A Religion for Our Time
Religion is a practice. Belief in core Priciples along with rituals of song, prayer and symbolism help to engage an individual in spiritual growth. The world’s major religions are practiced by many people, however there are just as many people for whom these religions do not resonate. This does not mean that non-religious people do not desire a spiritual anchor. Many find great meaning in nature, music, movement, and volunteerism. Given today’s active lifestyles there should be a religious practice that would work for most anyone who wishes to engage meaningfully with Devine inspiration, spiritual healing and God. If there was such a practice, how would it be taught? And, would it be necessary to commune with others in a physical church to make it truly a religion?
Polarizing political climates are a symptom of needed spiritual intervention. The focus of each individual must be diverted from physical needs and wants and placed squarely in the hands of a higher power. In my past writings I have pointed out that our mainstream dialogue is trending toward more order which is why more social justice initiatives and socialist programs are being pushed as necessary for equity in our U.S. Culture. The political emphasis on centralizing government rather than respecting individual liberty has huge implications on the human soul. This is patriarchy or what I call the Male Principle in action. It amazes me that women who call themselves “Feminists” are buying into this patriarchal system. The alternative, having a matriarchal system is no better. The “male” symbolizes confidence, protection and humor. The “female” symbolizes passion, modesty, and creativity. In this instance male/female does not connotate sex or gender, instead their meaning is purely related to human nature as order/chaos. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines human nature as the fundamental dispositions and traits of humans. Taken together the male and female traits are present within all humans to various degrees, and our cultures are manifestations of these traits. Witness now the physical focus on trans men and women, race, gender inequality (AKA intersectionality)…Why the need to physically transform oneself into a “category of traits”? Why not instead accept your natural physical presence and utilize your fundamental human traits to transform your spirit and hence your life with all of humanity? I believe the Bible is a guide for this transformation, however its religious message can be incredibly difficult for the average person to understand. You cannot find yourself by expressing feelings through physicality.
Devine transformation occurs somewhere between the human traits of confidence/passion, protection/modesty, and humor/creativity. The Genesis is hidden from the eye, but felt with the heart. The transformation is fully physical in the form of good works not your identity of sex or race or even your material acquisitions. The goal is love, of yourself and others. And if God is Love, then our good works in our homes and communities make us into the image of our Creator.
Now for the teaching…Imagine the egg as a symbol of this transformation. The yolk feeds the embryo (germinal disc) and is attached to the shell internally by a membranous strip (chalaza). The egg white (albumen) cushions the yolk and supplies water to the growing embryo. There is an air chamber that holds oxygen. Inner and outer membranes form the protective layers between the eggwhite and the shell. We know all this exists inside the shell and yet we are unable to actually view it unless of course we dissect the egg. Consider that your soul is the embryo and your human nature is the yolk. The chalaza anchors your soul and human nature to a membrane that protects your emotional maturity. The egg whites cradle your emerging soul and ensure that the oxygen remains removed from you until you are ready for the physical transformation to do good works in the physical world. But the symbolism does not stop here.
Now consider the Easter Egg. Let’s decorate the shell with symbols of the human capacity for love. The diagram below shows the outer shell of the egg with a blue heart near the top, a red heart toward the middle and a purple heart near the base. Out from either side of the red heart internally are two more hearts, one orange and one green. Attached to the inside and opposite to the red heart is a large yellow heart, and the large yellow heart is connected to the blue and purple hearts almost directly like the chalaza of an egg. Everything happening within the shell is not able to be seen, but if you can imagine the internal dimension then you can quite possibly connect to it’s deeper meaning. This rainbow of hearts manifests Devine inspiration and offers a guide for spiritual healing and growth:
God (yellow), man (blue) and woman (red) are primary colors. Chaos (orange) and order (green) are a blend of God with woman and man respectively. Community is a blend of man and woman (as the color purple). This image is very similar to a previous image I created from a previous blog. Order and Chaos balance with Transformational Suffering from which Good Works and Meaning emminate and ultimately connect to God or Christ…This is Devine transformation and can be achieved by anyone willing to believe in the process.
Both women and men must nurture new life and teach good works, doing this with guidance from their Creator. Women and men carry on the traditions of Devine inspiration for their homes and communities to bring meaning. The Judeo-Christian teachings are the basis of these traditions. No matter what gender or race you are, it is human nature that drives your soul and God’s presence is the mystery working in your soul. You are in charge of doing the good in the world on God’s behalf. Understand that each individual shares the same journey of our human race….This is our church, and at its core it is religious.
Hold an egg in the palm of your hand. Sense the frailty of its mystery. Consume the meaning of its message and put it to work in your life.