Rainer Maria Rilke
Happy Springtime. We think of springtime as bringing renewal. As I write this, it is springtime in New England, where I live. The sun is warming the earth and, in response, green shoots are popping out of the soil, woodchucks are emerging from their hibernation and foraging for sustenance, new, colorful birds are arriving in the midst of their travels. There is a song in the air and an expression of lightness in the faces of people enjoying the fresh air..
We think of springtime as bringing renewal, and it does. One of the Christian holidays that marks this time of year is Easter, the celebration of true re-birth, hope, and love. A triumph of eternal love. All of these qualities are worthy of celebration, not just in the spring, but in all seasons of our lives.
Perhaps Easter is not a holiday you celebrate. Even so, I believe that Easter is an important day for all of humanity. Why would I say this? The “story” of Easter and resurrection is immensely valuable to contemplate when thinking of the meaning and duration of life and love. I am enthralled with the story of the passion and the unconditional love that is predominant in the Easter story. Of course, I was raised in a Christian family and Easter, with all its pageantry, was a special day in my life. I liked searching for Easter eggs, eating jelly beans, enjoying a springtime dinner with family, and dressing up in new clothes that reflected the sunny days and flowers blooming. Our family album is full of pictures of my mother, father, and brother, all decked out in new Easter finery, with my brother and me clutching Easter baskets full of treats.
For many years, I discounted the story of Easter. Those were the years when I took a sabbatical from organized religion. In fact, I pretty much discounted all the stories of miracles and faith, Christian or otherwise. That was then. Now, again, I call myself a Christian but right along with this statement, I could equally call myself a Yogi , and a believer in the mystical branches of all religions.
I relish the chance to say Happy Easter. The significance of the story of Jesus and resurrection, of eternal life and love, and of what this says about death (or no death, to be exact) resonates with the truths of the most ancient spiritual writings.
I have written quite a lot about eternal love. I hope you will take a minute to go back to Lesson Six that focused on this subject. It will give you a better idea of how I came to so firmly believe in the continuation of life after we depart the body and why I have not the vaguest doubt that love is eternally the most important subject of all time.
So now, at this time of renewal and rebirth, we remember the truth that our souls are free from death. We only depart from our bodies, yet WE continue to be the Divine Spirit and embodiment of Love.
ETERNAL LIFE AND LOVE
This is the Practice for this week’s lesson:
Take a bit of time each day to contemplate the idea of eternal life and love.
- Carve out a few minutes to sit in silence. Calm your body and your breath. Long slow breathing.
- Now contemplate these words from A Course in Miracles:
You dwell not here but in eternity.
You travel but in dreams while safe at home.
Think on these words. What does it mean for you, for those who have already “died” and for those you love who will surely leave their bodies?
- What if you are already dwelling in eternity, but have failed to recognize this?
- What if you are safe at home all the time?
- What if you are, right now, the perfect embodiment of love, but you have confused this truth with messages from the world of dreams.
I do not pretend that this is easy material to consider, especially if you are seeing it for the first time. It is, nonetheless, the basis of most spiritual paths, dating from the earliest writings that still exist.
This is where we are heading. And, whether you embrace these beliefs or not, it does not alter the Truth.
You are Love.
You are Eternal.
Life is Eternal.
Love is Eternal.
These words are not just meant for Jesus or Buddha or saints or gurus. These words are about YOU!
With love and namaste, Deanne
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