"Passover is a time to reflect on the importance of freedom and justice, and to recommit ourselves to the struggle for human rights around the world." - Unknown
My friend Monica reminded me that today was Passover, a very special holiday for the Jews that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. The holiday lasts for eight days and is celebrated in the early spring, usually in March or April. The story of Passover dates back to ancient times, when the Israelites were enslaved in Egypt under the rule of the pharaoh. According to the biblical account, God sent ten plagues to convince the pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery. The final plague was the death of the firstborn sons in every Egyptian household, but the Israelites were instructed to mark their doorposts with lamb's blood so that the plague would pass over their homes. This event led to the pharaoh finally agreeing to let the Israelites leave Egypt, and they fled to freedom through the parted waters of the Red Sea.
The celebration of Passover begins with a ceremonial meal called the Seder which means "order" in Hebrew, and the meal is conducted in a specific order that includes the recitation of prayers, the reading of the story of Passover, and the eating of symbolic foods. I know that I have always been aware of Passover but not the total significance of it, nor the tradition. What a great thing to commemorate, though. Freedom. What if we celebrated it every day?
Dear Angels, the way we commemorate holidays is mostly centered around food. Throughout the eight days of Passover, Jewish people abstain from eating leavened bread and other foods that contain yeast or baking powder. Instead, they eat matzah, which is a simple, unleavened bread made from flour and water. This tradition serves as a reminder of the haste with which the Israelites left Egypt and the fact that they did not have time to allow their bread to rise. What if we celebrated all the events in our life based on the lessons we learned? Would we focus on freedom? I think it would look a lot different from the way we actually honor things in our lives today.
Dear Ones, those lessons you came to earth to fully understand are part of the purpose for still being here. Unique things and words will click the purpose inside of you. Do you resonate with being held back and having your freedom taken away? What will you reclaim first and are you willing to show that commitment as the Jews do? They sacrifice pleasure by eating food that is bland, simple, made without spice and enhancements. Are you prepared to show your dedication in a similar fashion, giving up conveniences in order to fully understand your life lessons? We encourage you to look at your willingness to learn about why you are here and open your eyes and heart to being grateful. It is not necessary to replicate what the Jewish traditions are. You can create your own tradition. The important part is to be aware and then be willing to make changes in your life. Even small changes will help you see things with a different perspective.
Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.
Today, I promise to be more open to see things differently that I have overlooked.
Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri is the Peace Campaign Coordinator for We, The World and the founder of a nonprofit organization, Angelspeakers Inc., which offers educational workshops and events centered around environmental awareness to include animals and nature, peace advocacy opportunities and ancient wisdom teachings. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace. www.angelspeakers.com
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