Very good weather for this time of year, so mum and I took advantage of it. Good Friday sat by the River in Battersea for a while. On Easter Sunday we did this again, then I took her along one of our favorite trips along the River into Battersea Park. One of my mother’s favorite parks because of the variety there – the Old English Garden, the tea house overlooking the flower beds and fountains in the center of the park, the area around the lake, parts of which could be miles from London.
Â Easter Monday we spent quietly watching TV, and having an afternoon lunch.
What is Easter all about? To Christians it is about Christ’s death and resurrection, but really this is just a continuation, like Christmas, of a festival much much older than Christianity. Spring is the time of renewal, of ‘resurrection’ as the plants and trees come to life again after the Winter. It has always been celebrated as such, in pagan and now Christian festivals.
As to the story of Christ, I believe the most likely explanation, which I learnt from a BBC TV program recently, was that he was indeed a great Spiritual teacher. At his birth the Bible says he was visited by wise men from the East. The program suggested these men were looking for a reincarnation of an Eastern Spiritual leader. Between the ages of 14 and 29, there is no mention of what Jesus did. The program suggested he may wellÂ have gone to the East to learn about Spiritual things and his mission in this lifetime.
Certainly when he reappeared in Galillee and the Holy Land, he was full of teachings more akin to Buddhism and Eastern religions than Judaism. The Sermon on the Mount, for instance, was full of Buddhist-type teachings about pacifism, etc.
According to the program, Jesus did not die on the Cross. Crucifixions lasted much more than the 6 hours he was on the Cross, but he was taken down because of the oncoming Sabbath. Normally the victim’s legs were broken to speed death in these cases, but with Christ this did not happen. The oils and herbs brought into his ‘tomb’ were not for embalming a dead body, but for healing wounds. Jesus survived Crucifixion, this is quite obvious. He appeared to several people, including his disciples, and it was obvious he was no ‘ghost’ or ‘spirit’ but quite solid.
Â He probablyÂ then went East again, well away from the Roman Empire and those who sought to kill him. A Spiritual teacher with a similar name appeared in Kashmir about this time, and is buried there alongside two other Eastern Spiritual leaders. It is likely that Jesus died in Kashmir aged about 80. It is almost certainly his grave – by it in the stone are representations of his footprints, complete with the marks left by the nails which went thru his feet.
But Christians can take comfort in the fact that Jesus Christ, like everyone else and all living things, survived death. He is still around, and if they wish they will meet him some day.Â He may or may not have reincarnated on this or other planets several times since, but he will still be recognizable, as he is still the same spirit. We all go thru this process, but some, like Jesus and the Buddha, are more developed spirits than others.
I watch Colin Fry’s ‘6th Sense’ most days of the week in which he contacts spirits on the Other Side, and there can be no doubt whatsoever that we all survive death. We are living in the Psychic Age and are much more aware of spiritual things. Science too is slowly coming around to the realization that there are unseen worlds all around us (the quantum parallel universes/alternative dimensions), and increasingly atheists/agnostics, medical staff, etc. are becoming convinced by the overwhelming evidence that there is, indeed, life after death.
Nurses and doctors are familiar with ‘near death’ experiences, and often know when a person is going to die because ‘they’ve had a visit from friends/relatives on the Other Side’. ‘Out-of-the-body’ experiences of those near death and then revived are also extremely common, especially now medical science is able to bring people back from the brink so often. Medical staff are familiar with these events, which often verify facts the unconscious patient could not possibly have known unless they were really observing and hearing events from a vantage point outside of theirÂ unconcious, near-deadÂ physical bodies.
Anyone who can watch mediums like Colin Fry, Tony Stockwell, etc.Â and claim it is all a hoax, a trick, coincidence or perhaps telepathy is denying the facts. Colin tells people things they didn’t even know, until they go home and check up, and find he was right after all. Other mediums do similar things, but the fact that these sort of programs are now on TV mean the message is finally getting out: we all survive death.
That is the Easter message for me. When we die, like the flowers and trees in the Spring, we will bloom again in that alternative dimension which is all around us, and which mediums like Colin can sense and communicate with so accurately.
How long before scientists develop an inter-dimensionalÂ videophone to send/receive messages to/from these alternative dimensions where our loved ones now reside? I predict it will happen one day, because there is nothing supernatural about the powers of mediums like Colin Fry; it is just phenomena which our present scientific knowledge cannot yet explain or harness.