A few years ago, I had a dramatic restoration of faith in God. During this time of my life, my husband and I ended up renting out to a roommate to help with bills. I don’t believe it was an accident that he just so happened to hold a bachelor’s degree from one of the state’s best universities in Comparative Religions. Since he did not personally affiliate with any particular religion, I often got an unbiased perspective of the control of information (and sometimes misinformation) in religions. I found myself asking him many questions on historical references for things I had been discovering through intuition and spiritual truths. Growing up, I had lost interest in traditional holidays I celebrated in my Catholic upbringing, but I found myself on a quest to separate fact from fiction on why the modern world practices and believes what it does. Holiday origins were some of the most surprising findings.
My old roommate was the first person who ever informed me about the calendar as we know it today. He spoke of Constantine who was burdened with the task of unifying the Pagans and the Christians, who had been brutally killing each other over religious disputes at the time of his reign. It was under his rule that birthed the calendar of mainstream religious holidays we know in modern times. Pagan holidays were rewritten to fit the life of Christ. As a leader, it is not difficult to understand why compromising between the two belief systems made the most sense at the time. Unfortunately, what we are left with is an untrue depiction of history. While I am a true believer in Jesus and the miracles he performed, I can confidently say that Easter is not the exact time of the resurrection. Furthermore, Christmas is also historically incorrect in timing of Jesus’ birth.
There is much dispute over the true origins of Easter. I have come to accept two different goddesses (with a small g) who, prior to Constantine, were the two celebrated deities associated with the Spring Equinox in different parts of the world: Ishtar and Ostara. While many people across the country are showing interest in Ishtar due to the similar pronunciation, Ostara undoubtedly has had a lasting impact on Easter.
Ishtar has been worshipped and called upon since ancient Babylonian times. She embodies the very strong, feminine energy of Venus. Ishtar represents the Divine feminine in her aspects such as harvesting, mothering, fertility, healing, and love. It should come to no surprise that she was celebrated during Easter time during the Spring Equinox. While Ishtar’s true animal totems are the owl and the lion, eggs and rabbits have been associated symbolically in Paganism with fertility, which is an aspect of Ishtar.
Ostara (in Old English spelled Ēastre) was a Germanic goddess and diety I had never heard of until I drew her card in Dr. Doreen Virtue’s Goddesses Oracle Card deck. As a clairevoyant, Doreen credits both “East” and “Easter” to being named after Ostara, who is celebrated as the bringer of light. She explains that this was due to “the sun rising in the East, and the increase in sunlight beginning in the Celtic springtime.” Ostara’s true symbols (as pictured) are the rabbit and the egg, which is undoubtedly where the Easter bunny comes from.
Photo Credit: Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards by Dr. Doreen Virtue, Ph.D
While both goddesses were celebrated during Easter, I still do not believe this should deter Christians from celebrating Easter. This battle between Paganism and Christianity has been going on for far too long. Are we really going to carry on our arguments of our ancestors? While I believe in the divine feminine, I also believe Jesus was as real as you and I, and I honor him, his message of love, and the miracles he performed. It really shouldn’t be about when and where we celebrate these amazing beings as much as how we are implementing their teachings in our day-to-day lives.
“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions. Choose your thoughts carefully. What you focus on becomes your reality.”
– Albert Einstein
I’m convinced Einstein was listening to whispers of the divine. He understood thoughts are energy and where your thoughts dwell will actually manifest the reality around you. Keeping your focus is a worthwhile discipline that can transform your life.The one who manifests their dreams understands that energetically you must feel like the experience you seek is already here in spiritual truth. Believe in it so much that it doesn’t have a choice but to eventually materialize in the material world.
Watch your beliefs and thoughts about others. If you focus on others’ shadows and faults, you can manifest and attract more negative experiences and who wants that? The opposite is also true. You will always find what you seek. Look at others from the highest perspective: compassion. There may be a time in your life when you may have been ignorant to what you know now.
Forgive others for their ignorance and focus on the good in life. Be an example of peace and peace will be returned to you in your experiences. Give any worries or cares to God and the angels, or whoever you spiritually align with. Trust you are being helped. We truly live in a loving universe. Always be positive. The universe responds to your vibrations you are emitting and delivers it right back to you in your experiences! How cool is that? Choose wisely.
Affirm daily: I am surrounded by loving, helpful, and healthful people.
In honor of world peace day, I am focusing on peaceful, loving thoughts towards all on Earth. Never underestimate the power of thought. Everything in your life was once a thought. Thoughts are a form of energy that manifests itself through our physical action steps. Realizing that thoughts create and attract your reality is the key to manifesting a beautiful, meaningful life for yourself. If you could imagine the world as a big, glass house and our negative thoughts as stones, you can start to imagine the implications of negative feelings or thoughts. Many have used this analogy of a glass house for negative words or name-calling, assuming words are the only means we have to communicate what we individually think to the world. I am taking it a step further and saying thoughts as stones for a reason. Consider that everything really is a part of the divine, or infinite wisdom. Imagine your thoughts are not only fueling yourself, but also this infinite wisdom, because in truth you are a child of the divine. What if you thought a mean comment about somebody? What if you and this person truly are connected to this infinite wisdom? Consequently, on an energetic level you and this other person are connected. Could the other person feel this thought-attack? The answer is yes according to many. This is what is known as a “psychic attack”. This can sometimes even cause a person physical pain or mental fatigue, even though the person may not be consciously aware of where this energy is coming from.
What this means as a society is that everyone’s masks are falling down. As people realize we are all connected, a newfound respect for all of life is discovered. We can no longer pretend that everything is okay when we feel deep down it is not. The most liberating time of our lives is upon us. No more lies, not even white lies are in our future. The song “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson really speaks to me on this topic. If everyone looked inside and made a mental change to feed the positive energy in their minds with positive thoughts and not the ego-centric naysayer, the world would change in miraculous ways right before our eyes. We are the only ones holding ourselves back. Let’s change that and evolve.
We all historically have judged each other to the point that people find it extremely difficult to trust others, and for good, logical reason based solely on past experience. I don’t know about all of you but I am so tired of letting the past dictate our future. Advanced Statistics was difficult for me for a reason, not because I couldn’t understand the process of how to find something out based on the data given but because the overall concepts do not align with my own personal beliefs. When the future of the world becomes more open and unpredictable, stats will become obsolete. The past will no longer be an accurate predictor of our future.
I truly want to show everyone that the cliches are true, that if you can dream it, you can truly accomplish it. The truth is, we are all prophets and manifesters. I have to quote a lyric of a Sheryl Crow song: “Every man is his own prophet; every prophet, just a man.” I believe each of us have intuitive capabilities and potential for deep spiritual growth. Of course, look into your heart to see if this resonates with your soul. I pray that you all find that place. It is not impossible, no matter how far away you feel from your spirituality. You can change absolutely everything about your life. It is never too late to join the party. Together, everyday can be world peace day.