Five Elements of Holy Week

I hope everyone had a good holiday – Easter, Passover, or the onset of Spring.  Maybe the whole Easter week seems not in alignment with your belief in a loving and caring God.  How can we reconcile this story with the God of our understanding?

Years ago I found an explanation of the events of “Holy Week” that made sense to me and which I could apply to my own life. 

Metaphysically, the Easter story contains five elements that can also be found in my life and possibly yours. The five elements are 1: the arrest, 2: the trial, 3: the execution, 4: the resurrection, and 5: the ascension. So how do these elements appear in our lives?

The Arrest – When we set a goal for some greater good in our lives, it is usually a matter of time before we are, like Jesus,  arrested by negative thoughts and appearances. By being arrested we are imprisoned by our own “stinking thinking”.

The Trial – When we are put on trial we are challenged to hold fast, as Jesus held fast, to our vision of greater good unfolding. That takes not just faith but trust in a Loving God that wants only our highest and best for us.

The Execution – We must totally let go, in other words, die to the old fears and attitudes that have kept us from moving into our freer life. 

The Resurrection – From this death, this letting go, the new is born and resurrection, a new life,  cannot help but result from it. 

The Ascension – As your new life unfolds, you ascend into a higher state of consciousness that is reflected in your body, mind, and circumstances.

This resurrection principle applies to the simple, daily needs of our lives and it applies to your life as a whole.  It is a spiritual journey of our ever-unfolding consciousness.

Once we understand this process, we realize that even though everything ends including our lives, nothing is gone forever.  As a result, we no longer fear endings, for we understand that the Christ that rose from the dead can also arise within us all.

Quote of the Week

“There is no coming to consciousness without pain.”
Carl Jung