Easter and Rebirth

Easter is only a few days away, and while for many, the main association of this Christian holiday is with marshmallow eggs and sales at Macy’s, the promise of rebirth and redemption fortunately exists outside the flotsam and jetsam of our secular society. This promise, I believe, is available to all—regardless of their official religious (or not) affiliation—and, further, the more immediate opportunity of personal rebirth and redemption is real for each of us as we go about negotiating our daily lives.

Think about how many rebirths you have already had: you’ve gone from a newborn to a child to a teenager to a young adult to a matured person. Note that I have not said that you are fully realized because none of us is. And, as Re-booters, we are driven by the impetus to discover more about ourselves, to refine who we are, to question our assumptions, and to seek out a higher way of living. Would you agree with me that this process constitutes a regeneration of self?

If one examines biblical teachings in an archetypal manner, whole worlds of possibility open for us. For instance, “Give us this day our daily bread” is not referring to literal food, it’s referring to spiritual nourishment. “Deliver us from evil,” suggests a supplication to help us avoid the quotidian perils of jealousy, bitterness, impatience, resentment. If you look beyond the immediate, literal definitions of the words used in this prayer, new doors of possibility open.  You don’t need to be a practicing Christian to benefit from this approach. Take this premise and apply it to your life! What familiar beliefs that you hold might be reexamined in a new light?

While I very much believe in life after death, it isn’t necessary to do so in order to dedicate yourself to a personal rebirth over the course of your years. Look, the only people who are going to read this blog are ones who are curious and open to the possibility of enhancing their existence beyond the place it currently is. I think that there are powerful examples—religious and secular—that can be utilized to inspire new strategies for how we might go about this. And, because we are each so very different in our approaches, our temperaments, our strengths and our weaknesses, there is no one size fits all.

If I were to set out as one of the most important lessons that I have learned as an adult it is that at the end of the day, I am in charge of myself and my experience—my ability to influence others or vice versa is severely limited. Such knowledge places the responsibility for my life squarely on my shoulders, but it also gives me tremendous freedom. I can make of it what I will. Rebirth is available to all who wish to seek it out—the others will remain in their caves, secure in the knowledge that the boulder of their fear or ignorance will limit them to the boundaries of their current familiarity.

So, on this Easter Sunday, take a moment or two to reflect in private what your personal rebirth may look like. It’s yours for the taking.

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