We send Easter blessings to our dear friends around the world. May the good Lord keep you, your family and friends safe in the weeks and months to come.
From the Journey with Omraam Team, John, Valerie and Alvaro
‘The image of the open tomb from which the risen Christ emerges, is a universal symbol; its message is not restricted to Jesus or to Christians. A seed, any tiny seed, is also a tomb in which life lies buried until the Angel of Spring comes knocking to open it. How could the baby chick break out of the egg if the mother hen did not peck at it and crack open the tomb? And, incidentally, why do you suppose that we offer each other eggs at Easter? Precisely because an egg symbolizes the birth of life.
Let me illustrate this with yet another image: that of a butterfly. What is a butterfly? It is a creature that has already risen from the dead. It began life as a caterpillar bereft of all grace or beauty; then, one day, it wrapped itself in a cocoon and went to sleep and, after a little while, emerged as a butterfly. What went on while the chrysalis was sleeping?
How did this metamorphosis take place? The caterpillar was transformed simply because it had already set certain processes in motion which ended in its metamorphosis into a butterfly. Well, the same phenomena can be reproduced in a disciple: at the moment they are a caterpillar, that is to say, a rather unbeautiful little creature, only fit to crawl along on its belly and devour the leaves of trees. It is a pest, and so it is persecuted, poor little wretch, until it changes into a butterfly.
Nature has left messages and clues everywhere to teach us how to bring about our own resurrection. What do you think you are doing when you meditate? You are like the chrysalis wrapped up in its cocoon, preparing for its own metamorphosis.
If you have not already become a butterfly it is only because you have not worked for long enough yet: you have gone back to your own affairs and continued to live with the mentality of a caterpillar, crawling along the ground and eating leaves.
The next day you shut yourself up in your cocoon again and spin a few spiritual threads and then, once again, back you go to your ordinary way of life, and the spiritual work has to wait. The following day, you begin again, and so on, until the day comes when you emerge from your cocoon a fully-grown butterfly!
When that day comes you will not need to destroy leaves any more: you will feed on the nectar of flowers, that is to say, you will be nourished by all the most subtle elements in the hearts and souls of the men and women you encounter and you will never again devour or damage them in any way. For every single being possesses a delicious secret nectar in their innermost self, and once you are capable of tasting this nectar and finding nourishment in it you will fly away into realms of happiness and light.’
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Izvor Book 209, Christmas and Easter in the Initiatic Tradition
Chapter 5. The resurrection and the last judgement