Cracking Open the Egg
Unity by the Bay, 1 April 2018
SONG (Bob Sima): No Mud No Lotus, from The Movers The Shakers and The Peacemakers
We spent time with a family in Charlotte NC last weekend and, at one point, one of their children was invited to his Aunt’s house to color Easter eggs. Nobody seemed to think anything of it except me. My mind started racing. This child was born to parents, one a Southern Baptist and the other a Muslim. Both carrying certain rituals into their home but neither immersed in the strict religious practice or belief systems they were taught from their families of origin. They are now committed to a – for lack of a better description – “new thought” way of living. Yet off goes their darling son to dip some hard boiled eggs into food coloring and prepare for whatever Easter tradition they share in their home. While my brain processed the humor of the tangents that continued both forward and backward in my mind, all I heard in the laughter of confusion was, “Why in the world do we color eggs at Easter?” And so the story begins.
My questions continued:
Why eggs? What do eggs have to do with Easter?
Why the Easter Bunny? Bunnies are enough, but then come the chicks?
Why do we encourage children to eat baskets of candy? Peeps… seriously?
Palm leaves? Crucifixion? Resurrection? Ascension?
And again… why in the world do we color eggs?
There has to be deep symbolism here. As with most Christian holidays, the symbolism must carry back to what is now defined as paganism, but is more accurately described as the earth-cycle rituals and ceremonies that were honored before Christianity morphed them into holidays around the life of Yeshua. So I started to piece together my own understanding, which led me back to some unexpected roots and connections to my own family history. Or should I say, some unexpected yolks in the frying pan (that was cheesy, I know!).
Time to crack open the egg. We all know the Easter story of Christianity in some level of detail. I’m going to tell the story in a very quick and simplified metaphysical and energetic view.
When Yeshua was baptized by John the Baptist, it began the cleansing process that opened up consciousness to a new Truth about to birth through him. Ash Wednesday kicks off the season of Lent to remind us of a baptism, a letting go of old concepts to make space for a new way of being. Ashes indicate the burning away of lower frequency thoughts and emotions so that Spirit – which we also know to be the Sacred Breath – can reveal our Truth. Ashes are placed on the third eye to erase error we allow to form in our subconscious body and open our spiritual channels to fill the void with our increasing awareness toward Truth.
This cleansing and replacing is not without the challenge between soul and ego. That duality conflict leads us through a discernment phase as we strip away everything we believed to be true and walk for 40 days and 40 nights through the desert. The desert represents the subconscious. The number 40 represents a period of trial, tribulation, and testing which we are masters at doing to ourselves in our human mind. We fast – or metaphysically deny – our ego from getting the best of us as we empty our physical, emotional, and mental bodies of that which does not serve our highest good. Our highest god. Our highest Self.
Finally we return with conviction and self-proclamation to shine brighter and speak our Truth yet we are faced with the extreme naysayers and accusers who we perceive as torturing us. Until we finally hang on a cross to crucify the whole personality that must completely die off for our own good. Our own god. Our own Self. The cross. A vertical axis representing the celestial, spiritual, positive, active, and masculine energies intersecting a horizontal axis of the earthly, rational, negative, passive, and feminine energies. The center of the cross represents the spiritual union and integration of the soul. Passing through Good Friday, we experience the physical death of this old personality.
Thanks to physics and the thermodynamic Law of Conservation of Energy, we know that energy can neither be created nor destroyed; energy can only be transferred or changed from one form to another. So the energy once flowing through our physical body is now resurrected on Easter Sunday into higher consciousness light energy. An ascended consciousness.
Did you know that Easter does not end on Easter Sunday? Eastertide continues for another 50 days to celebrate and consider the transformation that occurred. 50 is symbolic of the fusion between body and soul, mind and spirit. The number 50 represents our values as they relate to our ultimate goals and aspirations as we learn to obey our inner feelings to “know thyself”. This is a light body transmutation that surpasses time and space and forms new awarenesses and realities in our life. The full integration replaces our old mental constructs with new messages and beliefs for higher consciousness living.
We conclude the Easter season with Pentecost, a day that honors our awakening, our rebirth, our escape from darkness, our journey further into the light, our substantial shift where the I Am presence is real and palpable within every molecule of our being. Where we intersect the vertical and horizontal dimensions of life. We are birthed anew with no energetic ties to the old patterns, thoughts, and emotions of our old self.
This process of death and resurrection was honored long before the story of Yeshua and prior to the formation of Christianity or Easter being defined as a Christian holiday. The process was organically honored when communities were still intimately connected to the seasons, to the Earth, to the cyclical cosmic process rather than a single linear lifetime. Call it Pagan; call it Earth-honoring tradition; call it Shamanism. Prior to Christianity and the following of Yeshua’s teachings as a Master Shaman or Ascended Master, the Earth herself modeled the path to spirituality. Cultures depended on the fertility of the Earth and lived ceremoniously with the sun and moon cycles. One simply had to follow their lead and integrate their unspoken messages and teachings to expand their consciousness.
The Spring Equinox represents the return of the sun God from the underworld – the rebirth of light, life, and creation. Civilizations worldwide conduct ceremony to welcome a fertile spring – a time of renewal, regeneration, and resurrection. It is no surprise that the Council of Nicaea established that Easter will always fall on the Sunday following the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. The word Easter comes from German earth-honoring ritual dating as far back as the 11th century BCE and practiced well into the 10th century CE where Ēostre was recognized as the fertility goddess. Ēostre is associated with the coming of spring and the dawn, and her festival is still celebrated at the spring equinox.
But again… why in the world do we color eggs?
Before we begin to crack open the mysterious egg, I invite you into a meditation. Think back to your life experiences over the winter season. Winter is our time to look inward. Whether we deliberately looked at ourselves or not, there are always lessons and situations that force us to go there whether we want to or not. Think back over the past 40 days. What errors have you erased to open your luminous light body even more to the consciousness of the Universe? What aspects of your personality, the mask that others see, did you shift to align more with higher frequencies of light? What pieces of your ego were shed to expose and share more of your luminosity with those around you? What is the new you that wants to rebirth today, this Easter Sunday, this day of resurrection, this day of complete transmutation of mental construct?
SONG (Bob Sima): Because You Are Light, from It’s Time
Honor the consciousness that came through you as you journeyed through your own path of rebirthing. Connect the final dots and ask for any messages to assist you through the integration over the coming weeks. Bless the next part of your journey and set an intention. Before you leave that meditative space, make a mental note of any symbols and colors that came into your consciousness during your meditation.
So I ask one more time… why in the world do we color eggs?
We have all probably dipped a few eggs into food coloring over the years, yet also seen the elaborately intricate painted eggs of the Ukraine or the beautifully jeweled faberge eggs from Russia. Why choose one of the most common, fragile objects we know – an egg – for such a canvas?
The egg has a long history of ritualistic and Shamanic use around the world. It represents life, fertility, birth, creation, the womb, and the Goddess. Therefore the egg is a natural symbol for spring festival when new life and a new dawn are beginning. When Christianity spread throughout the world, the wholistic connection between man and nature rebirthing together in springtime was lost. The symbolism was translated into an individual’s personal rebirth, most specifically Yeshua breaking out of the tomb or the womb – the egg.
On a personal note, I recently went through a hearty Shamanic healing process to identify, address, and heal generations of energetic wounds within my ancestral lineage. I have been eating eggs more often than usual lately. And I recently attempted to reconnect with a couple I lost touch with 16 years ago… a couple to whom I donated my biological eggs in an attempt to start a family of their own. I believe these are all signs of support and encouragement from the Spirit World, and directly influenced by the healing work I completed. Should it be a surprise that the ancestral line I worked with was my Ukrainian maternal grandfather? Eggs.
The Ukrainian folk tradition of inscribing designs on eggs with beeswax is called pysanky and dates back to at least 1300 BCE. The traditional symbols used in Ukrainian egg painting come from the matriarchal Trypillian culture that existed about 6000 years ago. Their entire society was based on the cycles of Mother Earth therefore many of the traditional symbols used in egg painting connect to the Divine Feminine. The pysanka, or decorated egg, is the result of a meditative and prayerful process, transforming the egg itself into a talisman for the artist or the recipient. When used intentionally in ceremony, it becomes a tool for magic and transformation.
Think of the egg as the Universe. Imagine the shell as the crust of the Earth, the egg white as magma, and the yolk as the core. Adding color to the egg defines the energetic frequency you or the creator bestows upon it. Combine color with symbols and designs and you create your own intentional micro-universe that can then be used in ceremony for manifestation. With this awareness, we can now recall the symbols and colors that were prominent in our meditation and find the medicine message within that experience.
The earliest designs were often simply two-toned. Some believed that the more colors there were on a decorated egg, the more magical power it held. A multi-colored egg could thus bring its owner better luck and a better fate. Intentions infused into the pysanka might be for warding off evil spirits, ending winter, ensuring a good harvest, or charming someone with good luck.
With what you recall of your meditation, imagine sitting by candlelight and inscribing your own personal wishes, dreams, and hopes onto an egg. The egg represents the Universe or your own personal micro-Universe. The flame of the candle represents transformation and alchemy. The beeswax used to layer and create the patterns between coloring is connected to the bee, which pollinates the Earth. The colors and symbols you inscribe represent your intentions.
What do you wish to prayerfully pollinate in the world? What do you wish to prayerfully pollinate in your own life?
I encourage you to meditatively or physically create your spring rebirth intention on your own. Find the meaning of colors and symbols that resonate with you. Go through the process to complete your masterpiece, activating the egg with color and geometric vibration. Hold the finished egg close to your mouth and whisper your prayers into it to further activate the talisman with sound vibration. Rub the egg over your physical or energetic body and envision it pulling the old energy out of your body. Take the egg into nature and bury it in the ground, releasing your prayers and asking the Earth to nourish your dreams.
You are not your body.
You are not your story.
You are light.
You are the one we’ve been waiting for.
SONG (Bob Sima): Noohra, from It’s Time
Post script. Below are highlighted descriptions for color intentions and a few of the most commonly used traditional pysanky symbols.
Red: oldest symbolic color represents life-giving blood, love, joy, and the hope of marriage
Black: sacred color associated with the Spirit World
Yellow: the moon and stars, the harvest
White: purity, birth, light, rejoicing, virginity
Green: new life, resurrection of nature, riches of vegetation
Brown: the earth
Four or more colors: family happiness, prosperity, love, health and achievements
Triangle: clouds or rain; trinity of elements, family, or life cycle
Quadrilateral: plowed fields
Dot: seeds, stars, eggs
Curl or Spiral: protection, defense
Wave: water, rain, good crops
Line without end: immortality
Cross: sun symbol
Believed to be the source of life and death. She is a life-giving mother, the creator of heaven and all living things, and the mistress of heavenly water upon which the world relies for fertility and fruitfulness. On the other hand, she was the merciless controller of destinies.
FLORA: rebirth of nature after winter, guarantee a good harvest
Fir tree branch: youth and eternal life
Trees: strength, renewal, creation, growth
Oak Tree: strength
Ruzha: sun sign
Tree of Life: represented by two deer on either side of a pine tree or by a flower pot filled with leaves and flowers
Ladder: prayers going up to heaven
Sieve: plowed field, separation of good and evil
Rakes and Combs: invoke a good harvest, rain
Windmills: sun symbols
Horses: strength and endurance, wealth and prosperity, sun symbol
Deer: prosperity and long life
Rams: leadership, strength, dignity, perseverance
Birds: messengers of the sun and heaven
Roosters: masculinity, the coming of dawn
Serpent: god of water and earth, protection from catastrophe
Sun: represented as closed circle with or without rays, eight-sided star, or swastika; protect the owner from sickness, bad luck and the evil eye
Moon: represented as circle with a cross inside it; protect a traveller, chase away evil powers from the household