I am not an avid celebrator of Easter, though I love all things chocolate and any excuse to devour hard boiled eggs. Most of my recent Easters have been spent with my nearest and dearest of friends and have always held a special place in my heart for the love and the growth that I seem to experience at this time. It’s the time of year all the irises bloom, so beautifully tall. And since I love words and I break them down as I see them, I noticed that Irises is ‘I rises’. I bring this up because yesterday was Easter and the words “He is risen” is all over and I just don’t get it. Either He has risen or He is rising, right? I get it, however, the grammatical confusion was high for me. Also, the fact that the date Easter falls on isn’t constant added to the rising confusion. And if I am honest, the idea of Jesus coming back to life as the ‘Risen’ part always seemed like an odd thing to apply to real now life in any way that made sense.
This Easter was different for me. I still got to spend it with my nearest and dearest but the words around this holiday made more sense to me. The Risen/Rising conundrum became applicable for me. I see it as increasing your well Being, to increase your vibration, your happiness, to lift your Spirit if you will. It’s as if the Spring is supportive of all the physical growth in nature and us and Easter is a reminder to make sure that as our physical Being grows, our Spirit, or well Being, keeps up. Elevating your well Being can be a yearly, seasonal, monthly, daily, or moment to moment occurrence, making the roving Sunday celebrating Easter more sensical to me. Now the part about Jesus coming back to life, whether it is truth or not, makes no difference. The part that makes a difference from my perspective is that I have the ability to start anew, to leave behind what is no longer serving me. I know I am not Jesus, but from what I gather, Jesus embodied love and acceptance. So if the concept is that Love and Acceptance is and can rise at any given time, it is my personal choosing to allow it to rise in myself.
This Easter, the notion of moving forward out of the past, appreciating the value it had in shaping who I am today, and taking the day to feel the peace in that seems like the point of the holiday. I will choose to keep allowing love and acceptance flow and rise all around me and within me and I am happy that I get a chocolate covered holiday as the gentle reminder that this is why I am here.