We all are seeking “how to do Earth” in a way that is abundant, compassionate, harmonious and loving. Some find it outside of themselves in traditions; others find it within themselves in their own consciousness. CBR
The Meaning of Palm Sunday to Organized Religion:
Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entrance of Christ into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-9), when palm branches were placed in His path, before His arrest on Holy Thursday and His Crucifixion on Good Friday. It thus marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent, and the week in which Christians celebrate the mystery of their salvation through Christ’s Death and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
History of Palm Sunday:
Beginning in the fourth century in Jerusalem, Palm Sunday was marked by a procession of the faithful carrying palm branches, representing the Jews who celebrated Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem. In the early centuries, the procession began on the Mount of the Ascension and proceeded to the Church of the Holy Cross.
As the practice spread throughout the Christian world by the ninth century, the procession would begin in each church with the blessing of palms, proceed outside the church, and then return to the church for the reading of the Passion according to the Gospel of Matthew. The faithful would continue to hold the palms during the reading of the Passion. In this way, they would recall that many of the same people who greeted Christ with shouts of joy on Palm Sunday would call for His Death on Good Friday-a powerful reminder of our own weakness and the sinfulness(wrong thinking) that causes us to reject Christ.
In different parts of the Christian world, particularly where palms were historically hard to obtain, branches of other bushes and trees were used, including olive, box elder, spruce, and various willows. Perhaps best known is the Slavic custom of using pussy willows, which are among the earliest of plants to bud out in the spring.
The faithful have traditionally decorated their houses with the palms from Palm Sunday, and, in many countries, a custom developed of weaving the palms into crosses that were placed on home altars or other places of prayer. Since the palms have been blessed, they should not simply be discarded; rather, the faithful return them to their local parish in the weeks before Lent, to be burned and used as the ashes for Ash Wednesday.
What is there for us in the account of the traditions supported by the Church?
There is the symbolism of turning to the immediate as the authority instead of thinking based on the teaching of our own Spirit within.
Let us write it according to what we know: Palm Sunday is like every other Sun-day when we remember the triumphant Entrance of the Christ into our own awareness fostering ownership of the Power within.
THE STORY has been around, only the names have changed:
“Both Mithras and Christ were described variously as ‘the Way,’ ‘the Truth,’ ‘the Light,’ ‘the Life,’ ‘the Word,’ ‘the Son of God,’ ‘the Good Shepherd.’ The Christian litany to Jesus could easily be an allegorical litany to the sun-god. Mithras is often represented as carrying a lamb on his shoulders, just as Jesus is. Midnight services were found in both religions. The virgin mother…was easily merged with the virgin mother Mary. Petra, the sacred rock of Mithraism, became Peter, the foundation of the Christian Church.”
Gerald Berry, Religions of the World
“Mithra or Mitra is…worshipped as Itu (Mitra-Mitu-Itu) in every house of the Hindus in India. Itu (derivative of Mitu or Mitra) is considered as the Vegetation-deity. This Mithra or Mitra (Sun-God) is believed to be a Mediator between God and man, between the Sky and the Earth. It is said that Mithra or [the] Sun took birth in the Cave on December 25th. It is also the belief of the Christian world that Mithra or the Sun-God was born of [a] Virgin. He travelled far and wide. He has twelve satellites, which are taken as the Sun’s disciples…. [The Sun's] great festivals are observed in the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox—Christmas and Easter. His symbol is the Lamb….” Swami Prajnanananda, Christ the Saviour and Christ Myth
Some folks need traditions to celebrate to feel grounded to their ancestors and what was held as truth. Others want to feel congruent with their everyday experiences so they understand life from the gods/power/creations they experience daily. We all are seeking “how to do Earth” in a way that is abundant, compassionate, harmonious and loving. Some find it outside of themselves in traditions; others find it within themselves in their own consciousness.
Crucifixion is a form of slow and painful execution in which the victim is tied or nailed to a large wooden cross and left to hang until dead. It is principally known from antiquity, but remains in occasional use in some countries.
Let’s look at crucifixion as a symbolic action we use on ourselves. Since it was mainly used on slaves, we ask ourselves to what are we enslaved in our everyday life?
We often forget we are the only ones who can crucify us?
- Is there something you said that you continually bring up to yourself which allows you to suffer?
- Is there something you did that you continually bring up to yourself which allows you to suffer?
- Is there something you did not do that you continually bring up to yourself which allows you to suffer?
- Is there something you did not say that you continually bring up to yourself which allows you to suffer?
On this Palm Sunday are you willing to continue the rejoicing of the Truth; to stop the crucifying thoughts and behavior so that your internal judges do not nail your Spirit/your Christ to a cross of your own making.
Your attention is where you place your energy.
Remember the Power of your Attention…
To use attention to empower your life, you will begin to examine what you’ve already created. This is where you begin to “know thyself.” You look at your beliefs about life, yourself and others.
You are what you are, you are where you are, and you are who you are because of what you believe about yourself.
- Your beliefs are the thoughts you keep consciously or unconsciously accepting as the law of your life.
- Whether you are aware of them or not, they still affect your reality.
Life is YOU inside your earthsuit, your container. No can take your life from you for it is you.
No one can kill you but they can kill your body and your body can kill itself but not you.
You do not die from your ‘wrong thinking’ but your body can. Do you think that is what Easter is all about???
There is One Life of which we are a part; One Intelligence, which we use, One Substance, which takes manifold forms.
Whatever God is in the Universal, man is in the individual.
This is why all spiritual leaders have told us that if we would uncover the hidden possibility within, we should not only discover the true Self, the Christ, we should also uncover the true God, the One and Only Cause, the Supreme Being, the Infinite Person.
How to Change Your Life Ernest Holmes pp 244-245
Free Yourself from Fear Today
To have your heart be without fear is to have implicit confidence in the good, the enduring and the true.
Fear is the only thing of which to be afraid. It is not the host encamped against you nor the confusion around you that you need to fear; it is the lack of confidence in the Good alone which should concern you.
Through inner spiritual vision you know that God alone is permanent and all else is transitory.
You know that right finally dissolves everything opposed to it.
The power of Spirit is supreme over every antagonist.
Therefore, you should cherish no fear, and when you neither fear nor hate you come to understand the unity of life.
KNOW: There is no fear in God. There is no fear in Spirit. There is no fear in me!
Life is Good and All is Well! YES!
Dear Absolute Expression of God Sourced Energy,
We come that you might have peace.
There is an increasing in the vibrational frequency which is assisting you in releasing all that is not of you as an expression of God Sourced Energy.
The particular issue of releasing you are doing is often experienced as a physical manifestation for your earthsuit is programmed to broadcast to you what you are holding that is contrary to your wellbeing and to your demonstration of God Sourced energy which is the all of you.
The earthsuit was designed to absorb earth energies for understanding but not for retention of those energies. It was designed to receive, assimilate and understand from the anchor point of the Spirit which is you residing in your earthsuit as you. This takes the responsibility away from the human condition to understand the earth.
This encounter with earth is one for your Spirit Self to be the initiator of energy output. When the human condition takes over as the initiator of energies thus controlling input and output there is always a disconnect from Spirit which in turn allows for colonization of interference within the earthsuit thereby creating malfunction of the original systems for optimum wellbeing.
We come that you might remember your ability to remain connected to your Spirit Self thereby diverting any dis-ease, any imbalance, any dwelling in contrary energies for these are not of your true nature. There is a knowing held within your being, held within your earthsuit, which is the navigator of this earth for your wellbeing.
Allow IT to navigate you.
When you do allow IT to navigate you the journey is one of responsibility, rewarding you with feelings of blissful activity, of joy, embracing all, feeding all.
This is not a human condition brain journey this incarnation. This is a heart journey for it is time on the earth for the energy of the heart to be the navigator of all human activity.
Stored within the vast recesses of the heart of each of you is YOU garbed with all your knowledge. YOU will not show up on the picturing machinery used to view the heart for medicinal purposes for you are so vast as to not be discernable with the human eye.
You are charged this lifetime with RESPONSIBILLITY for yourself: relying not on another to do what is to be done by you, relying not on another for your well-being, for your happiness, for your joy, for your security, for your knowledge, for your inspiration. This dependency leads to malcontent and dishonoring.
This is a lifetime for you to fully burst forth into your activity of abundance, prosperity which simply put means being your own Spirit self in demonstration.
We speak not of the coin of the realm as a measure of how successful a person is, an organization is, a community is. This activity of abundance and prosperity is one of the Spirit, not of the human condition. Confuse it not.
Align your plans for life not along the lines of coin of the realm as a measure of your wellbeing or the wellbeing of a group, or the wellbeng of anything on the earth, for that is a measure of the human condition not of the Spirit.
Focus on the wellbeing of your spirit and the wellbeing of the spirit of those around you. The coin of the realm will follow according to the amount of Spirit you demonstrate to the energies of the earth and all of God Sourced Energy.
WE hear you ask: Does this apply to all who walk on the earth at this time?
Only if they have awakened enough to embark on their path of releasing and remembering WHO THEY ARE does it apply. You are not charged with awakening any of them, only supporting those who have awakened and are seeking actively assistance.
We come that you might have peace and enjoy the fruits of the earth experience as you assist the stabilization of the higher vibrational frequencies of Absolute God Sourced Energy.
Michael, Gabriel and the host of Angelic Beings assisting you in this walk on earth.
Put not your happiness in the hands of those that honor the holidays of the earth for they are stuck in honoring all things manmade during the process of trying to find themselves.