Monday, April 5, 2010

Thoughts on Easter

We went to my mother-in-law's yesterday to celebrate Easter with her. We don't do Easter here as a general rule but we're not opposed to helping others celebrate their holidays. After all, isn't that part of what holidays are about? Connecting with loved ones and acceptance and repect of those people? I tend to flow more towards rituals and celebrations that have a more base focus than the Christian theology aspects. Things that focus on energies and seasons. Connecting to the land and to each other. A circular hoop of belief that encircles us all. While my view might not be wide spread, it's what I've come to believe is true in my heart through out my own religious trek down the spiritual road.

I like to envision that spiritual road paved with a myriad of cobble stones. Each special, unique. Each stone a different color, shape, texture, contour that changes our perception of our beliefs as we feel it underfoot. All the stones are facets of religion. A thought here, a scripture there. The connectivity between all beliefs. A spriritual causeway unique to each person, created by them as they develop their sense of self.

It has been difficult to get this far and I know that I'm not anywhere near the end. Alas, I think I shall never be until that day comes when my soul is given back to the universe. And that's okay.

Easter is a time of birth or rebirth, if you will. The plants that went to seed last year, that were frozen over during the long winter months, are reemerging as new life. Spring is a notorious time for baby animal births (and human ones too). The cold winter winds pick up the tinge of hot summers to come. The Wheel of the World turns again. I can feel it sing to me.

I hope to teach my children about the song of life and I am excited to see where their paths lead them.

I know that religion and politics are two hard topics to swallow so I won't get into a whole lot on here. Just some general thoughts about certain things. But if you read my blog, I think understanding a little bit about my religious beliefs is important. It highlights some of the things I do. It's part of the reason I wish to be a farmer. It's why we have a lot of kids. I think its important for others to gain an understanding of things they might not agree with, or believe in. I read a lot of blogs from Christians. I also read blogs of Pagans, Wiccans, and a Buddist. And a few others I don't really know their spiritual designation.

Sometimes I worry, like with today's post, that I will loose some readers because I'm not the same religious affiliation as they are. And I talk about it. That perhaps, they don't want to read about my ideas or thoughts if they're incongruious to their own. I've read some comments on other bloggers posts just for the meat/no meat issue that has divided bloggers from their readers. I hope I don't push anyone away. I don't think religion should be seperate. I don't understand why so many can't accept others for our differences and love and grow with those people. Rejoicing in the diversity of life and the magic of the world. I enjoy listening and learning about the religious beliefs that make others tick. It's most of the reason I attend a Unitarian Universalist church.

So, I ask you readers, since I share so much with you but might not ever know who you are, What is special for you about the season?


Anonymous said...

I am a Christian and I do believe the only way to eternal life is through Jesus Christ. I also believe that your religious views are wrong. That said, I still VERY much enjoy reading your blog and hearing about your views and beliefs. Just because I disagree with someone doesn't mean they're invalid as a human being! I believe you can be firm in your beliefs and still love people.

I love some of the religious music associated with Easter. The classic stuff, glorious, beautiful music! "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" Handel's Messiah. "Up from the Grave He Arose" etc. And I love watching little kids hunt for Easter eggs and the look of bliss on their faces when they discover the sugary contents.

Jessica said...

You certainly haven't lost me. I have faith in a higher power, but don't follow any particular organized religion's views. I was raised to find my own path, for which I am very grateful to my parents. My husband and I do not celebrate Easter at all, especially since we don't have any children. But I do love seeing all of the little kids dressed up in their "church best" and families getting together, if only for this one day all year.

Kaylala said...

Oh lawdy. I'm definitely not going anywhere...Your religious affiliation fascinates me and I've read things here and there about Unitarians...just out of curiosity. :) I was having a conversation with my boyfriend the other night about WHY we celebrate the holidays that we do...and we came to the conclusion we're just doing it to "fit in" with the rest of society...Maybe....we're being lazy? lol...I don't want my son to be in school, and be the only kid not celebrating Christmas...but for me...Easter is about SPRING! Growth, birth, and fertility! I love it...I celebrate it in more of a Pagan way... Yes I do color eggs...and I'm probably more into that than my son is...but to me it's all about the cycle of life, yada yada... and I realllllly like boiled eggs...and devilled eggs...yum.

Kaylala said...

Oh by the waaaay...that bit you mentioned about your soul returning to the universe...I LOVE that...I've never thought about it that way before.