Updated: Apr 16
When it comes to transformation, no other time like being in a lockdown will transform us faster. How? Let me show you...
There is no one else in history that I know of that has had a bestselling book, which was written approximately 2700 years ago. It is one of the only books where millions of readers have claimed that is had radically transformed their lives.
So why is the bible so popular and how do we in our everyday lives transform?
I personally believe it is one of the most inspirational books (along with the The Bhagavad Gita, The Koran, The Dhammapada and The Torah) on the planet but that inspiration or illumination can only be achieved when understanding these books spiritually or metaphysically – not looking at them literally. When this happens radical transformation happens from the within which automatically changes the without.
Parking Moses and the sacred Jewish scriptures or as many of us today know it as The Old Testament to the side for a moment, as today is Easter Sunday, let’s look at The New Testament (or Hebrew Scriptures) and the resurrection in particular.
I will try to keep this as short as possible (so forgive me if I am brief), but let’s just start with the basics of who wrote the new testament.
At a high level, is said that Paul the Apostle wrote the New Testament and The Pauline letters to churches are the thirteen New Testament books that present Paul the Apostle as their author. The bible is made up of four gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. All four Gospels contain the story of Jesus’ resurrection.
When the resurrection story (or any Bible story) is read, it can be looked at in various ways. Literally (what the majority of religions do), Intellectually (what most scholars do), Spiritually and Metaphysically (the majority of new age spiritual thought leaders and a minority of some religions + what I do). To explain this slightly further.
Spirituality is a term that is often used when describing those human experiences that are non-physical. Spiritual Metaphysics then is the view that reality is at its core, spiritual, not physical. Spiritual Metaphysicians believe that the separation of mind, body, and spirit is an illusion – we are all one.
Before we get any further, lets look at what the word “resurrection” means. It comes from the 13th Century Latin word: resurgere which means "rise again, appear again”.
As I look at everything in Jesus resurrection both spiritually and metaphysically, I personally believed Jesus was at a consciousness way above the average person and entered a new dimensional experience and transcended time and space limitations however, let’s look at what the resurrection means to those who were masters in metaphysical interpretations.
In Charles Fillmore’s metaphysical bible dictionary, he says this about Resurrection:
“Resurrection-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 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 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" (Rom. 8:11).
So, you maybe, asking about now, what does this mean to me in my life and how do I radically transform?
The irony of Easter Sunday being at this time of Covid-19 with most of us in lockdown, is that we are being given an enormous opportunity to radically transform ourselves as it is giving us a resurrection of our own experiences in so many ways.
We can have these resurrection experiences at any time and in any moment when either our outer worlds give us opportunities for us to see and rise into something new or we see differently in how we can “appear again” in a new way. This is prime time for us to experience our inner spiritual worlds in new ways, or attain new heights in our spiritual and physical understanding.
Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poem reminds me of this time:
“I held it with truth, with him who sings. To one clear harp in divers tones. That men may rise on stepping stones, of their dead selves to higher things”.
There is no better time than now – today in fact, to rise again and appear (new) again during our times of retreating inwards and rise into greater things so that we to leave behind a legacy that is still revered 2700 years later.
So, if you want to radically transform, revere this time both on Easter Sunday where it is very symbolic and also simultaneously at a time when we are forced to go within - seek your inner solace to find the new. We are being given this amazing opportunity to be guided into new lands, new paths and come out feeling resurrected. Ready to see the world and play BIG in your lives or situations – anew.
Until next time.
Blessings as always.
Rachel - www.rachelwotten.com (Helping people find their direction, purpose and most importantly PLAY BIG in the game of life).