Wow, it the Easter Season! At this time of the year, I always have fond memories of being a little girl all dressed up in my beautiful Easter frocks, and looking very cute in my Easter bonnet. I also recall excitedly dying colorful Easter eggs and having all of those wonderful Easter egg hunts. I even remember the parts I played in the Easter pageants and plays. And amazingly, I can still feel the sense of awe and wonder I experienced in learning about the life of Jesus Christ. What joy it was being a little kid, experiencing the wonder and exhilaration created by this season that commemorates the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus the Christ.
As these wonderful memories flood my mind, I start thinking about how my perceptions and understanding of Easter has been so radically changed and transformed. As a child it was all about Easter candy, Easter eggs and Easter bunnies and of course the beloved Easter basket. With all of that, reverence for Jesus Christ was merely, an afterthought. Now as an adult, I have come to know and accept that Easter represents the awakening and the rising in Spiritual Consciousness of the I AM in me. My perspective now encompasses an understanding and appreciation of the crucifixion and resurrection that Jesus, our Wayshower, experienced and exemplified, as the process that we all go through as we focus on bringing forth the Christ Within our own Being.
With the development of this new state of awareness, I recall all the questions that came to my mind, such as “What does it mean to be crucified? And “Will I have the same experience of Jesus the Christ? “And “What about the Resurrection?’ “How will that occur? Of course, as you all know, that when these queries enter my mind, I always turn to Charles Fillmore, our co-founder to get a clearer, more precise understanding of these processes.
In The Revealing Word, Mr. Fillmore states that “the crucifixion is the crossing out of errors that have become fixed states of mind; the surrender or death of the whole personality in order that the Christ Mind may be expressed in all its fullness. The crucifixion of Jesus represents the wiping of personality out of consciousness. We deny the human self so that we can unite with the selfless. We give up the mortal so that we can attain the immortal. We dissolve the thought of the physical body so that we may realize the spiritual body”. When I read this, I remember saying, “What an awesome explanation!” As we use denials and affirmations, and practice meditation and prayer, we are dying daily to our old self (personality, ego) and gradually bringing forth the Truth of who we are,
In terms of the resurrection, Mr. Fillmore states” it is 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 the 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 Christ 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” (Roman 8:11). Jesus was raised from the dead. He overcame death of the body. Through the resurrection, man becomes an inhabitant here and now, of a new heaven and a new earth (Rev 21:1). The power of the resurrection is the Christ. “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Christ, absolute principle, the God-idea man is the true resurrecting power and life in each of us here and now. Jesus resurrected his body through the spiritual I AM dwelling in Him.” Mr. Fillmore further states that, “The resurrection takes place within us every time we rise to Jesus’ realization of the perpetual indwelling life that connects us with the Father. A new flood of life comes to all who open their minds and their bodies to the living word of God.”
So as we celebrate this Easter season commemorating the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus the Christ, let us be mindful of this process and let us know and understand that we too are being crucified, resurrected and thereby bringing forth the Christ of God. We do this each time we choose to let go of all error thoughts and beliefs and choose to acknowledge and call forth the Life of the Christ Within, the True Self of our Being.
Have a Blessed Resurrection of the Christ in You and a Happy Easter Too.
Let Us Daily Affirm: I AM the Resurrection and the Life
Blessing on Your Spiritual Journey,
Juankee J. McKinney