On Easters and Keisters

Fish in the Sea“Man is the messenger who forgot the message.”  Abraham Joshua Heschel

When I was a teenager, our little country church was offering weekly confirmation classes.  My friend asked me to take classes with her, so I agreed.  It sounded like fun!

As a start, I needed to be baptized. At the next Sunday service, our local minister was happy to oblige.  Once baptized, I began taking confirmation classes.

As a grand finale, the actual confirmation, a formal initiation into Christianity, was to be held at a large cathedral in the big city.  When I heard this, I thought, “I’ve never been to a cathedral. This will be exciting!”  At the time, I was enamored with ancient architecture, stone work, and stained glass windows.

On the big day, the big cathedral was indeed exciting!  You can read all about it.  It’s the scariest story in my book, “Diamond Lantern.”  Until that time, I never truly believed in ghosts, spirits, or anything paranormal.  Throughout my life, I saw supernatural things but assumed they were hallucinations, perhaps because of poor digestion, plus, over the years, I eventually believed my family who repeatedly told me, “It’s just your imagination!”

Not surprisingly, after that scary encounter, I fell away from the Church.  It wasn’t a conscious decision.  I’m guessing that my subconscious mind equated scary ghosts with Christianity.  If anyone asked about my religious beliefs, I argued that it was silly to have anyone between you and God.  Why not go directly to the top?

Two decades later, I discovered Buddhism.  If you’re looking for a way to alleviate suffering, I highly recommend this practice.  All higher paths point in the same direction and Buddhism is a higher path, and philosophy, with many interesting and proven techniques that work wonders.

“Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?”  Matthew 8.26

Speaking of wonders, and the reason for this post, in 2012, on Palm Sunday, I received the shock of my life when Jesus appeared.  When I realized who was in front of me, apologetic is an understatement that barely describes my tearful request for forgiveness.

Having come from a family of scientists, I’d always been a huge skeptic and demanded evidence of anything that sounded far-fetched.   If someone described a metaphysical experience, I had a difficult time believing them.  I always enjoyed hearing stories of the paranormal, and pondered everything I heard, but seeing was believing.

Here’s the thing.  We’re supposed to have faith without seeing.  I’d lost my faith, but how quickly Jesus restored it!

One year later, on Easter Sunday 2013, Jesus appeared again, but this time he brought an angel.  It’s a long story that will be in my next book.  It turns out that Jesus has a great sense of humour.  After that experience, I noticed that we’re often surrounded by angels.  I’d just never been aware of them.  In fact,  I didn’t believe in angels, until I met one.  Oh me of little faith!

On YouTube, the author of Conversations with God, Neale Donald Walsh, commented that he began receiving divine messages around Easter.  This is likely significant.  Since we’re all in this together, may I suggest you keep your eyes, ears, and mind open this Easter.

Here’s a message that I received while meditating on January 9, 2013:  “Work through me, for me, because of me.”

In Boston, on August 5, 2013, I facilitated a hands-on healing session with a woman from Calgary.  During the session, she fell deep into trance and recalled a previous lifetime.  After the session, she said, “Oh yes! I have a message for you.  ‘In me, through me, because of me.‘  Your guide said that you’ll know what it means.”

So what does it mean?  A Google search using those words and came up with the following, but you decide for yourself:

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14.6

Will Easter be Your Wake-up Kick in the Keister?
Let us know.  Enjoy a Happy Easter!

Elizabeth Rose