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For many years, I have been teaching people how to trade in their stress for energy and positive, forward-motion living. I published a book, Discover The Secret Energized You, about how to understand life differently and get completely different results than most people get. Most people are skilled at embracing stress, storing it in their hearts, minds, and bodies, and creating fatigue, illness and aging with it. In fact, a great deal of what passes for aging—isn’t!
But my book is filled with strategies for reversing this process and ending up not taking in and storing stress, and getting more well and feeling younger. Also looking younger. I write this series, UpBeat Living, for all audiences, and normally I don’t talk much about faith. I have a separate blog for that, UpBeat Spiritual Living. But my writer friend Susan Wilson, creator of the Ripplespillers concept, has been writing about what she calls “living a resurrection life”. This is a spiritual framework for understanding and living out the kind of approach I have been inviting people of all faith backgrounds into. And I couldn’t resist sharing her with you.
I hope you will enjoy this reblog of Susan’s article, “What is a Resurrection Life?” Of course, check out her other articles at www.ripplespillers.com.
|What is a Resurrection Life?
Posted: 06 Apr 2013 05:36 AM PDT
Some of you have been asking what exactly I mean by living a Resurrection Life, and I’m glad you’ve asked, because it gives me the opportunity to refine my own thinking on it as I’m working through it. (Thank you, Kebba.)
First of all, I must confess that the phrase is not my own. I found it through Christine Valters Paintner (of Abbey of the Arts) in her post: Easter – Practicing Resurrection of the Body. But it seemed to encapsulate everything I was thinking myself about cleansing my spirit of those dull, lifeless thoughts and habits that crept in during the darkness of winter, replacing them with the fresh, vibrant, life-giving new ones …
To me, there are two parts to living a Resurrection life.
1. We celebrate the joy of the Risen Lord and the new covenant with the Divine that the Cross has brought about, reuniting us with the Great Creator and living in relationship with God.
2. We ourselves commit to our own Resurrection life, the new creation we are becoming, being transformed by the renewing of our minds, living powerfully, peacefully, and on purpose.
There’s a passage in Colossians that has really captured my heart. The complete passage is Colossians 1:1-17. But the verses that really stands out for me are 12-15:
This is the Resurrection life: love, peace, and thankfulness.
There can be no peace, certainly not the powerful peace talked about here, while we’re struggling with fear, anger, discontent, etc. If we want the kind of life we were intended to live originally, then we have to rewire our thinking and our doing, with God’s help, and that’s what the purpose of this April series of ‘fresh-thinking’, ‘Resurrection Life’ articles are all about.
I’m reminded of a picture in the illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells. Ray Simpson, in his book Celtic Daily Light: A spiritual journey through the year, writes of it eloquently, saying:
“In the Book of Kells there is no picture of the resurrection but only the word ‘Una’, in the centre of the page, to denote the first day of the week, the day of resurrection. George Otto Simms, ( Exploring the Book of Kells, Dublin, 1988) describes the resurrection page of that book as follows: ‘Angels are guarding the capital letter U, one at each of its four corners. It looks at first like a dark, dull page, but out of the dim gloom the feet, the hands and the faces of the four angels, painted with white lead, shine out gleaming and bright. These angels are looking up and out from the page… They are alive and alert, not asleep, nor downcast. Their message is ‘Christ is risen, he is not here. Why look for the living among the dead?’
I’m starting a new page in my resurrection life, one in which the negative thoughts and debilitating habits that I’ve allowed to prosper in my heart will be ‘speeding away out of the picture’, and I’ll be able to respond positively to Paul’s words:
‘You have been raised to life with Christ, so set your hearts on the things that are of heaven.’ (Colossians 3:1)
I can’t wait!
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