If you are a child in France, you wake up this morning knowing that flying bells brought you chocolate. The bells flew to Rome last Friday. That’s why you couldn’t hear them. Today the church bells fill the air. The bells have returned, with eggs and chocolate bunnies for you.
If you are a child in America, you know that’s ridiculous. Bells cannot fly. Only a large rabbit could have laid the plastic eggs on your lawn. The American chocolate inside tastes a bit like wax.
Some cultures believe that rabbits do not bring eggs, and that bells do not fly to Rome to pick up chocolate. We look at bells, and see no source of thrust. We see no wings that could create lift. We think bells don’t fly to pick up chocolate, or for any reason.
Some of us look for congruent patterns in the world around us. We limit our beliefs to prickly, precise patterns congruent with those we have observed. We tell ourselves stories of molecules and mass, even though stories of science can be boring.
Yet even a scientist will tell you that each and every bit of you has died and been reborn.
Did all of your cells experience apoptosis last Friday? Not all at once. But the bones that carried you around the yard on your Easter Egg hunts are no longer there. Those legs are gone. Those childhood feet that felt the wet grass are not with you today. Those physical bits aren’t even in the same city you live in, if you moved 11 years ago. Most of your cells will die and be created again within 7 years. All will refresh and renew.
This Easter, let’s not get caught up in our symbols. Bunnies enjoy reproduction as much as the next guy. Eggs open and bring forth life in a beautiful spectrum of amino acids. All that lives dies. All that lives rises and sprouts forth from this universe. We all renew, no matter what stories our minds happen to tell us.
The symbols of language and belief cannot contain what we truly are. Let’s not let them tempt the mind, and limit what we experience. Let us allow the mind to find harmony. Let us renew and be vital.
“What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” – Romans 6:21-23 KJV