After a long, snowy winter, most of us were grateful for the arrival of spring-bringing longer days, sunshine, and the first daffodils bravely pushing their heads through the cold earth. An old myth says that on the spring equinox, the day when light and darkness are equal in length, it is possible to balance an egg on end. The egg, a universal symbol of fertility and rebirth, has long been associated with the beginning of spring. So What? Now What?
Appropriately, this is the time when Christians throughout the world celebrate Easter. During Lent, I drove by a nearby church with a huge sign in front reading, “CHRIST IS CRUCIFIED.” Every time I passed by, I thought to myself, “That’s not the end of the story.” Long after the chocolate chicks are stale and only a few undiscovered Easter eggs remain in the yard, we look at the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus and ask ourselves, “So what? Now what?”
In Unity we sometimes say we don’t just believe in Jesus; we believe Jesus. Jesus told us, “You are the light of the world.”
He taught that the kingdom of heaven is within, and that the things he did, so we could also do. Jesus did not say,
“Worship me.” He said, “Follow me.” Jesus fully expressed the eternal Christ, the individualized Godness in us all.
Resurrection follows crucifixion, and resurrection symbolizes the reawakening of the eternal Christ consciousness. The
“now what” is the call for each one of us to accept and live from our Divine identity.
I remember my third grade teacher who — when she was displeased with us (actually that was most of the time) — used
to put her hand on her hip in that triangle of power, glare down over her glasses, and scream, “Just who do you think
you are?” Trust me, “I am a Divine being” was not the answer she was seeking! Still, it’s a compelling question. Who do
we think we are?
When we understand that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, we see the problems and challenges of
this world differently. We turn within to all the powers of the Christ and live our lives in a consciousness of oneness.
We focus on our Divine inheritance of innate wholeness, and our lives become more joyful. We realize we were born in
original goodness, and we draw ourselves to ever-unfolding good. We see the goodness even when it is not immediately
apparent. Our lives become richer, fuller, and more meaningful because as within, so without.
As Linda Martella-Whitsett writes in the book Divine Audacity, “We recognize the Infinite Self by its effects: our inner
peacefulness, joyfulness, and well-being; our broader perspective of oneness existing beyond time and space; and giving
ourselves fully into life.”
And so it is! And guess what? Snopes.com reports that standing an egg on its end is something just about anyone can do
any day of the year; the feat simply takes the right egg and a little practice. Imagine that. So what? Now what?