Tag Archives: Jericho

A Miracle A Day, Day 80

wall.kissing gate.cc.9623112647_8183755ba9_qWALLS.  WALLS are a miracle?  Yes, WALLS can be a miracle.  They can be a fortress of solitude, a fortress of peace.  But of course they can be a barrier as well.  WALLS are a miracle when we build them with the gates of love, kindness and openness.  The WALL of Jericho was dismantled by Israel because it was a barrier to their triumph in the Promised Land.  The Promised Land is not a place.  It is a state of being.  And the WALL that must be dismantled is the one that creates separation and judgement and otherness.  A WALL that does this protects against nothing and creates a barrier to the only thing that can provide the promise we all seek.  The WALL that provides what we truly seek is one that blocks only distractions and a race consciousness that bombards us with evidence of separation, limitation and lack.  But this WALL is permeable.  It is dotted with gates and windows. This WALL allows the free-flow of Love and Kindness and connection.  This WALL is translucent and breathing.  This WALL supports a firmament of faith and oneness.  This WALL is built with mirrors in which we begin to see ourselves in one another and the luminous quality of the mirrors begins to reflect the Light of God in every soul.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

I Love A Parade

paradeI Love a parade! From Memorial Day to Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day; and the Rose Bowl Parade they all have these three things in common; the sights, the sounds and the motion.

From frivolity, to politics, to honor, parades have a rich and colorful history dating back as far as Mesopotamian rulers who paraded their conquests as a show of power.  One rather famous parade of power is that of the Israelites around the city of Jericho causing the wall of the city to tumble down.  

The parade was led by seven priests, carrying seven trumpets, parading around the city for seven days, and then seven times on the seventh day. Seven indicates completion.  In the description of the Jericho parade, seven appears five times suggesting all levels of being and all senses aligned, marching together, in a harmonious movement, shouting words of power.

Imagine the sight of the Israelite priests in their priestly garb following a great golden ark like a float in a parade.  Imagine the movement of this assembly along a unified route around and around the city. Imagine the sound of the trumpets playing and the shouts of the people.  Imagine a vibration so profound that the walls of the city begin to vibrate and disintegrate.  That is a display of Power!

The battle of Jericho is an intriguing event in the history of the Israelites.  But the more interesting story is the one beyond the historical account.  The metaphysics of the story reveal a powerful tool for spiritual unfoldment.

The priests are Levites, the tribe that does not own land, that which is not attached to matter.  The repetition of the number seven represents all levels of being and all physical senses working in unison.  The seven trumpets, blown on the seventh day represent the WORD, the vibration, an affirmation of all that is Spiritual and whole.   

Jericho was the first Israelite conquest following forty years in the wilderness escaping bondage in Egypt.  From bondage to victory, Israel continued conquering other lands, always preparing for the next battle.  Until Jesus, the one who was to save them, who turned out not to be a warrior. Jesus held a higher ideal than victory.  He demonstrated being a vessel of God with no sides, no judgment, no battle.  Out of this vessel consciousness awakens the CHRIST, fully at one with Spirit.

Today we stand at the edge of an awakening Christ consciousness, knowing that in Spirit there is no land to conquer, only harmony and wholeness to be revealed. Let the walls of resistance come tumbling down. Form a parade of Sights, Sounds and Movement at all levels of being.  See only floats of oneness.  March in alignment with Truth at all levels of being.   Sound the trumpets, affirming Truth in all that you speak.  Let the walls come tumbling down to reveal our oneness in the kingdom that has no ends, no walls, and no-thing to conquer.

© 2016.  Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

Rev. Eileen is an ordained Unity minister currently serving Unity of Livonia in Livonia, Michigan