Jesus’ life provides many wonderful examples of how to be an everyday mystic. Jesus the Christ lived his earthly life in constant alignment with God’s spirit and will. The events of Passion Week (the week between Palm Sunday and Easter) provide some of the most wonderful, evocative examples of how to live in connection with Divine energy. I’d like to offer my thoughts on Jesus’ surrender to God’s will on Good Friday.
Among what is called the Seven Last Words of Christ (they are really phrases), there are three that speak to me this Easter season. In the first one that appeals to me, Jesus reveals the physical agony of his death ("I thirst"). The second reveals his questioning of God’s will ("My God, why have you forsaken me?"), and the third provides the example of his ultimate surrender to the Divine plan ("Into your hands, I commit my spirit"). I find comfort in these words because I have suffered with health issues, I have gone through long periods when I’ve felt abandoned by God, and I struggle with surrender to the Divine plan.
I don’t like the word surrender, perhaps because I resist it so well. I prefer to redefine surrender as the intention of putting Spirit first, then acting. I, to the contrary, have a tendency to act, to do, to wrestle with earthly projects/people/events and then try to find the Spirit in them. Hmmm, as Dr. Phil might ask, "Is that working for you?" The answer is, it has worked OK so far, but I find it a recipe for exhaustion and burnout. Not the way I want to live the rest of my life. My intention is to find an easier way.
I am just now learning to find my direction from the Divine realm through meditation, paying attention to my intuition and to the synchronicities that abound in my life, and prayer. Then and only then should I act. I am becoming more discerning about the messages I receive - whether they are from my ego (these are tinged with fear or anger) and those that come from my highest self or the Divine spark within me. Those messages are bathed in love and ease. That is my definition of surrender - seeking guidance from my deepest truth and love, committing my spirit into the hands of the Divine realm, and only then acting.
I know that the result will be greater ease, and the wonderment of what Spirit can do for me. After all, the Divine One can certainly do a better job with the details than I can.
I think Carolyn Myss tells the joke, "How do you make God laugh?" The answer : "Tell God your plans." I believe that the Divine plan is bigger, better and more amazing than anything I could dream up. I also recognize how difficult it is for me to accept that when I hit a rough patch in life’s road.
Thank you, Holy One, for the example of holy living that Jesus the Christ provides us. Help me to put your plan first in my life, to choose love over fear and surrender to the greater good that is your plan for me. Amen.
This is the Everyday Mystic’s second post of three on the Easter story. You can visit the first post about Palm Sunday at http://kristinrobertson.com/passion-week-thoughts-palm-sunday.htm