Love and Wisdom through the bottoms of their feet. To me, these teachings seem similar to the Native American teaching that says to “Walk in beauty with all things.”
From my own experience, I know that when we direct our attentions, and heighten our sensitivity to it, we can draw in the Love of our Beloved Earthy Mother through any part of our body. Lay upon the sand, or in a meadow, or even the bottom floor of your home, and welcome her love into you. Feel her strengthening and fortifying your being, and send your love back to her.
Following is an excerpt from the Essene Gospel of Peace, Book Three that helps us to deepen in our understanding and communion with our Beloved Earthly Mother. I hope it is of blessing to you.
The Earthly Mother
“Honor thy Earthly Mother, that thy days may be long upon the land.”
“The Earthly Mother is in thee, and thou in her. She bore the, she gaveth thee life. It was she who gaveth thee thy body, and to her shalt thou one day give it back again. Happy aret thou when you comest to know her, and her kingdom.
If thou receivest thy Mother’s Angels, and if thou doest her laws, who doeth these things shall never see disease. For the power of the Mother is above all. She hath rule over all the bodies of men and all living things.
The blood which runs in us is born of the blood of our Earthly Mother. Her blood falls from the clouds, leaps up from the womb of the earth, babbles in the brooks of the mountains, flows wide in the rivers of the plains, sleeps in the lakes, rages mightely in the tempestuous seas.
The air which we breathe is born of the breath of our Earthly Mother. Her breath is azure in the heights of the heavens, soughs in the tops of the mountains, whispers in the leaves of the forest, billows over the cornfields, slumbers in the deep valleys, burns hot in the desert.
The hardness of our bones is born of the bones of our Earthly. Of the rocks and of the stones. They stand naked to the heavens on the tops of the mountains. They are as giants who lay sleeping on the sides of the mountains, as idols set in the desert, and are hidden in the darkness of the earth.
The tenderness of our flesh is born of the flesh of our Earthly Mother whose flesh waxes yellow and red in the fruits of the trees, and nurtures us in the furrows of the fields.
The light of our eyes, the hearing of our ears, both are born of the colors and sounds of our Earthly Mother which enclose us about, as the waves of the sea, a fish, as the eddying air, a bird.
Man is the Son of the Earthly Mother, and from her did the Son of Man receive his whole body, even as the body of the newborn babe is born of the womb of his mother.
Thou art one with the Earthly Mother. She is in thee, and thou in her. Of her weret thou born, in her dost though live, and to her shalt thou return again.
Keep, therefore, her laws, for none can live long, nor be happy but who honors his Earthly Mother. And doeth her laws, for thy breath is her breath, thy blood her blood, thy bone her bone, thy flesh her flesh, thy eyes and thy ears are her eyes and her ears.
Our Earthly Mother! Always are we embraced by her, always are we surrounded by her beauty. Never can we part from her, never can we know her depths. Ever doth she create new forms:
That which now existeth never was before. That which did exist returneth not again. In her kingdom, all is ever new and always old. In her midst do we live, yet we know her not. Continually doth she speak to us. Yet never doth betray to us her secrets. Ever do we till her soil and harvest her crops. Yet we have no power over her. Ever doth she build, ever doth she destroy, and her workplace is hidden from the eyes of men.”