The Spiritual Beauty of Lent



The season of Lent extends from Ash Wednesday up to the eve of Easter Sunday. Lent, meaning Spring, is a time of purification and introspection in preparation for the renewal in spring. The first day of Lent occurs on Ash Wednesday, which is exactly 40 days before Easter Sunday. The number forty is very symbollic in relation to the mythic story of Yeshua. According to holy scripture and oral tradition, Yeshua was forty hours in the tomb before his resurrection and forty days fasting in the desert before undertaking his public Ministry. Number 40 is connected to the Aramaic Letter Mem, which represents water and is symbolic of a SPRING of Holy Wisdom. Just as the waters of an underground spring rise upwards from an unknown source to reveal themselves, so does the spring of wisdom rise up from the Mysterious source of ALAHA, the Divine Mother Father.

The Gospel of Thomas states: “when you make the two one, and when you make the inner as the outer and the outer as the inner and the above as the below, and when you make the male and female into a single one,...then shall you enter the Kingdom.”This is the opportunity that we are given during LENT. By making the two one, and uniting the opposites, something new arises within the psyche on a higher level of manifestation. We meet the transcendent being within us, the being that has no duality and is the LIGHT OF CREATION.

Gnostics have compared this experience to viewing a light-being of oneself in a mirror and the Kabbalists call this meeting an opportunity to ascend in the Divine Chariot (Mercavah) to the place of light.

How beautiful that lent started on the New Moon in Pisces. I will be sharing different insights, prayers and meditations during lent.

Have a glorious journey into the Cosmic Dance of Unity.

AHAVA,

Ana Otero

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